How to Make Hotel Comparisons
Finding a good hotel deal can be intimidating and confusing at the same time. Thankfully, travel websites allowing online reservations make things so much easier, as do hotels that mostly have websites of their own these days.
Before you start your search, find a convenient tool that helps you compare prices, and remember to consider extra fees for specific hotel services. Find out what discounts you can ask for, as well as how to effectively approach the hotel over the phone. If everything fails, there are lots of websites today which let you pick your price range, as long as you’re flexible in your choice of a place to stay.
Before you begin your hotel search, create a chart. There should be room for the hotel name, phone number and email, physical address and star rating. Now make a checklist of every hotel that has all the amenities that you want for your stay. Include everything, regardless of whether there will be extra fees or charges.
Look online for hotels in your intended destination. Get a grip on the cost of budget, average and luxury hotels in the area. Use websites that give you star ratings and amenities for every listed hotel. Hotel deals you get through hotel comparison sites aren’t so god if you snag them fast – and probably without much – and you feel like you’ve been misled.
Keep in mind that a hotel manager could just write anything great about them in their website description, so make it a point to know others’ opinions too by going through travel sites.
Compare amenities when comparing prices.
Even if hotel X costs $25 more nightly than hotel Y, should probably go with Hotel X if you get a free breakfast and free parking and hotel Y doesn.
Visit the hotel’s official website to check for special deals or discounts.
They may have reduced rates for retirees or lower prices off-season. With the chart you made, compare offers from different hotels.
Be flexible with your travel schedule.
If possible, check out different dates when searching for hotels online, and keep in mind that prices usually fluctuate, depending on whether you plan to stay during the week or the weekend. If possible, explore different dates when trying to find hotels online, and consider that prices are going to vary, depending usually on whether you’re booking within a week or a weekend.
Call the hotel first before actually booking.
Ask them for any special packages they may be offering at the moment, and tell them you are comparing hotels in the vicinity. A lot of hotels could be running a special that you can’t find on their website or anywhere else online, and if they’re aware of you comparing them to competitor hotels, they may be more eager to make you a deal.