How to find the best accommodation for your next trip?
Accommodation is an essential part of any trip. While it can be one of the most exciting things of your journey, it can also literally ruin it. Being scammed and left without a place to sleep is definitely the worst scenario, but things like super uncomfortable beds, dirt and unpleasant smells can also make your stay a disaster.
In case you’re booking your accommodation for the first time or you just have any trouble with booking a place to stay, these few tips will make the whole process an easy one and hopefully you’ll find the best accommodation for your needs.
Tips for finding the best accommodation online
Find a convenient booking site
There are thousands of booking sites out there, but not all of them are highly protected and offer secure booking. To save yourself from any hacker attacks or credit card frauds, use only sites that are trusted worldwide.
The most reliable site for online booking is Booking.com. Your card transactions are all safe, and you don’t have to worry about online identity theft.
However, booking through a secure site does not mean you’re safe from all scams. Booking from untrusted sources can leave you without a place to sleep or cause you to end up at a place that doesn’t even resemble the one you saw online. To save yourself from that hassle, book only properties that already have good reviews. Never book a place that has more negative comments than positive ones or those that only have a few reviews. Those reviews can easily be made from fake accounts and are therefore not relevant.
Book your accommodation on time
Booking your accommodation at the last minute during the high season can end up being more pricey. Good value deals will surely be booked months in advance, so you’ll end up either without any great property or overpaying for it.
Find a place that suits your needs
Even though some properties seem more exclusive than the others, not all of them suit your needs. Some hotels offer a great range of amenities and extra features, but do you actually plan to use them? Having a free breakfast can be a great thing, but the meal can sometimes be overpriced and more expensive than grabbing a great breakfast in some great local restaurant or coffee shop. A swimming pool can seem like a great feature too, but if you’re limited by time maybe you won’t even get to use it.
Look for the amenities you need
Most of the properties offer some basic amenities, but you can never be sure what they provide until you read their full listing. Make sure to check for the things you plan to use like the hair dryer or the coffee maker. During the warm months always look for an air conditioner. If booking a place in a hostel, check if they provide a towel free of charge, or at extra cost. If you prefer a stay in an apartment and you plan to use a kitchen, make sure the kitchen is well equipped and has everything you need.
Count the extra cost
Some properties may seem like a great value deal, but if you count the extra cost, like the transport price to the city center and back, it can end up being much more expensive than it seems. Count the extra costs before making any bookings and check if it’s still the best value deal.
Check the final price
While it may seem at first that the final price is right there in front of you while you’re browsing the properties, it still may not be what you need to pay. At some properties the tourist taxes and cleaning fees are not included in the price you pay online – it’s something you pay once you’re there. Some apartments ask for deposits and charge you for extra amenities. Check the final price carefully before proceeding to payment.
Anca is a travel writer and the founder of One Day Itinerary - the biggest collection of travel itineraries for those who are time-limited or just want to maximize their time while traveling. Although she easily becomes homesick for Croatia, she thinks travel is essential to her happiness. She has traveled to more countries than she is years old and doesn’t plan on changing that fact. In her travel guides she aims to inspire people to travel whenever they have a spare day (or two).