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Are you Searching for the BEST RATE Hotels Booking in Pattaya?

As a traveler, I have been traveled a lot especially to Pattaya. I have checked tons of websites to find the best place that fit my needs with the best rate of the Hotels for my trips. Good vacation starts from good staying place, the place that will let you enjoy what you like without hassle. Here is 10 steps to find the best hotels with the best rates.

1.Make a TO DO list

First of all, you should know what you like to do on your vacation? You may like to enjoy sightseeing to see a new place and spend almost all day outside the hotels, have fun with sport activities on the beach in front of your hotel, shopping, entertainment and nightlife or just relax on the beach or poolside.

You may want to do everything, don’t worry, Pattaya can serve all that, you just make a list to make sure that you will get the hotels in the location that serve all your TO DO lists. If you travel as a family, make sure you think about everyone’s need.

At this step, when you know what you like to do, now please go to the next step.

2.Pick your Hotel Location in Pattaya

For accommodation choices, Pattaya can be divided into 4 main areas: North Pattaya (Naklua Bay), Central Pattaya, South Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. Different styles of hotels are available – hotels, resorts or guest houses – varying by quality, taste, and budget. Whatever budget you can afford, there is no doubt you will find an accommodation that fit for your pocket and life style.

North Pattaya Hotels. I myself like to stay in this area, it’s mainly for relax and poolside sunbath. For water sport, you need to check the hotels facilities as most of the hotels there have private beach. North Pattaya Hotels are quite separate from night life but not too far to reach.

Central Pattaya and the Beginning of South Pattaya hotels are quite the same. Majority is for entertainment and nightlife. If you like to enjoy the beach and water sport activities during daytime, pick the hotel on Beach Road. South Pattaya will give you a plus for street shopping. If you will visit Pattaya with your children and want to stay around here, I suggest not to take them out at night unless you are fine if they will be in the atmosphere of bars and bar girls.

South Pattaya on the Pratumnak Hill, the hotels here is different from other parts of south pattaya, it’s perfect place for family and for those who like to have a real relax and spend most of the time at the hotels like Honeymooners. Many hotels here are luxurious and pricy. Anyway, you can still find 3-4 stars hotels which are value for money.

Jomtien Beach Hotels, most of the hotels here are budget hotels or middle class (3 stars) hotels. Good for budget travelers who want to enjoy the beach and water sport activities. This will be another location I would recommend for family trip. There are also some bars here at the beginning of Jomtien Beach, but compare to central and south pattaya, nightlife here is softer. And for the one who love seafood, at the end of Jomtien Beach, there are many seafood restaurants with fresh seafood and very good taste with reasonable price.

So… what hotels location in Pattaya is your choice?

3.Make a “Must Have” Hotel Facilities List

Swimming pool, Gym, Laundry, Internet Access, Spa, 24 hours Restaurant, Cable TV, Family Suite, Honeymoon Suite, Your Language Speaking Concierge, Clean, Friendly Staffs etc.

Of course, you want all those services but please be aware of your budget. So make sure that you separate the “Must Have” and “Nice to Have” lists.

4.Set up your Budget Range

I will guide you about the hotels class and price range. For the standard or superior room price range is 20-30 USD for guesthouse or budget hotels (1-2 stars), 30-60 USD for middle class (3 stars) hotels, 60-100 for upper class (4 stars) hotels, 90-140 USD for 5 stars hotels. Price can go high up to 300 USD for the high-end luxurious Pattaya hotels such as Sheraton Pattaya Beach Resort.

5.Search for What Hotel is Right for You

Use your list from step 3-4 for the search criteria to narrow your search. My favorite is to search from Pattaya map, it gives you a good view of where exactly the hotels located, all hotels in the same time. You can easily find if the hotels are directly on the beach or any interesting places nearby. The best of all is the hotels reviews, many good comments of each hotels from the travelers who stayed there before that will tell you about the hotels services, the cleanliness, the convenience and much more that you will not find in the official hotels page.

This step will take some time, make a list of your choices of hotels, can be 1-3 hotels. Do not book hotels at this step.

6.Search for BEST RATE hotels

I used to spend a lot of time searching for the Best Rate for hotels of my choice in Pattaya and all Thailand destination. I can not say which one is the cheapest because it’s different rate in each hotel. For example, Marriott Resort and Spa Pattaya is cheapest in website A because there is special promotion, Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya is cheapest in website B….

