Searching for a good hotel can be confusing when you’re doing it from the comfort of your room, your home, and your city – especially if you’re travelling to a whole other country. There are many hotels to choose from, but only one can meet your needs to the fullest. Here are some tips from the Shaza Al Madina Hotel to help you pick the right hotel.
What is the purpose for your trip?
The first thing you need to do is set your goal; this will help you make the right choice. Travelling for tourism differs from travelling for business, visiting relatives, or shopping. If you’re travelling for tourism, pick an international hotel that offers a concierge service, or as we call it at the Shaza Al Madina Hotel, the Mostachar service. This service will assist you in finding the right touristic areas to visit, as well as the right transportation for your needs. If the purpose of your trip is going shopping, we recommend staying in a hotel that offers shuttle services to famous markets in the city; this eases the process of moving to and from the hotel when you’re carrying gifts and shopping bags. If you’re traveling for business, pick a hotel that helps you focus by providing your room with a desk and a Wi-Fi connection, in addition to an equipped business centre that offers all the office services you need.
Find out where the hotel is located
Most major cities around the world are divided into multiple areas like industrial zones, business centres, historical places, and more. It’s important to make sure the hotel you’re staying in is located in the area of interest to you, especially if it is far from the downtown area. You can also ask about the distance between the hotel and the place you want to visit, but bear in mind that there is a difference between the distance in kilometers and the time needed to cover that distance; not every actual kilometer can enable you to reach the location within one minute by car or five minutes on foot. Get to know the surroundings of the hotel as they may include places with construction works, lakes, or freeways, which might delay your arrival time. You can also call the hotel in advance to find out what the peak times are in its surrounding area.
What services does the hotel offer?
The importance of each service differs depending on the guest. Guests have different needs; a free parking garage isn’t important for someone who will rely on public transportation, and likewise, a hotel swimming pool might not matter to those who don’t like to swim. However, there are services that are important to everyone, and they are essential for a pleasurable and easy stay, such as reception services, housekeeping services, and food and beverage services, among others. It’s best to choose a hotel that excels in offering these services at a professional level. For example, the Shaza Al Madina Hotel provides you with your own Morafik, who offers you full reception services on your behalf to save your time, such as handling your check-in and check-out procedures as well as booking transportation and restaurants, to name a few. The Shaza Al Madina Hotel also offers housekeeping services at any time of the day according to your schedule, so you aren’t restricted to a specific timing as is the case with other hotels. You can also order food and beverages in your room around the clock.
Check out the rating
Regardless of the hotel’s star rating, there are things you don’t experience unless you try them yourself. Asking friends who stayed at the hotel before is one of the best ways to find out how well it can cater to your needs. If you don’t have friends who’ve been to the hotel, we recommend searching online for the hotel’s reviews and awards. There are a number of awards that websites and hotel operators offer around the world, and the Shaza Al Madina Hotel is proud to have won several international awards such as Medina’s Leading Luxury Hotel 2018 award and Saudi Arabia’s Leading Luxury Hotel 2018 award, among other international travel awards that act as an insignia of excellence in the global hospitality sector. We also recently won a variety of awards from leading tourism and travel company TripAdvisor; Shaza Al Madina ranked 17th among the best 25 hotels in the Kingdom and ranked ninth among the best 25 hotels in the Kingdom in terms of service. The hotel also ranked 11th among 25 luxury hotels in the Kingdom and 10th among the top ten hotels for families in the Kingdom.