Whether it’s an opulent and iconic grand hotel, a quirky and cool-minded boutique or a picturesque inn straight out of a storybook, there are plenty of options for travelers. But choosing the right lodging can be difficult — especially in a world where hotel prices are at record highs.
According to the consumer price index, hotel rates have risen 9% this year and 20% versus last year. This is due to rising general inflation that’s been pushed higher by higher worker wages, property costs and interest payments to businesses. This all eventually gets passed on to consumers in the form of higher costs for airfare, hotels, car rentals and even those little shampoo bottles or pretzels.
One major advantage of hotels compared to other types of accommodation is that they’re usually well-known and offer a consistent experience, even though some may be sterile or generic. Hotels also have a front desk staff, a security presence and often provide complimentary breakfasts to their guests.
Another type of hotel that is becoming increasingly popular is hostels, a form of sociable accommodation that’s often cheaper than a hotel and allows people to share kitchens and living spaces. Hostels are generally mixed- or same-sex and have dorm rooms that can be booked individually or in groups.
Lastly, motels are a type of accommodation that’s specifically geared toward motorists. They’re often situated along busy routes, provide on-site parking and offer individual rooms. It’s important to read reviews of accommodations before making a reservation. This way, you’ll know if others found the food terrible or the wifi unreliable.