Finding the right accommodation for your vacation is one of the most important parts of ensuring your trip is simply amazing. But with so many hotels on offer and hotel booking sites to trawl through, finding that perfect hotel can be a bit of a minefield. There are so many things to consider and all hotels seem to have different booking conditions, so it can get pretty stressful. However, there are ways to make the process easier.
Use a variety of booking sites
Nowadays there are a myriad of hotel booking sites to help you choose a great hotel, but the fact that there are so many can make choosing difficult too. The key is to know which are the best sites to give you the best choice and prices. For the cheapest prices and lots of hotels to pick from, Booking.com is the industry leader. However, Kayak, Hotels.com and Agoda are also excellent. On the other hand, you could use Trivago, which will compare prices from all the booking sites so you know you’re getting the best deal and the widest choice.
Filter your search results
Obviously you’ll filter your search results by date and location, but what else are you looking for in a hotel? How much are you willing to pay? Which part of the city do you want to stay? Do you want breakfast included? Are there any specific amenities you would like to have, such as a swimming pool or massage service? Do you require assistance, such as a wheelchair-friendly room? These are all things which can be filtered in your search results, giving you a better chance of finding that perfect hotel faster. Some sites even give the option of choosing the type of holiday you’re going on, such as a romantic break or a family vacation, so you can find which hotels are most suitable.
Check out the reviews
Once you’ve found a hotel that you like the look of, you should then check the ratings and reviews made by other guests. It’s good to remember that paying more money or a four- or five-star rating doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be getting a better quality room or service. So to make sure that you’re booking a good room, always read the reviews to see what other guests have said before making your decision.
Double-check the terms and conditions of the hotel
After checking the reviews, do another quick check on the terms and conditions of the hotel to make sure it’s definitely right for you. What time can you check in? What time is check out? Is there any flexibility with these times? Is there free cancellation if there are any changes to your trip or will you still need to pay for the first night? All of these things are worth checking out as they do differ from hotel to hotel.
While booking your hotel for your trip may not be the most exciting part of your holiday, getting it right is crucial for your holiday enjoyment. If you follow these tips, you should have no problems finding the perfect place for you.