Be careful when you compare the price, Some websites will show the price that NOT includes Tax and Service Charge so you have to go all the way to almost payment stage to see the real cost, some websites will show you the net price that includes everything without any hidden cost.

7.Don’t Forget to Check Special Promotion

Every websites always offer a good promotion, don’t forget to look for “Special Promotion” page.

8.Should you book now or wait? When is the best time to book hotels?

Sure you can book now, good hotels always fully booked very quick especially in Pattaya because Thai people also like to have vacation in Pattaya plus many festivals and big conferences always be held in Pattaya.

9.If you find the better rate later after booking and payment already made?

I don’t think you can find better rate than this 3 websites, by the way, if you do, some websites offer the guarantee BEST RATE. You can just contact them and send the booking rate from other websites during the same period of stay and same type of rooms and condition. Then they will adjust the rate for you. Please check their policy again.

10.Print out Your Confirmation and/or Receipt to Show When Check In

This is to prevent any mistake that may happen such as the hotel front staff cannot find your booking. This happened to me sometimes, but with the paper, problem will be solved very quick.


The Reason Asian Hotel Is Better

There is great debate between travellers about the standards of hotels around the world. The debate is centred round whether European hotels offer the same value and level of accommodation as North America and Asia.

Now different people have different tastes when it comes to staying in a hotel or any type of accommodation away from home. Some people want everything to be like it is at home. Others value the cultural differences and expect accommodation to be different in other countries. And it also depends on what type of holiday experience you have in mind. The type of accommodation in a ski resort will be different to a beach front hotel in Waikiki. If you are on a European coach tour visiting several cities over a week you will encounter many hotels that are “pit stops” for the night. These hotels have been selected to fit in with the tour schedule and price. And there is nothing wrong with that as you are only “checked in” for the night and leave early the next morning.

However, if you are staying in a hotel for several days or longer you want to make sure you have selected a hotel that meets your requirements of location, accessibility, spaciousness, standard, quality and price. Every city around the world has good hotels and poor quality hotels so it is dangerous to generalise about the quality of accommodation across a continent.

Generally, people who have travelled the world agree that the standard of European hotels is not comparable to North America and Asia. Let’s compare.

American Hotels

Generally American hotels are larger hotels and part of a hotel chain whereas many European hotels are smaller family run hotels. Of course there are the large hotel chains in Europe, more hotels are becoming part of chains and new hotels are built.

American hotels have larger room sizes than comparable European hotels for the same or less money. There are often additional facilities like two queen beds, large bathrooms, kitchenettes and air conditioning. Price is one of the biggest differences between hotels on each side of the Atlantic. Some American cities, such as Las Vegas, have incredibly high standard hotels at very cheap rates. Now these hotels do make most of their money from the casino you have to navigate through before you get to your room. And that’s the trick, getting to your room with your wallet remaining in good health.

Another point that many world travellers say is that the restaurant meals in American hotels are larger and better value than in Europe. The quality of the food may vary but I would tend to agree with that too.

Asian Hotels

The main advantage with Asian hotels is that they are considerably less expensive than both American and European hotels for a comparable property. Even backpackers can afford to stay in good hotels in Asia whereas in Europe they are confined to sharing a dorm room with many other travellers.

Asian hotels tend to give much better value than their European equivalent. The average hotel size in Asia is relatively larger with many rooms. The room sizes are larger, bathrooms larger and newer. The facilities like pools and restaurants are usually better. World travellers have indicated they love to holiday in Asia because they can afford to stay in a hotel on the beach or one block from the beach. Dining out every night is inexpensive and makes a vacation more fun.

European Hotels

Unless you book a relatively expensive hotel, 4 or 5 star the standards are less than North America and Asia.

Many hotels in Europe are smaller, family run hotels. Many people find this type of accommodation has more charm and offers local hospitality over a large and sometimes impersonal hotel.

There have been many complaints about European hotels. Some people often complain about the small bathrooms with poor ventilation. Others complain about the poor linen, like in Italy where they give you those very thin towels that are like a small sheet. Others complain about the lack of views from the windows.

What Europe does have is the history and old world charm. Considering that when you are on holiday in Europe you won’t be spending much time in your hotel room – does it matter?

Well, yes it does matter. You have paid for a hotel room and you don’t want to have your European vacation spoilt by poor quality hotels where you don’t feel comfortable.

In many European cities, visitors are recommended to stay in a hotel outside the city centre and commute to the tourist attractions. These hotels tend to be newer, larger and comparable to hotels in the USA and Asia. This is not a problem in most European cities as their public transport infrastructure is very good with wide coverage and easy access to most parts of the city.

