Guide To Get Lower Price

Getting discount hotel reservations when you travel is not really that difficult when you know how.

Booking early is one of the best ways to get a discount hotel reservation. And the earlier you book your hotel room the more discount you may receive. Hotels manage their reservations to ensure that the hotel books the maximum number of rooms at the maximum room rate possible. And the hotel will certainly make sure that the number of bookings exceeds the hotel’s break even point so that it is profitable. Hotels regularly release blocks of low cost rooms to the market to encourage people to make a reservation. These rooms will be only available several months into the future. The hotel will have blocks of medium priced rooms and blocks of high priced rooms. As the demand for rooms increases the hotel “sells” the cheapest rooms first leaving the blocks of higher priced rooms. Also as the demand for rooms increases the hotel will increase their room rates to match the demand.

Booking at the last minute can sometimes result in a significant discount for customers. When a hotel has not received enough bookings to be profitable, then the hotel may release a number of rooms to the market at a discount. However, customers may not be able to book the hotel of their choice. If you are not too fussy about where you stay booking a hotel at the last minute can sometimes work in your favour.

Avoid travel on religious, public or school holidays. There will be increased demand for hotel accommodation which leads to higher room rates. Hotels tend to receive bookings many months in advance giving hotels the chance to maximise their room rates to ensure the hotel is fully booked well before the holiday period.

Avoid travel in Peak Periods such as the middle of summer when visiting a beach resort or island. Likewise, avoiding the middle of winter if going on a skiing holiday. The Greek Islands are a very popular destination during the summer months with the peak during August when the Greeks are on holiday. I visited the Greek Islands during June; there was plenty of affordable accommodation and the weather was beautiful.

Avoid travel during a major event such as The Olympics. For example, when the Sydney 2000 Olympics were being staged I travelled to New Zealand. The number of tourists visiting New Zealand was at a low point and I booked some very good bargains and had the pick of hotels. Also there were no queues at any tourist attractions which makes your holiday so much more enjoyable.

Booking multiple nights at the same hotel often results in a discount for customers. I cannot count the number of times I have booked 3 or 4 nights and received a free night or some other benefit such as a free breakfast every day. Hotels offer this to encourage customers to stay longer as it saves the hotel money. A hotel would rather check-in one customer for five nights than check-in five customers one for each night. The hotel would save substantial check in and out costs, administration costs, cleaning costs advertising and agent booking fees.

Stay during the week and not on weekends can result in a significant discount for customers. This is very evident at entertainment hot-spots such as Las Vegas and Macau where gamblers fly in for the weekend. The hotel rate on Friday and Saturday nights is often double the Sunday to Thursday night rate. Many other international locations also have this weekend premium where travellers arrive for a weekend escape from the city. For example many Londoners travel to Paris for the weekend and many Greeks visit the Greek Islands on the weekends.

Stay a little further away from the centre of the action. When travelling to major cities and attractions, the nearer the hotel to the city or attraction the more you should expect to pay. If booking a hotel in a major city consider staying in the suburb just outside the central business district. If visiting a major tourist attraction, such as Disneyland, consider staying in the next suburb. The down-side, of course, is the extra travel cost but a $10 taxi fare may be a lot cheaper than the extra cost of the hotel room.

Booking on the Internet is the best way for customers to compare and shop for a hotel in any location in the world. There is huge choice for customers meaning huge competition for the hotels which keeps prices low. Also many of the best hotel deals are only released on the internet and are often only available until sold out. The internet allows you to enter your travel dates, check availability, compare prices, view photos of the hotel exterior and interior and read reviews hotel reviews from other travellers.

The booking is made in real-time so you know that once it has been confirmed the booking is complete. Most importantly, making a prepaid reservation will get you the cheapest hotel rates available. As your credit card is charged at the moment you make the booking everything is confirmed and arranged for you immediately.

And once the booking is complete the hotel check-in voucher is sent to your email address and can be printed out for presentation to the hotel on check-in. If you lose your voucher, don’t worry, simply go to your email and print another one. Bookings can be altered or cancelled at any time however if the booking is changed within 72 hours before the check-in date there may be an administration fee charged by the hotel and this will vary from hotel to hotel.

