Tip #1: Be flexible with your location.
Hotels in most major cities are in great demand. The more flexible you are about where to stay, the more money you can save. Don’t shy away from the hotel out of the city center. Many of them are a lot cheaper, of better quality, quieter and as long as reasonable transportation is available they will work fine and make your trip very enjoyable.
Tip #2: Book in advance.
Book as much in advance as possible. This is the best way to assure hotel availability.
Tip #3: Try an earlier or later travel date.
Room prices differ from date to date. To get the lowest rate, try selecting earlier or later check-in or check-out date.
Tip #4: Avoid hot periods.
Beware of different travel periods. Hotels are always more expensive during high seasons, which is usually April through October and during fairs and congresses.
Tip #5: Check for appartments, B&B or guest houses.
Consider alternatives to hotels especially when traveling with kids or a group of friends. Check apartments in popular cities, those are usually cheaper and much more spacious than hotel rooms. After all, in one bedroom apartment can sleep as at least four people and cost as much as a double hotel room.
Tip #6: Check hotel facilities.
Check the hotel facilities before your booking:
- Is the front desk staffed 24 hours a day?
- Does the hotel offer non-smoking rooms?
- Does the hotel allow pets? What size?
- What is check in time? Check out time?
- What is the policy for late check in?
- What is the hotel's cancellation policy?
- How much is the room tax?
- What is the fee for local calls?
- Does the hotel have a restaurant or cafe?
- Is there a pool or other recreational facilities?
- Is there a playground or other children's facilities?
- Is there a phone in the room?
- Does the room have a private bath?
- Are there business facilities (fax, internet, copier, etc.)?
Tip #7: Arrive early.
The sooner you check into a hotel, the better your chances of getting a room or suite that matches your preferences.