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Hotel Tips for Thrifty Travlers

Aug 17, 2007
All you crave after a long day of traveling is a comfortable place to rest your head with a comfortable bed of course at a reasonable price. Where you stay when you stay in a hotel can make or break a trip. Here are some ways to make the most of your time when it comes to hotels.

There are ways that an expensive lodge can actually turn out to be a cheaper expense than sleeping at the discount motel. When comparing lodging rates, look at the whole offer. Oftentimes, the more expensive hotel has included services in their rates that can reduce spending in some areas. For example, are any meals included in the rate? There may be a continental coffee and muffin or a whole breakfast there. Additionally, there may be special deals for seniors or kids. Most expensive hotels likely have a pool, fitness facilities, a spa, or reading facilities that could supply low-cost fun on a dreary day.
Depending on the hotel's location, you may decide to rent a car to drive throughout the area. Or, the hotel may have a shuttle service to and from the airport or nearby amusement parks, which will save you time and resources on gas and parking fees.

To simply save money on room rates, make your reservation as soon as you can. A certain number of the cheapest rates are often available to the initial few that reserve on a certain day. If possible, be flexible as to your travel plans. The affordable rates will be found while traveling on the off-season and during times when the hotel tends to possess empty vacancies. Business hotels will have discounts on the weekends, while resorts will have specials during the week.

If you are looking into booking two individual accommodations, try a suite. However, remember to check how many bathrooms are available so as not to be cramped. Shopping on the internet is a quick and simple way to analyze room rates of many hotels in an area. Additionally, it will possibly give you an good feeling of the hotel?s facilities and a star rating (1-5 stars), which can help you make the best decision for your trip.
About the Author
Eric Seminara doesn't like to pay a lot for his muffler... or his hotel rooms for that matter. Visit HotelChicagoLive.com for information on hotels of all price ranges through-out Chicago.
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