Stop real quick and think about the last time you stayed at a hotel. Was it a good experience? Did you sleep well? Was there anything special about your stay? We have had the opportunity to stay at quite a few hotels in the past few years and learned quite alot. Here are some questions to ask about your next hotel to make sure you have the best experience possible.
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Every hotel has it’s own personality. Some are welcoming from the moment you walk in the door. You just get a sense that this is going to be a great stay! Recently we stayed at the Hampton Inn in Roanoke and knew from the first moment that this was going to be great! Was it the sign in the front entrance? Maybe…
or maybe it was the cookies and the coffee bar….
Whatever it is, you can usually tell when you first enter the lobby a little taste of how this visit is going to be.
Do yourself a big favor though before you get to the sign in moment, and ask the right questions beforehand. Then you will be guaranteed a great stay!
1. Is the location right?
When you pick your hotel you want to make sure the location is right. If you are staying outside a large city and want easy access to public transportation, then you should make sure you are near the station. If you are traveling to a new area, you might want to make sure the hotel is conveniently located near the grocery stores, Walmart and restaurants.
The Hampton Inn in Roanoke was literally minutes away from Walmart where we were able to pick up a few things we forgot plus we had dozens of restaurants to choose from.
One tip that has always served us well when it comes to supper plans. We always ask the hotel staff for their favorite local restaurants. We don’t want to eat at a chain restaurant but we want a great experience. Noone knows the area better than the ones working behind the desk!
2. Do you offer Complimentary Hot Breakfast?
With a family of five, we know that every meal is expensive. By choosing a hotel with a complimentary hot breakfast bar, we not only save money but also give each member of the family the opportunity to pick their favorite food. So whether it’s bacon or sausage, bagels and cream cheese, cereal, oatmeal or waffles, each of our family members is able to choose their favorite breakfast and we can get on with our adventures of the day!
3. Is there space to spread out?
With 3 growing kids who are almost as tall as we are, it’s important for us to find a hotel that offers enough space to spread out. When the kids were small, we were able to squeeze into a smaller room but now we need at least 2 beds and a pullout couch. This gives us space for everyone to sleep comfortably and be ready for the next day of adventures.
The King Suite at the Hampton Inn & Suites Roanoke offered us plenty of room. These rooms were large, comfortable and perfect for our family!
4. Do you have microwave/refrigerator in rooms?
Another great perk when you choose a hotel room is the microwave/refrigerator/kitchen area. This gives you a great way to keep your drinks cold or your leftovers from dinner stored safey until you are ready for a snack after an evening swim!
5. Are you in my loyalty family?
We know that there are many great hotel chains, but there’s something about being loyal to one hotel chain that is not just smart financially but also gives you a sense of continuity when you travel regularly. We chose the Hilton family because of the quality we receive across the entire chain of hotels. Make sure you sign up for the HHonors rewards program and earn points toward a free night when you stay!
6. Is there a fee for parking?
Some hotels in larger city areas charge a fee for parking your vehicle. Always best to know this information before you show up!
7. Do you offer shuttle service?
Some hotels offer a free shuttle service to local restaurants and area attractions. But don’t assume they all work the same. If you plan to use the shuttle service, find out if you need to make reservations ahead of time? Are there scheduled hours? And of course, don’t forget that though not required, tips are always appreciated!
8. Do you have a hairdryer and iron?
I hate having to tote a hairdryer and iron in my suitcase but these are two things that I typically need on road trips. I always check to make sure these are provided in the room!
9. Do you have a fitness room?
Since I have been on this fitness journey, the first thing I check on after we check into a hotel and finish all our adventures for the day is the fitness center. I need a place to get my steps in and catch up from a day of sitting in the car or easy going tourist activities. And of course, the kids often enjoy a swim so they can have some down time
10. Is there a pool?
Now here’s the best thing I’ve ever seen at a hotel. If part of your family unit wants to swim, and the other part wants to workout, you can do both! I was able to get my treadmill time in while the rest of my family enjoyed the pool and I could still see them through the window! That was a win-win!
What questions do you ask before you book a hotel? I’d love to hear!
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5033 Valley View Blvd. North
Roanoke, Virginia, 24012
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Sharon Williams is a mom of 3 who loves to read, travel, take pictures, work in the flowers and spend time with family. When she’s not blogging, she’s probably out enjoying life so she’ll have something fun to blog about tomorrow!