Last Updated on October 30, 2019
So you’re scrolling hotel booking websites and you find this perfect hotel at a price you can afford, yet, you can’t help but think that the hotel is too good to be true!
Well, you might be right and before you get carried away by the hotel charms only to get disappointed when you see it in person, you need to know the signs that your hotel is not quite as advertised.
To avoid such heartbreaking disappointment that can mess with your vacation, check out these 6 alarming signs that your hotel is actually too good to be true.
#6 – The hotel pictures are over photoshopped
When looking around a hotel booking app or site, chances are the great pictures get your attention first, but don’t we all pick our most appealing photographs to post on social media?
Plus, any place can look heavenly with some Photoshop, manipulative cropping, and beautifying filters. A warning sign that your hotel isn’t what it seems is when the official pictures of the hotel rooms and surrounding views seem too perfect to be true.
Try to find more “realistic” images of the hotel on popular travel websites like TripAdvisor, where you can find accurate photos taken by the previous guests
#5 – The hotel website is outdated
Travelers can now easily search the web to plan trips, book flights, and hotels, and find the best deals for a smooth travel experience or a stress-free vacation.
So, a quick look at the hotel’s website is also necessary since it can say a lot about its updating habits; if the managers didn’t care to update the website, chances are the Wi-Fi, furnishing, and other things aren’t updated as well.
However, this doesn’t mean that you should expect a neat website when booking a small B&B, it’s just that you should verify what the hotel or vacation rental is really like to avoid disappointments.
#4 – The hotel’s TripAdvisor reviews are not promising
Take a look at TripAdvisor’s app or website to learn about your potential hotel from guests who have already been there. Make sure to read as many reviews as you can before booking a hotel room.
It’s best to focus on the managers’ responses to complaints (are they honest? Friendly? Helpful?…etc) and look for reviews from visitors who share the same needs as you.
Reading reviews online is one of the best ways to know what to expect when staying at a hotel or eating at a restaurant.
#3 – You find it hard to reach a receptionist
If you’ve tried to reach the hotel receptionist or manager several times but in vain or if your emails are never answered, then you should probably ignore that hotel no matter how beautiful it looks on pictures.
They may also answer you but not in a friendly manner you’d usually expect or they won’t even seem interested in winning you over. These are other signs that you should better look for another accommodation.
If they’re not being friendly on the phone or on the internet, chances are they’re just the same in person.
#2 – The hotel is listed on Bedbug reports
This might be disgusting for some and creepy for others, but checking BedbugReports’ website is actually worth it. You would be shocked at how some fancy hotels have these little bugs hiding in their nicely made sheets.
It’s always (always!) a brilliant idea to look up your potential hotel in BedbugReports before booking. Make sure to pay attention to the number of new listings, the higher, the further you should stay away from that hotel, however, you shouldn’t be worried if the complaints date to a couple of years in the past.
#1 – The street view on Google Maps has another story to tell
If your hotel description includes being located in the city center, a few minutes away from the best tourist attractions, it doesn’t mean that it’s actually true.
So many properties claim the same thing just to win clients, that’s why you should always verify your potential accommodation’s location by looking the address up on Google Maps. If the place is not exactly where it claims or has a poorly maintained exterior, then simply look for a new hotel.
Do you look these things up when you want to book a hotel? Or have you ever fallen in the trap of a delusional appearance? Tell us what’s on your mind in the comments. We’re always happy to read from you.