 

Tips To Avoid Bed Bugs In Hotel

Bed bugs in hotels have become a serious concern to travelers. If you have never had them, you can ensure you never get them in the future either. If you are diligent and pay attention to your surroundings, you can prevent them forever, even if you stay in a hotel.

How to avoid bed bugs in hotels:

Since bed bugs can easily attach themselves to your purse or clothing, I would avoid visiting any home or hotel that you know has them.

When you must travel, what can you do about bugs in hotels? You can’t be certain whether or not a hotel has them. You would have to use the same precautions as you would at home, and do the same kind of visual inspection. Sadly, bed bugs in hotels have become very common.

It would be prudent if, first of all, you would search online, by name, the hotels in the area where you will be staying. Search for reviews of hotels from former patrons. It’s not probable that a hotel would itself reveal it had a bed bug problem, therefore you should look for independent reviews.

Just because a hotel is not listed as having a bug problem, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is bug free. Travelers may bring them into a hotel within their clothing or luggage at any time.

How can you prevent getting bugs in hotels if you must stay in one? The way you can check for hotel bed bugs is to do a visual check of the bed linens and mattress. Seek out smears of blood or dried specks of dark brown or black. Those are the critter’s droppings.

Take action immediately if you see those common and obvious signs of infestation. You shouldn’t have to stay in a hotel with bugs, nor do you want to.

Check the headboard as well as the mattress. If close to the bed, dressers and night stands should also be checked. These insects like to hide in dark places, so drawers are a likely place to find them.

Report the problem to the front desk. Speak with a manager. He may not even be aware of the problem. It won’t necessarily help you to change rooms because they can easily spread from room to room. For your peace of mind, just leave and find another hotel without bed bugs.

A good idea in advance of traveling is to get information on several hotels in the area. Thus, if you find your hotel has bugs, perhaps the next one will be bug free. It’s best to plan ahead so that you have a choice between staying in a hotel with bed bugs and staying in one that does not. Have a list of hotels as a backup so you don’t feel pressured.

Take the following precautions even if you don’t see obvious signs of these insects in your hotel room. Avoiding them is far preferable than trying to get rid of them.

I would bring along a bug killer spray when traveling. I advocate only the use of non-toxic pest control products. Small travel size sprays are available for use in hotels and motels for getting rid of them.

Do not put your suitcases on the floor. Put them up on a dresser or bureau. If the hotel has supplied a luggage rack, be sure to use it. Neither should you put your purse or discarded clothing on the floor because bed bugs can climb onto them undetected. Your purse should be hung in the closet or off a shower rod if possible.

After undressing for the day, place the clothing you won’t be wearing again in plastic bags if possible. Use plastic bags that you can seal tightly. I have found that Hefty makes some extra large zip bags in which travelers may seal clothing for protection from bed bugs. This is so great! Like extra giant baggies, they are eleven gallon bags that zip shut, effectively sealing out bugs and giving you complete protection from them.

By using the Hefty bag you have contained any bugs you may not have known were in the hotel. When you return home it will be easy to put your clothes in the washer and then dry them on hot, just in case.

You may wish to be even more cautious about avoiding bed bugs in hotels, so when you remove and bag up your clothing, take it to a laundry mat the following day for a wash and dry. A laundry service is sometimes available at hotels. This procedure assures you that should you have unknowingly gotten bugs on your clothes from the hotel or motel, you will have contained and killed them.

You should always check your luggage prior to leaving. If I wanted to be super cautious, I’d use a non-toxic bug spray on my suitcase, inside and out. Please use only safe, natural bug sprays, thus avoiding contamination of your personal items with toxic pesticides. There are various types of bed bug travel sprays that are convenient and easy to use, as well as non-toxic.

I would rest easier using a product that states it is safe around pets and kids, such as Green Rest Easy Travel Spray. It comes in a twin pack of two ounces, perfect for carrying in your suitcase. Scented like cinnamon, it does not have a nasty chemical odor that toxic bug sprays do. At the end of this article you can find a link where you can purchase this spray.

