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I prefer to skip hotels when I can and just sleep in my car (I
did that on my drive from LA to Vancouver and back in August/September
2001). I slept in my car
in Yosemite for two nights in May 2007.
some tips on finding a cheap hotel:
- Price comparison websites such as SideStep,
Farechase and Kayak
will check multiple websites, including hotel consolidators and booking
services, for hotel room prices. They will then tell you the lowest
- Go to the websites SideStep,
Farechase or Kayak.
- Input the name of the city and your dates of travel into the appropriate
- Click on "Search".
- Note the lowest price you have found for the hotel(s) you are interested
in, as well as the name of the website offering that price.
hotels have lowest rate guarantees:
- Marriott: Look
No Further(R) Best Rate Guarantee 25% off any rate lower than their
- Intercontinental Hotels: Lowest
Internet Rate Guarantee 10% off any rate lower than their lowest
- Best Western: Low
Rate, GUARANTEED! Find a lower rate, get an additional 10% discount
- Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.: Harrah's
Best Rate Guarantee Find a lower rate, get additional 25% off (includes
- Radisson Hotels & Resorts: Best
Online Rate Find lower rate, get additional 25% off
- Days Inn: Get
the guaranteed best hotel rate or your first night is free
- Super 8 Motel: Get
the guaranteed best hotel rate or your first night is free
- Ramada: Get
the guaranteed best hotel rate or your first night is free
- Travelodge: Get
the guaranteed best hotel rate or your first night is free
- Choice Hotels: Best
Internet Rates Guarantee Find a better rate, get 10% off
- Hyatt: Best
Rate Guarantee Find a lower rate and Hyatt will beat it by 20%
- Starwood Hotels & Resorts: The
Best Rates. Guaranteed. 10% off a better rate or 2,000 Starpoints
- includes Westin, Sheraton, Le Meridien, W, St. Regis
- Wyndham Hotels & Resorts: Webmatch
Match best rate, plus first night free
- Orbitz: Low
Price Guarantee Will refund the difference between their rate and
the lowest rate
- Expedia: The
Expedia Best Price Guarantee Will refund the difference and give
you a $50 travel coupon
- Hilton Hotels: Our
Best Rates. Guaranteed. Find a lower rate, get a $50 American Express
a report on finding cheap hotels:
The days of showing up at a hotel and paying whatever price is posted
are over simply because it is so easy to find cheap and discounted hotel
rates online. Some people still call up a hotel to make a hotel reservations
and pay whatever the rate is, however people are wising up to the many
cheap hotel rates to be found online and since saving money is always
a motivating factor many people are shopping and booking online and
as a result are receiving cheap hotel rates for the same room in the
same hotel for the same dates. What you may not know is there are many
websites online that focus solely on providing you with discount hotels,
flights, care rentals and the like. So, finding cheap hotel rates is
as simple as searching online. To find cheap hotel rates you first need
to get on the Internet. Once there, you should go to a search engine
to search for cheap hotel rates. Be specific when using the search engine,
however, because you will want to find as much specific information
on cheap hotel rates as possible while weeding out other information.
Keep in mind as well that if you do not find the cheap hotel rates you
are looking for on one search engine you can always try another.
Here are some tips about booking a hotel online:
Though it may sound enticing, online hotel booking has its own set
of challenges. An online discount hotel booking web site should provide
the following basic things:
- Offer real time hotel room booking
- Allow date amendments and cancellations online
- Rates should clearly indicate what currency is being quoted, whether
the rate is per person or per room, and what is and what is not included
in the rate, and, if taxes are not included, how much they will be
- The location information of the hotel should be listed on the hotel
description page. This can help identify the distance from the hotel
to certain landmarks or the airport
- All the information regarding the hotel (such as facilities and
rates) should be located on each hotel's web page
- Pictures of the hotel
- Star quality rating, consumer ratings with consumer reviews
- Does the online hotel booking site have a membership program (like
that offers reward points and privileges
Checklist before and after you book a hotel room online
If you follow this checklist, you're less likely to have nasty surprises
in store for you:
Goble offers tips on finding cheap hotels:
Start by talking to friends or business associates who have recently
travelled to the area. They may have good suggestions for you, especially
if you believe that their budget was similar to what you're prepared
to spend. They may not have stayed at cheap hotels but they can probably
give excellent advice about where you may try. In larger cities they'll
almost certainly be able to guide you as to suitable areas in which
to find cheap hotels . It’s important to understand that the costs of
hotel accommodation can vary by the time of year that you plan to travel,
and even by the days of the week that you'll be staying. A winter trip
to a popular summer destination will be much cheaper than if you made
the same trip during the summer months and vice versa. Weekend trips
can often be more expensive than weekday trips to the same hotel as
well. Where possible try to book your vacation trips during the week,
and at the very beginning of the season that the area is particularly
known for. Depending on what you plan on doing on your trip, you may
want to visit the area completely off season to make sure that you get
the best rates possible.
