Are you a business executive who needs to go on a trip for work soon? Are you in charge of choosing what hotels you'll stay at while on your trip? Picking the right hotel for your needs can be challenging, but here are some things you should be looking for:
Check for free and unlimited Wi-Fi: You may think that free Wi-Fi is standard, but not every hotel has it. Some hotels may charge for all Wi-Fi access, while others may give you a small amount for free before charging you. You may not be planning to use the Internet very much, if at all, on your trip. You may even be planning to use your cell phone as a tethered Internet connection. However, it's better to have the Wi-Fi available just in case. For example, you may realize that you forgot a large file that you need for your presentation or you may discover that your room gets lousy cell phone reception. Having Wi-Fi available for you to use will ensure that everything goes off without a hitch.
Look for hotels that have cafes or coffee shops: Being alone in a new city can be dangerous. You may not know what streets are safe to visit at night and which ones you should avoid. By choosing a hotel that has an all-night eatery either inside or right next door, you'll easily and safely be able to pick up a late night snack or meal if you find yourself working overtime while on your trip.
Ask about the elevator setup: Is the hotel elevator accessible only via a well-staffed and well-lit lobby? Can anyone use the elevator or do you need a key-card? By choosing a hotel with a secure lobby and a key-card activated elevator, you'll be secure in the knowledge that unauthorized people won't be able to potentially access your floor and room.
Find out if they allow pets: It's unlikely that you'll be taking any animals along with you on your business trip, but it's important to find out if other guests might have them. Not all animals appreciate traveling to strange new places, so an anxious cat or dog could wind up keeping you awake all night with their yelling. By the time morning rolls around, you could be feeling too wiped to attend your important business meeting. If the hotel you are favoring does allow animal guests, ask if they have a pet-free area. For example, they might only allow pets on the first floor, meaning that you can reserve a room on an upper floor with no worry.