Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Credit: Shutterstock (edited) By Nadia Imafidon
Nothing can ruin a trip
faster than arriving at your hotel to find it’s located in a sketchy
‘hood, falling apart, or plagued with one of these 99 problems.
And that the amazing online deal you thought you got actually means
you’ll be sleeping ON TOP of the comforter and with a chair propped in
front of the door.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
There are plenty of online tools and telltale signs (from review sites and
Google Maps to weird photos and bed-bug registries) to help tip you off that
you might be booking a lousy hotel.
Here are eight of the them.
The photos are artsy or distorted…It’s listing a room, not
curating an art exhibit.
For no reason (other than being sneaky, really) does a hotel need to post
creative, artsy images of its rooms.
Close-up of a flower vase in the lobby, but no shot OF the lobby? Red flag.
And if the photographer used a fisheye lens (which widens the shot),
there’s a good chance the rooms are probably small.
Same goes for the excessive use of filters.
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Credit: Shutterstock… or the photos are way too goodOn the flip
side, be wary of pics that look too perfect.
A staged, almost Photoshopped shot of the hotel pool or an unobstructed beach
with a sexy woman in a bikini seems pretty perfect, right? But what
you’re not seeing is the construction site next to the diving board or
the pesky giant building behind the dunes, both of which have been
conveniently cropped out.
Take a look at Oyster’s Photo Fakeout section to see some examples of
deceptive marketing.
And always look at actual guest photos on travel review sites, rather than
just marveling at how gorgeous the place looks in the hotel photo gallery.
Related: The Epidemic of Bogus Hotel Websites The website is straight
outta the ’90sOr is riddled with typos.
Or seems belligerent at times.
Don’t get us wrong, there’s nothing like a good throwback
Mistral font to elicit fond memories of the early web, but let’s put it
this way: if the managers/owners aren’t taking the time to present
their hotel in the best light online, it’s highly unlikely that
they’re spending a lot of time tending to the actual hotel either.
Credit: Gary Yim/ShutterstockGoogle Maps reveals the TRUTHAnd
we’re not talking about Paul Pierce.
To see how well maintained the exterior of the property is, plug the address
into Google Maps.
If the outside looks rundown, chances are the interior is in similar
condition.
Sure, the images may be a few years old but you can at least then call to ask
whether the place has been recently renovated.
Also, take a look at the surrounding area to see if the hotel really is at
the center of everything.
They can say all they want about location, location, location, but you can
use Street View to verify whether or not that’s a stretch.
Duh, the reviews are really badDo your homework and see what other people have
recently said about their stay.
If they are predominantly negative – and were written last week
– it’s a no-go.
And the manager is negative onlineIf the property’s managers are
responding to complaints on review sites in an aggressive, defensive, or
hostile manner, they are likely unhelpful and rude in person as well.
Avoid hotels on their worst behavior.
Credit: ShutterstockIt’s listed on the Bed Bug
RegistryNothing’s worse than crawling under the covers to find things
crawling on you.
The Bed Bug Registry is a one-stop database for anyone who’s
encountered/reported bed bugs at a hotel.
Do a quick search – if your dream resort shows up, best abort the
mission.
The website reflects the location and not the lodging itselfRed flag if
you’re reading accounts of the surrounding block, neighborhood, city,
etc.
, but nothing about the actual property.
And if they’re paired with photos of the skyline or beach, and not the
rooms, it’s a no-brainer – the place is a dud.
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There are plenty of telltale signs to tip you off before you book a lousy
hotel.
Here are eight of them.
.
Google Maps reveals the TRUTHAnd we’re not talking about Paul Pierce.
To see how well maintained the exterior of the property is, plug the address
into Google Maps.
If the outside looks rundown, chances are the interior is in similar
condition.
Sure, the images may be a few years old but you can at least then call to ask
whether the place has been recently renovated.
Also, take a look at the surrounding area to see if the hotel really is at
the center of everything.
They can say all they want about location, location, location, but you can
use Street View to verify whether or not that’s a stretch.
Duh, the reviews are really badDo your homework and see what other people have
recently said about their stay.
If they are predominantly negative – and were written last week
– it’s a no-go.
And the manager is negative onlineIf the property’s managers are
responding to complaints on review sites in an aggressive, defensive, or
hostile manner, they are likely unhelpful and rude in person as well.
Avoid hotels on their worst behavior.
Credit: ShutterstockIt’s listed on the Bed Bug
RegistryNothing’s worse than crawling under the covers to find things
crawling on you.
The Bed Bug Registry is a one-stop database for anyone who’s
encountered/reported bed bugs at a hotel.
Do a quick search – if your dream resort shows up, best abort the
mission.
The website reflects the location and not the lodging itselfRed flag if
you’re reading accounts of the surrounding block, neighborhood, city,
etc.
, but nothing about the actual property.
And if they’re paired with photos of the skyline or beach, and not the
rooms, it’s a no-brainer – the place is a dud.
More from Thrillist:The 14 Best Small Beach Towns in America14 Airport Hacks
To Make Your Next Flight Better WATCH: Travel Back in time with
Jordan’s Bedouins
Let World traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
Hang out with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,
and Pinterest.
 Watch World traveling club Travel’s original series "A Broad
Abroad.
"
There are plenty of telltale signs to tip you off before you book a lousy
hotel.
Here are eight of them.

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