Traveling and Hotels

When traveling, accommodations come in all shapes and sizes. Some people like the luxury of a hotel while others are fine with a more rugged hostel or cabin. What’s important is that your choice matches your needs and desires. The best way to assess that is by asking yourself what is most important in your travel experience.

If you’re looking for comfort, amenities and modern conveniences, hotels are the best option. But if you’re interested in seeing more of the local culture or want to meet other travelers, a hotel might not be the right choice for you. In those cases, it might be better to rent a house or apartment.

As demand for high-end experiences rises, hoteliers are finding ways to meet that need. For example, Marriott Bonvoy has partnered with the U.S. Soccer Federation to offer exclusive fan experiences for travelers. That is expected to drive sports tourism, which is another growing trend.

Other new experiences hotels are offering include a “package” that includes tickets to the local sports team and a stay in the stadium, and a guided hike with a professional athlete or celebrity. Another example is Hyatt’s Has It program, which allows guests to borrow items such as hairspray, deodorant and curling irons from the front desk.

If you’re looking to save money on hotel stays, consider prepaid rates or loyalty program discounts. Just be sure to read the fine print, as these rates often have a cancellation policy that could cost you if your plans change.