With so many different accommodation options available these days, travellers are spoilt for choice when planning their holidays. Europe is no exception when it comes to choice - whether it be hotels, apartments, B&Bs, cottages, camping, hostels or anything in between - the traveller has endless options from which to choose their European holiday accommodation.
I've previously written about the different styles of holiday accommodation in Europe and a lot of the decision as to which style you choose will come down to your travelling party. Families generally prefer to stay in self-catering accommodation such as apartments and the great camping options available in Europe, whereas couples or older travellers often like the security of staying in a hotel where they can utilise the services of the concierge, tour desk and reception staff.
Depending on the destination, facilities might play a big part in your choice of accommodation, too. Visitors to warmer destinations like the Mediterranean will often have a swimming pool or proximity to the beach on the top of their accommodation priority list, whereas those travelling around Europe by train might rate the central location of their accommodation as the number one factor in choosing where to stay.
Owner-direct bookings are popular throughout Europe and many travellers like the idea of booking directly with the accommodation owner. Dealing directly with the owner adds a personal touch to the booking process and the personal sightseeing and shopping recommendations of the owner can really add to the enjoyment of the stay.
Price usually plays a big part in the decision making process, too. Some travellers will prefer to stay in self-catering apartments or cottages where they can save money by cooking their own meals. This can be especially cost effective when staying for a number of nights. For short stays, a hotel room with breakfast included or a B&B, is sometimes cheaper.
Another consideration can be traditional versus modern. Business travellers, in particular, might choose a modern hotel to utilise facilities like the business centre and internet connection. Others prefer an old-style hotel or traditional rural cottage or gite for the ambience they provide.
One thing is certain, though. Whatever your priorities are when choosing accommodation for your European holiday, there are no shortage of places to choose from and a great place to start your search is our European accommodation directory.
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