Balancing cost and quality undoubtedly plays a role when booking accommodation. Whether for business or leisure, we all want to get the best possible value for our money.
Here are five simple steps to help you to make an informed decision before booking your next accommodation choice.
Get in early
As demand increases, the price will too, so get booking up to a year in advance. Most hotels have a cancellation policy that won’t kick-in until a few days before your arrival, so you will have plenty of time to cancel and not lose out.
When it has to be last minute
If you are travelling at very short notice, be brave. On-the-day bookings can be made at huge discounts as long as the hotel has plenty of unsold beds. If you have time to monitor a favourite venue for a few days, see which way the prices are going and snap up a last minute bargain.
Don’t ignore the ‘added extras’
Free high-speed WiFi and complimentary coffee & cakes can make a big difference to your finances, even during a short break, so look a little deeper and compare the extras before you make your final decision.
Get online and book smarter
Check price comparison sites to see if there are any offers running for your chosen location. In this highly competitive market, hotels aren’t the only quality option of venue. Use the reviews on these sites to get a better picture of what to expect when you arrive, and don’t forget to check TripAdvisor before making your mind up.
And finally….You’ve made your final selections and now have a shortlist of venues that meet all of your criteria, such as location, quality, added extras and price. Your final move should be to check the hotel’s own website, rather than purely relying on the price comparison sites as you may find something on offer that the hotel doesn’t make available to on-line travel agents.