Booking a hotel room can be quite a time-consuming affair. If you know where you want to stay and the cost isn't a concern, then booking accommodation is very straightforward. Of course, you probably need to stick to a budget. So what are some of the ways you can book hotel accommodation quickly and easily, while still saving the most money possible?
1. Comparison Websites
Websites that present you with a variety of pricing options from other travel websites are quite common in the tourism industry. These sites are known as aggregators and simply collate prices from a variety of other sources, presenting you with numerous options. This is what most people do when it comes to looking for the best deal. You should remember that the same hotel might be featured on another aggregator website at a lower price. Hotels list their rooms with different websites, sometimes with different prices. So it's important to look at a variety of aggregators. Check to see whether or not the website has a best price guarantee. This means that if you were to make a booking and then find the same room for the same period at a lower price, the website might refund you the difference.
2. The Actual Hotels Themselves
While the hotel might provide discounted rooms to travel website aggregators, these discounts are predetermined. Cross check the price on a travel website with the hotel's own website. If the hotel is at minimal occupancy for the period in question, they might be selling the rooms even cheaper than the predetermined discount provided to other travel websites. This can make it difficult to plan ahead, as many of these price reductions are for last minute bookings. But it is important to check with the actual hotel, as opposed to simply checking aggregator websites. The hotel's own price can be surprisingly appealing.
3. The Secret Hotel
The so-called secret hotel is something that you will often see on various travel aggregator websites. This is a hotel room at a significantly reduced price, but the name of the hotel is kept a mystery. It can be a bit of an annoyance, and yet at the same time, the website will often tell you all you need to know about the hotel. It will generally list the type of room available, the hotel's facilities, its star rating, and the nearest public transport (such as the closest train station). If you're familiar with the city you're booking in, you might be able to work out the name of the hotel yourself with the provided clues. But even if the hotel is a true mystery, you will still have enough information to decide whether it will meet your needs. And you can save a lot of money this way.
So while booking a hotel can be a time-consuming affair, it's worthwhile using a few tricks to ensure that you get the best deal possible.