Sleeping In Style: Luxury Hotels
No matter what type of vacation you prefer, there is a luxury hotel awaiting you! One of the benefits of staying in a luxury hotel is that, even if you choose a rustic vacation setting, you can return at day’s end to comfort and pampering that makes a vacation truly enjoyable. Whether you’re hitting the mountains for hiking or skiing, heading to the ocean beach, or visiting a foreign country, luxury hotels abound.
Why stay at a luxury hotel? It’s great to be pampered. Four and five star hotels offer a level of service and hospitality that can’t be found in other establishments. You are guaranteed a beautiful setting, and the additional services offered in a luxury hotel are often enough that you don’t even need to leave the hotel to enjoy a fabulous vacation!
Many luxury hotels are perfectly situated in areas of high interest for the vacation traveler. When seeking a hotel for vacation purposes (rather than business, for example), determine the location and nearby attractions. Many hotels offer an array of accommodations, such as those included in resort settings or combined with a city’s downtown entertainment.
When traveling with children, it’s important to determine ahead of time a hotel’s policy for young travelers. Some do not allow children under a certain age, while some luxury hotels cater to families. Many offer childcare and children’s clubs, so the parents can get a few hours away while the kids enjoy learning something new such as archery or rock climbing.
For those seeking a vacation experience, it is also wise to find out if there are any conventions or other large events taking place while you are there. Hotels located in areas where multiple activities take place (such as in a city as opposed to a resort) are more likely to be busy, so find out ahead of time. This won’t guarantee that something won’t be booked, but you can lower your chances of booking your stay during a large event. Also, find out if any large tour groups are scheduled for the same time.
Traveling during the off-season is a great way to minimize crowds and maximize your experience. Rates are lower during this time, and many hotels offer package deals. These may include multiple nights or combining local activities with your stay. Be sure to inquire about any promotional offerings when you book your stay. Determine whether the hotel chain offers any promotional memberships or price matching guarantees. If you travel frequently, this can be a money-saving option. Your frequent flyer program may also have specials with certain hotels. Also, find out if any organizations to which you belong have any programs that include travel.
When planning your vacation, do some research yourself before seeking the assistance of a travel agent. Many people prefer to book their own travels, and this is fine, as long as you use a reputable source. For those who travel often, this is a good way to go, and many deals can be found online that are not available elsewhere. When traveling to a new destination, however, it may be wise to use the help of an agent when booking the trip.
Staying in a luxury hotel is a luxury that you’ll definitely appreciate. Enjoy your vacation and sleep well.