Top Tips forBooking HotelsRoss Moffat is a travelenthusiast and writes forluxury hotel site Crisp WhiteSheets home to its latest hotelat Lucknam Park
Book Early Book your hotel room as early as possibleonce you’ve decided on your travel plans. Not only will you get a far greater choice ofhotels and room options but you can be sureof an excellent hotel rate too. Some say booking late gets you cheap dealsbut this can be a very high risk plan and theoptions available at the last minute are oftenvery limited.
Special Offers Keep a lookout for any specialoffers that are available as a meansto entice guests to certain hotels. A number of different promotionsand extras are available at varioushotels. These can include something asbasic as free parking, freebreakfasts or a more luxurious freeupgrade or a selection ofpromotional price discounts.
Facilities and Features We all know the cheapest hotel isn’tnecessarily the best deal – somehotels are cheap for a reason. Be sure to check customer reviewsand testimonials to get a clearer ideaof the quality of hotel on offer. Thebest value hotels are related to whatyou get for your money. Check features like the in roomamenities, the hotel facilities, diningoptions and transport availabilityagainst the cost of the room. It could be worth paying a little extrafor a hotel which offers an array ofcomplimentary features and facilities.
Booking Period Timing is crucial in getting a cheap hotel stay,not only the time when you book your holidaybut also when you intend to actually staythere. Try to be as flexible as possible in regards towhen you can holiday and keep abreast ofcrucial information like on and off seasonprice rates and school holiday dates. Changing your plans by a few weeks cansave a fortune if it falls in to the off season oroutside of school holidays.
Hidden Charges Be aware that your initiallyquoted rate may not be thefinal cost of your stay. Some hotels add on additionaltaxes and fees for a variety ofthings such as paying by creditcard. These can quickly add up if youare not careful. Be certain ofthe final cost of your stay beforecommitting to the purchase.
Bundle Up Significant cost savings can be had byutilising a package deal offered byvarious online travel agents. By combining the costs for air travel,transport and attractions with your hotelrate you can make a substantial savingon the cost if all had been boughtseparately.
Avoid Weekends Hotel rates are often asimple case of supply anddemand. If you can, try to be flexiblein the dates of your trip andstay during the week. This will allow you to avoidthe busy and costlyweekends and travel whenvacancies are at theirhighest, and thus the pricesare lower.
Look out for Newsletters A number of organisations and travelwebsites offer various price promotionsand discounts through their newsletters. Simply signing up for free online couldqualify you for a range of discounts. Keep up to date with all the informationregarding travel deals and offers to makesure you don’t miss any bargains.
Location, Location, Location If you don’t mind using public transport or walkinga bit further you could save a great deal bystaying outside of the city centre. Many European cities have incredible publictransport networks making out of townaccommodation far more accessible. By choosing to stay slightly out of town you canbenefit from lower rates or get higher qualityaccommodation for your budget. None of these tips require extensive knowledge orexpertise. Simple pre-planning and organisation can ensureyou save a packet on your next travel holiday.