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How to book a perfect stay for your holiday?

In this article, I will list 10 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 on last minute, or the hotel decline your booking request? By using trustworthy sites, you can receive great support and best deal.

For example, Airbnb protects guests from last-minute host cancellations, lock-outs, misrepresented listings, unsanitary, or lacking in promised amenities or other items. You can get a refund when the host does not meet the basic requirement.

>> Use this code to get $40 off in Airbnb.

I have traveled to 26 countries and stayed at different types of accommodation. Here are a few trusted websites that help me to save money and time searching:

>> Read more about the best booking sites here

 

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 airport shuttle?
  • Is it near the center/ train station/ bus station?
  • Are there any restaurants and shops around?
  • Is it easy to reach main attractions from the accommodation?

There are several cheap accommodations in 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 lengthy bus/ train ride every time, you should stay in the central area close to public transport, airports, local attractions, restaurants, and has the ability to get out and walk to most things.

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

 

How to choose the best hotel location?

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

 

3. Read reviews

Reviews written by other guests are really informative and helpful. Text reviews and scores are two factors that you should consider when looking for an 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 – Booking.comHotels.com, TripAdvisor, and Expedia.

 

4. Consider scores in all features

You should not only consider the general score 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 hotel’s star because it can vary from country to country. One 3-star-hotel in one country can be better than the 4-star-hotel in another country. You should take the facilities and services into account in order to choose the best accommodation.

 

6. Look for extra hidden cost

Sometimes the accommodation does not show all the cost as their “final cost”. The most common hidden cost is tax (per night/ per stay). Also, you may need to pay extra for service, facilities such as towel, bed sheets, property service charge, 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 basic 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 hair dryer 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).

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If you love reading, you should check whether the hotel has reading area.

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

 

8. Book early

Don’t book at the last minutes because 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 Booking.com, so even when you change your mind, it will not matter much.

 

9. Sign up for loyalty program

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

For example, you will get 1 free stay after 10 stays at Hotels.com. Isn’t it great? Check out it here.

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You will get 1 FREE stay after 10 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.

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  1. Nicola says:

    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.

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  2. Amar singh says:

    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.

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  3. Medha Verma says:

    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 Agoda.com, 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 booking.com 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!

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    • Ha Truong says:

      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.

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  4. Clarice Lao says:

    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.

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  5. Yukti says:

    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.

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  6. Rhiannon says:

    I love the hotels.com 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.

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  7. Bhusha says:

    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.

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  8. Cat says:

    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!

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