Duchesne offers this advice about seeking cheap hotels on the net:
The most basic hotel search you could do would be to enter your destination
along with either the keyword hotel or motel. So if you are going to
Orlando, Florida, you\'d enter a search like \'Orlando Florida Hotel\'.
This kind of search will give you a list of websites that either are
hotels or are listing hotels worth checking out. When making a search,
it is important to be creative with your keyword selections. Instead
of simply typing in something like \'Orlando Florida Hotel\', you will
want to try other combinations. One good way to get a quality list of
hotels is to type in the name of some of the attractions you plan on
visiting in the city you\'ve chosen. To continue with our example of
Orlando, you could use \'Universal Studios Orlando Hotel\'. This will
help you to find listings that are near Universal Studios. Don\'t be
afraid of using Hotel directories to help you scope out a good potential
match. For our example city, using an Orlando hotel directory could
yield just the right hotel for your needs. Many of these directories
include either reviews and maps on their site or easy to find links
to these kinds of resources.
Smith suggests alternatives to cheap hotels:
Hostels have long been the “dirty” word in the hotel and travel industry,
but times are certainly changing for the better as the public realise
more and more that hostels and youth hostels are a viable means of accommodation
when they travel around the globe. Despite their low price and somewhat
bad reputation, many hostels are of a high standard and have great facilities
for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy. The budget travel sector,
such as backpackers, gap year travelers and also families wanting multi-location
holidays, has boomed in the last few years and is driven to a large
extent by word-of-mouth recommendation. With competition in the industry
“hotting up” and with millions of customers each and every year choosing
cheaper, cost-effective accommodation, the standard and reputation of
these places are ever-increasing.
Kahler lists alternatives to staying in cheap hotels:
Hotel rooms abroad are often much smaller than in North America. Therefore,
many families are forced to book two rooms, and that gets very expensive.
In many places, renting an apartment actually can be a better deal,
especially for stays of more than a few days.
London Connection offers flats (apartments) in a wide range of neighborhoods
starting at about $218 USD/night.
That amount might make budgeteers cringe. But large families can easily
spend that amount to get one spartan hotel room in London, let alone
two rooms. In a flat, you can set up housekeeping, saving money by cooking
breakfast, lunch, and even dinner if money is tight. By the way, the
name of this service is a bit misleading, because they operate in Paris
and Australia as well as London.
Need something cheaper? Studios
92 represents flat and room rentals in England, France and Greece.
I found a flat in central London during a recent search for £70
($140 USD) per night for a group of four travelers.
is based in Quincy, Mass. and offers one, two and three bedroom apartments
in one of Italy's most expensive cities. On this Web site, you email
them your dates and budget parameters. They promise an answer within
a few hours.
Rome bound? A similar service exists for the Eternal
If this idea appeals to you, I must express two warnings: deal only
with bonded companies or services when reserving on-line, and be skeptical
about rates that seem too good to be true.
Many of these owners will require a minimum stay, sometimes as long
as a week. Since budget travelers often use one city as a base to explore
a region, this can work to your advantage if you cut a good deal.
Want to stay in an apartment without paying cash? Consider a home
swap. This can work well for longer stays, but obviously requires
a great deal of caution. Use an agency to screen potential swap-mates
and be sure the deal works for you before you sign on the dotted line.
Times of London reports Jan. 3, 2008:
Dozens of youth hostels have been granted 24-hour licences to sell
alcohol, despite protests from local residents who fear that their peace
is about to be shattered. The Youth Hostel Association has taken advantage
of the new liberal licensing laws to get permission to sell alcohol
around the clock in 118 of its hostels in some of the most scenic parts
of England and Wales. It is trying to diversify its clientele away from
early-to-bed hikers and penniless students to young professionals who
can now hire out entire hostels for parties and receptions.
The association submitted a blanket application for its hostels, and
over the past month almost all have been granted, to the fury of many
people who live near by. It was disclosed by The Times yesterday that
Gordon Brown is to keep the 24-hour licensing laws in place despite
controversy over their impact on binge drinking and alcohol-related
violence. Government sources confirmed that 24-hour drinking would stay
but signalled that there would be a tightening of the rules and further
powers to restrict all-night licences of rowdy premises. A review into
the operation of the Licencing Act, which came into effect in 2005,
is due to be published at the end of this month.
John Ready, 61, an architect from Saffron Walden, Essex, who opposed
the 24-hour licence for the hostel in the medieval market town, said
it was a shame that youth hostels were being turned into “cheap hotels”.
Nancy E Ben writes:
As a holiday destination, Germany can be visited through out the year.