Place your hanging clothing in dry cleaning bags in the closets if the hotel supplies them. Your clothing should be kept far away from the bed as possible, and off the carpets. Plan ahead and bring your own dry cleaning bags, thus protecting your clothing from hotel bed bugs.

Personally, I would undress in the bathroom and hang my clothing in the shower if possible, thus avoiding contact with the floor altogether. If you travel frequently, it would be a good idea to bring hangers along. If need be, then you can hang your clothes off the shower rack. As an extra precaution, bring your own clear plastic bags as well, and hang your clothes inside them.

If, to your horror, you return home from a trip where you stayed in a hotel and find that you have bed bugs in your suitcase, what will you do? You can throw your clothes in a dryer because heat will kill them. But, how do you eliminate bugs from your luggage?

Amazingly, something is available for this exact problem. It is the Pack Tite Portable Bed Bug Killing Heater Unit, designed expressly for this purpose.

From eggs to adult bugs, the PackTite Bed Bug Heater Killer will kill them all at any stage of development. There are no chemicals used, and you may set the timer for a heating time of up to six whole hours! I’m certain that’s enough to steam kill any bugs in your luggage.

Though this device may not be needed for the casual traveler, for someone who travels often, this may be necessary to avoid those hotel bed bugs.

To summarize, following is a list of fourteen steps to prevent getting bed bugs in hotels:

1. Check out the hotel online prior to leaving on your vacation to see if there have been complaints filed against it for bed bugs.

2. In the event that you need to change hotels, make a list of names, phone numbers, and directions to other hotels in the area.

3. Be sure to pack a non-toxic bug spray, and several large Hefty sealable bags.

4. Prior to putting your clothing in your suitcase, pack them inside the Hefty bags. Even if bugs manage to enter your suitcase, this ensures you won’t get them on your clothes.

5. Just in case you need them, pack extra hangers so you can hang your clothes in the shower.

6. If you suspect an infestation you may need to do an emergency wash, so be sure to pack some quarters and laundry detergent.

7. Only bring things you absolutely need into the hotel room.

8. When you arrive at your hotel or motel, do a visual inspection of your room before you even bring your bags inside. Be sure to check every place that hotel bed bugs can hide.

9. Using only non-toxic spray, keep bugs at bay by spraying your suitcase on the outside.

10. Bag up your purse if possible, and keep it and your luggage off the floor.

11. Do not put discarded clothing on the floor. If you won’t be wearing it again bag it up immediately, using a resealable Hefty bag.

12. Before you leave in the morning, wash yourself well with hot water.

13. Before returning your suitcase to your car, spray the outside again with the non-toxic spray.

14. When you arrive home, dump contents of all Hefty bags into a very hot wash, and dry on high heat. Before bringing your suitcase into the house, spray it again.

Now you know you took all possible precautions to prevent getting hotel bed bugs.

 

Tips Buying Condo Hotel

1. What is a condo hotel or condotel?

Think of a condo hotel (also sometimes called a condotel or hotel condo) as buying a condominium, although one that is part of a four-star caliber hotel. Therefore, as an owner, when you are on vacation, you’ll get the benefit of more four-star services and amenities than you’d get in a typical condominium.

2. What types of services and amenities are found in condo hotels?

If you can imagine the niceties you’d find in an upscale hotel, then you can picture a condo hotel. Among the features are often resort-style pools, full-service spas, state-of-the-art fitness centers, fine dining restaurants, concierge services and room service.

In some locations, like Las Vegas, you’ll find condo hotels with their own casinos, retail areas, and entertainment venues. In places like Orlando, you’ll find condo hotels with their own water parks and convention facilities.

3. What is the difference between a condo hotel and a traditional condominium?

The big difference between a hotel and a condo hotel is that a hotel typically has one owner, either individual or corporate, but a condo hotel is sold off unit by unit. Therefore, a 300-room condo hotel could have as many as 300 unit owners.

