How to Book a Hotel for Less

I booked a couple of hotels over the last week or so, using a couple of different methods. Both yielded pretty good results. I’ll share them below as a suggestion for ways you might want to try to book your own hotel in the future.

My number one suggestion for finding the right hotel is to use TripAdvisor.com. I love this site. It’s filled with honest reviews from other travelers. The reviews help to rank the hotels. You can view this ranked list and make sure you’re staying at a nice place. It’s not about ranking the fancy hotels at the top either. It’s based on overall value. So a modest 3 star hotel could be at the top of the list.

For my first reservation, I used TripAdvisor.com’s rate search. It searched the major online booking sites (hotels.com, expedia.com, orbitz.com, and a site new to me called bookit.com. Bookit.com had the best deal on the top ranked hotel where I was staying. They were running a special and gave me 25% off the room price, plus half off parking.

For my second reservation, I called up the hotel company directly. I asked for any current specials they had running. I was able to secure a last minute “72 hour special” for around 70% of the normal price.

My best tip for getting a nice hotel for less is to shop around using different methods: online direct, online travel site, phone direct, etc. And always ask if a better deal is available or if any discounts are up for grabs. Be prepared to pay up front for the better deals.

What are your tricks for booking a hotel for less?

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Last Edited: July 22, 2014 @ 12:29 am
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Comments

  1. We’ve used TripAdvisor on all of our trips. We use it more to see abut the area, especially when it’s another country, but we also used it when looking up hotels near Disney World.

    For booking we’ve used a combination of methods. It’s all about doing the research. I’ve found good deals from the online booking sites, from airline sites, and direct from the hotel. It takes some time but you can find good deals by checking around.

    We once had a situation where an online booking site was charging extra for something included by the hotel.

  2. Hey! I hope you had a great long weekend!

    thx for the mention!

  3. just this weekend i booked a hotel via calling up the hotel personally after looking online for a promo code for 30 minutes.

    using common curiosity, persistence and patience i landed 20% off for a two night stay.

  4. I really appreciate the review sites that rate based on value– I can get a nice hotel just about anywhere. I don’t want to have to pay through the nose to get it though. I want the most for my money and it’s sites like that that help anyone find just that.