Making reservations for the right hotel

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Travelers, beware: A misleading hotel name or location description could lead you to book an airport hotel when you think you're getting centrally located accommodations. You would be surprised how often travelers see the name of the hotel and reserve it quickly without checking to see if it's located in the right place. After all, some hotels may call themselves "located near the heart of downtown," but a quick search could reveal that it's located at the airport ... two hours away.

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The fix: Check the mailing address and find the hotel's exact location on Google Maps. Always enter the hotel's address and see how far it is from popular attractions and restaurants by foot, by car or by public transport. Try entering the addresses of some attractions you'd like to see while in your destination and map the route. You may also want to explore the neighborhood with Google Maps Street View. And if there are multiple hotels by the same chain in that city, make sure you have booked yourself at the property in the correct neighborhood - the Hyatt Times Square and the Hyatt Flushing are very different indeed.