Top Tips for Finding the Cheapest Hotel Room Rates

Enjoy your holidays with cheap room rates, Photo: Point3D Commercial Imaging Ltd. / Unsplash
Enjoy your holidays with cheap room rates, Photo: Point3D Commercial Imaging Ltd. / Unsplash

For those travelling on a tight budget, lowering your costs when your travel is essential, and when it comes to finding cheap flights, there are plenty of ways to save.

With a great deal in place, you may then turn your attention to other ways to cut costs, and one of the best places to look is how you can secure the best hotel rates around.

Read on for our top tips…                                                                        

Use online search engines

The best place to start sniffing out a bargain an online search engine and there are many like www.kayak.com and www.expedia.com that will not only let you search for the cheapest flights to your destination. They will also aggregate all the hotels in the region and list them by price, rating, location, and availability. Use these search engines to streamline the booking process so that you can quickly see a list of hotels and then compare these against all the other criteria. There are other search engines like www.booking.com that focus on offering discounted hotels, so there is no need to look up hotels individually to try to figure out the best deal.

Try to arrive late in the day

Room rates are often heavily discounted towards the end of the day, as the hotel in question will usually have rooms to spare and will be looking to fill them to maximize on their revenue. As such, they will regularly slash their prices towards the end of the day or may even upgrade you to a superior style of room for the price of standard. Either way, you will typically be in a much better position to bargain.

Try to avoid ‘peak times’

This can either mean trying to travel outside the high season in your destination. Although admittedly this is not always possible, or it can also mean something as simple as avoiding travelling at weekends or over public holidays when hotel prices typically shoot up. Travelling mid-week or straight after busy periods will regularly be the best times to save on the price of your hotel.

Ask to see the room first

Many hotels will have no problem letting you see a room, or a range of rooms, first and often, after you are finished, the price will magically be lowered. This is particularly true in countries in Asia, where it is a well-known trick used by locals to secure a discount.

Look for hotels that don’t appear in the top search engine listings

If the main search engine sites don’t have anything to inspire you, then go in completely the opposite direction and make for a hotel that doesn’t appear in aggregator site listings. This absence usually means that it is more likely to be a smaller operation that will be looking to offer customers the best discounts and deals in order to ensure that they run at as close to full capacity as possible. Try to contact them directly and ask for their best rates, and you may be surprised at the discounts on offer if you reach out to them personally.

Beware of false economy

You may be able to secure an excitingly low room rate in a small hotel in the middle of nowhere, but consider how you are going to visit local places of interest. If public transport is sketchy, and you will need to take a private car or taxi every time you leave the hotel, then suddenly the cheap room will become vastly more expensive. Do your sums and balance how much money you will save staying out in the sticks versus paying slightly more to stay somewhere more central, nearby to all the major attractions.