Choosing the right hotel

Booking a hotel isn’t a simple task. It’s not go online, find a hotel and book it.

So in December I’m thinking of going away for a little time. This would be my first time leaving the country (excluding the US) on my own. So I will be planning my own vacation, paying for it etc. Finding a good flight is pretty easy, finding one with a good hotel to go with it, is a whole other kettle of fish.

I find when you’re going to certain countries or cities you can rough it and stay at a motel or a 2 star motel or something like that. But certain countries or cities, nothing against them, but you don’t want to go to anything below a 4 star. You just don’t want to risk it. To make matters worse, my parents would absolutely have a cow if I told them I was going back to Jamaica and staying at a motel somewhere off a left turn of Timbuktu.

In Jamaica, I will be heading to either Ochio Rios, Runaway Bay or Montego Bay. Yes, I am not sure where yet because of pricing when I am going to get my ticket. I am currently waiting for my friend to get her passport straight and then we can decide together. But it seems the closer you are to a tourist destination the more expensive it is.  There are so many things to look into when choosing a hotel.

  • Is it around spring break time? And will there be a bunch of college age kids running around and partying?
  • How many stars is it? Are you good with staying at anything below a four star?
  • How accessible is the hotel? Do you have a to climb a massive hill then to the tenth floor because they decided they won’t be putting in elevators? (this happened to me a few years ago. They refuse to put elevators in because the hotel was in a historical building – *eye-roll*) – how close to the action is your hotel?
  • If its a little bit of a drive, do they have access to licensed cabs.
  • Is it all inclusive? And by all-inclusive I mean, do you get all your drinks and food included?
  • If you’re a person who is joined at the hips to social network, does this hotel have free wi-fi?
  • Is the hotel in a safe place?
  • What are other people saying about this hotel and its staff?
  • Is there a secure safe in the hotel that you can leave your things?

And those are just some of the questions you need to ask. It may sound like a bunch and I’m being obsessive but you want to make sure you do enough on your end to have an amazing time away.  And sure, you may say why do I care? I just need to sleep there and leave my stuff there!Valid points but when you do go to sleep you want to make you are comfortable.

Views – Jamaica Inn

Picking a hotel should be something to do based on your personality as well. If you go to a party hotel when you’re a reader that wouldn’t end very well because you would have no quiet time at all.  If you go to a hotel that caters to adventure seekers, that is not a good fit either. For people like me, the romantics. We love the thought of being in love and being in love with. We need a hotel with spectacular views of the ocean by day and the city at nights. I want a hotel with places I can wander on the property and just dream while breathing. So scenic trails and beach views during dimmer is super important. I will post more on the Jamaica Inn in another post but this hotel has all of that it seems.

The next time you look for a place to stay, look into it and make sure it caters to you.




My top 5 Vacation spot for the History Buff

#5- Mexico – Teotihuacan – In Mexico – about 30 miles northeast of Mexico City, lies Teotihuacan, a pre-Columbian city filled with breath-taking pyramids. It is also famous for its Multi-family compounds, Avenue of the Dead and murals that have been wonderfully preserved. – wikipedia.

Many believe the city was started in or about 100 BC and was continuously built up to 250 AD with a population of about 125,000. Teotihuacan was probably started as a religious hub.

Teotihuacan is a member of UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cutural Organization

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#4 – Greece – The Parthenon – Imagine walking in the footsteps of ancient Greeks in the temple on the Athenian Acropolis that was dedicated to Athena. Built around 447 BC, the temple was used to replace another temple once standing in the same spot.

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#3 – London England – Globe Theatre – As a self-proclaimed Drama Queen – This would be an absolute delight for me. A trip to the Globe Theatre in London England. Why? Globe theatre is where it all began for William Shakespaere after his group Lord Chamberlaine’s Men built the first Globe theatre in 1599.

#2 – Jamaica – Port Royal – Arrg! Port Royal is in the southern part of Jamaica and was originally colonized by the Spanish. Later it was attacked and captured by the English in 1965.  Some believe the reason for this is because of Port Royal’s location – a key position for the island’s security. This destination has it all, pirates, bucaneers, wars! In 1692 a major earthquake brought the most of it crashing down into the harbour. Of course a rebuilding effort was started but that was halted by a devastating fire in 1703.

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#1 Windsor/Essex – The Underground Railroad– Canada

This should speak for itself. But for those of you who don’t know why this is on here, it is the route the Slave took running to Freedom. It was easier to get into Canada as Detroit is about 30 minutes West of there. I went to university in Windsor and didn’t have a chance to check it out but I’d sure like to go back one day.

**Pictures for Teotihuacan is from UNESCO