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When choosing accommodations, what matters most? Price? View? Cleanliness?

Most interested in those staying in resorts or vacation rentals.

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  • Bill Caloia

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    Cleanliness ought to be first... unless you are okay with crab lice, flea bites and other tiny vermin crawling over your sleeping body.

    View is nice, but as I learned in Hawaii on our first trip, you should never spends that much time in your room anyway!

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  • Katherine Garces

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    Location - for some reason is underrated when it can have a big impact on your overall experience.

    Sometimes it's worth a few bucks extra per night to stay in a good part of town or close to attractions, transport, shops

    After you reach a certain of level in comfort in your own life, the reality is most people don't want to stay somewhere that fall beneath that.

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  • Steve Yetter

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    I've been traveling for 58 years and have never encountered a cleanliness problem...sure some places put a little more effort into keeping the place clean then other do, but it's never been so bad that I felt I had to check out. I go primarily on location with price a close second. We've had an apartment on the old town square in Prague, a room 120 steps from Notre Dame Cathedral, another apartment next to the national forest in Slovakia run by a quide that had a great fireplace, a house on the Big Island with a lava tube in the back yard and a hot tub. All at a great price due to Airbnb and Home Away. For our upcoming trip I've booked 17 weeks, all through Airbnb (except for 6 nights) in super locations in Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, south and west across Spain, north through Portugal, across northern Spain into the Pyrenees. Followed by the Dordogne region in France and then on to Ireland. At an average cost of $45 per night. Each chosen based on location but excluding any places that didn't have great reviews or any complaints about cleanliness. Only 2 nights of that entire period is in a hotel. I have every expectation of great hosts and a superb time.


    My bottom line is location is a force multiplier that drives the quality of your experience. Choose wisely among great choices by reading reviews and you can avoid unpleasant stays and have a super time! We love being in the heart of things!

    P.S. if your a light sleeper, read reviews carefully to avoid noisy places.

    P.S.S. I forgot Calcutta! In 1956, the crew on the cruise ship went and strike and the only place we could find was a dirty dive! Yuk! No AC either!

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  • Andrea M Spencer

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    It is a given that the property must be very clean, well maintained, and attractively furnished. Additional amenities and location are also a consideration. Rental cost and additional fees relative to comparable properties are also important. I frequently rent beach homes that allow my two small dogs for a additional fee.

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  • Egor Shvetsov

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    Personally for me the most important is location.

    And two secondary factors such as:

    1. Availability of a bathtub in a room - I love to relax in it at the end of a day and summaries all what happened

    2. Included buffet breakfast - because it saves a lot of time on finding a place with good food which you actually can eat ))))

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  • Jacey & Scott Mahaffy

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    My answer would be yes! What I mean by that, is it depends. I feel if the place I am going offers a unique vantage point for views, I would be willing to pay a little more, or sacrifice some cleanliness. If I feel like I can get similar views to what I get in the hotel from another area, then paying extra for a view isn't as important to me. I also realize that I'm usually not spending much time in my room, so paying for a view does not aIways matter the most. I try to do enough research beforehand to balance these as best as possible, but for me, at least, it is completely dependent on each travel situation. Clear as mud, right?

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  • Maria O'Dwyer

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    Cleanliness for sure! Then location - I don't often drive abroad so I'll want a place within walking distance of a rail station, restaurants etc. Then amenities (plus points for nice bedlinen, fast wifi, a dishwasher, a little patio or garden and MEGA plus points for a decent coffee maker) Next is view and finally price (within reason and budget) I recently rented an apartment in Bergamo and this was the view from my window:Bergamo

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  • Lola G

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    The most important thing to me in a hotel, B&B or rental is price. I am traveling and spending on other things besides a place to sleep.

    Next, I would say it being clean. I don't think anyone likes filth or bedbugs.

    WiFi access is very important. We live in a time that every place should have it available.

    Finally, how close it is to public transportation since I will not have a car. I want to be able to hop on a bus, metro, tram or taxi easily.

    Views don't matter as much since I will be busy exploring :)

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  • Renee Marrotte

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    A clean and comfortable place to relax after your day. When traveling, your going to be out and about, exploring the views and what the area has to offer.

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  • Barbara Vangeel

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    free and fast wifi is a big deal for me. I usually go for a private room in a hostel. the accomodation is basic, but the atmosphere and info/service is so much better than in hotels. you can also exchange tips with fellow travelers.

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  • Courtney C.

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    More than location - accessibility- to whatever, wherever it is you want to see the most. Determine what, where your purpose is for travelling in the first place and then make sure you're staying somewhere from which you can get there.

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  • Adrian Costa

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    the bench mark is clean sheets

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  • Nisah Cheatham

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    Cleanliness and Safety are [Yes/No] questions. If options are clean and safe, then I don't spend a lot of effort debating if one is cleaner or safer than the other.

    Location and price are related. Location is important, but would you rather be in the middle of the sites and then be just like every other tourist? Or would you rather stay someplace that is "tourist site accessible {without much hassle}" and enjoy being in a neighborhood.

    In Singapore we stayed in the Wangz Hotel in the Tiong Bahru neighborhood. This neighborhood isn't crawling with tourists and in fact it was great to end up at a lot of places where you could tell we were almost the only tourist. It was only 10 mins walk to mass transit.

    In Madrid once (been there a few times) we stayed at Dormirdcine in north part of the Salamanca neighborhood. On previous visit I stayed at a place that was almost twice the cost near the Plaza Mayor and didn't sleep as well.

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  • Natália Matteoni

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    Honestly, I'd rather spending my money on the travel itself rather than on a hotel, afterall, you're travelling to meet the country and not for staying indoors, but if money is not the problem, then go for it! ;)

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  • Paul Steckler

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    It's a balancing act but for me:

    1. Location. There is nothing worse than finding out that your "beach" rental requires driving or that your city apartment is actually in the middle of nowhere and you wind up spending vacation commuting.
    2. Cleanliness. A place can be a little quirky (e.g. the rental owner has decorated in a penguin motif or the apartment is missing some basic things like dishes) but if it's clean then you can always adjust on the fly.


    Price of course is important but prices vary so widely. View? Meh, I travel to get *out*, not stay inside the room.

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  • Margarita Woods

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    For me, View

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  • MaryBeth Heydt

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    Clean and safe.

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  • Katharine Zumbro Crosson

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    I am a 70-year old widow who loves to travel but must do it on a budget. Safety has to be a consideration. Cleanliness, of course. I want to be reasonably close to the sites that interest me. I rely on books like Rick Steves (though his destinations are limited) and on websites like tripadvisor.

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  • Paul Schramm

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    Hi Eric, it depends on what is the most important to you. In New Zealand most accommodation places are clean and confortable. We have a star rating to so that you can decide what quality level you want. The higher the star rating the more you can expect to pay. If you get back to me with a specific accom place in NZ I may be able to give you more relevant advice. cheers, Paul

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  • Aine Khell

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    Cleanliness 1st, price after

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