Choosing the right accommodation for a business trip
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Business trips can often be a real chore, but choosing the right accommodation can at least make them that bit less strenuous. Of course, there’s a lot to consider when you come to choose accommodation for your trip – including location, facilities and, naturally, how much it’s going to cost – so it’s important to take the required time to make the choice that’s best for you. When you’re trying to find somewhere to stay during your business trip, you need to make sure you find somewhere that offers the comfort you need during your stay. With that in mind, here are a few suggestions.
Know what you’re looking for
When you’re trying to juggle a business schedule, it’s easy to find yourself procrastinating and putting the task of booking accommodation off until the very last minute. That would be a mistake, as that way you’re more likely to end up booking a room at whichever hotel will put you up – and you may find your choices are severely restricted, so you could end up somewhere which is ill-suited to your needs. This is why you should research your options well in advance, and think about what you’re actually looking for from your accommodation. This should help you narrow your search down, making it easier to find the accommodation that best suits you.
It should go without saying that there are numerous different types of accommodation which may be of interest to you. The chances are you’ll probably be looking for a hotel – this is, after all, the most common type of accommodation on offer – but it might also be worth considering what hostels, bed and breakfasts or even rental villas have to offer. It’s best to look online in order to find out more about what’s available in terms of accommodation. You can also find customer reviews online, which should help you make a more informed decision when choosing accommodation for your trip.
Think about facilities
It’s also important that you consider just what sort of facilities you’re looking for from your accommodation. If you’re organising a business conference at a hotel, for instance, you’ll need to ensure that the hotel in question has business rooms. Many good hotels offer conference rooms, which you can then use to discuss whatever it is you need to discuss with your clients. However, it’s worth remembering that you’ll probably need to book these rooms well in advance, just to be on the safe side – if you leave it too late, you could find yourself struggling to find somewhere that has everything you need.
There are of course other facilities you may feel you need from your accommodation – a broadband internet connection is perhaps the most obvious, but leisure facilities might also come in handy during your stay. If you have any special requirements, then you should make sure you discuss this with any hotel before you book. The last thing you need is to book a hotel and then find out later on that it can’t meet certain requirements you have.
- Guest article contributed by Rachael Blakewood on behalf of hotel expenses management system IHG Business Advantage