5 Things To Consider Before Booking a Hotel in the Philippines

“For the born traveler, travelling is a besetting vice. Like other vices, it is imperious, demanding its victim’s time, money, energy and the sacrifice of comfort.” -Aldous Huxley

One of the integral aspects an individual considers when it comes to traveling is his or her accommodation arrangements.

Some travelers may prefer a no-frills kind of stay and would even be satisfied with the most basic of amenities. However, there is also quite a handful of travelers who believe that comfort and luxury should be forefronts in their selection of a hotel. However, regardless of what kind of traveler you are, we can all agree that a hotel must have all the things necessary to the comfort of our stay---this at the very least.

The Philippines, being a tropical country, is a well-known tourist destination—so much so, that foreign travelers continue to arrive by the droves despite the country being constantly plagued and beset by economic problems and political instabilities.

Amid socioeconomic problems, the country’s tourism country continues to grow with more and more hotel developments built in various locations in the country—even in the remote areas! So, if you are planning a sojourn to the Philippines, it might be best to know what considerations you should keep in mind before you book that accommodation. Whether you are looking for a hotel in Pampanga for your food trip venture or elsewhere, here are some things you need to keep in mind:

1. Cost

More often than not, an accommodation’s cost would be a contributing factor as to whether you would push through an accommodation or not. Sure, a luxurious 5-star hotel might sound like everyone’s dream accommodation, but if you are traveling on a budget, spending a significant chunk of your travel money on hotel expenses alone may not be so practical. If comfort and security are two things you have in mind, a 3 or even a 2-star accommodation would already do. This is especially true for travelers who are planning to stay overnight.

2. Location

Where you are billeted plays a significant role on how much you are projected to spend for travel expenses—most especially in getting from one point to another. In selection your prospective accommodation arrangements, having a convenient location is paramount. Make sure that the hotel or hostel you choose is in proximity to shopping and dining areas. For far-flung areas such as the beach, it might be wise to station yourself nearer to the points of interest you plan on visiting.

3. Facilities

Some travelers might be happy with only a bed in place, but there are some who are not quite so keen to have many facilities missing from their accommodation arrangements. If you are a traveler who wishes to relax in maximum comfort, then book an accommodation with a place that has decent facilities. Facilities, apart from the basic necessities such as a private bath and room, should include an in-house restaurant and functioning bathrooms. For optimal comfort, choose a hotel with a pool, gym and even a jogging path.

4. Wi-Fi Connection and Other Amenities

For travelers who wish to disconnect, booking an accommodation sans internet connection might not present a problem. But for most travelers (business travelers in particular), being able to connect to the Internet is a major consideration. To avoid surprises, make sure you call your place of accommodation beforehand to inquire whether or not they have a decent internet connection and whether or not it is offered to their guests. Other amenities such as a TV inside the room and a safe to store your valuables would also be favorable.

5. Transportation

Some accommodation arrangements such as hotels would provide their guests with transport facilities should they book their stay with them. Having a transport facility for use is especially useful if you do not intend to rent a car for the duration for your stay. However, if your accommodation does not have any transport facilities available, consider booking your stay in a place wherein it would not be too hard to find taxis or any public utility vehicle.