It is possible to have the best of both worlds! Whether you’re traveling for business or fun in the capital city or our town built on chocolate, you’ll find accommodations for every need and want, and at every budget. Enjoy the cosmopolitan convenience of a city hotel or the family fun of a sweet retreat in Hershey and make the most of your time here.
Location, location, location. There’s no mystery that you will pay more for a hotel when it’s positioned in close proximity to landmarks, the bustling city center, and transportation hubs like airports and train stations. There’s nothing wrong with paying for convenience, but consider the value of a 10-minute drive versus a 10-minute walk if you’re looking to save a few bucks.
Shooting for the stars. Star ratings do not equal better service, but rather differentiate the hotel’s amenities. These ratings are often higher due to a hotel having a restaurant, pool, gym, or business center. If you’re not planning to work out or host a business meeting during your visit, a 2 or 3 star hotel could easily meet your needs. Regardless of the rating, you should always expect good service and a tidy room.
Bigger isn’t always better. If you have a big brand hotel you frequent, there’s no reason you can’t rack up your loyalty rewards points and stay there when- ever you travel. However, you may also want to consider independent boutique hotels. Many top-tier hotels are unique to their destination and integrate the local cuisine, artistry, and hospitality you may not otherwise experience from a well-established hotel chain.
There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Most of us learned this concept in Economics class, but there is such a thing as a free breakfast when it comes to booking a hotel! Always be on the lookout for free inclusions, but not just breakfast. Many hotels now offer free Wi-Fi, parking and shuttle services. When comparing hotels, consider the total savings you could realize over the duration of your trip before you book.
You never know until you try. When you arrive at check-in, don’t be afraid to ask for a little something extra. If you’re staying in a city with a beautiful skyline ask for a room with a view, or if you’re enjoying some down time ask for a room located near the pool or restaurant. You may be surprised at the little free or low-cost upgrades a hotel will offer if you simply ask. You can’t diways get what vou want, but it’s always worth asking.