TIPS FOR FINDING THE BEST HOTELS AND ACCOMMODATION
Here is our guide and tips on how to find the best hotels and accommodation to save money on your next family holiday. We cover all our tips and tricks we use to find great deals. With so much on offer and so many sites to use these days it can sometimes be overwhelming.
HOW TO SAVE MONEY BOOKING YOUR HOTEL
- Let us do it for you
We find loads of great holiday deals, within the school holidays saving you the hard work. Ranging from luxury, budget, package holidays and long haul. Check out our deals page, be quick though as prices can and do change
- Look out for free child places
Sites such as TUI and Bookings.com offer free child places which can significantly reduce the cost of your holiday
- Try booking your flights on hotels seperate
If we are travelling around Europe we often just sort our own flights and hotels out as we like to see different places. Why not give this a try rather than doing a package holiday.
- Travel while your child is under 2
Make the most of travelling cheap while your child is under 2 as they are free. After 2 they are classed as an adult price.
- Try rentals and villas
Using such holiday rental sites as Airbnb can save you a lot of money especailly if a big group of you on away. You can often get a stunning villa with a pool for as little as £70 per night! Make sure to book and place early
- Booking early
Booking early you can pick up great deals on flights and hotels. This also gives you the time to save and plan for your holiday.
- Comparison websites
Use comparison websites such as Trivago to find and compare the best holiday deals for you.
- Earn points and free stays
Booking with the same tour operator multiple times means you can get free hotel stays and points. We have had a few free city breaks by using our points.
- Check your location
Sometimes you find a great deal, but it's in the middle of nowhere, then you have to pay for a taxi every night to see plaes of interest. Make sure you research where you are staying so its a nice hotel but near to everything you want.
- Avoid peak season and school holidays
If you have children this is probably not possible. However if you can go a few days either side of the holidays it might make a difference. The reality is, booking in school holidays and the price shoots up.
- Try doing 14 nights instead of 7
Sometimes you will only pay a few hundred more, but you get another weeks holiday. I know, you're not saving but it's still a god tip to keep in mind.
- Shop at the supermarket
If you want to save and are self catering then why not do your shopping at the local supermarket and limit the amount of times you eat out.
HOW TO BOOK YOUR PERFECT HOTEL
- Read the reviews
Always look on sites such as Trip Advisor for real and honest reviews. Don't always believe the star ratings on the tour opertators websites. Be sure to do your research and read the reviews of people who have actually been to that hotel and look at their pictures. When booking our hotels we always check out the hotels on Trip Advisor first and compare.
- Don't believe the stars
Similar to the above, what might be a 5 star in one country may be the equivalent of a 3 star in another. All countires are standardised differently, so again be sure to do your search and check out the reviews first. Only use the stars as a rough guide to begin with.
- Check your location
What may seem like a deal to good to be true, often can be. Hotels that are out in the middle of nowhere usually lower thier prices to attract people into staying. This is great if you just want to relax, sit by the pool and do nothing all holiday. However if you want to see the destination you are visiting then you may need something more central near the points of interest. Getting buses and taxi rides every day can become very expenise and ruin the holiday.
- Check the hotel facilities
Don't bank on the hotel having all the facilities included. For example when we stayed in Abu Dhabi you had to pay £30pp to use a certian pool. So be sure to check that everything your family needs are included, especially wifi for the kids, we all need YouTube!
- Book early
If you have you heart set on a hotel then don't leave it to chance by booking last minute. Chances are the price has shot up or even worse sold out. Sometimes by booking early saves you some money too.
- Check hidden extras
Before confirming your booking make sure you check if any hidden extras have been added on. The hotel may look a great deal but sometimes they add on tax or an expensive breakfast at the end of checkout.
- Plan or pre book activities
Once you have found and booked your hotel, its now time to plan what you want to do when you get there. Using Trip Advisor is a great way to book tours and save money. Again do your research and check the reviews and ratings.