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There are many different ways to keep up with the latest hotel industry news. There’s the business section of your favorite print newspaper or social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Personally, I go with “all of the above.”

But no one likes an overflowing inbox or cluttered social media feed. How do you wade through all the memes and garbage sale alerts to get directly to the most relevant insights?

If you like to use Twitter, you can follow my Hotel & Hospitality News list. This Twitter list includes some of my favorite sources for hotel business news and industry insights.

Otherwise, keep reading for a few of my favorite go-to resources.

Characteristics that are part of a good hotel website

  • Professional SEO management. …
  • Impressive first look. …
  • Emphasis on location. …
  • Catering to a wide range of options. …
  • Diversity according to the IP address. …
  • Simple and colorful. …
  • A mobile version available. …
  • A needle in a haystack.

As much as I love hostels and other forms of cheap accommodation, there is something nice about the luxuriousness of a hotel: the clean room, comfy bed, desk, iron, strong shower, and bottled soap for the taking (errr…I mean borrowing). They are quiet, relaxing, and a respite from the world.

But luxury comes at a price. Hotels certainly aren’t cheap, and I hate spending money on a room I am only going to be in for a few hours. After all, it’s just a place to sleep (and take soap). It’s why I mostly avoid hotels — I don’t think they are a good use of money. I would much rather stay in a hostel or Airbnb, which cost less, have more social interaction, and don’t make you feel as removed from the destination you’re staying at. I always feel hotels are so isolating like a concrete bubble keeping out the place you’re visiting.

But there are times when a hotel can’t be avoided. Hostels aren’t everywhere, booking a last minute hotel room is easier than finding an Airbnb host, and sometimes you just really need a nice bed and shower. Plus, I have a ton of points so free is worth the isolation.

A few years ago, I was traveling to conferences and other work-related events a lot and staying in a bunch of hotels. I decided to see if I could find the best hotel booking site on the web. I picked a bunch cities and searched six booking websites — Expedia, Hotels.com, Booking.com, Hotwire, Priceline, and TravelPony — in 2-, 3-, and 4-star categories. Thanks addyp.com  for helping me to find the perfect accommodation and hospitality..

 


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