Book in Advance
The earlier – the better: this rule works when buying plane tickets and when booking a hotel. If you’re going to the sea in summer, it is worthwhile to think about the place of stay already in January. This way you will save up to 60% of the room cost compared to the summer price.
Another option is to book a place seven to ten days before your holiday, when hotels are trying to sell their rooms someone refused to stay in. Of course, the price will not be as low as when booking half a year in advance, but you will still be able to save up to 15-20%.
Choosing a Good Area
The farther the hotel from the center, the cheaper it is. Accommodation in the center of the city will cost several times more than a room in a small hotel in a remote area. Sometimes, to save money you can settle even in the suburbs. For example, most New York hotels are very expensive and it might be cheaper to rent a car rather than overpay for a room. However, choosing an area away from the center, it is worth to find out whether there are restaurants and shops nearby, and calculate transportation costs so as not to overpay in the end.
What Is Included?
Additional services are not always included in the room price. For example, not all hotels provide free parking and Wi-Fi. The contents of a refrigerator or mini-bar are not included in the price of the room either. Some owners of hotels during the high season charge tourists a holiday fee, which they tell about only during the check-in. It is better to find out about hidden payments in advance and decide which services are needed personally for you. If you do well without pools and water slides, there is no need to pay for them? If you are comfortable with a standard room, there is no need to overpay for sea views, a jacuzzi, a second room, or a king size bed. Look for hotels with fewer stars without extra services but with good reviews and buy only what you really need.
Searching for the Best Hotel
It is possible to find the optimal ratio of price and quality using different reservation systems by studying and comparing numerous offers. Also, you can save time and turn to meta-searchers that collect information from all online travel agencies.
You can easily choose a suitable hotel using filters and customizing them for the price, the number of stars, the type of room, the distance from tourist attractions, additional services, and ratings.
Meta-searchers look for information on both hotel websites and booking systems, such as Booking and others and offer you the cheapest option.