One of the most frequently asked questions to me about travel is on How I book my hotel.
I am not surprised at all. Because there are 1000s of online hotel booking sites and apps that shows professionally taken pictures of the rooms and neighborhoods. But are they 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 on 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 because you cannot get back those days.
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 using the Google street maps to be informed of what to expect. This will also help to know if you get free public parking nearby or not, 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.
If you do all these
So, how about you? Do you use same techniques? Or different? I would love to hear your perspective and the portals you are using.
Feel free to enlighten fellow travellers by commenting your valuable feedbacks.