Systems of online-booking now offer a wide spectrum of propositions, from hostels and apartments to luxury hotels and such exotic, as, for example, castles. My advices first of all touch on the problem of booking a hotel, but can be useful even if you are looking for another type of habitation.
Determine the dates of the trip. If you have a possibility, try to “move” them. It can give substantial economy. For example, in cross-seasons periods or when such significant cultural events, as fashion weeks in Milan or film festival in Venice, are held in a city, rooms in every hotel go up in price. Taking into account this information, use the booking systems, which declare not only the order amount, but also the cost of every night.
Count up the “stars”. In all booking systems the whole information about hotels can be strained through the filter, which tracks the quantity of stars. I recommend not to filter four-star hotels if you plan to stay at three-star hotel – probably they will make a special offer: reserving 4 rooms at the price of 3. There are many systems which show you the minimum price of hotel room, instead the real prices. In my opinion, using such systems is reasonable only when searching for very cheap offers (hostel, B&B) or you have no other alternative.
Choose a place. It is one-banana problem, if you want to find a hotel near the airport – enter its name in the search system. If it is necessary to choose a hotel in a city, do like that: in one window open booking system, in the second – Google maps, in the third – Wikimapia. In Wikimapia you can find, where museums, sights, stations, landing stages, etc. are located. Then from booking system we copy the address (with the name of the city) and search it on Google maps. After that we zoom out and look, if your hotel is situated near the places you need, or it is located inconveniently. On the maps of the big cities metro stations are also marked. And in spite of the fact that every large booking system has an integrated map, it is in a very small window and that’s why is inconvenient.
When the hotel is chosen, check up, if everything suits you: can they offer convenient breakfast time, Wi-Fi in you room and suitable parking in the hotel, are there rooms for smokers, what is the time and conditions of entrance and departure.
Be scrupulous with financial matters. The opened letter with acknowledgement of booking hold together with documents – on the passport control you can be asked to show it (as well as a plastic card or cash).
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