But most generally during the months of May and September, Germany receives
maximum tourists and visitors. During this is the time of the year,
Germany basks in the balmy rays of sun and is in full vigor of life.
One of the best of the best places to hit in Germany, are its exquisite
Beer Gardens and coffee bars where you may cozily sit back and relax.
What makes the ambience of the region all-the-more peppy are the f regional
fairs and festivals. If you are an adventure freak then there is ample
opportunity for you to indulge in cycling, hiking, swimming and trekking
among others. All this and much more throughout the summers but on the
flipside, the place may also be crowded which might just get on your
nerves. But if you are looking for some space to yourself then the ideal
time to hit Germany is during winter season. During winters rather than
opting for Cheap Hotels in Germany you will find good enough accommodation
at much cheaper rates.
more on alternatives to cheap hotels:
Serviced apartments are fast becoming the preferred accommodation choice
for many business travellers. The concept of serviced apartments has
developed in the UK in recent years following the lead of countries
such as Australia, New Zealand and the United States. These apartments,
often confused with suites, are generally found in prime city centre
locations. Guests enjoy the space and freedom serviced apartments offer.
Typically, in addition to your bedroom you will have your own private
lounge, fully-fitted kitchen and of course bathroom. There’s space to
relax on your own, entertain colleagues or even get some work done.
There are advantages of staying in a serviced apartment too when it
comes to dining – fully-fitted kitchens offer an alternative to eating
alone in restaurants and are ideal where a guest has special dietary
needs. There’s more flexibility too – as breakfast can be enjoyed in
the comfort of your own private lounge with no need to rush to meet
the deadline for breakfast!
The key to enjoying an affordable vacation is to finding inexpensive
hotels to stay in. This is because accommodation costs are a significant
chunk of the total vacation expenditure and by staying in a cheap hotel
vacationers can afford to experience more of what a holiday destination
has to offer. Families planning a vacation need to keep their eyes open
for the best hotel deals on offer. The Internet is a great resource
for finding cheap hotels that offer good food and lodging. One can compare
services offered across hotels for a given rate; this knowledge helps
while negotiating for accommodation. Hotels can also be compared for
nearness from the airports, railway stations, and tourist attractions.
It is important to look up hotels on more than one site that list comparisons.
This is because not all hotels in an area may be listed on a site. Hotels
also list discount deals and vacation deals on their own websites, subscribing
to hotel newsletters is another option that helps to keep abreast of
You are planning a holiday abroad for your family, and want everyone
to have a good time. You surf the internet for hotel descriptions, but
from the pictures that you see and what you read, all hotels project
a perfect image of themselves. How can you tell which ones are better?
You have never been there and know no one at your destination. At the
same time, you don’t want a hotel room that will bust your budget. How
do you choose? Check Independent Hotel Ratings Well, the first step
you can take is to visit hotel search engines for guest ratings for
hotels represented by the search engines. In addition to pre-negotiated
rates with individual hotels, most agents ask for ratings and comments
from previous guests. Reading their comments will give you a fair idea
on what to expect from the hotels located in your destination. Be sure
to read a few comments in order to get a fair overview. Certain incidences
described may only be rare occurrences that may already have been corrected.
Lakie tells you what to consider before booking a hotel:
The cheapest hotels are not always the best option for the budget-conscious
person. In fact, cheap hotels have become a joke, they can be so bad!
Motels are an okay option for the budget conscious person but if you
have a family, a hotel may offer you more convenience and choice for
your children. For example, in a hotel you might find a restaurant and
pool for the kids and a bar for the adults, which you would rarely find
a motel. The difference in price is not huge so choosing a hotel for
those family friendly amenities make the few extra dollars worthwhile.
Close to where you want to be? People who choose to stay at a hotel
often find that the closer a hotel is to the downtown, the more expensive
the hotel is. If your destination is downtown, you do not have to choose
a hotel that is close by, but you should find one that is conveniently
located. For example, if you have a business meeting to attend downtown,
you don't want to choose the cheapest hotel which is so far away from
downtown that you'll be fighting traffic and searching endlessly for
a parking space. But you also don\'t want to spend an arm and a leg
for a hotel that is too close to downtown. Instead, settle on one that
is a few minutes out of the downtown core but not too far away.
Wilson offers ten tips for finding a cheap hotel:
6. Ask about weekend rates. Often hotels that cater to business travelers
have great rates on what they consider off season, weekends. 7. If you
plan your trip well in advance you could get a discount of 50% or more
during off season. 8. Some hotels have special rates for members of
AAA, American Automobile Association and other professional bodies or
clubs. Call the hotel of your choice and ask them if they do have such
schemes. 9. If you are traveling in a group ask about group rates or
family rates. Most hotels have different options for multiple bookings.
