Finding a Hotel Room With a View

When booking a hotel, how many of us take the time to consider what views it will offer during our stay there? It is easy to get so drawn in by apparent bargains that we might miss these finer details. Take the Copacabana Palace hotel, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This super glamorous hotel has played host to everybody from Madonna, Will Smith and Mick Jagger to the Obamas, and its location overlooking the golden sands of Copacabana beach make it seem like a dream destination. But while rooms with a sea view are considerably higher in price than those without, it can be well worth paying the extra as those at the back of the building have an unfortunate view over the traffic-packed streets of Copacabana, one of the most densely populated places on the planet. Paying attention to these details can make all the difference to your stay, particularly if you are planning a romantic getaway. In less touristic destinations around the world, it can be harder to know what you are looking for when booking a room, making it all the more important to do plenty of research. Those few tourists who heat to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, for example, will find that when looking for a hotel Baku offers views that range from stunning to drab and uninspired. Generally speaking, those hotels located inside the city’s UNESCO protected historic centre will offer a far more attractive view than one located close to the bus station or airport.

Okay, so when looking for a hotel Baku might not be on the top of the agenda for many people planning an overseas holiday, but even on a business break in this attractive coastal city, a hotel room with a pleasing view can make an enormous difference not only to the quality of your stay but to your impression of the destination overall.

Even when visiting the world’s great cities, such as Rome, Paris and New York, those apparent bargains may not seem like such great deals if you find yourself overlooking a litter-strewn backstreet rather than taking in a lively local street scene, pleasant square or famous national monument.

When booking your hotel room, don’t be afraid to contact the hotel in order to enquire about what exactly you will be seeing when you draw open the curtains. A simple request for a sea view or a room that doesn’t face onto a noisy road can be enough to make the difference, and it isn’t always even necessary to pay increased rates for the privilege.

January 25, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Destination Tips


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