When it comes to buying property, everybody knows what the most important thing is: location, location, location – there’s even a TV programme named after it! So when you’re thinking of a hotel, the most important thing to consider is… the location! Here are our top three tips in choosing a fabulous location for a hotel stay to remember.
City or country
Nowadays, you can find fantastic hotels in the most rural areas, offering sublime relaxation and wonderful scenery. They are perfect for intimate getaways, family get-togethers or romantic breaks. But they’re also good for spa facilities, lively dinners and some offer excellent in-house entertainment.
Town or city hotels are known for perhaps having a boutique atmosphere, the latest trend in food and wine, and plus more modern facilities and amenities. They’re great for a weekend trip with the girls, a work or business get-away or a city break with a loved one. But, on the other hand, lots of city hotels are breaking the mould and offering a more leisurely ambience, the décor and ambience of a country cottage feel and relaxing pastimes.
So with the mix of amenities and facilities on offer at both city and country hotels these days, it’s a hard choice to make. Look at how far you and your travelling party would like to go and the amount of time you would be prepared to spend travelling – and all agree on one activity or facility you wish your hotel to provide – as this will narrow down your choices. And the best answer to this problem – book a break in both a luxury city and country hotel – so that you can enjoy the best of both worlds!
Central or further out?
When booking a hotel in a town or city it’s best to check its exact location. Look at the hotel’s position on a map and see how easy it is to travel to the sites you want to see. Also decide if you want to be able to walk to restaurants, attractions and shops – or if you’re happier to take the train, tram, bus, taxi or even cycle! In some cities or large towns it could take you up to an hour to get to an attraction by public transport so think about how long you and your fellow travellers want to spend moving around the city. For some people, the journeys are all part of the experience, and others want to wake up, breakfast in their hotel and then take a five-minute leisurely stroll to the top sights of the city.
Research your destination online to find out what’s on offer where you’re going – and ask friends who have been previously been to that town or city for their advice too. If you’re only staying a short time then it might not be possible to see all the attractions you’d like to, so choose a hotel which is convenient to the things you will be visiting.
UK or abroad?
Whether you fancy a trip out of the UK or you’re happy to stay here probably could boil down to the weather. If you’re desperate for some sun, then sadly that cannot be guaranteed in the UK so you’re probably best off looking further afield.
However, the British Isles have much to recommend themselves – historic interests, great food, family-friendly attractions, an amazing variety of landscapes and, of course, friendly and diverse people.
If it’s hard to decide where to go, perhaps look at your budget and see what’s on offer to suit your pocket. If money is no object, then why not venture further afield in the UK to a more remote area to see that a holiday in the UK can be as different as a holiday abroad.
Of course, going away to a hotel can be potluck, whether you’re going away in the UK or abroad, looking at a city hotel or a far-flung remote castle hotel. Do your homework, check that hotels have been independently reviewed with reviews which can be verified and by reviewers who go to many hotels.
And then, Bob’s your uncle, you’re ready to choose a fantastic hotel in the perfect location for a great stay. Bon voyage!
After travelling the world, Kathryn Hearn became desk-bound and now writes about travelling the world. She is associate editor of the Good Hotel Guide, the leading independent guide to hotels in Great Britain and Ireland. It is written for the reader seeking impartial advice on finding a good place to stay – hotels cannot buy their entry as they do in most rival guides.