Most of us are always looking forward to getting very good hotel rates, both during business and holiday travels. The problem is, how do you actually get affordable accommodation without compromising on quality and comfort?
Travelers in every part of the globe – America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia – are in search of best hotel deals. Everybody wants to save on travel expenditure. This no wonder makes it a bit difficult to find the real budget hotel deal. And every hospitality facility claims to have the best offer. So how do you identify the real offers?
Here are four ideas on how to find cheap hotel deals and save great during your trips:
Local travel websites
Big travel websites like Hotels.com, Expedia, Agoda and likes, are what most travelers seek first when looking for best deals. Their vast details on hotels on almost part of the globe, is indeed very important on getting what you want.
But what most people forget is that local travel websites are most likely to have more budget hotels that these big travel sites. Searching for popular travel sites in your destination is something that may save you great deal of cash.
Unlike the global travel giant sites, local ones provide details of even the very budget end hotels. There, you are more likely to find very affordable rooms and yet very decent for your vacation/business trip..
If you really need to find a good deal, then you have to starting looking for one early enough. This allows time to find variety of accommodation facilities, be it hotels, bed and breakfast or even apartments. You then compare their offers, and their services and facilities and then choose the one that well fits you.
In case you have very urgent trip; then it may be advisable to find last minutes travel sites and see their offers. But the earlier you plan your travel the better.
Going to stay for long in hotel or traveling in groups? If yes, then it’s more likely if you ask for a discount, you will be offered one. But be sure to ask for it before making reservations. Some hotels also do offer special offers for particular people. For instance, some Nairobi hotels have lower rates for UN staff. If you work with some of big humanitarian organizations, ask if the hotel have special rates for staff.
Where possible, you should properly plan for the period you intend to travel, bearing in mind peak seasons. If you are traveling on weekends, it might be good idea to stay for business hotel, where rates are likely to be lower than in vacation resorts. Similarly, you can stay in holiday lodges during business days, and save on room budget.
Planning to take vacation in low tourists’ season might save your money, besides making your trip hassle free. For instance, Mombasa Hotels in Kenya do double or even triple their room rates during the peak seasons. And the sheer number of visitors looking for hotels makes it even hard to find hotel, when planning for last minutes trips.