For those who are travelling to Australia, the hotel standards are similar to North America.


All About Boutique Hotel

Planning to build or make a Boutique hotel? Congratulations for taking the right decision, hopefully you are in the right city and location.

Today many hoteliers or entrepreneurs are opting to go into Boutique segment. I therefore thought it timely to pen down my own experiences of creating Boutique hotels.

Boutique hotels became popular in recent times as it gave an opportunity to even a small property owner with a decent house of three rooms to convert it to a Boutique property and be rightly called a “hotelier”. While there is no agreed definition of a Boutique hotel, by and large the industry agrees that these are “small, independent, trendy, lifestyle hotels”; their size ranges between 3 to 150 keys. There are certain distinct characteristics that differentiate a regular hotel to a Boutique property. In the following para’s I would discuss these.

Boutique hotels are usually suited to the metro cities, cosmopolitan cities or popular resort destinations. This is because the clientele it attracts is by and large between 20 to 50 years age group belonging to upper middle income segment of the travelling public. Therefore it is important to select the right destination and within that a prime location with good neighbourhood. The target clientele prefers to frequent hotels in downtown or CBD. People argue that this factor is also valid for any other hotel; well there is no denying that location is one of the most important factors in the success of a hotel.

Let’s now come to the size of a Boutique hotel. Generally we say small and qualify it with the range of 3 to 150 keys; however some in the industry strongly feel that hotels above 100 keys should not qualify for this segment. Their argument is that 100 keys is the optimum size to have the much desired personalised relationship between the residents, guests, visitors and patrons. There is a merit to this argument as the larger the size the more impersonal is the interaction between the people. Personal yet not familiar interaction is another key character of a Boutique hotel. Selection of people with the right attitude and their training and grooming therefore assumes great significance. A Boutique hotel follows the philosophy of addressing its guests by name and not by their key number.

In the recent past, some of the chains have also jumped on the Boutique wagon and launched their boutique brands. While the chains will have the muscle of their marketing strength, their hotels will definitely have areas of similarity with their remaining properties, diluting the Boutique concept. Boutique hotels are by and large independent hotels with distinctively different personality from the regular hotels. However recently we have seen the emergence of pure Boutique hotel chains, some of them having as few as just eight keys in some of their properties.

Architecture and interior decorator play a major role in creating uniqueness in style and an ambiance of vibrance. The hotels are chic in their character. The stay must become an experience is the slogan. I have recently seen a hotel with over 15 different types of rooms in size, lay out, decor and view. Each time one stays in different rooms, it is a different experience. The atmosphere of a Boutique hotel bubbles with a suspicion of intimacy and class. Such an atmosphere helps the hotel become the happening place in the city or the location. The hotel must reflect the warmth in its style. Boutique hotels are therefore distinctively different than the other hotels not only in their personality but also in their revenue generation potential. A boutique hotel earns a higher per key revenue than the regular hotel.

Technologically, a Boutique hotel is a state of the art hotel with latest in internet technology, DVD’s in rooms, interactive flat screen LCD/Plasma TV’s, dimmer controls in the room. The hotels are also equipped with video conferencing facility through their business centre. The entertainment possibilities in a Boutique property are far more than the channel music on TV. They extend to trendy night clubs, bars and discotheques.

As part of the product profile, Boutique hotels have at least one, if not two trendy restaurants with different yet unique cuisine. They employ celebrity or known master chefs and serve a very carefully chosen and selective menu. The food is not only tasty but well presented and served in a totally friendly atmosphere. Most of the time the chefs visit the tables to ask about the food, its quality and taste. He is always willing to prepare out of menu items on request. The decor of the restaurants is hip and inviting. The crockery, cutlery and glassware are matching the interiors of the outlet. Service pleasing and smiling and above all quick and efficient.

A boutique hotel sets the tone of style, intimacy, fashion and glamour. It is frequented by the who’s who of the city; people who want to be “seen around” or “seen with” are always there to make the atmosphere a happening place.

Within the Boutique there is yet another interesting and promising segment, “The Boutique Heritage”. Owners of old forts, palaces, villas and houses are creating fine boutique hotels. These properties reflect old traditional royal living in ultra modern ambiance backed by latest technology and highly personalised service. The restoration and conversion is long, tiring and expensive exercise, but it is worth it. In Northern India, some of there properties are having an ARR of around US$ 1000.00 per night. Basically these properties offer an unforgettable experience of the Royal Raj days. This proves that the concept of product differentiation is the key mantra for creating a boutique hotel.

