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11. Posted by denisenich (Inactive 5 posts) 5y

I definitely did not want to get confused…So I browsed around and found a website that was just up my alley! They offered guest-friendly hotels and cheap hotels accommodation bookings up to 75% off. Can you imagine that??!! Plus the confirmed room was waiting for me on arrival. I had a wonderful time and ended up doing a lot more sightseeing!

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14. Posted by vanessa (Travel Guru 257 posts) 5y

Actually, I prefer dont book, but find "on the way". I book for advance only for short-stay or for busy sites/ holdays time. Also i always book 1-2 first nights at arriving.
I'm searching everywhere, but I like to make booking directly through the official hotel sites.

15. Posted by vanessa (Travel Guru 257 posts) 5y

Quoting denisenich

I definitely did not want to get confused…So I browsed around and found a website that was just up my alley! They offered guest-friendly hotels and cheap hotels accommodation bookings up to 75% off. Can you imagine that??!! Plus the confirmed room was waiting for me on arrival. I had a wonderful time and ended up doing a lot more sightseeing!

Do you mind to share with us this magic website?

16. Posted by fraluchi (Full Member 129 posts) 5y

Reasonable answers on those questions depend from known factors of individual travel circumstances.
When I travel many hours to a place which I have never visited before, with a local time difference, where I will arrive dead tired and during a prime holiday period (i.e. I must be out of my mind to start) I prefer to book accommodation through an official hotel site. And then find out locally, the next day and mood permitting, which alternatives (location, rate, amenities, etc.) are available.

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18. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 5y

13.. Thats all very well and good, as long as you arrive on time or 'Acceptably' late. Otherwise it could well be curtains for your room - and your reservation payment.
3pm - or 3am for me, I never book in advance. I've had my fingers burnt before.... Never again.

19. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 5y

Quoting flyingbob

13.. Thats all very well and good, as long as you arrive on time or 'Acceptably' late. Otherwise it could well be curtains for your room - and your reservation payment.
3pm - or 3am for me, I never book in advance. I've had my fingers burnt before.... Never again.

me too but since then i've left a message in the comments or additional information section saying how i will arrive and an approximate time but also mentioning that its possible for me to be very late etc and did they have 24 hr reception......

i normally do quite a bit of research for my first stop and always book the first two nights and then from there talk to people about what deals there are etc....for example when we were in prague about two weeks ago we didn't book, we went to a hotel and asked the price they said 35 euro for a double room ensuite per night, i then could show them on my phone that they are advertising via the booking sites for last minute deal of 25 euro for the same room....... not booking does have its advantages of not being tied down but it pays to do a little checking anyway

20. Posted by joffre (Respected Member 157 posts) 5y

I'm happy to book through official hotel websites. I will usually search the net for the room rates and discounts that are available, then bargain via email for the best price (usually available Tues-Thurs) before getting to the destination. (one of the benefits of carrying a notebook). Also, by emailing them directly you never have to pay a deposit and saves time doing the walk around to find a place. If you end up not liking the joint, you can always check out other places & move to one you prefer. I think it essentially comes down to whether you are a time-limited traveller or not...