Booking budget group accommodation can be a tricky task. Whether you’re going away with your extended family, a sporting group, or a hobby group. There are a number of different options out there and choosing the right one can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve come up with a few tips to help you decide which option is best for your needs.
What is group accommodation?
Group accommodation as the name suggests, accommodation for groups. Typically, the venue will have a series of rooms with 4-16+ beds per room. Many of these venues are used as school summer camps but there are also venues which provide more creature comforts and perhaps more suitable for groups with a larger budget. However, such options are still generally more affordable then booking rooms in a hotel.
Close to local attractions
One of the main things to look out for when booking budget group accommodation is proximity to local attractions. When going away either for a camp, seminar or just a getaway you’ll want to do some activities that your group will enjoy. Choosing a venue which is close to such local attractions and activities will make doing these things a whole lot simpler. Remember many budget group accommodation in Victoria are in some remote places so try and choose one which is nearby to the activities and locations you wish to visit.
Perhaps, you’re organising a camp and you don’t intent to leave the venue to do your activities. If this is the case, it’s important to note what onsite activities are available to you. Are there any outdoor rec activities such as high ropes, rock climbing, canoeing? What about a sports oval for games? Or rainy weather crowd favourites like table tennis or pool table? Check with the budget group accommodation provider if there is an additional cost associated with these activities and factor this into your budget.
Pricing structures varies from venue to venue. Some offer all inclusive packages which include things such as hall hire, catering, sleeping rooms and usage of multipurpose rooms with equipment included. Others charge for each of these separately. So, it’s important to specify what you want and ask for a quote based on your needs.
How will your group get to the budget group accommodation venue? Will you all be travelling by a chartered bus, or will groups be arriving in cars? Perhaps some of your group may wish to travel to the site via public transport? If so, are there any public transportation options available to them? Again, many of the budget group accommodation venues are in remote locations so if accessibility may be an issue for your group consider venues which are easily accessible.
Exclusive or Shared use
If you have a smaller group, less than 50 people, another factor to consider is whether your group will share the facilities with another group. Don’t assume that your group will be the only group hiring the facilities. Some larger group accommodation providers will rent out their facilities to multiple groups at the same time. This may be fine if you’re spending most of your time out and about and simply using the accommodation as a place to crash at night. However, it could prove to be a distraction if you need your group to be focused such as might be the case in a workshop or seminar context. Check with the budget group accommodation provider whether you’ll be sharing the facilities with another group simultaneously before booking.
Remember, there are plenty of different types of budget group accommodation to choose from. This is why it is important that you take your time when you are searching around. Take the time to explore the internet, your local travel agent, and even speaking with other people that you know. There is likely one accommodation option that will meet your needs. Make sure that you take the time to explore all of your options so that you can find the perfect budget accommodation that meets your needs.