When it comes to travelling, whether for leisure or business, booking the right hotel, with the right facilities and located at the right location can surprisingly be a not-so-easy task even for some of the most seasoned travellers.
While some people prefer hotels that are away from the hustle and bustle of the city, others prefer a lodging that’s right in the heart of the city. So the choice of lodging depends a lot on personal preferences.
In this article, however, we will share some universal tips to consider before booking a hotel. These tips are as relevant for anyone booking hotels in Karachi as for any other city.
Ideally try to get a hotel that is centrally located in the city. If not right in the heart of the city, it should still preferably be located at a spot with easy access to public and other transport options.
Regardless of whether one wants to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city or relax at a peaceful and quiet spot, easy access to multiple options of transport saves commutation time and money and provides flexibility in tweaking daily schedule as and when needed.
Parking can be a big concern in big cosmopolitan cities and same is the case in Karachi. Anyone travelling to such cities should make sure that the hotel has on-site parking facility (ideally indoor parking), especially if one is travelling inter-city by car or plans to have a rented car available at one’s disposal during the stay.
When it comes to choosing the right hotel, amenities play an important role for most travelers. Its highly recommended that one thoroughly reviews the hotel’s website, photo gallery and learns all about the facilities offered by the hotel. In case some information can’t be found or more details are needed, it is always good to drop an email or make a call to the hotel directly. Many a times the hotel may accommodate the travelers needs upon request which may not be included in the standard offering.
Any good hotel should offer customer-oriented services like 24/7 front desk, housekeeping, room service, laundry and pressing services. The in-house facilities should typically include a restaurant, coffee shop and a health & leisure club. Availability of a concierge for guidance on things-to-do in the city and a bellhop to help take your bags to your room are additional services you can expect. The best hotels in Karachi are well-known for their high standard of services and you can expect nearly all of the services mentioned above.
Once you arrive at a hotel, you should be greeted with the courtesy and respect you deserve. After all, you’ve paid a substantial amount, and you deserve a special treatment. If the front desk staff doesn’t greet you nicely, it’s not a good sign.
6. Dining Options
There’s nothing more refreshing than a complimentary breakfast each morning. When making a reservation, find out if the hotel offers breakfast. Some hotels charge separately for morning meals, while others incorporate the cost of breakfast in their room rent.
7. Room Size
Before making a reservation, do some online search. Check out the hotel website and visit the photo gallery. Observe the size of the rooms. If you’re travelling to the city on a solo business trip, you could settle for a relatively small room with high-speed Wi-Fi. However, you’ll need a bigger room if you’re bringing your significant other, friends, family members, or colleagues to the city.
Karachi, being the trade and industrial hub of Pakistan, has some of the most renowned and established hotels in the country. However, if you’re looking for a brand new place offering an unmatched experience; a hotel that that’s centrally-located yet offers a peaceful and serene environment; one that offers best-in-class facilities and amenities along with personalized services, then you should definitely try Zifan Hotel & Suites!