Watch this video tutorial to learn how to book the best hotel room for your money. You've spent all year saving up for your dream vacation. The last thing you want is to end up in a hotel room that ruins the whole trip.
You Will Need
* Time to research
* A computer with internet access
* A telephone
Step 1. Decide what kind of room you want
Before you begin looking, decide what your dream hotel room would be. Do you want a great view in a high rise, or would you prefer the ground floor of a cozier establishment?
Step 2. Look online
Check the web sites of hotels in the area for their advertised rates. Then go to travel web sites and check their hotel rates, which are often cheaper if you are booking a room well in advance.
Step 3. Narrow it down
If you find a few hotels you like and they all seem similar, check travel web sites to read customer feedback.
Step 4. Call your target hotel
Before you book online, call the hotel and speak to a reservations agent, who might be able to offer you an even better deal, especially if your dates are flexible.
Step 5. Ask for discounts
Ask the representative for a discount or an upgrade, mentioning clubs or organizations you belong to that might entitle you to discounted rates.
Step 6. Calculate the whole cost
Consider the hotel's amenities, and whether they might save you money.
Step 7. Bargain
If you're unsatisfied with the offered rate, use your previous research. If you found a cheaper rate online from a competing hotel, mention it and ask if they'll match it.
Step 8. Confirm the price
Before you reserve, be clear on exactly how much the room will cost, including taxes and any other fees. Then, book away!
FACT: The Hotel del Coronado, near San Diego, Calif., has hosted 10 U.S. presidents, beginning in 1891 with Benjamin Harrison.