Some even offer a day or two additional stay at no extra cost. 10. When
you leave the airport or railway station or just drive in to a town
stop at a gas station and find out if they have hotel coupon booklets.
These many a time have great offers for visitors.
You've seen the ads. Get a cheap San Diego hotel by bidding online,
they say. Skeptical? You're not alone. So was I, until I reserved a
four-star San Francisco hotel for just $70. It worked several times,
and now I won't leave home without it.
Here's how cheap a San Diego hotel can get: In early August, 2004,
you could stay at 4-star Hyatt Regency La Jolla ($289 and up) for $73
a night and 3-star Hilton del Mar (starts at $179) for $70. If you want
to find a cheap,nice San Diego hotel, we've simplified the process.
Seven Steps to Find a Cheap San Diego Hotel
You'll use Priceline to find your cheap San Diego hotel, using biddingfortravel.com
for research. After doing steps 1-2 below, you can do steps 3-5 yourself
or get help. Just register at biddingfortravel, do the research to fill
out an Bidding
Assistance Form and post your request.
Someone will respond with a strategy. Our do-it-youself process is
quicker, but you may get a slightly lower rate with help. Pick
Go to Priceline,
click Hotels and select San Diego. Enter any date (you just want to
see the map on the next page). Pick the area(s) you want to stay in.
Write them down.
Most convenient: Downtown, Mission Valley
Most upscale: San Diego Coastal (includes La Jolla),
Cheap: Miramar , Carlsbad
NEW YORK - While planning her holiday to New York, Lisa Werness was
so horrified by the prices in Manhattan that she chose cheaper lodging
in Brooklyn - where she got a room rate of just $US400 ($A457) a night.
"Don't remind me. I'm trying to forget about it," she said. In a city
where residents often pay more than half their salaries for a place
to sleep, visitors have long faced a shortage of hotel rooms and rising
prices. Now, with 8,500 hotel rooms under construction in the city -
a growth of more than 10 per cent - that crunch could ease slightly
in the coming months. By comparison, it took from 1998 to 2007 to make
a leap of the same size.
Even the current influx of new rooms is unlikely to glut the market
and knock down prices, Hennessey said, although he noted that an economic
downturn could lead companies to cut back on business travel, which
could lead to cheaper rates. As of October, New York had 59 hotels under
construction - more than any of the 26 other US cities with the largest
number of hotel rooms, according to Smith Travel Research.
While properties already under construction are unlikely to be called
off, the mortgage crunch has some in the industry wondering if future
projects might be slowed by the rising price of financing. Either way,
it seems unlikely that a city with such high real estate prices will
soon be offering truly cheap hotel rooms.
I always hope that my cheap hotel does not end up like the 2005 movie
Here's a description
from imdb.com: "Three backpackers are in Amsterdam where they
get locked out of their youth hostel. They are invited into a man's house
where he tells them of a hostel somewhere in eastern Europe where the
women are all incredibly hot and have a taste for American men. When they
get there, everything is too good to be true - the hostel is "to die for.""
Here's a review from imdb.com:
As a rule, I find horror films a little tiresome, but Hostel starts
with a great premise and slowly builds up to some outrageous horror.
The film tips its hat to some of the classics, and there's even a delightful
cameo of Pulp Fiction playing in the background. It's not good that
the premise of the movie is revealed in the IMDb listing as you don't
learn the truth until near the end of the movie and it all starts to
make a lot more sense. One thing about horror films which has always
bugged me is that the bad guys never seem real to me, as if they are
some kind of limitless satanic evil or whatever. In Hostel, by contrast,
we really believe that the scenario is very plausible and for that,
all the more frightening. I wouldn't be surprised at all if this kind
of thing goes on in certain parts of the world. As far as maximum creep
value, I saw it in a packed house at a screening in Beverly Hills last
night, and many in the audience couldn't take it and ran out -- one
guy was retching in the bathroom and was too scared to leave! The organizer
had to talk him down and call one of his friends to take him home. The
director was there for a Q&A which will be on the Creative Screen writing
Magazine podcast, and he said that at one test screening they had to
call a ambulances for two different people. It appears that the explicit
sex, torture and violence will not be toned down for the theatrical
release and it will still have an R rating instead of NC-17 which most
of us thought it deserved. The trick, is that there is no sex during
the violent scenes, and no violence in the sex scenes, which makes the
MPAA more comfortable. By the way, this was shot near Prague, and is
amazingly beautiful to look at -- I was there a month ago and the place
is like something out of a fairy tale (unlike most historic European
areas, there isn't a McDonalds every hundred feet). The ending is very,
very satisfying yet believable and unforced. The audience was screaming,
gasping, cheering, and hiding their faces at all the right moments.
Eli's interview was a hoot, also, so check out the podcast once they
post it on itunes. It's worth it for no other reason than to hear his