People travel for many different reasons, for business or pleasure. When you're traveling you can find many good hotels that provide good value for your dollar. But there are many other considerations you should make when you're looking for a hotel. When you are looking for a hotel, there are many ideas to help you choose:
Cheapest? The cheapest hotels are not always the best option for the budget-conscious person. In fact, cheap hotels have become a joke, they can be so bad! Motels are an okay option for the budget conscious person but if you have a family, a hotel may offer you more convenience and choice for your children. For example, in a hotel you might find a restaurant and pool for the kids and a bar for the adults, which you would rarely find a motel. The difference in price is not huge so choosing a hotel for those family friendly amenities make the few extra dollars worthwhile.
Close to where you want to be? People who choose to stay at a hotel often find that the closer a hotel is to the downtown, the more expensive the hotel is. If your destination is downtown, you do not have to choose a hotel that is close by, but you should find one that is conveniently located. For example, if you have a business meeting to attend downtown, you don't want to choose the cheapest hotel which is so far away from downtown that you'll be fighting traffic and searching endlessly for a parking space. But you also don't want to spend an arm and a leg for a hotel that is too close to downtown. Instead, settle on one that is a few minutes out of the downtown core but not too far away.
Amenities? What you are willing to spend on a hotel room should not only reflect the quality of the service and the comfort of the room, but also the amenities. If you love to have a morning swim, a few extra dollars for a hotel with a swimming pool will make your stay worthwhile. But if you are not much of a socialite, spending extra dollars to be in a hotel with the hottest nightclub in town isn't worth it. Ask about what services the hotel provides and see which ones you'd use.
Proximity? Proximity to your meeting or destination is one consideration, but if you flew into town you should also consider proximity to the airport as well. Many hotels that are close to the airport, call themselves "airport hotels" or offer shuttle services to the airport charge more than non-airport hotels. Part of this is because the airport may charge the shuttle for parking privileges, which the hotel passes along to the consumer. Depending on how long you stay, it may be worthwhile to pay for a cab to go a little farther away from the airport to find a hotel that provides the same service for a slightly cheaper cost.