How to Find The Best Accommodation For Your Vacation

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How to book a perfect stay for your holiday?

In this article, I will list ten tips to find the best accommodation for your trip. Whether you are traveling to Europe, Asia, or Australia, these tips will help you plan your trip easily!


1. Use trustworthy booking sites

Safety first!

Imagine that you almost get to the city and realize that your host canceled at the last minute or the hotel decline your booking request? By using trustworthy sites, you can receive excellent support and the best deal.

I have traveled to 31 countries and stayed at different types of accommodation. Here are a few trusted websites that help me to save money and time searching:


2. Choose the location carefully

Location is an important factor in choosing accommodation. Before booking any place, you should consider:

  • How to go there from the airport? Does the hotel provide an airport shuttle?
  • Is it near the center/ train station/ bus station?
  • Are there any restaurants and shops around?
  • Is it easy to reach the main attractions of accommodation?

There are several cheap accommodations on booking sites, but lots of them are far away and not convenient to reach or commute.

Unless you’d like to take a cab or get on a long bus/ train ride every time, you should stay in the central area close to public transport, airports, local attractions, restaurants, and can get out and walk to most things.

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Book and Bed Tokyo Asakusa is a lovely hostel located in the main tourist area.


How to choose the best hotel location?

Unfortunately, you can choose the location wisely with interactive map. Using’s map view to compare options and prices, you will be able to find the best accommodation that fits your needs.


3. Read reviews

Reviews written by other guests are informative and helpful. Text reviews and scores are two factors that you should consider when looking for accommodation.

The best way to read reviews is to check reviews from travelers who have similar trips like you – solo travel, family travel, couple travel, and which type of room that they booked – Dorm bed, Dingle room, Double room, Twin room, Triple room (for family), etc.

Also, you can read reviews from different booking sites if you have more spare time –, TripAdvisor, and Expedia.

The Gate Hotel Tokyo


4. Consider scores in all features

You should not only consider the overall rating of the accommodation but also take a closer look at other scores such as Cleanliness, Comfort, Facilities, Staff, Value for Money, Location.


5. Use stars as a guide only

You should not consider much about the hotel’s star because it can vary from country to country.

One 3-star-hotel in one country can be better than a 4-star-hotel in another country. You should take the facilities and services into account to choose the best accommodation.

best places to stay in Sapa - Topas Ecolodge
Topas Ecolodge is an excellent place to stay in Sapa, Vietnam.


6. Look for extra hidden cost

Sometimes the accommodation does not show all the price as their “final cost.” The most common hidden charge is a tax (per night/ per stay).

Also, you may need to pay extra for service, facilities such as towels, bedsheets, property service charges, etc.

Therefore, you should check whether there is an extra cost, so the actual price will not add up than you expected.


7. Check the facilities & services

It is worth checking the facilities and services carefully before booking your stay. Some accommodation may charge for necessary facilities such as wifi although major places don’t.

Some places may have a restriction on using time of services.

For example, you cannot use the hairdryer after midnight till 6 am, or you will need to leave the hostel from 10 am to 2 pm during the stay for cleaning purposes (It happens a lot in Osaka, Japan).

Also, you should check other facilities such as parking, swimming pool, spa, gym, washing machine, etc., to have a great stay.


8. Book early

Don’t book at the last minute because the price can go up or the place is sold out. The worst thing is opening the browser to book for your dream place and realize that it is sold out on the day you intend to stay.

Also, you can cancel at no cost before arrival day with, so even when you change your mind, it will not matter much.

Best place to stay in Tokyo for the first time


9. Sign up for the loyalty program

When you sign up as a member on any booking sites such as, or Airbnb, you will get a discount or deals from them.

For example, you will get one free stay after ten stays at Isn’t it great? Check out it here.

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You will get 1 FREE stay after ten nights!


10. Don’t hesitate to ask

If you have any questions or inquiries regarding the facilities, services, etc., don’t hesitate to email or call the property. Sometimes you can even add more services with discounts by negotiating with the hotel.