4. Is it evident to hotel guests whether they’re staying in a condo hotel or a traditional hotel?

A hotel guest will likely never know that the hotel has multiple owners because the property is operated just like a traditional hotel and often under the management of a well-known hotel company like Hilton, Hyatt, Starwood, Trump or W. Also, each of the individual condo hotel units will look identical in design and décor to every other, just as they would in a traditional hotel.

5. Who typically buys condo hotels?

They’re primarily sold to people who want a vacation home but do not want to deal with the hassles typically associated with second home ownership such as maintaining the property or finding renters in the off season.

6. What is the demographic of the typical condo hotel buyer?

The spectrum of condo hotel buyers is pretty broad. There are families that want a second home in a vacation destination. There are baby boomers who are at or nearing retirement and want somewhere they can “winter.” There are also plenty of investors who purchase a condo hotel unit with little intention of ever using it; they’re in it for the potential appreciation of the real estate.

7. Can you live in a condo hotel?

Condo hotels are not typically offered as primary residences. In fact, many of them limit the unit owner’s usage of the condo hotel unit (typically 30-60 days per year) because the unit is expected and needed in the hotel’s nightly rental program where it can be offered to guests and generate revenue.

8. Who gets the money when your condo hotel is rented out?

The hotel management company splits the rental revenue with the individual condo hotel owner. While the exact percentages vary from property to property, the typical rental split is in the 50%-50% range.

9. Who finds hotel guests and then cleans and maintains the condo hotel units?

The hotel management company markets the property and books hotel guests. It also maintains the unit and ensures the smooth operation of all of the hotel’s services and amenities.

10. What are the advantages / disadvantages of purchasing a condotel over purchasing typical rental properties?

Advantages include:

· Hassle-free ownership; no landlord issues

· Rental revenue to offset some or maybe all ownership expenses

· A fantastic vacation home available for use whenever you want

· A real estate investment at a time when other investments may seem less attractive

· Strong likelihood of appreciation

· Pride of ownership –“I own a piece of a Trump”

Disadvantages include:

· Annual cash flow could be equal to or less than annual ownership costs

· Pets are usually not welcome.

· An owner’s condo hotel unit may be rented when the owner wants to it, so advance reservations are required to guarantee availability.

· The condo hotel unit is subject to the same dips in the market that affect all hotels in the competitive market set: hurricanes, terrorist threats, warm winters up north, price of gas, etc., all of which can affect a unit’s occupancy rate and the amount of revenue it generates.

11. Are condo hotel units difficult to finance?

Not at all, but they do take 20% down typically, whereas condos can be purchased with less cash down. It’s also important to make sure you use a mortgage broker who has had success in getting condo hotel financing deals done. Many banks still do not do them, but more and more are getting involved as condo hotels become more widely available.

12. How long have condo hotels been around and where are they located?

Condo hotels have been around for several decades, but the huge surge of four-star and five-star condo hotels that have been making their way across the country, started around year 2000 in the Miami area. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale area still has the most condo hotels, but areas like Orlando and Las Vegas are developing condo hotel properties at an even faster rate and will likely surpass South Florida soon. Other up-and-coming areas are places like the Bahamas, Panama, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Canada and Dubai.

13. How much do condo hotel units cost?

That’s like asking how much a car costs. There are different quality condo hotels. Some require greater amounts of money than others, obviously.

There are inexpensive condo hotels out there for as little as $100,000. These are typically found in properties that have converted their use from an existing hotel. They are hotel room-sized, lack kitchen facilities, luxury franchises, and other first-class amenities.

Then there are the four-star or greater properties that may start in the $300,000 to $400,000 range, but can go all the way up to $800,000 just for a studio unit. One- and two-bedroom units cost substantially more than a studio. Of course, the studios do come fully furnished and finished, and will be significantly larger in size than a typical hotel room, and may attract guests because of its name like St. Regis, Ritz or W.

14. What are typical maintenance costs?

On average about $1.00 to $1.50 per sq. ft., but the range can exceed $2.00 sq. ft. in the most luxurious properties.

