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Choose the right hotel for your needs

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Hotels are travelers' homes away from home. But travelers have different needs depending on their reasons for traveling. Business travelers may prefer hotels with computer centers, while travelers hoping to get away from the daily grind may find that a comfortable bed and a breathtaking view are the only amenities they need.
 
Before booking a room, travelers should make a list of the amenities they prefer in a hotel or motel. Doing so can make it easier to find the perfect hotel room. While no two travelers are the same, identifying who you are as a traveler also can help you find a room to rave about.
 
Solo traveler
 
Men and women going it alone may want to find properties with a reputation for safety, which can provide peace of mind when going to bed at night. A solo traveler also may prefer a hotel that is in a lively town center and provides plenty of opportunity for socialization. Hotels that have common spaces or restaurants on the premises can facilitate conversation and interaction between guests.
 
Business traveler
 
Many business travelers biggest desire of a hotel is a place where they can get some work done. Look for rooms that provide desks, computer hookups and include WiFi connectivity. A common area with an operational business center also is a plus. Business travelers also may appreciate hotels that have meeting spaces so that clients can be courted in a professional space rather than a guest room. Also, hotels located in close proximity to business headquarters or close to public transportation are usually preferable to those traveling on business.
 
Vacationers
 
Vacationers primarily want to kick up their heels and relax. Look for hotels that pride themselves on pampering guests and making their stays as comfortable as possible. Amenities that set hotels apart include pools, spas, room service, concierge services that help guests rent cars or plan outings, and restaurants within walking distance to the property. Hotels that are located close to tourist attractions and theme parks may be great options for vacationing individuals and families.
 
Hotels are in the business of making guests comfortable and accommodating various types of travelers. Choose a property that is best suited to meeting your specific needs.