I love sea views and pay a small supplement for this option but, in Sicily, I ended up in a traditional hotel, surrounded by a tropical garden with trees so big that I could see the beach only in a small corner.
Why didn’t I get the view I paid for? “Sea view” written on your voucher or confirmation guarantees a room orientated toward the sea. For transparency, hotels may name the rooms with blocked views as “side sea views rooms.”
Nowadays, direct sea view or frontal sea view rooms appear in the booking systems, but only for a few hotels. If you want the sea view, filter the reviews with those two words to see the reality.
“Mountain view” doesn’t mean mountain and lake view
For an elegant couple, I chose a superior mountain view room because, in my booking system, this was the highest category for a double room and all the main pictures on the hotel’s website showed a beautiful mountain with a spectacular lake.
When my clients entered their rooms, they opened the window with the desire to feel the fresh mountain air, but they got a surprise: The mountain and the fresh air were there but not the lake. Instead of the lake, it was the parking lot.
That hotel also had luxury rooms with “lake and mountain” views, and — even if they were unavailable at the time of booking — I should’ve mentioned it to my customers and should’ve analyzed the reviews better without assuming that they’ll receive a limited facility.