What to look for when you choose a hotel

Now there’s a question.  There are so many factors involved, it’s hard to know where to start.  But we’re up for the challenge, as always, and we will over the coming weeks not only look at as many of these factors as we can think of … but we’ll try and take a different and fun perspective on the topic.  We hope you’ll enjoy the ride.

We thought we’d start simply by listing some of the obvious things that would influence our decision on which hotel to stay in, so here goes:

  • location – clearly it needs to be in a desirable location, somewhere we want to stay and/or close to somewhere we want to visit
  • price – a better term might perhaps be “value for money” – it’s not the raw price but what are we actually getting for our money
  • amenities – this might cover all sorts of things including car parking, WiFi, room service, pool, gym, spa, bars, laundry service, restaurants … the list goes on and on!
  • bedrooms – what do we want? Television, mini-bar, music players, four-poster bed, bath, walk-in shower, family room?
  • luxury …

Luxury – now we’re talking!  Surely this is what we all want when we book a hotel?  It’s simply a question of how many of all the things we want are available at a price that we’re happy to pay.

Much depends, of course, on the purpose of the stay, and who is staying.  If, for example, it’s a one night stop for a business meeting the following morning, and you just want to wake up somewhere close to where you need to be, and you’ll be checking in late, and you’ll be on your own, you’ll take a different view than if you were booking a romantic weekend for two.  And you’ll take a different view again if you’re taking your family – including children – on holiday for a week or more.  And what about if fifteen of you are on a stag or hen do, or a rugby tour?

In all cases, though, you’ll want friendly helpful staff, good customer service, an efficient check-in and check-out service, and that hard to define (but we all know what it means) “home from home” experience.  And a good night’s sleep when we finally climb into bed, whether it’s at ten o’clock at night with a good book or four in the morning after a night out!

The good news is – there’s an easy way of getting everything that you want, whatever that might be – by looking at what Fine Individual Hotels have to offer.

We are a collection of some of the finest independent luxury family hotels and boutique accommodation in the country.  All of our hotels are hand-picked, privately owned, and individually run.  We guarantee that you’ll love your stay, that you’ll soon appreciate why we’re so proud of our hotels and the services we provide, and that you’ll probably be talking about what we mean by luxury for a very long time … until your next stay in fact!

Next time we’ll be talking about luxury in a little more detail – until then, here’s a quote from John Keats to make you smile:

“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever …”

Have a lovely day.


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