Holiday Hell: How To Avoid Staying At Horrible Hotels

Holiday Hell: How To Avoid Staying At Horrible

It doesn’t matter whether you are traveling for fun or business purposes. At the end of a busy day, you
want to relax, unwind, and go to sleep in a comfortable, safe, and secure hotel. What you don’t want to
do is end up in a place where you feel more comfortable and safer sleeping in your car!

We all hear horror stories about how some people end up at hotels where even a one-star rating would
be too generous! If you want to avoid staying in a hellhole while on vacation or traveling for business,
this handy article is for you! Here’s how you can avoid staying at horrible hotels.

The hotel’s website is sparse with detail

One of the biggest telltale signs that a hotel should get avoided is when its website has little detail. When
you visit a hotel’s website, you expect to learn a great deal about the accommodation, services provided,
and amenities on offer.

For example, let’s say you’re looking for a room in a hotel in South Portland, Maine. You come across a
website for the Comfort Inn, and it tells you about their deluxe rooms, 24/7 business center with free
Wi-Fi, and its airport shuttle service. That’s great because you know what to expect if you stay there.
Now, imagine you came across another hotel’s website, and all it has is an “under construction” page
uploaded about five years ago and basic contact details. Because you have no information about the
latter hotel, you’d be taking a big risk of booking a room there. But, the Comfort Inn gives you a good
idea of what to expect, and so is a better bet.

The photographs are too good to be true

Believe it or not, the photographs of a hotel can be an insightful way into how bad a stay there might be
like! For example, photos of “spacious” guest rooms taken with fish-eye lenses are likely a clue that the rooms are anything but spacious. And pictures of objects in a reception area could well indicate that
there’s nothing particularly welcoming about that public area.

If you’ve got a good idea for detail, you may even notice that some photographs appear doctored in
some way. Adobe Photoshop is an amazing tool to have at your disposal if you want to make something
look better than it does!

The online reviews are bad

Lastly, it should come as no surprise that hotels with plenty of negative online reviews are likely to ring
alarm bells in your head! People have a lot of freedom nowadays when it comes to voicing their opinion
about customer service. Websites like TripAdvisor make it easy to share with others how one’s
experience at a hotel was like.

Sure, there are sometimes fake reviews written by competitors, for instance. But, if there are plenty of
negative reviews by seemingly genuine reviewers, you should probably avoid such hotels like the plague!


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