Booking.com is an excellent platform to find the best and cheapest hotels anywhere on the planet thanks to it’s huge database and simple minimalistic design. All one needs to do to get started on here is add the location you’re travelling to in the “Where are you going?” text field along with the check in and check out time and the total number of children and adults. After this you will be presented with a list of different hotels which can be sorted through several ways like “top picks”, “Distance from”, “Lowest price first”, “Review score and price” etc.
The window shows each hotel along with rating, price and the number of rooms it provides. If you find anything that you might want to book then just click on “Select your room” which will take you to another tab where you can look at further details regarding the hotel and the room.
If you’re satisfied with everything that you have seen you can proceed to reserving the room by clicking on “reserve room”. This will take you to another tab where you’ll have to fill in all the details. You won’t be required to pay for reserving the room and will only be charged on the day you’ve decided to stay. After filling in all the details and clicking on the confirm tab. You’ll receive a confirmation page along with an email specifying all the details.
How To Choose The Best And Cheapest Hotel
There are many different classes of hotels which are ranked differently in different parts of the world but for this guide we will stick to the most popular of them all, The Star Rating system which is detailed below.
One Star: These are the most budget hotels you can get. They will provide you with the most basic of necessities and nothing more and have extremely simple accommodation. This is ideal if you’re travelling to a very expensive country/location where the hotels are extremely expensive for example if you’re trying to book a hotel in London.
Two Stars: Two star hotels are similar to one star but just a notch above. You can expect these hotels to be cleaner and more comfortable than one stars and is usually the best choice if you are looking for cheap accommodation.
Three Stars: These Hotels provide you with a much higher level of comfort which includes better room service, Quality bedrooms and the likes. This is also a good option for people who are looking to have a good experience in a decent hotel at a budget friendly price.
Four Stars: This rating is when things start to get out of budget. The four star hotels provide you with deluxe rooms filled with several amenities and high class services. They are usualy also located in prime areas that overlook the city or are at important areas.
Five Stars: These are one of the finest hotels that you can book. They provide you with flawless services with well equipped, State of the art facilities. Living in these hotels is an experience in itself though the cost of living at one might make you think twice.
Tips On How To Choose The Cheapest And Best Hotels
Cost: The cost of a hotel is certainly one of the biggest factors when choosing where to stay, Premium five star hotels charge a very hefty fee while offering you flawless service while one star hotels are extremely cheap but usually dirty and not maintained. Choosing something in the middle of one star and five star is usually recommended. Cost is also determined by the location the hotel is in. If you’re in a fairly expensive commercial area then the cost will be high and if it’s a relatively quiet area then the cost will be low. For example to book a hotel in Barcelona during any famous festival or event would mean higher prices since the demand is higher. Another observation that can be made is the time you book a hote. Booking a hotel during the non holiday season results in much cheaper prices. For example if you were to book a hotel in Tivat or Budapest in the non holiday season then you’ll come to realize that the prices are pretty low.
Area: The location of the hotels is also a prime factor in choosing the best hotel. Hotels further away from prime spots in the city are usually cheaper but that of course comes with the added burden of commuting for longer hours. Look at the time it takes you to travel from your hotel to points of interest before choosing the hotel.
Call Hotels: Always try and call hotels first to see if they can get you additional discounts that might not be on their website or to see if they can offer you any additional amenities.
Amenities: Hotels usually provide a host of services. Always make sure to ask the management what services they provide. A lot of hotels provide free breakfasts along with a room.
Time: Enquire about the check in/check out timings before arriving at a hotel. Make sure to arrive at the hotel during the check in time since the price will be the same even if you arrive a few hours late and your check out time will usually not be extended.
How To Choose The Best And Cheapest Hotel Room
A hotel has several different rooms to accommodate various kinds of guests. You must have a good idea of what kind of hotel room is best for you in order to get the cheapest room in a hotel since it is absolutely useless to buy the cheapest Quad room for only two people.
Below is a list of different kinds of rooms that you can pick along with all the details you’ll need about them.
Single Rooms: These are usually the smallest rooms that you can get in a hotel. The room usually has a single bed and usually doesn’t have much space. This is usually the smallest and cheapest room in a Hotel and can only host one person.
Double Room: A room assigned to two people. May have one or more beds.
The room size or area of Double Rooms are generally between 40 m² to 45 m².
Triple Room: A room that is assigned to three people. It comes in a variety of bed options including one single bed and two double beds or three single beds.
