Finding cheap hotels where you’re planning to go can be stressful, confusing and downright frustrating. There are so many terms and conditions to consider and hidden fees to check that you’ll be tempted to give up the search and stay at home. However, looking for pocket-friendly hotels is only difficult if you don’t know where to look. Here’s a handy guide to help you find cheap hotels in your locale and abroad.
The quick and easy way to find cheap hotels is by surfing online and comparing hotel room rates on booking sites. Keep in mind that the prices shown would depend on your check-in dates, so if your schedule is still pretty flexible it would be good to check for other dates as well. It’s also important to take note that the listings shown won’t always reflect the total amount you would have to pay, so check what’s included in the rate before booking.
Follow the code.
Like Alice who followed the White Rabbit into Wonderland, you can follow voucher codes that will lead you to wonderful discounts on hotels. You can either apply the code during the booking process or look for codes first if you don’t have a hotel in mind just yet.
When you’ve already decided on a hotel based on its location, amenities and rate, you can lower the price further by visiting a voucher site and typing in the name of the hotel. This will bring up all the available discounts for that hotel. Check to see which one applies to your travel schedule or requirements, copy the code and paste it into the reservation form.
If you’re still on the hunt for cheap hotels, check out the active coupons for hotels on voucher sites. When looking for Hotels.com coupon codes, be sure to check out this link: http://www.totaldiscounts.co.uk/shop/hotels-com/
More often than not you will find something that offers discounts on a hotel in the area you plan on going to. Make sure you check the terms and conditions, validity date, inclusions and other details on the code before using it. Some voucher codes may only apply to hotel room reservations on weekdays.
Try out blind booking.
There are many hotel reservation sites that specialise in blind booking or mystery hotel deals, where you are offered low rates on unnamed hotels in a specific area. You will be informed about the cost per night and the included amenities, but you won’t get to find out the name of the hotel until after you’ve paid for the reservation fee.
Blind booking may seem a bit scary–and crazy–but many travellers have saved plenty of money with this option, and swear by its legitimacy. The rooms offered on blind booking websites are usually in top-rated quality hotels that had to fill up rooms at the last minute, giving prospective guests the lowest rates possible.
Check the local directory.
Here’s a fun fact: there are many cheap hotels out there that aren’t listed on booking sites primarily because they don’t have the resources to be listed. These smaller hotels also offer great rooms considering their low rates and shouldn’t be ignored, especially if you’re looking for budget options. To find these hotels, check out the local tourism directory and make a few calls. Managers in these hotels will often agree to negotiate to bring the rates down further so you will book with them instead of the bigger name-brand hotels.