When traveling you have certain expectations when it comes to your hotel room. Often you may be traveling on a limited budget and only have so much you can afford and whether you're traveling through an agency or an online booking site, it's not easy to know until you arrive and walk through the door of the room assigned to you.
The best room does not have to be the most luxurious, though this is always welcome. Complimentary bottled water, complimentary bottled water, and coffee / tea making facilities. When spending money on accommodation, you do not expect to have to share your bathroom with complete strangers, so ensure this criteria is met before making any decisions.
Before you start shopping around for hotel rooms, start by setting yourself a travel budget. Your travel budget should be the amount allocated to your vacation. Imagine all the things you may want to do while visiting the area and then take a small portion of that towards your accommodation. Your accommodation should not take up most of your travel budget unless it includes flights or is an "all inclusive" package, which can save you money.
Consider "all inclusive" deals, these usually include breakfast, dinner and bed, which means you have plenty of money to spend and you only have your lunch to take into consideration as part of your budget. These can be an affordable solution when traveling on a tight budget.
You need to start looking through online booking sites, these are usually the best place to find the best hotel room deals. The internet is brimming with online booking agents who work closely with establishments around the world to secure the best prices. It's an opportunity for you to see what is available in the area you want to visit within your budget. Do not grab the first deal you see, ensure you go through a few sites, compare what is available and then start reading up on the accommodation on offer.
Do independent searches on the hotels you find within your budget, do not rely on what the booking agent has to say. Most will have their own website where you can read up on the services and facilities available, their location and their rooms.
Take note of their location and their accessibility to the sights and attractions you want to explore while in the area. If you're dreaming of an exotic beachfront vacation, choose a beach resort with direct access to the beach or a hotel within a short walking distance from the beach.
Always try and book as early as possible. Most establishments offer discounted rates for early bookings, this is a huge advantage that can help you stay within your budget or even get a better room at the same price as a standard.
Now it's the fun part. You will have to go through all the independent review sites and read up as much as you can on the establishment you are thinking of staying at. It's so easy to hoteliers to add spectacular photographs of their rooms, but this does not mean that this is what you will get, the pictures could be outdated or taken from an angle which makes the space look much bigger than it actually is. Reading through guest reviews helps you determine the quality of the rooms, the quality of the hotel and their service.
The final step is to convince the establishment after you have booked your room that they need to upgrade you. If you have booked in advance, this may be much easier than if you've booked on the last minute and they're already almost fully booked.