The room size or area of Triple Rooms are generally between 45 m² to 65 m².
Quad Room:A room assigned to four people. May have two or more beds.
The room size or area of Quad Rooms are generally between 70 m² to 85 m².
Queen Sized Room: A room with a queen-sized bed. May be occupied by one or more people.
The room size or area of Queen Rooms are generally between 32 m² to 50 m².
King Sized Room: A room with a king-sized bed. May be occupied by one or more people.
The room size or area of King Rooms are generally between 32 m² to 50 m².
Twin Room: A room with two twin beds. May be occupied by one or more people.
The room size or area of Twin Rooms are generally between 32 m² to 40 m².
Hollywood Twin Room: A room that can accommodate two persons with two twin beds joined together by a common headboard. Most of the budget hotels tend to provide many of these room settings which cater both couples and parties in two.
The room size or area of Hollywood Twin Rooms are generally between 32 m² to 40 m².
Double-double: A Room with two double ( or perhaps queen) beds. And can accommodate two to four persons with two twin, double or queen-size beds.
The room size or area of Double-double / Double Twin rooms are generally between 50 m² to 70 m².
Studio: A room with a studio bed- a couch which can be converted into a bed. May also have an additional bed.
The room size or area of Studio room types are generally between 25 m² to 40 m².
Suite / Executive Suite: A parlour or living room connected with to one or more bedrooms. (A room with one or more bedrooms and a separate living space.)
The room size or area of Suite rooms are generally between 70 m² to 100 m².
Mini Suite or Junior Suite: A single room with a bed and sitting area. Sometimes the sleeping area is in a bedroom separate from the living room.
The room size or area of Junior Suites are generally between 60 m² to 80 m².
President Suite | Presidential Suite: The most expensive room provided by a hotel. Usually, only one president suite is available in one single hotel property. These are usually the most expensive and best rooms you can get in a hotel. They have one or more bedrooms and the living space is filled up with premium furniture and services including high class amenities and supplies.
The room size or area of Presidential Suites are generally between 80 m² to 350 m².
Apartments / Room for Extended Stay: This room type can be found in service apartments and hotels which target for long stay guests. Open kitchens, cooking equipment, dryer, washer etc. are usually available in the room. Housekeeping services are only provided once in a week or two times in a week.
The room size or area of Serviced Apartments are generally between 96 m² to 250 m².
Connecting rooms: Rooms with individual entrance doors from the outside and a connecting door between. Guests can move between rooms without going through the hallway.
The room size or area of Connecting rooms are generally between 30 m² to 50 m².
Murphy Room: A room that is fitted with a sofa bed or a Murphy bed (i.e. a bed that folds out of a wall or closet) which can be transformed from a bedroom in the night time to a living room in daytime.
The room size or area of Murphy Room Types are generally between 20 m² to 40 m².
Accessible Room / Disabled Room: This room type is mainly designed for disabled guests and it is required by law that hotels must provide a certain number of accessible rooms to avoid discrimination.
The room size or area of Accessible Room Types are generally between 30 m² to 42 m².
Cabana: This type of room is always adjoining to the swimming pool or have a private pool attached to the room.
The room size or area of Cabana Room Types are generally between 30 m² to 45 m².
Adjoining rooms: Rooms with a common wall but no connecting door.
The room size or area of Adjoining Room Types are generally between 30 m² to 45 m².
Adjacent rooms: Rooms close to each other, perhaps across the hall.
The room size or area of Adjacent Room Types are generally between 30 m² to 45 m².
Villa: A special form of accommodation which can be found in some resort hotels. It is a kind of stand-alone house which gives extra privacy and space to hotel guests. A fully equipped villa contains not only bedrooms and a living room but a private swimming pool, Jacuzzi and balcony. It is suitable for couples, families and large groups.
The room size or area of Villa’s are generally between 100 m² to 150 m².
Executive Floor/Floored Room: A room located on the ‘executive floor’ which enables convenient access to the executive lounge. Besides, some hotels also provide ‘female executive floors’ with their rooms assigned to female guests only due to safety and security reasons.
The room size or area of Executive Floor are generally between 32 m² to 50 m².
Smoking / Non-Smoking Room: Many hotels provide both smoking and non-smoking rooms for their guests. In order to minimize the effects of secondhand smoke exposure on non-smoking guests.
The room size or area of Smoking / Non-Smoking Room is generally between 30 m² to 250 m².