Accommodation makes an essential part of any trip. While it can be one of the most exciting things of your trip, it can also literally ruin your trip. Being scammed and left without a place to sleep is definitely the worst scenario, but things like super uncomfortable bed, dirt and stinks 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 place for your needs.
Tips for finding the best accommodation online
Find the 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 fraud, 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 should not worry about any online theft.
Find the convenient property
However, booking through a secure site does not mean you’re secured from any scam. Booking from untrusted sources can leave you being scammed, left without a place to sleep or at a place that doesn’t 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 have more negative comments than positive or those that only have a few reviews. Those reviews can easily be made from the fake accounts, therefore not relevant.
Book your accommodation on time
Booking your accommodation in last minute during the high season can end up being more pricey. Good value deals will surely be booked months in advance and you’ll end up either without any great property or overpaying.
Find the 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 at times overpriced and more expensive than some great breakfast in some great local restaurant or coffee shop. A swimming pool can seem like a great feature, but if you’re time limited, maybe you won’t even have time 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 the hostel, check if they provide a towel free of charge, or at extra cost. If you prefer a stay in the 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 cost before making any booking and check out if its still the best value deal.
Check the final price
While it may seem at first that the final price is written while you search for your property it’s still not the final price. 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 as well for the price for extra amenities. Watch carefully for the final price before proceeding to payment.