Choosing a cheap hotel | Everything hotels want you to miss!

Choosing a cheap hotel | Everything hotels want you to miss!


Hey guys, Fermin and Siori here and
welcome to The Present Road. Today we’re gonna be talking about choosing a cheap
hotel. This is everything that we found that hotels ‘miss’ or maybe they
don’t want you to notice, and these were definitely a red flag; sometimes we’d
still pick these hotels but, oftentimes that would be enough to nix them. Let’s go! Alright, so we’re gonna start with a few assumptions and that is that you already
know what location you want to be in and by that we mean that you’ve narrowed it
down, in the city, to maybe a smaller subset of that bigger city. The
other thing is that you’ve already filtered by amenities that are
non-negotiable to you. So, for example, if you absolutely need a pool and this is
non-negotiable you’ve already filtered for that and the
third thing is that you’ve filtered by guest reviews. On the scale of 1 to
10, we filter by a minimum of 7 and then on the scale of 5 we filtered
by 3.5. These are our first initial filters and only after we filtered by
this did we dive in to look at the nitty-gritty of each (hotel) listing. So now that you have your filters, the first thing that you should look at, or what I look
at, that’s important to me is the bathroom. 1) I would look for
pictures and see if there’s no pictures that’s usually a red flag, because most
likely the bathroom is gonna be nasty. If there is a picture, then I would
make sure it’s not a wet bathroom. So, a wet bathroom is usually when everything in a bathroom gets wet when you take a shower; toilet, sink, floor – wet, wet, wet. That’s usually no good for me – I mean
we’ll stay in a wet bedroom but I don’t want to. It’s our last resort, when there really isn’t anything in our budget we will consider a wet bath, otherwise this will usually nix it. The other one is a shared bath; some places that shared bathrooms. We don’t really like shared baths but sometimes we’ll do a shared bath if we have to. But, obviously, if you think your booking a
private bath, and you end up with a shared bath, that’s
kind of an unpleasant surprise. The other one, that we always look for,
and this one you’ll have to look at pictures, or the description, is whether
the room has 1) a window because not all rooms have windows and 2) whether
this window is outdoor facing because there has been a couple of times that we
did book a room with a window and it just faced on indoor hallway. Which
we were thinking “that is not a window” but technically it is, it’s just not facing outside. You can’t open the window to get fresh air ’cause you’re just gonna get the hallway.
And the other thing is, and when you’re booking a cheaper hotel you’re probably
not gonna get a view, like a really nice view, but you can probably again
avoid the dumpster view, so just try and see if you have any idea of what the
view might be like it doesn’t have to be pretty but you just don’t want it to be
really ugly or maybe just really weird. And the other thing that we also look
for are the reviews. Very important! So make sure you read the reviews and I
usually look for how clean it is Sometimes you’ll see a review ”
Oh, this place is dirty” that’s usually a red flag too – yeah any if there’s a lot
of reviews that say that it’s dirty – no. You like to look for the bed. I like to look at reviews talk about like the bed comfort is it
like that the mattresses are really old. Some of these hotels
can have older furniture but maybe the mattresses are still in good condition.
Another thing about beds is the bed bugs. I usually check for any mention of bed bugs completely nixes that hotel – that’s a deal-breaker – there’s no leniency on that. The last one I check for is if they have free Wi-Fi how, fast the Wi-Fi is and if you get a Wi-Fi in your room.
Sometimes they’ll say free Wi-Fi but only in the common area and not in your room. It could be that you’re in an area with
poor infrastructure, where every hotel is like that so you don’t get a choice, but
at least you know that you need to be in a common area to get the Wi-Fi. Also we
tend to look or weigh more heavily, the hotels that have more reviews versus the
ones that have very few. So if you had like 10 – 12, that could be all their friends versus 200. If it has 200 and it’s pretty solid then even though
there may be one bad room in their lot, most likely the rooms will be good.
Then once we’ve identified that maybe this is a really good candidate, we look
at in room amenities and to see if there’s any hidden fees. Sometimes they’ll charge you to use AC like, in the Philippines – in a hot place, usually in a hot place. So if you ask for AC you’ll have to pay for it and they’ll
give you this the remote control for the AC. We haven’t been to hotels that actually charge you for the heater but you might get that too, so that could be the hidden fee. In some cases they’ll
charge you for an in-room safe, again you can look at this from the reviews or
sometimes the description for that hotel (room) we never had a problem and
generally we locked our things inside our bag and then we locked our bag too
like a chair, so it wasn’t a theft-proof but it was just a little harder. And the last thing is there’s the hotel hidden fees –
these can add up to a lot of money in some places.
Like parking, if you guys have a car and you really need parking, you might end up paying for parking – and in cities parking can be so expensive. Like if you go to San
Francisco, here in the US – last time we were there which was years ago it was $35 a day and I’m pretty sure now it’s much more. And also in Paris parking there is super expensive. Parking is not a small fee especially if you’re staying many days. And the other
one is taxes. Sometimes they’ll charge you for resort tax, city
tax tourist tax, all that stuff and it’s usually
listed in the listing so just read that really carefully. The tourist tax in
Venice, for example, when we were there it hadn’t kicked in but it was gonna be
like €10/person/day so that adds up (crazy!).
There’s resort fees, like here in Vegas you pay a resort fee, I don’t know how
much it is but I know in adds up, and then of course sometimes the taxes
aren’t listed on the price so that could be a chunk of change. If you’re
going to a place that maybe you’re expecting to spend a lot of time at the
beach or at the pool they may charge you for the towel usage. You can choose to
bring your own towel or you can pay usually to tell usage is per day so don’t
try and keep the towel many days, they’ll still charge you per day, so there is a
savings if you bring your own microfiber towel – they don’t take up a lot of room
and you don’t have to pay. So these are the things that we feel that hotels do
disclose but they kind of put in the fine print or maybe they forget to put
things like bathroom pictures and we think that if you’re aware of it
then you know to look for it and hopefully it’ll make your experience for
picking a cheap or moderately priced hotel a little bit better. Because we’ve
stayed at some good ones that were not bank breaking. And all the stuff that we mentioned is something that we learned. Mistakes that we made. For sure we made all of these mistakes – especially the wet
bathroom. So, if you have any tips of your own that
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