How To Find A Great Hotel For Your Next Holiday

When planning your holiday, first step is booking a flight and then the decision is where to stay. There are many considerations when making that decision; what kind of holiday are you planning? Mountain trek? Honeymoon or anniversary celebration? Family time? Just rest and relaxation? Knowing what your plans are for your vacation will help narrow the choices of hotel. You may not need all the frills, and will enjoy your leisure knowing that there is more money in your pocket for sight-seeing and dining, or you may want that all-out luxury experience, and need to treat yourself to the best.

There are many options in types of hotel accommodation available. The place to start searching is online discount travel sites. You will be able to narrow down the selection on most sites, using filters for price, amenities, and distance from sites or city centre. Look carefully at the amenities offered, and consider which you must have and those you can live without. If you have rented a car, free parking will be an important consideration, but if you are in a city centre, you can probably ditch the car and take public transit and taxis.

Often, you will find a better hotel deal on the outskirts of a city. If you want to explore the surrounding area, and have rented a car, you will probably decide this is the better option; getting into the city centre for museums or night life will be easy enough, and getting out of the city will save some cash.

If you plan on staying in the same area for more than a night or two, many hotels offer a discount for the fourth or fifth night. It will be your home base, and then things like a pool, or coffee and a small fridge in the room, or wi-fi and premium cable may be considerations when making your decision. Some offer family rates, where children under twelve can stay for free, and some offer free breakfast. These can all influence your decision on hotels.

When you are booking a flight, many online discount travel sites can add a hotel at a lowered price for the package. This can be a great savings to you, as hotels will offer rooms to these sites as a way of ensuring reservations. It is to their advantage to book those rooms, even at a discount, rather than have empty rooms. It is very beneficial if you are booking a last minute flight as it makes the whole experience trouble free.

Last minute flights are a great bargain. Check online travel discount sites often, or sign up for emails that many offer. These bargains are often hard to resist for that much needed break. If you are not set on a destination, there is a world of discovery out there, and last minute flights can take you to places you never expected to go. They can feed that spontaneous spirit in you, if you can act on the spur of the moment.

By: Lisa Steinway