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Old 10-22-2014, 01:34 PM
 
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Given limited budget for most people (those with seemingly unlimited budget excepted), what kind of hotels do you usually book?

Decent ones in central location, close to the main attractions so that you don't have to spend a lot of time travelling back and forth every day, or the great ones in relatively poor locations but with big rooms and outstanding facilities?

I always choose the former, and size of the room matters very little to me, as long as it is clean and quiet and definitely with free wifi, for a good night sleep. No facilities? no problem. No view, I don't care. All I need is a comfortable bed and a table to put my stuff - I am not gonna stay in that room for long anyway. What I can't stand is a hotel that's far from everything (for example visit NYC but stay in New Jersey, or Visit Paris and not even stay in the city), and you end up spending an hour or more just to see anything interesting.
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Old 10-22-2014, 02:28 PM
 
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Given limited budget for most people (those with seemingly unlimited budget excepted), what kind of hotels do you usually book?

Decent ones in central location, close to the main attractions so that you don't have to spend a lot of time travelling back and forth every day, or the great ones in relatively poor locations but with big rooms and outstanding facilities?

I always choose the former, and size of the room matters very little to me, as long as it is clean and quiet and definitely with free wifi, for a good night sleep. No facilities? no problem. No view, I don't care. All I need is a comfortable bed and a table to put my stuff - I am not gonna stay in that room for long anyway. What I can't stand is a hotel that's far from everything (for example visit NYC but stay in New Jersey, or Visit Paris and not even stay in the city), and you end up spending an hour or more just to see anything interesting.
I am the same way. The extra cost to be in a central location is worth it, IMO. I also don't care about small rooms (which are pretty standard anyway in urban areas, Europe, etc.). I don't book a trip somewhere and then sit around in my hotel watching TV. Generally I drop off my things then go out for the bulk of the day and evening.
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Old 10-22-2014, 02:56 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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I don't look that much but I am not a city gal. If I want to go Paris I will be staying out of the city for sure. And mostly cycling areas I go in.
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Old 10-22-2014, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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For urban areas, I like a budget-business hotel (Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Courtyard, Ibis, etc.) that's 4-5 public transit stops from the big attractions and in something resembling a neighborhood with a good number of permanent residents. Those kinds of places are generally quieter and have slightly cheaper restaurants and shops not geared toward the usual tourist stuff and let you have a nice ramble around the local grocery store, small housewares shop, etc.
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Old 10-22-2014, 03:13 PM
 
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I also choose more central hotels. I don't need anything fancy. As long as it is clean and safe, it is good enough for me.
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Old 10-22-2014, 03:28 PM
 
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For urban areas, I like a budget-business hotel (Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Courtyard, Ibis, etc.) that's 4-5 public transit stops from the big attractions and in something resembling a neighborhood with a good number of permanent residents. Those kinds of places are generally quieter and have slightly cheaper restaurants and shops not geared toward the usual tourist stuff and let you have a nice ramble around the local grocery store, small housewares shop, etc.
great plan! Sometimes being in the middle of things may not be the best option. Everything is tourist oriented (more expensive, less authentic) and you don't get to see the "real city", just attractions.
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Old 10-22-2014, 03:52 PM
 
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Really depends on the city.

If the city has great transit, I know that I can stay anywhere on the transit line and staying outside of the "main areas" is going to get me great rooms at a great price.
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Old 10-22-2014, 04:22 PM
 
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Depends on what I am going for. If it is for business, such as a conference, then it needs to have wireless, with a gym, and nice facilities. And location would be very important, but as long as there was transportation provided, it would not matter too much.

If it's a relaxing carefree beach vacation, then I just want near the beach, a comfy bed, small kitchen, and CLEAN!!!

Las Vegas? On the strip!!! The Mirage is perfect.

NYC? Subway can get you anywhere, so as long as it is a CLEAN hotel, with a good reputation, in a safe area, I am okay with it.

Wireless everywhere, please.

Hampton Inns are great. I stay in them probably more than any other chain.
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Old 10-22-2014, 05:06 PM
 
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It depends on the reason for my travel. If I'm on business, I generally try to stay in the near suburbs where parking is free and it's usually a little safer than the downtown area. Of course in small towns, downtown is great as long as they aren't charging for parking. I usually stay at a Hampton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hyatt Place, Courtyard, etc., although I've arranged a corporate rate at a Crowne Plaza in a city I visit almost every week which is comparable to the neighboring Hilton Garden Inn rate, for a nicer hotel. I'm headed to a conference this weekend and will be at the Waldorf Astoria. I'm actually not a fan of those, and if I'm going to spend that money I would rather stay at a Four Seasons, but I was booked at the WA by the boss, so I guess that's where I'll be.

When on vacation if we just need a place to stay, Hampton, Courtyard, etc. are usually our choice. If we are staying someplace for a few days we usually take it up a notch. This year we've stayed at everything from boutique hotels to historic hotels to a bunch of Intercontinentals to Homewood Suites and about anything in between.

We just stayed at a boutique hotel in the PNW that I can not wait to return to, for the amazing bathroom if nothing else.
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Old 10-22-2014, 07:16 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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Hotel reimbursement is limited in my industry so I try to keep it cheap - $50-70/night. Usually shoot for a 2.5-3* hotel in the burbs or near the airport. Not a fan of full service hotels since they nickle and dime you for everything, so something with free hot breakfast, wifi, and parking is my target.
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