A truly smart way to find the best accommodation anywhere

Historically, as a business traveler, vacationer or tourist, you had a limited number of ways to find and arrange accommodations.

First, you can book through your favorite or most famous hotel or chain of accommodation. Depending on your needs and your budget, the larger one as a whole would have (and still has) at least one property in your chosen location and will provide a consistent standard worldwide or nationwide.

Another option is to contact a travel agent to arrange your trip and your accommodation with it. Normally, the agent would sell the holiday package maker or business traveler a rake rate from their GDS (Global Distribution Systems like Saber or Galileo). A little more explanation of what goes on behind the scenes of these two methods: A package break was simple Group Discount plane ticket, known as FIT (fully included tour), where, in order to receive the reduced fee, the passenger had to purchase a certain amount of approved accommodation, often every night for the duration of the trip. This room was packed by wholesalers who negotiated with individual hotels or chains, offering them a minimum number of rooms / nights in exchange for a great discount. The downside to these packages is usually the lack of flexibility and the fact that the reserved rooms are predominantly managed, which means that the hotel can accommodate these travelers at a discount to any room they have available during the night (s). Conversely, booking a GDS luggage rate, although more expensive (partly because of the high cost of the hotel for GDS participation, plus agent fees), was usually much more flexible and the client would have some room choices.

Nowadays, of course, there is the internet! The whole accommodation world is at your fingertips, so it's easy to find what you want. But right? Unlike a directory like directory agents years ago, the internet has no content or index, and Google's program is not the same as yours. For example, a search for '(a) City accommodation' 'cannot normally lead to any real hotel properties until page 2, 3 or later. Of course, there are many different excellent sites offering a dazzling array of hotels in the most popular places around the world, so that should be it – the problem is solved. However, many of the offers on these sites are restrictive in many ways and can be arranged in a manner more tailored to the site's revenue from the individual property than what may suit your better. , how do you know who is giving you the best deal? And here's what I suggest:

Take a versatile approach to getting the right property in the right place at the best available price.

Let's imagine you are going somewhere new that you have never been to before. Take for example my hometown of Busselton in the beautiful winegrowing area of ​​the Margaret River, southwest of Western Australia. Where to start?

First, go to a site that has (almost) all accommodations on it – Hotels Combined (No, I don't work for them or I have promotions or other interests) In the light blue search box, enter your destination and arrival and departure (note, that is the date after your last night) dates, number of guests and click SEARCH. The first result will show (say) 25 hotels, sorted in the order of "Recommended". You can change this above by: Stars; Distance; Price or Guest Rating or deeper off the star rating page, Price, Places, Hotel Name (if you know it), Property Type and / or Features. Note that you can only change one field at a time. This powerful tool lets you narrow down the property you are looking for through any or all of these variables. Once you have selected one, click on BOOK NOW and you will see a new box showing multiple booking sites and their price for the specified property on the dates you want. When you click GO, you will actually be transferred to the reservation site, as Hotels Combined is not a reservation site but an excellent directory. But STOP! Before you actually book, there are a few more checks and due differences you can choose to make.

First, combined hotels do not cover all properties, not all reservation sites, such as Triple A or Wotif, and one of the disadvantages of many of these major international reservation sites, although their cost for the property is much lower than the first two bookings the methods I outlined can still get you a room or face very restrictive conditions. You may also want to independently check what other travelers have experienced in the property. Thus:

Take a look at Tripadvisor (searching by property name is the fastest way, but you can also search by location, etc.) to see how the property has been priced by its previous guests and if you really want to get down to the grassroots – heavy , read the responses to property reviews if they find it difficult to do so and you can even join as a contributor for free and submit a request to one or more of the reviewers to ask specific questions about their experience or ownership.

After doing this, if you are still satisfied with your choice or have made a new one, in this case, repeat the process with Hotels Combined to find the best price, there is one last step that I recommend: Find a property search for your own website. Many accommodations make sensible choices, given that all booking sites and other outside booking sources, such as Visitor Centers, Auto Clubs, etc., charge different commission rates of about 10 – 18% to guarantees the same or the lowest price. always available on their own website.

Finally, almost like a ps if you plan to stay longer than two or three nights, especially if its low season or midweek is in a holiday zone, or five – sunny nights in the city, and / or if you have more than you need only 1 room, try to call the property, especially if it is with a smaller owner, as you will talk more often with the owner, who may be willing to negotiate the tariffs and will certainly be well-informed about the property and the surrounding area,

While I hope this method will be useful to you and will, of course, lead you to our own property, if you are planning to stay in this region, I am also very comfortable that it may not be, as I am convinced that our happiest guests are those who have made the most conscious and informed choice to stay here.

Happy Travel!