Holidays, for many travellers, are often a balance between luxury and budget. Many try to make their money stretch as far as possible, so as to have as much spending cash as they can when they each their destination. With a host of bargain airlines running multiple flight routes, taking advantage of a cheap plane journey may seem relatively simple. Yet hotels and accommodation can often bump up the cost.
Travel experts from Which? have spoken exclusively to Express.co.uk to divulge three top secrets on how to secure a purse friendly, yet supremely comfortable hotel bargain.
Will Hide, Which?’s travel writer, firstly recommended holidaymakers do their research.
He said: “Comparison sites, like Tripadvisor and Trivago, check prices across dozens of hotel booking sites, like Booking.com and Hotels.com, so head to the comparison sites first.
“When we priced hotel stays across the most popular comparison sites, we found Tripadvisor had the best price in six of 10 searches.
“The differences were just a few pounds though, so there’s little point in looking at more than one comparison site.”
He then told of his second spot of money saving advice – calling the hotel direct, and quoting what they had seen online.
Obviously, this is made all the more simple if a traveller’s destination country is English speaking, or they are fluent in their language.
He told how many beat the online quotation, and added: “Even if they won’t budge on price, they will almost always offer some sort of upgrade – a better room, free breakfast or another perk.”
Will’s final tip was to check website Hotwire.
Talking of the cut-price selection on site he added: “ It sells unsold hotel rooms for just about every brand going, from Hilton and Radisson to W and Westin, often at deep discounts.”
But, he conceded, there is a twist.
He added: “As they don’t want to be seen flogging their rooms at a cut price, you won’t find out the name of the hotel until you’ve booked.”
Lightstone, a US based real estate company, believes it’s found the key to hotel success with smaller, budget rooms at Marriott-operated Moxy hotel properties Moxy Times Square and recently-opened Moxy Chelsea, which both harness elements of the cruise industry.
Noting a huge competition for hotel real estate, they decided to harness the character of New York districts, with a sense of style and splash of common sense for their new venture, Moxy Chelsea.
It comes hot on the heels of Moxy’s Times Square establishment yet, with the second of five planned hotels, Mitchell Hochberg of property developer Lightstone, told how they were savvy about architecture – with the help of life at sea.
He spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about how the 35-storey budget offering, which is priced around 159dollars per room, had harnessed the compact nature of cruise life.
He said: “We were inspired by cruise ships, where rooms are often less than 100 square feet but thoughtfully designed with clever use of space and high-quality finishes.”
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