The best hotel deals are easier to find than you might think.
You can search several different travel websites or just one but even that won’t guarantee the best deal. It also won’t ensure you get your room preference or special packages.
So how do you get the best hotel deals?
If you know the hotel you want to stay at, go directly to their website and book your stay. You can also call the hotel directly.
If you aren’t sure where you want to stay, you have a couple of options. You can go to Google or another search engine and type in the city’s name and “hotel” or “boutique hotel.” Then visit the website of a few of the top rated hotels in the area.
Be sure to check availability as well as price and location. Do you want a hotel near the beach, attractions or shopping and dining?
Or, do you want a boutique hotel such as the Inn at Pelican Bay that is quietly nestled in the middle of everything. Guests can enjoy the beach one day, visit a Zoo or Botanical Gardens another day and enjoy nearby shopping, dining and local entertainment.
Another option to get the best deal is to use a travel website and then book direct with the hotel. If you like using TripAdvisor or one of the other travel sites, you can search those to narrow down your choices. They can help you compare the various amenities, location and nearby activities.
Once you’ve narrowed it down to a couple hotels or made your choice, go directly to the hotel websites to check prices and availability. Booking direct with the hotel will also ensure you get your room preference and any special packages. If you book through another site, you may think you have a king size bed with a lake view but the actual reservation may not.
The various travel websites can provide some helpful information as you search for places to stay on your vacation. They can be a great research tools. However, when it comes time to make the reservations, try calling the hotel or booking directly on their website.