HOW TO BOOK A PERFECT HOTEL ROOM
Finding a good hotel and making a reservation can be stressful, especially if you are trying to book a hotel room for a large family or at the last minute. If you have never booked a hotel room before, you can do so easily and quickly by following several simple steps.
Step 1. Determine your budget
You should first determine your budget, or how much you can spend, when booking a hotel room. This will help you narrow down your search and be efficient with the time you spend looking for a hotel and booking a room.
Step 2. Think about your required accommodations during your stay
If you are traveling with your family, you may need two queen beds and one large bathroom. If you are traveling solo, you may just need one queen bed and one decently sized bathroom.
If you are disabled or require disability facilities, you may also want to factor this in when considering hotels. Many hotels will note if they are wheelchair accessible and offer disability amenities.
You may also want to consider if you would like to stay at a hotel that has a spa and a fitness center that you can use, or if you do not require any extra amenities. If you need a solid internet connection, look at hotels that offer free Wi-Fi as part of the nightly rate.
Step 3. Identify your ideal location or area
When you are traveling for pleasure, you should decide to look for hotels that are walking distance to a hot spot or area or hotels that offer a package that includes a car rental or a bike rental so you can get around easily.
Step 4. Search for hotels online and reserve
The quickest way to look for hotels is online through a hotel search engine (Booking.com or Agoda.com). These search engines will allow you to specify your planned days of travel, how many nights you require, your ideal location, and your required amenities, if any. You can also specify how much you are willing to spend on the hotel.
Once you have selected your hotel room, you can reserve it online through hotel search engine. You will need to provide basic information about yourself for the booking, such as your full name and your travel dates.
Step 5. Pay for the room with your credit card
Many online bookings will require payment via a credit card. If you are staying at the hotel for an extended period of time, you may be able to pay for the first two to three nights upfront and then cover the rest of your stay once you get to the hotel. You will then be required to leave your credit card number on file and settle your bill at the front desk on your check out day.
Step 6. Confirm the room is booked
You can confirm the hotel room is reserved by printing out a receipt at the end of your online booking session.
Read over your receipt carefully to confirm your travel dates are correct and the agreed upon rate for the room is correct. The hotel should specify all regulatory fees and charges before you pay for the room or reserve the room. Extra fees, such as a cleaning fee or a parking fee, should be explained to you by the hotel so you are not surprised by any hidden fees when you check out.