Advice on Hotels

Advice on Hotels

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If you utilise our money saving tips, the process of booking a hotel can be made a little easier...and cheaper!

Choosing a hotel is a vital part of ensuring that you are comfortable and content whilst traveling away from home. Whilst hotels can be pricey, a great piece of advice is to never assume that these prices are fixed and can’t be reduced. There are an overwhelming number of websites and services all claiming to help you to find the best deal but if you utilise our money saving tips the process of booking a hotel can be made a little easier...and cheaper!

How to save money when booking a hotel room?

Pay less for the same room: It’s definitely not a case of one price fits all when it comes to hotels. The same room will often be advertised at different prices by different people and shopping around can easily save you hundreds, if not thousands. Don’t forget to check the hotel’s own price before scouring the price comparison sites.

Read and compare reviews: This is standard practice when it comes to booking hotel rooms and a really good indicator of whether the establishment is worth the money. For example, if you are willing to pay top dollar for fine dining but don’t swim and the majority of reviews are raving about the pool but are not so complimentary about the restaurants; you may want to reconsider. Review websites are also great for suggesting alternatives and searching within a price bracket.

Search by star-rating: You will probably have a good idea of the standard of accommodation you are seeking, and searching by star-rating rather than a specific hotel name will allow you to find fantastic deals from hotels that you may otherwise not have known about. This means that you can save money without compromising on your comfort preferences.

Use the search filters: Just as with flight booking, altering the search criteria could end up saving you considerable amounts of money. Varying your stay by a few days or broadening your desired location for example, are great ways to save.

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Is a hotel the only option? This may seem like a strange question but hotels are expensive in comparison to other options such as hostels. Don’t be put off by negative perceptions of less extravagant accommodation as there are plenty of cheap yet comfortable and clean establishments out there if you look around.

No frills hotels are a good middle-ground, offering competitive rates and a hotel-feel but without the extras. Be aware that you may incur additional fees for amenities such as towels, TV use and housekeeping.

Things to watch out for

Taxes: Some cheap hotel rates may exclude taxes, which you won’t find out about until the last minute. Be aware of this to avoid disappointment.

‘On request’ rooms: This not only means that the room needs to be requested from the hotel but may also mean that there is not actually a room available yet. If you hold out for a room ‘on request’ you may miss out on a more definite deal elsewhere.