Also, it is recommended to double-check with the property to make sure that your booking is correct.

  1. You’ve got some solid tips here! I always find picking a location so difficult when visiting a new city that you don’t know, but I totally agree, it’s really important. I love reading the reviews of hotels, I think this is one of the best ways to get honest opinions of peoples stays.

  2. Choosing the right location and hotel is key and can make or break your holiday. Thanks for sharing this as it’s key. Yes trusted sites make so much a difference eg Air B n B or booking. Com. Google maps another great help seeing exactly where you location is. This is a great post and very helpful. Keep it going.

  3. All very good and valid points, I have to say! You’ve listed exactly those booking sites which I trust (if I am in Asia, I usually use, they have the best deals). Also, beware of hidden costs is very good advice, I’ve been burnt on that before. I booked a guesthouse on and when they charged me, it was more than the price quoted. Apparently somewhere in the small print, they had mentioned $20 cleaning fee which wasn’t showing in the cost! And reading reviews is extremely important, I always make sure to do that!

    1. Agoda is great when booking in Asia. They have some cheap options! And sometimes the hidden cost is unexpected, so checking it clearly before the trip is better.

  4. Thank you for these practical tips. It is very timely since I am looking for accommodation for our next trip. Will keep in mind to check hidden costs.

  5. Finding best accommodation during our vacations plays an important role. I truly agree on reading reviews on various sites because it gives slight idea of the stay. Also to check them about extra facilities is advantagesou like pick up or drop from airport. Also 3 star or 4 star is not to followed blindly as sometimes 3 star turns out better than 4 star.

  6. I love the loyalty program! When I spent 9 months continuously travelling I booked 80% of my non-Airbnb/couchsurfing accommodation through them and ended up with about 10 free nights in total! Ended up saving so much money. You’re totally right about using stars as guidance only – I’ve stayed at the most gorgeous little boutique hotel before but it only had 3 stars, mainly because the WiFi didn’t work in the attic or basement haha.

  7. You are right. Reviews are indeed the primary one I see before booking any hotel.
    Hidden costs and Location are very important too. We might end up spending more on travelling to/fro hotel wasting our time & money… Complementary breakfast always attracts me more than the ones that don’t provide.

  8. Yes, you’re right! Stars can be so misleading. Sometimes we found a 5-star hotel in one country wasn’t as luxurious as we expected. That’s why reviews are so important!

  9. I agree that when you are choosing a place to stay. You want to make sure it is somewhere that will be near any amenities or main attractions you want, like you said. That will actually be the first thing I consider when finding a place to stay for my next vacation. I want it to be the best experience possible.

  10. My family is going on vacation in a few months and I am in charge of choosing and booking the hotel. I like that you talk about choosing a place to stay that is in a convenient location. If it is close to the airport, restaurants, and other things to do that will make the trip less stressful because traveling around will be easy.

  11. I like your idea to read reviews when choosing lodging. My husband and I want to go on a relaxing vacation soon. Following your tips should help us choose the best bed and breakfast to stay at!

  12. You’ve got some solid tips here! I completely agree that choosing the right location and hotel is key and can make or break your holiday. I love to travel and explore new places and I plan these things properly first and then I start to explore. Anyways, thank you for sharing this great and helpful blog with us. I will shre this blog with others and bookmark this pag for future reference. Keep up the good work.

  13. I’m about to take a vacation trip this holiday season. I’m looking for a lodge with complete amenities and near the tourist spots that I’ll be visiting. Thanks for pointing out that I have to use a site that has a full map view that shows the pricing, alternative hotel options that best fits my needs. Cheers!

  14. I’ve been planning to take my family on vacation; such as we can stay in a lodge. Befoe choosing, I’ll keep in mind to check the customer reviews from the site that you’ve mentioned. I am hoping to find a lodge where we can do some fun activities as well such as hunting.

  15. My family and I will be in an out of town trip this coming holiday season to spend our vacation wisely. Thanks for pointing out that location is one of the main considerations in choosing the best place to stay in every destination. Hence, it is truly suggested to plan ahead of time and try to book as early as possible to get some promotions and discounts.

