Tips: Choosing the best accommodation type for your trip

Travelling in Australia will require you to plan ahead of the kind of accommodation you need. In this post, I will give you tips and advice on the things you should think about when choosing accommodation for your Australian travels.

How long will you be staying?

If you are planning to stay for a long time at a destination, then consider staying in an apartment. Apartments tend to have almost anything you need for a long stay. Moreover, you can get better rates for longer stays too. However, if you are only staying for a short period of time, then consider staying in a hotel.

How many people are you travelling with?

If you are travelling Australia in a large group and want to stay in the same apartment, then depending on the kind of trip you are after, then choosing a private dorm room in a hostel or staying in an apartment is an excellent choice. For large groups, hotels are not the best option as you may end having to pay for more rooms, which can add up to the cost.

Do you need cooking facilities?

Cooking facilities may be important to you if you are staying for a long time at the destination or when you are on a budget, such as when backpacking. In that case, a hostel or apartment will be better than a hotel or resort.

Is it a special occasion?

If you are travelling Australia for a special occasion, such as a birthday, honeymoon, or something else, then staying in a luxury hotel should be your best option. Luxury hotels provide several benefits and facilities to ensure you have an amazing and unforgettable experience. They are often so nice that you do not want to leave the hotel too soon.

Do you want to be centrally based?

If you are visiting a city, like Sydney, New South Wales, or Melbourne, and intend to spend a lot of time exploring, then centrally located accommodation is generally the best. Hostels are often in great locations and are still quite affordable. Whilst centrally located hotels tend to be costlier than the distant hotels. 

Will you be driving?

This question applies more to city destinations. If you are driving, then it is worth getting a hotel in Australia that provides parking facilities or search online before you visit, so you can check what the parking is like in that location. However, there may be times when avoiding driving in cities is a better option as it will ramp up the parking fee, and you may end up spending a lot of time in traffic or getting lost along the way.

How close is public transport?

When booking accommodation, it is essential to know how close the apartment or hotel is to public transport stops, such as a tram stop or a subway. Not thinking about this ahead of time may end you up getting a taxi every time you want to go anywhere, which will cost you more.

Do you want a social environment?

If you want to engage in a more social environment, then staying in a hostel is the better option. Hostels tend to have common areas where people hang out and often have evening events such as bar crawls and many more.

Do you need fitness facilities?

If you are a health enthusiast and still want to exercise when travelling, then you may need to stay in a well-equipped hotel that has fitness facilities or sees if there are public gyms in the area that allow for one-off visits. 

Other considerations?

Aside from the things I mentioned above, other important things to consider when booking somewhere to stay includes:

  • The cost matches your budget
  • The accommodation has good reviews
  • Availability for any special assistance such as wheelchair ramp and other facilities
  • The check-in and check-out times work for you