Cheapest Hotels and Apartment Hotels

Vacationing in Barbados is no longer exclusive to the elite and wealthy. There are now a lot of affordable accommodations scattered throughout the island where eager budget-restricted vacationers can simply choose that one place which is suitable to their traveling party or individual preferences. There are so many kinds of lodgings to choose from. Choices vary from a quaint Barbados apartment hotel, to a luxury hotel or villa.

Choosing where to stay is sometimes the most troublesome part of the whole vacation planning experience. There is a need to employ the use of an effective elimination strategy to narrow down the most suitable choices. To help things along, here is a list of the cheapest accommodations in the beautiful island Barbados:

The Abbeville Hotel. This is probably one of the most popular budget hotels in the area, and is usually listed as a hostel in majority of booking lists or web sites. It is a small and old place, but it makes up for it with charm and cheap prices. It is convenient because it is walking distance from pretty much all the essential places and establishments. The rooms are comfortably air-conditioned and designed in a typical colonial Caribbean style.

Rostrevor. This family-owned establishment is situated in the heart of St. Lawrence Gap. The guest rooms are especially designed to provide tourists with all the necessary amenities to experience a special, self-catering vacation. Each room is fully equipped with a variety of features that are specific to the provision of comfort such as air-conditioning, cable services, kitchenettes, bathroom, wifi connection and so on.

The New Edgewater Hotel. This place is located between a river and rainforest in the east coast of Barbados. There are a total of 24 rooms and suites that offer luxury facilities at affordable rates. The establishment has its own restaurant and offers free internet access in all of the rooms which is ideal for any traveler. The quiet serenity of the east coast is one of the most appealing features of the hotel.

Golden Sands Hotel. The beautiful exterior and interior of this hotel makes visitors forget that it is a budget accommodation. Set in a tropical garden, the hotel offers a pool and a bar that serve quality Caribbean and international cuisine. It is located just across the famous Golden Sands Beach, which is considered to be one of the top beaches on the island.

Sugar Cane Club. This boutique hotel offers tranquility, luxury and seclusion at the best prices possible. Overlooking the west coast, this hotel and spa offers guests access to 2 pools and bars, a restaurant, gym, spa and a squash court. There are a total of 40 rooms and suites, and a private villa that is equipped with its own kitchenette.

Tropical Winds Barbados Apartment Hotel. This includes 23 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments that are fully equipped with kitchenettes, air conditioning and internet connection. The apartment hotel has its own restaurant and bar and laundry services. Located on the southeast side of the island, it boasts of some of the most scenic beaches. The staff is always friendly and accommodating.

How Travel Guides Can Be Beneficial

A well-planned vacation can be so much fun. Traveling can be wonderful especially when doing so with family and/or friends. Quite a number of families usually plan for vacations every year. Many of them prefer to go to unknown destination. This makes them curious and excited at the same time. The vacations are usually planned so that family and/or friends can have time to relax and bond together.

One important thing that is needed when going to an unknown destination is a travel guide. The term ‘travel guide’ can be interpreted as a document that helps people find their way in a certain area or a person who helps tourists find their way in a new country. In this writing, we will look at the documented travel guide i.e. the one that comes in forms of pamphlets and brochures.

The benefits of using documented travel guides are outlined below:

Knowledge of weather patterns – When people are going for vacation, they have to carry the right kind of clothes. This means they have to know the weather that is being experienced at their destination. This will make them pack appropriately. Travel guides usually provide information to travellers regarding the climatic conditions of their destination. They show the various seasons experienced and the periods the seasons last.

Cultural Events – One of the things people desire to see in their destination country is the culture of that country. Thus, the guides usually explain some of the cultural events that take place in that country.

Modes of transport – The guide also suggests some of the modes of transport that can be used by tourists. The guide will recommend the best type of transport when moving from one area to another. If the distance is long, the travellers can use either an airplane or a bus. However, the decision lies with the tourists.

Security and Safety – This is one important thing that is provided in travel guides. People who are going for vacation are advised on safety measures that they can take. Each and every country has its own social evils. Thus, these guides can provide safety measures for travellers.

Recreational Facilities – Travellers usually look forward to enjoy some of the recreational facilities of the country they are going to visit. The guides provide information on hotels and restaurants. They also provide information about other activities that the travellers can enjoy while touring the new destination.

From the above, it can be concluded that having a travel guide is very beneficial for travellers.

The Year That Was – Hotel and Travel Industry in 2009

The year 2009 was a year of ups and downs for hotels in particular and the global travel industry in general. There were many events and developments that helped shape the outlook of the hotel industry over the past 12 months. Let us take a look back at 2009 and identify these developments.

Who can forget the global H1N1 virus scare that rocked the world? Some surveys suggest that many travelers will be more concerned about germs and health-related issues in general, thanks to the outbreak of the H1N1 virus. This has thankfully led to more stringent measures and health awareness on the part of the establishments.

The global recession was clearly still in effect the whole year round, and there will even be some repercussions heading into 2010. There are still some significant properties and establishments being shopped and sold. However, it should be noted that, while some companies have been selling their hotels, there are those that are utilizing the sale to expand their core properties. That is a positive sign, showing growth and a willingness to expand despite the continued pinch given by the recession.

In 2009, eco-tourism and eco-friendly destinations started taking the spotlight, as both the travelers and the various establishments have become more and more environmentally conscious. Destinations such as Sweden, Norway, and Switzerland are the top dogs when it comes to eco-friendly places to visit. The hotels in such countries also benefit tremendously because of the influx of travelers, and a lot of them have already adopted an eco-friendly mentality to go with the times.

Of course, there are also many hotel groups-from smaller-scale local establishments to big chains of luxury hotels-who have re-evaluated their business approach and have made changes to their various investment strategies. This is a wise move, still in line with managing the costs and income in an economic landscape that still is not as stable as desired.

Another trend in 2009 was an increased patronage for online travel services, such as booking sites and aggregators that really are a big help to travelers. Still, traditional booking occupies a significant chunk of the pie, even with online services gaining some headway over the past year.

Some establishments, from hotels to apartments to luxury spas, have shown a diminishing level of performance in the middle of the year. The good thing is that some of them have been able to recover quite nicely and gain back some lost ground-and some lost ratings-to get back on track.

There are indications that leisure spending on the side of the travelers will go up in 2010, and that is a definite plus for the hotel industry. More people willing to spend more money translate to more business opportunities for hotels and other members of the hospitality industry.

All in all, it was another year and another step to recovery in 2009. Things are shaping up quite nicely for 2010, and hopefully, hotels and their respective managements learned a lot in the past year and start to apply them in order to flip the script this coming year.