Whether going on vacation or traveling on behalf of your company, half the battle is finding a good hotel. It can be difficult being away from home, even if the purpose of your trip is to get away in the first place. Because of this, you want to do everything you can to make yourself as comfortable as possible. That means avoiding hassles whenever you can, finding a good bed and room, and just generally being able to relax when you’re in your temporary home away from home. Of course, another important factor is finding a good price. Here are some tips you can use the next time to have to travel.
A travel agent can help you immensely if you are planning a trip in the distant future. This, incidentally, is the best time to plan a trip if you can help it and should be done on all manner of vacations. You’ll get better deals when you are a few months out. Why is that? Well, a hotel is just like any other business. They want to make sure they fill their occupancy and serve as many customers as they can. If you wait until the last minute and the place is almost full, they aren’t going to have much incentive to offer you a better deal. Do it a few months ahead of time with the assistance of a travel agent and you can be sure to get a better price. You may also want to take advantage of websites that pit prices against each other from the major chains.
When looking for a hotel, keep in mind what you’ll need and perhaps more importantly, what you won’t need. If you want to eat breakfast in your room, look for a room that offers a kitchen and some amenities to help you cook your food. If you just want a place to lay your head, you won’t need all the creature comforts a more exclusive place will try to offer. You may see the word “complimentary” pop up again and again, but keep in mind that everything in that room has to be paid for one way or the other.
One more note: a hotel is generally going to be much less crowded and willing to offer specials for far less money if you aren’t traveling during a popular season. For different places, that season falls during different times. For instance, the big season in Daytona Beach is going to be around spring break. The season for Disney World is going to fall throughout the summer. Book your stay outside of those times and you will find much better deals.