How many times have you thought that after looking for the best offer on flights, you ended up paying a lot more for the accommodation? Do not know how to save on the accommodations and find the best hotel deals? We already told you our tricks to get the cheapest flights and the generals to save on travel , now it’s time to find the cheapest hotels or, better , the hotel you want, even if it is the most expensive, the best price .
Some of the tips below will be useful for long trips, others for weekend getaways or a few days, but most are “timeless” and although many seem to be common sense, had you taken them into account ever?
If you miss that trick to find the cheapest hotel that always gives you good results, tell us in the comments and thus we all save. And, keep in mind that it is about looking for the best price in the ideal hotel … and we have very clear how is our ideal hotel.
FLEXIBILITY TO SAVE ON HOTELS: TRAVEL IN MID AND MID SEASON
One of those tips to save on the hotel common sense: avoid dates of high occupancy. We already talked about the aircraft: if everyone wants to fly on a date, airlines will rub their hands and raise prices … because hotels do the same. Obviously you cannot always choose the dates of the trip – weekend getaways are on weekends or holidays forced by the company – but, if you can, do not hesitate.
CONTROL THE PARTIES OF THE SITE
If you want to go to Rio carnival or New Year’s Eve in Sydney, then you will have to go to carnivals. But if you do not mind, travel to the city on another date: you will find much less people – and you will appreciate it – in addition to better prices in hotels. In many cases they are local or national festivals that, not being well-known outside their borders, will not increase the price of the plane, but of the hotels by the tourists of the zone. We happened upon Carcassonne: we went on a bridge from a French holiday without knowing it, and the prices were much higher.
THE SEA … IN WINTER
If your intention when visiting a place with coast is not to go to the beach, what do you think about going in winter? The sea usually makes the temperatures less extreme and the lack of tourists that the prices of the hotels go down. We stayed at the Intercontinental Malta the week before Christmas for 50 euros a night.
THE SEASON MATTERS … BUT ATTENTIVE TO THE WEATHER
I have already said that high season is the worst time to find deals in hotels, how about going in low season or average? Before embarking on booking your flight to Uzbekistan in February – as we did – check out the weather forecasts because flying to not leave the hotel is not saving money. Before you ask: we are “weird” and Uzbekistan in February we loved it with its snowy mosques. In other places it will be the summer, plan to travel to Madrid in August and you will see the hotel offers.
BUSINESS OR TOURISM? BETWEEN WEEK AND WEEKEND?
Banish the idea that a weekend hotel is always more expensive. Some cities have much more business tourism, which fills their hotels during the week, than weekend travelers. Find out what type your destination is and plan your trip to find the lowest occupancy and the best hotel price. In any case, Sunday nights are usually the cheapest: tourists are gone and business men and women have not arrived.
DO YOU NEED TO STAY IN THAT CITY?
If you have to go in high season, when there is an event and there is no more choice, do you have to stay in the center or even in the city? Consider staying in nearby towns that, although prices will also rise, will be cheaper. Having a coffee in Piazza San Marco in Venice is always more expensive than in Master…
WHEN TO BOOK TO FIND THE CHEAPEST HOTELS: RESERVE IN TIME … OR AT THE LAST MINUTE
Is it better to book well in advance or wait for the last minute offer to save when it comes to booking a hotel? There is no exact science but, since the last minute in the case of hotels starts the afternoon of the day you want to stay, you may have to wait until then to be a bit risky depending on the circumstances.
A TripAdvisor review on the best time to book a hotel at the best price – yes, they have only done the study for the summer – gives these tips:
In Europe prices soar, booking between 3 and 5 months in advance can save you 23% on hotel reservations
In the United States they remain stable and only get a 7% savings in the hotel booking with about 2 months
In Asia the conditions are the same as in Europe: 3 to 5 months for a 23% savings, although two weeks before hotel offers
In the Caribbean you can save up to 7% at the hotel booking 4 months before
3 months in Central America for 7%
4 months in South America for 20%, with more savings in the last weeks – if the last minute works in the hotel –
4 months for Middle East with a 20% discount on hotel prices
5 months in Africa for 21%, although prices go down again in the absence of 2 weeks
5 months for Oceania to save 19% or more
You know: forewarned man is worth two and finds the best hotel prices.
ARE YOU REALLY SAVING ON YOUR ACCOMMODATION? QUALITY AND POSITION
Many times we launch into the search for the lowest hotel price and then we do not stop to think about whether the hotel will be well located or if it is just OK in general.
We always start by looking at the comments from customers about the hotel in question. We have to say that we give more confidence to those on Booking because you can only leave a comment if you have made a reservation with them, while on TripAdvisor anyone can leave a comment even without ever having crossed the front door.
Regarding the location, bear in mind that, in many destinations, urban transport – buses, metro, taxi … – can be very expensive and make us spend a lot of time. Time is money, even if it is not paid, keep it in mind.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE HOTEL? THE CHEAP GOES EXPENSIVE
As we mentioned in the case of car rental, you have to know what is included in the price of the hotel before you get excited about having found the best deal. Will you have to pay for the Wi-Fi or breakfast? Others include the transfer from and to the airport.
We also have to evaluate other things like that the reception is open 24 hours – or, at least, at the time we arrive. If you are looking for a pool, a gym … Or, something as “simple” as a room with private bathroom. There are hotels that have rooms with shared bathrooms or dormitories with prices that may seem dazzling but you have to know before you take the surprise upon arrival.
