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5 Ways To Pick Your Hawaii Accommodations

by Fergy Ferguson

When you are looking for a place to stay on your Seattle to Hawaii vacation, do you take the time to figure out what you really want and need?  As a Hawaii vacation consultant, I often have clients that really need my help to narrow down their choices.  The statements I will get will run the gamut from “Oh, I just want something tropical”, to “Nothing fancy, I just want to be able to walk out onto the beach”.  When you really look at those two statements, you will see just how hard it is to put either of these people into what they say they want. When you are looking for your Hawaii Hotel or condo accommodations, try to use the following ways to help you narrow down your choices.

1. What are your plans?  Are you going to utilize the room as a jumping off point for lots of activities every day, or do you plan on settling in to your “vacation home” for sun and relaxation?  This is very important in regards to the price you want to pay also.  If you are gone all the time and basically use the room to shower and sleep, you don’t need to pay a ton of money for location and amenities.  If you plan on using your accommodations like a home away from home, with relaxation and beach fun the main components, you will want to have the location and amenities factor heavily into your choice.

2. What is your budget?  The budget can help you narrow down your choices and not waste time looking at Hotels, Condos, or houses that are way out of your budget.  The statement, “Nothing fancy, I just want to be able to walk out onto the beach”, often is more fantasy than reality when we start talking about their budget.  Don’t get me wrong, there are places in Hawaii that fit the above statement, just be sure you fully qualify in your head what “nothing fancy” means.  Nothing fancy can mean, small, older, no amenities, and even all those things.  By being honest about your budget, and not wasting your time on accommodations out of it, you will probably find just what you are looking for faster and be more confident with your decision.

3. Location is obviously one of the most important factors in your determination.  Now that you have figured out what you want to spend and what you want your accommodations to be, there are 3 things you can ask yourself about location that will help.  One is do you want a beach right out in front, or just within walking distance.  There are fewer places right on the beach, than there are those within a short walk to a beach.  Two is whether you want to actually see the water.  There are many places where you can spend just a little extra to be able to see the water from your lanai or front patio.  The third is the most basic, do you want more amenities on site, or do you just want to be close to all the amenities you want.  By answering these 3 basics, you can probably really begin to focus on a much smaller list.

4. Do you want to stay in an established chain, or will a condo, boutique hotel, or house satisfy your needs.  This where you may have a little difficult time finding a match for your prior answers.  There may not be a chain hotel brand you like with the location, price, and type of accommodation style you want available.  If that’s the case, then you may want to ask a Hawaii specialist whether there is a comparable small brand that is local to Hawaii.

5. The final factor in choosing your accommodations is the ratings and reviews of your final choices.  Most people realize that almost anybody can have a bad experience at even the most expensive hotels.  I always tell my clients to throw out the really bad reviews, and also the over the top reviews, particularly if there are only just a few reviews available.  The problems with the on line review sites is that they really don’t have any control over who posts a review, so look for a lot of reviews, and read them with an eye towards patterns in the reviews.  If you use a Seattle travel agent or a qualified Hawaii vacation consultant, ask them for their ratings or views on the property before you make your decision.  I personally try to inspect as many properties possible so I can match them to my client’s wishes and needs.  Another thing I do is peruse my fellow travel agent reviews to look for red flags. 

The key to having a good Seattle to Hawaii vacation is getting the right accommodations for your wants and needs.  Hopefully the above hints will help you choose your accommodations wisely, or just call someone like me to save time and money on your next trip.

Fergy, 206-623-2490,,                                                                     Seattle to Hawaii Vacation Consultant

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