While boutique hotels are quite a common phenomena in the West, in Asia it is now picking up at a very fast pace. We see emergence of both independent hotels and a couple of boutique chains at national and regional level.

Now a word of caution, anyone planning to enter this segment will be well advised to go the professional way. Chose the best consultant available in the market to assist in creating a boutique product. One should remember that the difference between a regular luxury hotel and a boutique hotel is in two aspects, the subtle difference in product concept and profiling and the quality of ultimate experience to the user.

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Hotel Recommendation On Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is located in an isolated region of the Vilcabamba Jungle 4 hours from Cusco – the nearest major city. Although the citadel can be visited in one day, many people choose to extend the trip by spending a night close to the ruins at either a hotel in Aguas Calientes or at the only hotel adjacent to the ruins – the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel.

The citadel of Machu Picchu is perched on the mountain edge, and there is limited space for hotels at the site. All hotels (except the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel) are located on the valley floor in the small town of Aguas Calientes. The rather unique village of Aguas calientes has no roads, and access to the town is made either by train or on foot. Although Machu Picchu is a world class destination, the village of Aguas Calientes is still typically Peruvian and somewhat lacking in services, quality restaurants and general appeal. Land is at a premium in the village and quality hotel developments have been slow in coming forward, creating highly inflated prices for mediocre service.

However, in 2012 we are glad to report that the choice of hotels (although still limited) has greatly improved and there are now a handful of hotels that will really enhance your tour to Peru.

The following hotels are our top recommendations:

The Sanctuary Lodge Hotel (Luxury Hotel) – The only hotel located at the citadel of Machu Picchu is the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel. A night at the luxury hotel will set you back about $1000, but this includes breakfast, lunch and dinner plus a free bar. With access to Machu Picchu in less than 3 minutes, the hotel is perfect for early risers, keen photographers and people who want to have the flexibility to come and go as they like.

The Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (Luxury Hotel) – This large luxury hotel located in the village of Aguas Calientes is set in 11 acres of jungle and cloud forest, and offers guests a selection of high quality accommodations. There are several rooms types available: from the standard entry level room, through to the Inkaterra Owners Suite which has several bedrooms, a lounge and dining areas with a personal concierge. Guests also have the opportunity to hike the many nature trails within the grounds, take a visit to the tea and coffee plantations and also indulge in the superb onsite spa. This hotel is a must for all Machu Picchu luxury tours.

The Sumaq Hotel (First Class) – The Sumaq hotel is a relative new-comer to Aguas Calientes, and is one of the top three hotels in the village. Located on the road to Machu Picchu, the hotel is conveniently located for access to Machu Picchu, and offers guests a comfortable and first rate stay near Machu Picchu. The hotel really excels in the cuisine department, offering guests incredible fresh fusion cuisine created by some of Peru’s finest chefs.

The Hatuchay Tower Hotel (Tourist Superior) – Probably the most popular hotel in Aguas Calientes by most travel agents, the Hatuchay Tower Hotel offers guests a good level of service with spacious modern accommodations at the right price. This large hotel is also located on the road to Machu Picchu, and shuttle busses to the citadel stop en-route to collect guests. A buffer dinner is included within the price of the room, so guests are sure to enjoy a good meal without having to leave the hotel.

El Mapi Hotel (Tourist Superior) – Owned by the Inkaterra Group of Hotels the El Mapi hotel is one of Aguas Calientes newest hotels (previously the Machu Picchu Inn Hotel). After extensive renovation the hotel El Mapi gave Aguas Calientes a much needed high quality tourist superior class hotel – that offers clean modern, accommodations combined with great service. For our set tours to Peru the El Mapi Hotel is our first choice for clients who are looking for a good level of accommodations, but mindful of their budget.

Andina Luxury (Entry Level) – This small hotel is probably one of the best entry level hotels in Aguas Calientes, and although at the budget end of the scale, a night at the hotel will still set you back more than US$ 100. The hotel is not particularly well located, but offers guests clean and modern accommodation, perfect for a good night’s sleep.

To summarise the choice of Machu Picchu Hotels, we would probably say that hotels are expensive for what you get, however you are visiting one of the World’s top attractions. You will probably want to dig a little deeper and pay a little extra to be guaranteed good accommodations near Machu Picchu. Make sure you book your Peru Vacation early, as hotel capacity is limited around Machu Picchu.

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