Despite all the hundreds of offers available, it's very easy to pick poor accommodation. If you haven't researched the business properly, or if there are no reviews which show the true state of the rooms, then it can be too late as you find out on arrival that things are not of a good standard.
In the last few decades the quality of budget hotels has increased dramatically, as the British follow the North American view-point of naming and shaming, or at least complaining, if the standards we receive are bad.
The elements we tend to use when judging hotel rooms and service is varied, and differ from person to person. The most common ones are the cleanliness of the bed, floor and shower or bath. Then we also rate highly the level of decor trim, such as the curtains, bedding and wardrobe units. The old-fashioned pub style floral curtains and carpet are not accepted well like they were 20 years ago.
The food provided, whether we have to pay or it's included in the room rate, is also an important factor. Simple things like clean cutlery and good quality bread, meat and vegetables are high on the agenda for rating purposes.
When choosing a budget hotel try to find out what other people have said about the overall standards. After you have visited a cheap hotel, be sure to leave a comment letting others know how good or bad the experience has been. There are plenty of website providers who offer places to leave useful and constructive remarks.