Tuesday, October 23, 2007

How to guarantee a good hotel at a great price!

In this post, I will keep it short and sweet, and try to point you in the right direction of ensuring a great hotel at a good price:

  1. Open up multiple tabs on one browser window.
  2. Enter the addresses of the popular websites on each - Expedia, Orbitz, travelocity, tripadvisor etcetera and any others that you may use to book hotels.
  3. Generate searches on each of the above websites using your criteria (the same criteria for easy comparison).
  4. Narrow down the list to the hotels you feel are going to work for you, and compare the prices/package on each tab if offered by multiple sites.
  5. Now search those hotels on Tripadvisor, and see how others have rated it.
  6. If you are happy with what you've read, go to the hotel's website itself, and check if they have the same package you want at a lower price. If so, book with the hotel itself. Otherwise, go ahead with the best-priced travel website offer.
Other methods:
  • Check the local press (travel supplements in newspapers) for any discounts.
  • If you do not really care about the exact location of the hotel, sites such as Hotwire and Priceline may work for you. Visit betterbidding.com which will advise you about possible hotels in a category for your city, and what a reasonable bid may be. I was able to secure a 4 star hotel in London two months ago for $80 on Priceline after consulting with this website - an absolute steal!
Any other tips from readers are most welcome.


Avalon said...

Interesting to know.

Buffy said...

People should read this.