  16. I like how you mentioned to choose the best location for your next vacation carefully and make sure there are main attractions nearby. My wife and I like to exercise while on vacation and we’re thinking about running vacation races because they combine both exercising and relaxing for enjoyment. It seems like a good investment to mindfully plan where we’d like to stay fit and unwind on our time off.

  17. It’s good to know that an important factor is choosing a location. My husband and I are wanting to find a cabin to stay in for a family trip coming up a couple of weeks and we want to make sure we choose the best place to stay. We’ll make sure to keep these tips in mind as we search for a cabin to stay in.

  18. I’ve been traveling for years and until now, I still don’t know how to pick a hotel that best fits me. Your tip about visiting the installation and find about their service is a great way to find the one I need. I will remember doing this next time I need to book a room for my trip.

  19. I didn’t know before that we could save money one a hotel if we are to book it early, so I appreciate that you mentioned it. My wife and I have been wanting to go on vacation, and it will be important for us to know that we could find the best hotel to stay at once we do go. When we look for one, I will be sure to book it early, so we could save some money.

  20. You made a great point when you explained that it is important to avoid waiting until the last minute to book vacation accommodations. My wife and I want to do some traveling next month, and we are hoping to find a good deal on a hotel so that we can spend our trip money elsewhere. We’ll be sure to book as early as possible when we find a hotel we like.

  21. My mom has been thinking about going on vacation so that she can relax and get away from the chaos of her home. Staying in a home that she can rent from a professional could be really useful and allow her to bring her husband with her. I’ll be sure to tell her about how cleanliness, comfort, facilities, staff, location can all have a rating and not just pay attention to the stars.

  22. I like that this post reminded us of only source for accommodations from reliable sources. My wife and I are planning to go away for the weekend. I will definitely look at reliable booking sites to avoid scams.

  23. I liked that it would be smart to consider if a hotel has all of the features that you want. I would like to go to a hotel that is quiet and has some transportation methods that I could use. A shuttle to and from the airport would be really nice to have.

  24. It really helped when you said it’s important to read the reviews of your potential hotel option. My fiance and I are thinking about where to go for our honeymoon. We want to travel somewhere with a wonderful beach view, and we’re thinking about booking a hotel for a week or two. That’s why we think your article will help us find the right hotel for us. Thanks for the tips about how to find the best vacation accommodation.

  25. I do agree that it is important to book accommodation from a reliable booking website. My wife and I are going on a vacation. I will remember to book a hotel from a reliable source.

  26. You made a good point when you shared that it is great to rely on reviews from previous customers when looking for accommodation during your vacation. My mother just mentioned the other day that she is thinking of taking the whole family for a trip during the school holidays so everyone will get to bond with each other. I will suggest to her looking for a vacation cabin that has excellent reviews.

  27. I’m going to be heading out on a business trip, so I want to make sure that I have a cozy place to stay. It makes sense that I would want to book early when I choose one! That way, I don’t have to worry about them being too full when I get there.

  28. This is such a nice blog on how to find out the best accommodation. In order to get better information and guidance can be taken from this blog specifically. It plays a vital role in taking us through. It can be really great for people like me who are looking for grabbing more knowledge about it.

  29. It really helped when you talked about the importance of booking a hotel room with anticipation. In a few months, my wife and I will have our vacation from work. We want to get away from our same old routine, so we want to find a place with a beach and a casino, and we think your article will guide us. Thanks for the tips on how to choose the best accommodation for our vacation!

  30. Thanks for explaining that trustworthy booking sites are a good way to find the best deals for accommodation. I hope to travel this summer for when I visit my parents who live on the other side of the country. I’ll start looking for accommodations where I can get good deals.

  31. My two sisters and I want to go on a girl’s trip in June and we need to find amazing accommodation to stay at. I am very grateful for your suggestion to take the reviews and scores of potential accommodations into account before selecting one. My sisters and I will be sure to use online reviews to determine the best place for us to stay on our trip.

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