I have been actively traveling for the past 20 years all over the globe. It is amazing for me to see the way things evolved in recent years both due to the technology and ease of hotel booking.
In all these years, if I faced one question the most frequently about my travel then it should be How I book my hotels.
I am not surprised at all. Because today there are 1000s of online hotel booking sites and smartphone apps that show professionally taken pictures of the rooms and the hotel’s neighborhoods.
But are they for real? Yes and No.
Yes, in the sense, its the same place that you will visit. But no in the sense, you won’t see the same as you saw online. Got me?
And hence your question of how do I choose to book a hotel room. As you may have noticed by now, most of my travels happen with my family. And vacation days are something that you should keep cherishing forever. It’s too costly to have a bad stay that affects the entire vacation.
right Hotel booking should be the top priority?
Remember, you can never get back those days. So make it right the first time.
This is exactly the reason why I choose hotels through trusted & certified providers. Almost all my bookings will be done through the Hotels.com portal. There are many advantages when sticking to one portal because your loyalty is
Yes, you heard me right. For every 10 days of stay, you would earn one night free. The worth of that free night is the average room rates for those 10 days. Why miss such a golden opportunity when your loyalty is going to be rewarded?
For long stays I also use Airbnb.
Even when I use Airbnb, I make sure I do some homework about the places, reviews and see if it’s offered by the super host or not. And keep an extra eye on the small prints, like cancellation fees and service charges.
One of the easiest checks to do is to try visualizing the location before actually visiting it. With today’s technology, it is just a finger-swipe away.
Use the Google street maps to be informed of what to expect around the hotel location. Well, it also depends on how old is the map you visualize. But you get an idea right? And most often the maps could not be older than a year or so.
Next is to check the maps for the available public transport facilities and also free car parking around, especially for those who travel by car. If not satisfied for any reason you can always cancel the rooms – hence the cancellation policy is a must-read.
Booking the hotel with the free-cancellation option could be a bit costly on your pocket. But unless you are 101% sure of the trip, do not opt for no-cancellation fares.
If you do all these checks and pick your rooms you are sure not to have an unpleasant stay for your vacation.
Tip : Do not miss to read my Hotel reviews and other travel tips!!!
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So, how about you?
What is your recommendations for the hotel booking during your travel? Do you use the same techniques?
I would love to hear your perspective and the online booking portals you are using for your regular travel bookings.
Also, please feel free to enlighten fellow travelers by commenting on your valuable feedbacks.