Whether it’s a budget motel or luxury beach-front resort, travelers want to be sure they are getting the best property within their budget, according to a recent AAA survey.
Most respondents (85%) cited overall value for money as the top consideration for choosing a hotel. Most (87%) of respondents with annual household incomes above $100,000 and 84% of respondents with annual household incomes below $35,000 selected overall value as a priority.
Convenience to attractions or activities is important to 73%. Added benefits such as free breakfast (63%) and free hi-speed Wi-Fi (51%) also ranked high when choosing a hotel.
Younger travelers cited free Wi-Fi as even more important than other demographics, with 71% of respondents age 18 to 34 saying free, high-speed Wi-Fi is a top consideration when choosing a hotel.
Among other findings:
- Nearly half (48%) of women and those age18 to 34 surveyed said they seek environmentally friendly programs when selecting a hotel.
- Frequent travel programs or points are important to 35%.
- Pet-friendly hotel policies matter to 29% and spas to 23%.
- Children’s programs matter to 23% of respondents. Nearly half (47%) of all people with children under age 13 consider a children’s program when booking a hotel.