My Top points to look for in a Hotel accommodation
Whenever we book a hotel accommodation we look for certain criteria that fulfill our need, apart from the hotel reviews. It has always helped us our stay in a hotel most comfortable and enjoyable.
The location is an important factor one has to look for while booking a hotel room. It should be in a location which has great connectivity to the airport and for bus service. Otherwise it will take away a huge amount in your budget travel. Availability of taxis and nearby restaurants can also be considered as important in choosing your accommodation.
If the hotel staff are friendly and helpful that will go a long way in choosing the best accommodation. If you are in need of a taxi they can tell you how much it will cost, hail you a taxi, explain to you their honest opinions about the the nearby sightseeing places etc. If you reach early or late they can accommodate you without a problem, and if you want extend your stay will help you without hesitation. I certainly consider this as one of the important hotel facilities.
The hotel may look great, but if it stands behind cleanliness what is the use of it? So I think more than a look of the hotel, cleanliness is important to look for. Even if it is an old or cheap hotel if they are known for their cleanliness that will be a great place to stay. After all in a hotel what one expects - apart from a television and a phone, a clean room, noise-free room, clean curtains, clean toilet, the availability of hot water, and a safety door. A refrigerator will definitely be an added bonus. With these basic things even a budget hotel can make your stay enjoyable. From my experience, I consider this as one of the important hotel facilities.
Though it is not an absolute necessity for a common person it is important for a person who really needs internet access. Many good hotels provide free wi-fi access. So for a person who greatly depends upon internet access this facility is highly important. Otherwise you will have to walk around looking for a cyber cafe, which will always be not feasible, and unnecessary spending your valuable time.
Swimming pool is not an absolute necessity. But if you are travelling with kids it will be a great idea to have a pool in the same hotel where you stay, so that your kids can enjoy there.
I know a great view is not so important. But if you are lucky to find a room with a great view, especially if your destination is a sea-side or lake-side place, or a beautiful city, or near a temple it will be certainly an added bonus for your stay. An early morning gaze through a window from your hotel room can mesmerize you, and will always remain in your mind. I remember during our stay in a hotel in Guruvayur, I used to get up very early and watch the long Que of the people in East Nada waiting for the Lord's darshan. During our New York visit we took a hotel near Newark airport, I used to enthusiastically gaze at the innumerable number of planes landing and taking off there. Likewise, when we stayed in Zanzibar Island, I used to get up early just to enjoy the early morning scene in the Indian Ocean. These are special gems of moments to preserve in my mind. So I don't find anything wrong in considering a great view from your hotel room as one of the important hotel facilities.