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This is an extremely important part of choosing a hotel and each persons needs are different. Generally in the city you need to have a hotel that is central to the attractions. If you are using public transport it may be preferable to have one that is close to the main station and this is particularly important in Europe. A scenic location sometimes the choice needs to be made between panoramic views and ease of access to the hotel. This is particularly important in places like the Cinque Terre where the hotels with the best views are often require negotiating steep stairs or hillsides.
Another important consideration when choosing hotel. Rooms can be very small particularly in Asia and Europe where space in the cities is at a premium. Some rooms although compact look spacious but do not have enough room for suitcases. Room sizes can vary dramatically in the same hotel, particularly older hotels where they were originally designed without private facilities and these have then been added at a later stage which means that the bathrooms are very small. Within hotels there can also be differing grades of accommodation. Some terms used to describe rooms are standard, superior, deluxe, junior suite, suite, club rooms, executive rooms, studio apartments. Some hotels offer single bedded rooms and the bed in these rooms are a standard single bed.
Some of the larger hotels have a hotel within a hotel. Hotels with a club level sometimes have a separate check in area so that you do not have to wait in queue. Often offer a lounge where you can meet other guests who are also staying in a club level room. often include breakfast as part of the room rate and free drinks and canape' in the evening.
These are often a good alternative to hotel where you do not need all the amenities that a hotel would offer. They have more space for you and range in size from a studio apartment that has a kitchenette to one, two or three bedroom apartments. Some offer 2 bathrooms in the two/three bedroom apartment. They are great for families and allows you to prepare youor own meals if desired.