Booking Hotels Online: A Warning
It goes without saying that choosing good, nice, cheap, and comfortable hotels is a fundamental part of making a trip. Believe me, the accommodation experience is very important to determine how you feel about the city where you are: I have had a hard time in several places and I know that the hotel where we stayed had a lot to do with me these negative feelings.
Go ahead and read calmly my 8 tips to book the best hotel online; I promise you that this post is not going to be anything like the insufferable sermon of the LBN Hotels type…
Check the references
References are not infallible and you will always find yourself with comments from the picky eater or the one who gives them a Hollywood star, but they are the most important tool you have to know the place where you are going to stay based on the experience of others. Guests like you.
If a single person comments that the bathroom was dirty, it may be an isolated case. If fifteen comments out of twenty say that the bathroom was dirty, and are recent references, there would be better thinking.
It is all a matter of knowing how to read through the references and learning to discard those that are pure complaint about the love of the complaint. There is always someone hanging around who comments with the intention of fucking the life of the other, but more people leave a sincere and reliable comment.
Read the name of the hotel
It may sound silly, but anyone can be confused. To us, who are super careful with all the details of our itinerary, it happened to us once in Albania that we confused the Luxury Center Apartment Tirana with the Luxury Apartment Tirana.
And they were a long way from each other, so we ended up wasting about half a day on the relocation (because to top it all off, the right department was in a terribly complicated direction).
Such a case is a bit extreme, but it never hurts to recheck the names and addresses of the hotels we reserve, especially in large cities where there may be several hotels with similar names.
More central is not always better
More central means more accessible but also many times louder and, depending on the case, more expensive. I prefer to be a bus or some subway stations away, and save myself all the constant noise from the center, which, eye, at night is just as intense as during the day.
Especially in cities too small for the amount of tourism they receive, or in cities where tourism infrastructure is very well encapsulated in certain neighborhoods or areas.
If some detail does not close you, do not book expecting a last-minute miracle
This is like a couple of relationships: what at first did not bother you, ends up getting you out of your boxes more and more as you see it better over time.
If there is any part of the description of the accommodation that you doubt about or that makes you noise or for some reason does not end up being quite right, I recommend that you do not go ahead with the reservation.
It is not for being pessimistic (but rather realistic), but it is likely that what you saw on the hotel website that you did not like, actually ends up being worse. Avoid the bad moment if you have already anticipated it.
We once booked a rather ugly hostel in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, and they told us that they gave us a private room for two nights but that later we had to change to a shared one. And we said good, it can’t be that bad. IT WAS.
Always try to book in advance
At least in Europe, for me, this is a golden rule. And in Oceania too, because they are two continents that are fairly expensive or directly very expensive. I love adventure and unpredictability, but I prefer to leave them for Asia and Europe to replace them with foresight and prudence. It sounds boring? Obvious. But I always prefer that rather than ending up paying too much in planning mistakes.
Compare prices in different search engines
Now there are thousands of online hotel search engines, almost literally: Trivago, Hotel, Hostelworld, Momondo, Almundo, Atrapalo, Hotelnights, etc. We always use Booking since they almost always have the best prices, there is no self-respecting hotel that is not on their platform, and all guests agree to leave a comment on their experience, so the references are always varied and are up to date.