How to find cheap hotels near me
One of the questions that ravage people (tourists, businessmen and businesswomen and many more) is how do i find cheap hotels near me? Well sweat no more as this article is going to treat extensively how to find cheap hotels near you. The best fastest way to find cheap hotels is by making use of hotel search sites to make online hotel booking.
Tips for booking hotel online
Every day it is more frequent to book vacations through the internet and browse in search of the hotels that most closely match the tastes and needs of the client. From five-star accommodations to more modest ones, the Network is used to check the availability of dates , the capacity of the rooms or their prices, but there may also be some doubts about the reliability or concern about the final reservation, which is why the OCU ( Organization of Consumers and Users) propose ten basic tips to avoid problems when making online hotel booking.
1 Compare prices and conditions
The stays in the hotels can be contracted through the web pages of the establishments although it is easy to find offers in hotel search sites like Kayak or Trivago, it is here where it is necessary to pay attention to the prices and conditions that they offer which can be Up to 50 percent lower than the actual price.
2 At a cheaper price, less flexibility
Keep in mind that cheaper prices tend to be linked to lower flexibility and lower conditions . In those cases, the OCU advises to take out cancellation insurance in order to recover all or at least part of the money invested.
3 Search for a contact address
It is preferable that the page where the reservation is made have an address or contact telephone number in the country of your choice to be able to direct you in case of problem either at the time of making the payment or once at the hotel.
4 Do not rely on customer evaluations
The web pages that commercialize trips usually include customer ratings, in most of them you can read both positive and negative comments of the hotel, even though the OCU advises not to rely blindly on this evaluations because there may be “manipulation” in the valuations of the clients.
5 Avoid the high season
At Christmas, Easter and the summer months hotels have different rates to the rest of the year, even vary substantially between June and September with August being the most expensive month of the year. The OCU advises to distribute the holidays out of these dates and not only save money but enjoy better conditions.
6 A well-identified website
The page must have clear information about the hotel’s data . The number of rooms available must be clearly indicated; possibility of extra beds, the price; the services offered by the establishment as well as the hotel management.
7 Read the conditions of the reservation
The website through which the reservation is made must be clearly identified, so that the consumer knows if it is the website of a hotel, an agent or an intermediary. You have to read carefully the conditions, and pay attention to the price supplements, and also in everything that refers to changes, cancellations or claims.
8 Be alert to payment
The most important moment is the time to make the payment. You have to make sure you do it through a secure site and with a guaranteed connection . At the end of the payment you should receive a receipt of the reservation either on the same web page or by email or on both platforms.
9 Print the reservation
An online reservation has the same legal value as a traditional contract so it is important to take the paper test of the reservation as we would have contracted the hotel through a presence agency.
10 Do not delete the vouchers
In case of having any problem at the hotel it is advisable to have collected all the evidence of the contracting of the service and your relationship with the person providing it, including the mails and acknowledgments as well as everything related to the stay and always try reach an amicable agreement.
best hotel search sites
After so many accommodation reservations over the last few years, we still do not know exactly which are the best hotel search engines or, at least, we do not have a fixed preference. Maybe because there is no perfect hotel search engine and in the end it is about comparing, comparing and comparing. However, there are several that we recurrently try to get right the first time. Here we show (and analyze) a selection of our 5 best hotel search engines and hotel search engines that we like the most.
HotelsCombined is a hotel search engine that has been running since 2005, based in Australia. It is the hotel search engine that we recommend the most, although it is not perfect by any means. If you like it, you can also choose Momondo , which uses its search engine and perhaps has a more elegant design.
Pro : The design of the web is clean and pleasant. The hotel search engine is simple and practical, with a very effective autocomplete function that includes search by hotel. It offers hundreds of results quickly and allows numerous filters: type of accommodation, services, stars, etc. The list of hotels can be ordered in various ways and can be displayed on a map. Compare between hundreds of search engines and many hotel chains. It is available in more than 40 languages and 220 countries, and prices can be converted to 120 types of currencies. Although we have not put it to the test, they offer the best price guarantee with a refund of the difference. They are active in social networks, send offers by mail and have an app for Android and Apple. Finally it has a user registry to store recent searches, create wish lists and access exclusive offers. In addition, it has incorporated the option of making direct bookings from the hotel’s website and leaving reviews without leaving HC. HC did an important image wash and now the web looks much more modern.
Con : They show a summary of comments and ratings, but they are not their own, so one has to leave the web to read the opinions on other pages. It offers results from hundreds of search engines, but some interesting ones are missing. It does not always show all the hotels available on a website and prices do not always correspond to the real ones (although the efficiency is very high). In HC the comments section is still one of the weak points (detailed comments are not shown, only global assessments)
Booking , founded in 1996 in Amsterdam, is the best hotel search engine par excellence. It is one of the most visited websites in the world, has almost 7,000 employees and boasts of selling 550,000 hotel nights every day.
Pro: The most reliable online hotel booking website. They offer a guarantee for a better price and do not charge management or card fees. They have very interesting punctual offers, the possibility of canceling free of charge at most hotels and accessing the user area with reservation management. The web is very simple to use, with a nice design and intuitive navigation. The results of the searches are easy to filter and sort, with the possibility of being displayed on a map. Hotel listings and descriptions of rooms, services, etc. They are very complete. It has customer service in Spanish (in Spain) and is available in 40 languages, also showing hundreds of currencies and offering results in almost 200 countries. The best of all is the amount of comments and ratings that your hotels have.
