When making a local hotel reservation many of us assume that the person we are speaking with is located behind a desk at the local hotel, just waiting for the phone to ring. What many people don't realize is that the Reservation Agent is probably processing your local hotel reservation from a location that is anything but local. This is especially true if the hotel is part of a large franchise or corporation. Not only are these agents in a completely different location, but many of them may even be assisting you with your local hotel reservation from the comfort of his or her own home. However, it is important to remember that the person assisting you with your local hotel reservation, has more than likely gone through a rigorous training process. Many hotels prefer to hire individuals to work from the comfort of their home. There is far less interruption when conducting business from a persons home, compared to working in a hotel office with twenty other Reservation Agents. On the other hand, many people prefer to book their local hotel reservation directly online. After all, not all of us have the need to speak directly with another individual. However, when relying on a web site to book a reservation, there are some important factors to keep in mind. The first is to make sure that the online reservation site is reputable. It is standard practice when making a local hotel reservation that there will be an area on the online form that will ask for your personal information.