Top 10 Ways to Search For Hotels
Thanks to the Internet, it’s never been easier to search for hotels and find an establishment that meets all your essential criteria. In a way, this has not only made hotels more competitive, but it’s also given smaller boutique hotels a way to connect with just as many guests as those big chains. Each hotel can be equally represented with photos, reviews, and detailed descriptions that will make prospective guests want to stay there. Here are 10 ways to find a hotel online.
- Run a Google search for “best hotel in [whatever city you’re traveling to]”. This is a good option if price is of no concern to you and you just want the most renowned place.
- Read online travel guides like Frommer’s, Fodor’s and Lonely Planet for recommendations. This is a good idea if you want a lead on a safe bet that will not disappoint you.
- Ask family and friends where they stayed or check out Facebook to spy and see where people have “checked in.” This is a good option if you don’t mind asking for personal recommendations.
- Type “[Location] Hotel” into Google images and click on the best looking picture. This is a good option if you’re not so concerned about cost but you’re looking for a certain ambience.
- Join online travel clubs like AAA or Travelocity to get lower rates on your next trip. This is a good idea if you travel often and don’t mind paying an annual fee to save.
- Contact an online travel agent. You can search hotels by letting an agent know your criteria. This is a good option if you’re short on time and have no patience to search on your own.
- Conduct a Hotel Search on Google Maps based around a specific point of interest with the “search nearby” function. This is a good idea if location and nearby amenities are most important.
- Look directly on a well-known hotel website like Marriott or Holiday Inn. This is a good option if you are a frequent traveler who wants to rack up reward points for free stays.
- Check out travel search aggregators like Book-A-Room, Expedia, Priceline, or Hotels.com. This is a good option if you want to do a quick scan of what’s available and save a few bucks.
- Visit Search-Hotels.com, which lets you find and compare hotels by looking at what all the aggregator sites have to offer. This is a good option if you want to see all the reviews and compare the best hotel deals.
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