Con : Sometimes they do not really have the best rates, although this would be compensated with their best price back guarantee policy. On the other hand, despite having a wide range of accommodation, not much everyone has, so you can always stay out of the search very interesting hotels. There is no possibility to pay through Paypal, there are only a few credit cards to choose from, they do not offer coupons or discount codes and registered users do not have any extra advantage (no points or balance are accumulated). A topic that we will not touch here is whether it is good that Booking is so powerful and what relationship it has with hotels.
Agoda , based in Singapore, is one of the best specialized hotel search engines in Asia, although it has an impressive range of accommodation all over the world. It was founded in 1998 and currently belongs to the Priceline.com group.
Pro: Its main advantage over Booking is that it does offer a Points Program, allowing you to accumulate discounts for future purchases. When making an online hotel booking they inform us of how much we will save exactly in the next one (between 4% and 7% of the total amount that we are paying). It shares, for the rest, the majority of Booking’s advantages, usually equaling it in prices and sometimes exceeding the number of available accommodations. Among the positive points, it is also worth mentioning its lower price guarantee and the fact that it does not include management fees or card payments.
Con: For our taste the design is somewhat less clear and pleasant than other search engines. The results of the searches can not be ordered by price and do not directly show the room rates, but a “from” that corresponds to the cheapest room type. It has far fewer customer reviews than Booking and hotel listings are not as detailed. What does coincide with Booking is not to provide discount codes and to offer only 3 different cards as a method of payment. Finally, the customer service and contact information is not very close at hand, and they do not have a telephone in Spain.
Kayak is another hotel search engine, launched in 2004 from the United States. Long before he became famous for his advertisements on TV we had already used it to search for flights and now we also consult him in our hotel searches. Since 2012, it belongs to Priceline.com.
Pro: It has the main advantages of a metasearch engine (comparison between hundreds of websites and hotel chains) and also allows you to make purchases without leaving your website (although we are actually booking through partners such as Booking). For this reason, unlike other metasearch engines, they offer user registration and monitoring of our reservations, as well as the possibility of receiving personalized alerts. It has, in terms of design and usability, a very clean interface that allows an agile navigation. Another interesting detail is that the different searches are stored in separate tabs (as in an internet browser), so we can move quickly from one search to another without having to close any list of results. In addition, hotel listings are optionally expanded without the need to open a new window.
Con: Kayak does not store opinions of its own. Although it shows a good summary and several comments on the hotels card, finally we will have to go to Booking to read a greater number of reviews. In terms of search results, hotel information and room rates are not shown at a glance, forcing us to expand the corresponding tabs for each hotel. The contact information with Kayak, something hidden, is limited to a form (although it is true that in theory they do not need a more advanced “customer service” since they are not responsible for reservations). And personally, although it may be a minor detail, I hate having to uncheck the boxes of “compare other websites with Kayak” and hate even more forgetting to do so (new annoying windows open).
Hotels.com is part of Hotels.com, belonging to the Expedia group. It has its headquarters in Texas and was launched in 1991, by then being one of the first hotel search engines.
Pro: Reliable and of total confidence. Pretty and practical website, without distracting elements. The search box is also very simple and allows you to directly enter the name of a hotel. The results page is very clean and does not lack any of the typical options. Like Booking, it has its own comments (many) and a good tab for each hotel. Its loyalty program, Welcome Rewards, allows you to accumulate 1 free night for every 10 booked. It also has the best price matching guarantee and also admits discount codes. On the other hand, they offer free cancellation for many reservations and, unlike Booking or Agoda, you can pay with Paypal, in addition to having a greater variety of cards. Like the previous ones, it does not charge for management or for card payment. As a noteworthy note, It should be noted that they have 2 free customer service phones in Spain. In terms of numbers, Hotels.com is available in 34 languages, more than 60 countries and has about 220,000 hotels. They have app for Android, Apple and Windows Phone and have a lot of consistency in social networks.
Con: In many comparisons we have made lose out on Booking in terms of number of hotels shown and prices, although the latter could be offset by its lower rate policy, the free nights program or discount coupons. Regarding the results page, we consider the information that is seen at first sight in the file of each hotel to be scarce and we miss the breakdown of room prices. We also do not like the hotel scoring system on a scale of 0 to 5, because we understand that it is more intuitive and requires a scale of 0 to 10.
After making this brief analysis among some of the best hotel search engines (and metasearch engines) we came to several conclusions. If what we intend is to perform general searches, fast and with many results to get an idea of the prices of a city or compare at a glance the rates of several websites for the same hotel, then we will choose meta search engines like HotelsCombined , Momondo or Kayak .
If we want to be safe and not complicate our lives , then we can directly choose Booking , a classic of reservations that is usually the final destination of most travelers who are looking for a hotel.
Finally, if we travel frequently and like to keep a record of our reservations , two very interesting options would be Agoda and Hotels.com , which reward their registered users with different loyalty programs (accumulation of small discounts in the case of Agoda and free nights in the case of Hoteles.com).
And remember that the world of accommodation does not end in hotels. Although these search engines also include some pensions, hostels, bed & breakfast and other types of accommodation, we will rarely find hostels, bungalows, rural houses, campsites, private apartments or other more alternative options.