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The Best Way To Find Cheap Hotels

Feb 29, 2008
Cheap hotels are now more popular than ever, in times of financial uncertainty people are keen to ensure that they still have their holidays and breaks, however it is important to ensure you get more for your money. There is no point finding a cheap flight only to blow your budget on an overpriced hotel when you reach your destination.

It is fair to say that finding a cheap hotel that suits your needs is in many ways a harder process than finding a cheap flight. After all you are likely to spend a large amount of your holiday in a hotel and as a result it needs to be nice. On the other hand the flight just needs to be cheap! So how can you find a good quality cheap hotel?

A cheap hotel does not have to be a low star rating, a cheap hotel simply means that you are booking a hotel at the best available price for its class. With lots of websites, the internet and meta search hotel websites allowing a search of many major travel and cheap hotel suppliers in one go, with comparisons of individual hotels prices, it is easier than ever to find the cheapest price possible for the hotel you want, from 3 star basic hotels up to five star luxury hotels.

These sites are a fantastic resource for cheap hotels and they help people find exactly what they want in a few simple clicks. Furthermore many of these sites include a wealth of information about the hotel you are looking at. There are often photos of the hotel posted on the site so that you can be sure that you find exactly what you want.

At certain times of the year hotels that would normally be very expensive can drop their prices making them cheap for the service levels that you will receive. New hotels will often keep prices low for a number of months to entice in new and regular customers. Hotels also prior to refurbishments will drop prices to keep customers coming in.

If you are lucky enough to be able to take flexible time off work, then it is a great idea to book your dream hotels on nights such as Friday, a traditionally quiet night for hotels, Sundays and Mondays are often harder nights for hotels to fill, therefore the price can be very cheap compared to more popular nights. As a result it is important to keep checking these comparison sites for the best deals. They are regularly updated so keeping your finger on the pulse could land you a great hotel at a cheap price.

When using online hotel booking websites, often the best way to find hotels with the best rates is to search by star type and see which hotels appear first (usually in price order low to high). This is a great indication as to the quality of the hotels that you are looking for.

On the search results displayed you will usually find the best in class hotels displayed and you will often find a surprise or two where a usually expensive hotel is very cheap compared to its usual price. So it is important that you keep an eye on hotels that are in a higher star rating than others yet still cost less than the lower rated hotel. Keep an eye on this and you will no doubt find a real bargain. After all finding a bargain is what these comparison sites are designed to help you do.

Never forget that searching on the internet costs you nothing but your time, the financial savings you can gain by searching a number of hotel websites can be relatively large in comparison. Some of the larger hotel websites will have inflated prices that are often 10% higher than their mid sized competitors. A strong word of advice is always to avoid the larger TV advertising hotel travel companies as they will often increase their prices to pay for high advertising and marketing spends.
About the Author
Shaun Parker is an experienced traveller and he shares his experiences to help people that are looking for cheap hotels and cheap hotel breaks so that you can be sure to find a great deal.
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