All you want after a long day of traveling is a clean room with a comfortable bed…of course at a reasonable price. Where you stay when you travel can make or break a vacation. Here are some ways to make the most of your money when it comes to hotels.
There are ways that an ‘expensive’ hotel can actually prove to be a cheaper expense than staying at the ‘discount’ hotel. When comparing hotel rates, look at the whole package. Oftentimes, the more costly hotel has included services in their rates that will reduce spending in other areas. For instance, are any meals included in the rate? There may be a continental breakfast or a whole buffet available. Additionally, there may be special deals for seniors or children. Most expensive hotels will have a pool, fitness facilities, a spa, or tennis facilities that could provide cheap entertainment on a rainy day. Depending on the hotel’s location, you may have to rent a car to move around town. Or, the hotel may provide a shuttle service to and from the airport or nearby amusement parks, which will save you money on gas and parking fees.
To simply save money on room rates, make your reservation as soon as possible. A limited amount of the cheapest rates are usually only available to the first few that reserve on a particular date. If possible, be flexible about your travel plans. The best rates will be found during the off-season and other times when the hotel tends to have empty rooms. Business hotels will have discounts on the weekends, while resorts will have specials during the week. If you are looking into booking two separate rooms, try a suite. However, remember to check how many bathrooms are available so as not to be cramped.
Shopping on the internet is a quick and easy way to compare room rates of several hotels in an area. Additionally, it will probably give you an overview of the hotel’s facilities and a star rating (1-5 stars), which can help you make the best decision for your vacation.