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gail Apr 21st, 2006 10:18 AM

Now that we have all had our say about hotel ratings, how does everyone decide which hotel to stay in?
Trip advisor? Hotel rating sources? Guidebooks? Our imaginary friends on this board? Brand name?

nytraveler Apr 21st, 2006 10:24 AM

In the US - mostly brand name, then guidebooks. May ask between a couple on this board. Check tripadvisor for any surprises.

For other parts of the world start with guidebooks, then add others as above - since brand names are scarcer.

GoTravel Apr 21st, 2006 10:25 AM

Location and price.

I'll stay in a dump (and have, see post about Days Inn Miami) for the right price and location.

FainaAgain Apr 21st, 2006 10:29 AM

I usually start with location, narrow it down a little, and then run by Fodorites. Imaginary or not, this works the best!

Rating? What kind of animal is that :) Doesn't help ME!

Trip advisor? If there are complaints, yes, I consider. If only positives - from administration, I guess.

Guidebooks? I think the hotels place their ads and give their own description.

Brand name? Yeah, sometimes.

marleneawe Apr 21st, 2006 11:16 AM

Mostly brand name. Never by the guidebooks or here online. What one person considers a dump, DH and I probably would not. We only sleep usually one night when we travel and then go on to the next. As long as the bathroom is clean and sheets on the bed, really does not matter to us. We are not luxury hotel people. Comfort Inn, Super8, Motel 6 are our usual. We also love to stay in a "mom and pop" small motel if one is in the area.

JJ5 Apr 21st, 2006 12:18 PM

In the USA, I let Priceline or my eyes decide for me. Priceline on all planned trips and my eyes on the road. But I study maps and the possible options for areas first.

With Priceline I can usually narrow down location to within a mile, sometimes closer and I only pick 4 star, never lower. It makes me stretch to different types of hotels too, which I love.

Ironically, when I look at the guidebooks' lists first and then do Priceline, about half the time I have gotten the one I would have chosen anyway. It happened for Toronto exactly like that- and the final price for 3 nights is just 25% of what it would have been booking direct. That's 75% off and I very nearly did it on the phone.

There's only one hotel that I would return to straight rack rate and that one was in Sarasota on Lido Key- because it has a perfect location for a solo female, IMHO.

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