Choosing a hotel can be hard, but these simple tips can save you time and money. Picture: Pexels.

Imagine the horror when you step into a hotel and it isn’t the same as the pictures online? A friend of mine recently went to Thailand last year and was shocked at the state of the hotel. She felt ‘duped’ by the hotel and booked somewhere that actually met her standards. Like her, hundreds of travellers end up booking alternative accommodation because they are not impressed by their first choice.

Here is a list of things to help you with your next hotel selection :

Grading

I think the first step is knowing what type of hotel you want to stay at and it's grading. Naturally, some travellers prefer 5 star as they want luxury and pampering, while those seeking a budget trip will opt for a three star hotel. Travellers who want the best of both worlds will settle for four star establishments.

Location

Staying at a central hotel where you have easy access to shops, tourist attractions or the airport is always great.  Some hotels offer free shuttle services that will take you around to certain places within a certain kilometre radius, making travel more effective.

A place that offers the simple pleasures of a stay

Some travellers take breakfast and free wifi for granted. Having a hotel provide breakfast is a must for me, however other people may find pleasure in free wifi, a meal voucher or spa treatment included in their rate. Find the hotel that suits your preference.

Check the web

Thankfully through TripAdvisor and other online review systems you can determine whether the hotel is worth visiting or not. Hotel guests often air the good, bad and nasty of their hotel stay to assist travellers from making a bad decision.

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