LEARN TO USE PAGES LIKE BOOKING.COM
Finding the best hotel rate by visiting the hotels pages for a one-to-one destination is impossible. At the beginning, because you will never know what all the hotels are, and, of course, because there is no material time. That is why there are the reservation pages that offer all the accommodations and you can order them as you are interested. We usually use Booking.com: it is one of the largest with more accommodation; there are both large hotel chains and small family hotels; the reservation is free and paid at the hotel; and their customer service is quite efficient.
Once you have indicated your destination, the dates of your stay and the number of rooms – including how many adults and how many children – you can sort the results by distance to the center; price; Star rating by Booking.com; Customer rating; Type of accommodation and facilities.
As mentioned before, Booking.com ratings are only for people who have stayed in hotels, which makes them more realistic, and can also be filtered by the type of traveler. To read the comments you need to click on the score and, once in the comments screen, you can select the type of traveler that best fits you: solo travelers, couples, families, groups of friends or business travelers.
In addition to the search by destination, you can also do it by hotel profile, here, among family hotels, spa hotels, budget hotels and backpackers, romantic hotels, business hotels, golf and sports hotels, beach hotels, design hotels and luxury hotels. Not to mention the apartments, the resorts, the villas and the hostels. Nothing is left out of the seeker.
BOOK ON PAGES THAT ALLOW FREE CANCELLATIONS
In many cases, especially if you make a reservation months in advance looking for the best price, there may be last minute problems or changes of plans. Of course, if you book a trip with so much time our advice is to take out a cancellation insurance , in addition to the usual travel insurance , because in addition to the hotel you have other expenses – in any case, check the conditions under which the cancellation insurance It is effective-. But, whenever you can, try to book with the free cancellation option. In the case of Booking.com indicates which hotels have that option included.
USE COMPARATORS LIKE HOTELSCOMBINED.COM
If a hotel reservation page is small, try using the hotel comparators. As for air tickets, a hotel searcher can search for the cheapest prices for the same room. Our first choice in this case is HotelsCombined.com.
After indicating your destination, dates and number of rooms – including the number of adults and children – you can filter the results by stars; By price, indicating a rank; By type of accommodation; By scoring; For installations; By themes – from boutique or luxury to economic backpacker; And by hotel chain. In addition to order the results by distance to the center; Price – from lowest to highest and from highest to lowest – popularity; Star rating and customer feedback.
If you log on you will be offered the best hotel deals of the day, will store your preferences for future searches, send discounts…
SPEND MORE THAN ONE DAY IN A HOTEL, OFFERS FOR LONG STAYS
You will be thinking that it is a “strange” advice, if you can spend several nights in the same destination, why would not you do it in the same hotel? Obviously, from that point of view, it does not make sense, but if you are going to move around a city it may be cheaper to stay in the same hotel every day and move around by car – look for the cheapest car rental and, of course, again, keep in mind the travel time. In many hotels there are third or fourth night free offers – never in high season, everything cannot be.
SEARCH FOR PROMOTIONAL CODES ON THE INTERNET
Although we know that there still are looking … but as the witches , if any Hales because in many hotels there is a space in the booking form which include a coupon code that you pose a discounted price . If you find any – or you have already found – let us know and tell us how.
TRY TO BARGAIN WHERE YOU CAN TO SAVE ON YOUR HOTEL
We already talked about this in the article on how to save on travel: small hotels from the afternoon lose money with each room free. You can try to haggle a bit and get a better price. In many countries of the world, bargaining is an “obligation” and no matter what time you arrive, you always have to try.
COMPARE HOTEL PRICES WITH TRAVEL PACKAGES
Have you seen any plane offer plus hotel that you thought was impossible? Especially in beach destinations Cancun or Riviera Maya style. We also. We have not yet been able to take advantage of them because of lack of time, but we do not rule it out for two reasons: because a flight is almost more expensive and because hotels are usually very good. Once there you can move and even sleep somewhere else, you will still save money.
APARTMENTS FOR RENT: A WAY TO SAVE ON ACCOMMODATION … OR NOT?
I still remember when I was traveling with my parents in summer and spent 15 days at the beach. Can you imagine paying 15 hotel nights? A madness, nor with discounts for long stays. What my parents did was rent an apartment. It is now much easier with a lot of pages offering holiday rentals. It is necessary to take into account the same as with the hotels: that is good, that is near, what is included … and the seriousness of the person who is on the other side. Also consider that, usually, the breakfast is not included and not always have time to cook … you May not interest you have kitchen and is cheaper or better a hotel.
You may not know it, but on Booking.com there are also rentals of this type and with direct confirmation at the time of booking, which is much more comfortable.
LOYALTY CARDS FROM HOTEL CHAINS OR AIRLINES POINTS
If there is a hotel chain that you particularly like, find out if they have a loyalty program. Even if you have more than one “favorite” chain do not forget to ask, many hotel chains are part of the same group even if they do not advertise. As with airlines, see adding points and get discounts, in many cases also offer special discounts for the day of your birthday.
Another way to save on hotels thanks to loyalty cards is with the miles or points of the airlines. Almost all have agreements with several chains both to add points and to spend them on stays.
SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER FOR HOTEL DEALS
Finally, as we said with the airlines: subscribe to the newsletters of all the hotel chains and be the first to know about the offers. Not always you can take advantage … but it never hurts to know that there is a 25% discount on hotels in Indonesia.
Do you have any more? Tell us your trick to get the hotel at the best price in the comments.