15. Do you buy condo hotel units after they have been built, or can you purchase condo hotels in pre-construction?

Unless you are in a hurry to get started vacationing or you need to complete a 1031 exchange, it’s best to buy condo hotels in pre-construction as early as possible. That’s when prices are lowest and unit selection is greatest. You will likely wait two years or longer before closing on and taking possession of your condo hotel unit, but you will have locked in the price and will get the benefit of maximum appreciation.

16. Is there anything else investors should want to know about condotels?

There is more to buying this type of real estate than the old phrase, “location, location, location.” While most condo hotels are located in desirable resort and business area locations, what is most important is a good franchise with a strong reservation system.

Also, do not be fooled by an aggressive rental split. One way or the other, the developer of the property will have to staff, maintain and operate the hotel and its services like the restaurants, bars, spas and pools from his share of the proceeds. If he’s giving you a very favorable share of the rental, he’s also more likely to be charging you a higher monthly maintenance fee. Of course, this goes both ways. If the maintenance split that is offered is closer to 50-50, then your maintenance should be more reasonable too.

17. Any suggestions to investors in choosing which condo hotel to buy?

Get good advice. That means you don’t want to rely only on the pitch provided by an onsite salesperson at a condo hotel. You want to talk with a broker who specializes in condo hotels and who knows and understands the entire condo hotel market, not just the facts pertaining to a single property. He or she will listen to your wants and needs and then offer recommendations as to which properties best match your requirements. You’ll have an opportunity to comparison shop and consider the pros and cons of each available property.

A good broker can be the difference between your buying a condo hotel that will be problematic and not live up to your expectations or one that will provide you with years of great vacations, good annual revenue and a substantial profit when you sell.

18. Does it cost more to use a real estate broker to purchase a condo hotel than buying a unit on one’s own?

No. With new condo hotel properties, the prices are always set by the developer and are exactly the same whether you buy directly from an onsite salesperson at the property or using a broker.

The broker’s commission is always paid by the developer and is already built into the price regardless of whether an outside broker participates in the sale or not. Since a broker’s representation is free to buyers, it does make sense to enlist their aid and get the benefit of their advice before making a purchase.

19. How can prospective buyers find a good condo hotel broker?

Ask friends for broker recommendations or search online for “condo hotel broker.” Visit condo hotel broker websites and see if the information they provide seems comprehensive and unbiased. If their website seems to focus on selling homes or office space, and the condo hotel information appears to be an afterthought, steer clear. Your best bet is to work with a condo hotel broker who specializes.

How To Get Best Rate Hotel On Bangkok

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.

 

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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How To Choose Hotel In Singapore

Looking for a hotel in Singapore? There are numerous accommodation types to suit all budgets and preferences in the island for your travel needs. They range from affordable and budget hotels to boutique and five-star hotels. If you search thoroughly, you can find good deals and great discounts for your lodgings from the Orchard Road shopping area to the more suburban districts of Geylang. There are also beach resorts in the Sentosa island should you prefer the beach.

Picking the right accommodation in Singapore depends on your budget and requirements. Most hotels come with standard facilities like International Direct Dial (IDD) phones, internet and cable, room service, mini bars, data ports for modem, meeting rooms, no-smoking rooms or floors, business and fitness centres furnished with the latest equipment. If you are on a shoestring, look for hotels that provide just the bed and bathroom. Most hotels have promotional rates available from time to time, we recommend that you check directly with the hotel before making any reservations.

The locations of the hotels affect the rates of the room. The closer you are to prime shopping districts, the more expensive the rooms are. Hotels along Orchard Road are the priciest, while those along Bencoolen Street are the cheapest. But there are many affordable hotels that are near train and bus stations, so picking one hotel near them would greatly enhance your daily commuting needs.

It is advisable to make advance reservations to avoid disappointment. You can book them online as most hotels would give you special rates for online reservations. Most major credit cards are accepted and you may be required to leave a credit card imprint or number upon check-in. Please note that rates are quoted in Singapore Dollars and maybe subject to a 10% service charge, 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) and 1% Cess.

