Do a search on the Internet for Edinburgh hotels and you’ll receive pages of responses from your search engine. Each result you receive from your search will claim to have the best, cheapest, and most luxurious hotels of your dreams. All you have to do is the click the link and book the hotel. But how do you know which hotels are actually the hotels you should be looking for? The thing about going on vacation to Edinburgh, whether you’re going to spend a day, a weekend, a week, or more, is that you have to choose the type of hotel that’s going to fit in with your needs. And that means there’s a few things that you need to think about before you make your booking.
First and foremost, you need to think about your budget. No matter what type of trip you’re going on, in all likelihood, you have a limited amount of money to spend. Sometimes, because we’re booking our hotels months in advance, we forget that the costs of the hotel have to be included in that budget and that can be very disappointing down the line. Remember to keep your hotel costs in your mind when you’re planning your “per day” budget for Edinburgh, and every city you stay in. That can help you limit the types of hotels you’re looking at.
Second, never assume that just because a hotel has five stars that it is better than a two star hotel. There are certain criteria that make up the star ratings for hotels. While you can, and should, rely on these ratings to help you narrow down your choices, you should also see what other people have to say. You never know. A five-star hotel may receive horrible ratings from tourists just like you—they were rude to out-of-towners or didn’t allow you to take photos—but a two-star hotel might have made tourists feel right at home and certainly welcome.
Think about what it is you want to do. If you’re a tourist, you’re likely going to be walking or taking a taxi everywhere. Don’t choose the cheaper hotel just because it’s cheaper. The cost of a taxi to get you where you need to go may cause you to spend more money than if you had paid for a more expensive hotel closer to the places you want to visit.
Plan your needs before you start looking for hotels. This includes making plans for each day. If you make your plans for each day you’ll know how long you intend to spend away from the hotel, what your eating options will be like and what amenities you will need from your hotel. If you’re going to be out all day with no access to food, you might want your hotel to have a restaurant. If you’re the type who likes an hour-long soak in the tub after a day of walking, you’ll need a private bathroom.
Remember, the vacation of a lifetime is up to know. The more you know about what you want, the more likely you are to make your dreams come true.