Find Yourself an Airport Hotel
It’s one thing booking a hotel when you’re traveling, but another if you won’t have a car. While this may cut down on costs like parking and gas, it can often be cumbersome when you need to get around. If you’re not careful, it can even be more expensive if you have to use a taxi to get around. However, it doesn’t have to be cumbersome and expensive to book a hotel if you don’t have a car. Today we’re sharing our best travel tips for booking a hotel when you’ll be carless.
Stay at an airport hotel: One of the main perks of staying at most airport hotels is that you have free transportation at least to and from the airport, if not to other nearby places as well. While some hotels only offer an airport shuttle, others offer a free shuttle to nearby places that are within a few miles. If you need to get across town, you may consider having the shuttle drop you off at the nearest train or bus station, rather than just taking a cab.
Book your hotel in the city center: If you’ll be spending most of your time in the city center, book your hotel nearby. While you may be paying more for the hotel itself, you’ll be saving money and time if you’re close to restaurants and other nearby attractions. If the city has a good public transportation system, then it should only be a short walk to the nearest stop. Some hotels may even offer airport transportation.
Stay at a hotel with shuttle service: Airport hotels aren’t the only hotels that offer shuttle service. Do your research to find other hotels that offer nearby transportation. This typically means transportation within a five-mile radius of the hotel. Many of these are complimentary, but some hotels may charge a fee for using their shuttle service.
Find a hotel near public transportation: As you’re planning your trip, familiarize yourself with the public transportation of that area. Ideally, find a hotel that’s close to multiple public transportation spots, such as a bus and train station. Many major destinations, such as New York City, make public transportation easy and accessible enough that you won’t have to take a cab if you don’t want to.
Consider a location accessible to local attractions: When booking a hotel, consider the area of town that you’ll be spending most of your time. If you’ll be spending most of your time in the Marina district of San Francisco, then find hotels that are in that area. That way, you’ll be able to walk most of the time and only use public transportation or a cab when you have to.
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