Recent figures show that 83% of all hotels which are booked are done through the web, and that figure is growing each and every year. With so many hotel booking websites it makes sense to use this medium to pick the perfect hotel for your vacation. Sometimes however hotels are not all they seem, and sometimes they can really surprise you, I had a fantastic experience last year with Auro Hotels which I stumbled on by chance and they really impressed. When booking hotels online there are some things which you need to consider to make sure that you get the right hotel for your needs.
Location is one of the most important aspects of booking a hotel so once you have picked your destination you should research the area and see where the best place is to base yourself. Do you want to be in the city center? By the beach? Or perhaps further out from the action? These are the first things to consider before you book a hotel, sometimes you can find delightful hotels which are far from where you want to be.
Once you start searching the wide range of options available it can be easy to get tempted into spending over the top for a hotel which looks amazing. For this reason it makes much more sense to work out your budget first and then search for a hotel which falls within your budget. Now you may find that you are unimpressed with the hotels that do fall within your price range, so you may have to make a decision to spend a little extra to secure the best one for you. Nonetheless you need to begin this search with a price in mind.
It is important that you invest some time in reading the online reviews which people have left. For example you may find a hotel which has a customer rating of 4.5, which is obviously very positive. If however the customers who have left these reviews were looking for something different in a hotel than you are, these reviews become irrelevant. Read the reviews to see what the customer thought of the hotel and its facilities, to see if they are commenting on the same thing that you are looking for in a hotel.
Where to Book
Very often 3rd party sites have much better prices on hotel rooms than if you were to book directly, but not always. For this reason once you have found a hotel which you want to stay in, you should always check out the hotel website directly to see how their prices fare. Given that 3rd party websites take a commission, you can often find lower prices by booking directly on the hotel website or by calling them to discuss pricing.
Instead of just booking the first hotel which takes your fancy, it is far better to spend some time and energy on this to make the right choice.