Here is a list of hotels in Singapore.

HOTEL NAME LOCATION

Goodwood Park Hotel Orchard

Grand Hyatt Orchard

Hilton Hotel Singapore Orchard

Hotel Grand Central Orchard

Hotel Phoenix Orchard

Hotel Rendezvous Orchard

Hotel Supreme Orchard

Le Meridien Singapore Orchard

Marriott Singapore Orchard

Meritus Mandarin Orchard

Negara On Claymore Orchard

Orchard Hotel Orchard

Orchard Parade Orchard

Park Hotel Orchard Orchard

Royal Plaza On Scotts Orchard

The Elizabeth Orchard

YMCA Orchard Orchard

York Hotel Orchard

Four Seasons Hotel Orchard Vicinity

Holiday Inn Park View Orchard Vicinity

Orchard Grand Court Orchard Vicinity

RELC International Hotel Orchard Vicinity

Shangri-La Singapore Orchard Vicinity

Sheraton Towers Orchard Vicinity

The Regent Orchard Vicinity

The Sha Villa Orchard Vicinity

Traders Hotel Orchard Vicinity

YWCA Fort Canning Lodge Orchard Vicinity

Conrad Centennial Singapore Marina

Marina Mandarin Singapore Marina

Pan Pacific Marina

The Oriental Marina

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Marina

Carlton Hotel City Hall

Grand Plaza Park Hotel City Hall City Hall

Peninsula Excelsior City Hall

Raffles Hotel City Hall

Raffles The Plaza City Hall

Swissôtel The Stamford City Hall

The Fullerton Raffles Place

Albert Court Hotel Bugis

Allson Hotel Bugis

Golden Landmark Hotel Bugis

Bayview Hotel Bugis Vicinity

Beach Hotel Bugis Vicinity

Fragrance Selegie Bugis Vicinity

Hotel 81 Bencoolen Bugis Vicinity

Hotel 81 Elegance Bugis Vicinity

Hotel InterContinental Bugis Vicinity

Hotel Royal @ Queens Bugis Vicinity

Oxford Hotel Bugis Vicinity

Park View Hotel Bugis Vicinity

Parkroyal on Beach Road Bugis Vicinity

Perak Hotel Bugis Vicinity

South East Asia Hotel Bugis Vicinity

Summer View Hotel Bugis Vicinity

Robertson Quay Hotel Clarke Quay

Swissôtel Merchant Court Clarke Quay

Chinatown Hotel Chinatown

Furama City Center Chinatown

Hotel 1929 Chinatown

New Majestic Hotel Chinatown

The Inn at Temple Street Chinatown

The Royal Peacock Chinatown

The Scarlet Chinatown

Link Hotel Tiong Bahru

Copthorne King’s Hotel River Valley

Furama RiverFront River Valley

Gallery Hotel River Valley

Grand Copthorne Waterfront River Valley

Holiday Inn Atrium River Valley

Hotel Miramar River Valley

River View Hotel River Valley

Amara Hotel Tanjong Pagar

Berjaya Hotel Tanjong Pagar

M Hotel Tanjong Pagar

Hotel Royal Newton

Copthorne Orchid Newton Vicinity

Fragrance Rose Newton Vicinity

Broadway Hotel Little India

Fortuna Hotel Little India

New Park Hotel Little India

Tai Hoe Hotel Little India

Fragrance Crystal Geylang

Fragrance Emerald Geylang

Fragrance Pearl Geylang

Fragrance Ruby Geylang

Hotel 81 Palace Geylang

Hotel 81 Star Geylang

Fragrance Joo Chiat Joo Chiat

Hotel 81 Opera Joo Chiat

Hotel 81 Tristar Joo Chiat

Grand Mercure Roxy East Coast

Paramount Hotel East Coast

Changi Village – Le Meridien Changi

National Service Resort & Country Club Changi

Harbour Ville Hotel Harbourfront Vicinity

Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort Sentosa

Siloso Beach Resort Sentosa

The Sentosa Resort & Spa Sentosa

Orchid Country Club Resort Hotel