Planning your next holiday should be a fun experience, but it can also prove to be stressful when it comes to trying to find a good hotel room without paying over the odds.
We all want to stay somewhere nice without breaking the bank, but how do you find the best deals when it comes to booking a hotel?
You can usually find the best deals by booking your hotel early, you’ll get more room options and better rates this way and you can alter you plans at a later date if you find a cheaper option (most hotels have no cancellation charge until closer to the date you’ll be staying).
Keep an eye out for early bird special offers such as; free breakfast, free upgrades and free parking.
Travel off season
If you don’t mind what time of year you travel (weather permitting) then look for off season discounts at the hotels of your choice.
You’ll also benefit from fewer tourist crowds and cheaper tickets for local attractions.
Book a package
It’s usually cheaper to package your hotel with a flight to bring down the cost. If you’re travelling to a popular holiday destination you might be able to package attraction tickets into the deal and save even more money; you’re also more likely to get extras thrown in.
If you book through an ABTA bonded travel agent you’ll also be safer in the event of an unexpected cancellation (although I would recommend purchasing travel insurance with cancellation cover of at least £1500).
The busiest time for most hotels is at the weekend so you can usually get better rates mid-week when they’ll be at their quietest. Likewise, opting to travel to your holiday destination at an unsociable hour or on a weekday will get you a cheaper deal and a much cheaper flight.
You’ll pay through the nose for well situated hotels, especially those on the beachfront. If you don’t mind a short walk or are happy to take a taxi then look for hotels further away from the city centre or beachfront and you should get a much cheaper deal.
Speak to the hotel directly
Cheap hotels can usually be found on websites such as lastminute.com and similar, but some hotels actually keep their best rates for direct booking. Getting on the phone to the hotel can often yield cheaper room rates so it’s well worth it.