What to do when you want to spend more in California but don’t want to miss out on the state’s beach vacation destinations
The days of having a vacation plan that includes an itinerary for each city and state are long gone.
Today, many travel agents and luxury resorts have introduced a more streamlined approach to booking hotels and other accommodations that allow you to get more bang for your buck, even if you don’t live in a particular state.
The trend of streamlined travel comes after several high-profile hotels and resorts, including the Waldorf Astoria in New York, the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, and the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans, have closed, while some resorts are struggling to keep their rooms stocked.
It’s also been a boon to some companies like Priceline, who have made it easier to find lodging in the states most popular vacation destinations.
In California, it’s even easier than it’s been in the past.
With the advent of Google Translate, it becomes a breeze to check in with your hotel, and even better, you can get a real-time update of your reservation through Google Calendar.
If you’re a hotelier, this means you can plan ahead, find new hotels to rent, and keep your hotel’s inventory in sync with your travel plans.
You can also schedule a time for a walk around the city or even take a private tour of the grounds, as long as you don�t have to deal with long lines and long wait times.
“The more flexibility you have with your reservations, the more comfortable you will be in your stay,” said Ryan Gendreau, CEO of Luxury Resorts, a Los Angeles-based luxury hotel and resort booking agency.
“I love the flexibility of having access to a hotel room when I want to, and being able to book my own rooms for when I need to.”
It’s a new era for hotel booking, and hotels have embraced the new trend.
They’ve embraced the trend of simplified travel, too.
The Waldorf has been a model of efficiency and streamlined travel for decades, as it provides guests with a full breakfast, an on-site pool, and a spa that offers complimentary haircuts, massage, and facial hair treatments.
The Beverly Hilton also has a streamlined booking system, as well as its own hotel booking website, where it lets guests check in, schedule a walkaround of the city, and book their rooms.
Rosa DeSilva, the CEO of La Paloma Resort, the company that owns the Beverly Hills Hotel and Casino, said the company will also introduce a reservation booking app for all its properties later this year.
For guests with little or no reservation, however, it might be time to consider moving to a state with some of the biggest beaches in the country, as some of these destinations are located on the coast.