Prep Up for Booking Hotels Online
If you are planning to book your hotel online, before you take off for your trip, consider undertaking the following preparations to make your booking experience well sorted:
1- Book early
Get the benefits of inexpensive deals by booking much in advance. Usually, when there is more availability of rooms, the price quote is lower. Hotels tend to start increasing their rates once available booking slots start filling up.
2- Do your homework
Research about the various hotels located in the vicinity or the particular city that you are visiting. Check for location specific hotels located near the airport, in the heart of the city or close to a specific address that you want to visit. Glance through the general rates and packages, making a note of the budget category the different hotels fall into.
3- Room preferences
Depending upon the number of individuals travelling, you can decide what type and size of room you want. There are various styles of rooms designed ranging from, one bedroom for the solo traveller, two bedrooms for a couple or pair of friends, a standard room or something larger. Room based on luxury value or economy of price is also available as per the preference of the traveller, this includes luxury suits, king-size rooms or the regular rooms.
4- Facilities and amenities required
Well-verse yourself with the amenities and facilities provided by the hotel you are looking forward to book. Some popular and essential amenities that guests look out for are:
ü Room service, laundry, high-speed Internet, room refrigerator, a kitchen or kitchenette in the room, and a pull-out sleeper sofa. You can also ask for an extra bedding, crib or cot into the room if you need it.
ü Other hotel amenities include buffet spreads, restaurants, hotel SPA, indoor or outdoor pool, fitness centre and business centre
5- Register your personal details
Registering your personal details such as name, arrival and departure dates as well as how many adults and children will be staying in the room is preferable. This helps the hotel to arrange for all your requirements prior to your arrival.
If you have a customised package or need to book the hotel’s rental car for pick-up, booking the same in advance can save time and prove to be more convenient.
6- Shortlist and compare suitable hotels
Compare the rates and packages of various hotels, and ensure that they have services that fulfil your desired expectations. Also, compare the final rates after discounts and taxes have been applied. Look for attractive schemes with complimentary breakfast or happy hour offers on drink and food.
After considering all factors, shortlist the few that are suitable for you and select the best deal offered by the hotel.
7- Browse through hotel photos and virtual tours
Get a feel of the ambience of the hotel through its photos on its website. Take a virtual tour to enhance the online hotel bookingexperience. Glimpse at the realistic view of the hotel by scrolling through the visual representation of the entire hotel, displaying views from both inside-out.
8- Book it and obtain the confirmation number
After you have selected the hotel, book it online by paying the booking amount virtually, via credit card or other electronic forms acceptable, according to the terms of payment of the hotel.
After booking, you will receive a confirmation number which you have to print or write down. Bring this along to the hotel and provide it on arrival to your destination.