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Parent page: Choosing your accommodation and finding cheap hotels
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Whether you are a frequent traveller, or you are travelling for the first time, you should know that your accommodation can make or break your entire experience. That is why it is always important to ensure that you have sorted out all your accommodation needs before you travel. Some of the things you should do before booking hotel accommodation include:

Do Research

Take some time off your planning schedule to do thorough research on the town you are visiting, and the types of accommodations offered. Check for the pricing, the fine details in hotel websites, what they provide, additional amenities and other information that you are looking for. Doing research also allows you to do an objective comparison of the choices available.

Check Reviews

Never underestimate the importance of checking reviews on the hotel you plan to stay in. Go to different sites and see what other people who have stayed there have to say about the hotel. Ensure that the reviews are from independent reviewers who write constant travel articles and reviews for different hotels.

Contact the Hotel

If you cannot find contact details of the hotel you’re planning to visit, check the directory to see if they are listed. You can then make a phone call or write an email of inquiry to the hotel so that you get answers to all the questions you have. Contacting the hotel before you travel saves you from being disappointed. You can also assess the customer care services of the hotel by looking at how long it takes them to respond and the tone in their response.

Know What You Want

Before you embark on your search for accommodation, you should ask yourself what you really want. Do you want a boutique hotel that has a homely feeling, or are you looking for a cheap chain hotel that has an air of familiarity? The search is easier when you know what you want.