How to book a hotel independently
Search and booking of hotels or housing is one of the most important parts of the preparatory journey. Of course, no prior to do just to arrive at the site, hoping to find lodging right at the resort, but it is not always beneficial, and it is not always possible to do at all. Therefore, booking in advance gives at least some assurance and confidence when traveling, especially if we are talking about popular vacation spots. Read more about all aspects of the search and booking of accommodation read on. If you have not yet decided that it is better to book in advance or on site, you can read the article here "it is better to book in advance or look in place" or to discuss this topic on the forum:
How can you book a hotel or housing
Find and book a hotel today can in many ways:
- through travel agencies
- on the phone
The easiest and most convenient – of course, via the Internet online. This can be done directly on the hotel websites or via search engine and booking. Same thing with apartments and flats are handed over by owners for the short term: they can now be found along with the hotel search engines and hotel booking. The advantage of this method is the reliability, safety, convenience, and low prices.
Booking through the travel Agency at home or at the airport and train stations upon arrival safe enough. But the downside is the fact that cost is usually added to the Commission of the Agency, besides the choices are limited and you will have enough time to choose the most suitable option, because everything is "on the run".
You can also book the old fashioned way – by phone or email. Done, if you are looking for accommodation via the Bulletin Board or on a tip from friends. But today this method is rooted in the past, yielding a more convenient online booking. Besides, this book is not the safest, especially if you are asked to transfer money in advance.
Where better to book the hotel
Important! The booking system and metapoiskoviki hotels never add any additional fees to the cost.
Book hotel, Guesthouse or hostel you can directly on the hotel website or through a search engine and booking. We recommend you to use system of searching and booking hotels, because they provide obvious benefits:
- You have a huge choice of locations and not just one option
- You can read objective reviews of guests about the hotels
- The price in the reservation system are even lower than on the official sites (the reason is the politics of reservation system that sets its conditions)
- Useful search filters, when you can choose a hotel by price range, location, services, WiFi, free Parking, and much more
- Security is higher because less chance of running into a fake hotel website
- Support for Russian language (system reservation quickly solve the problem, in which case you will not have to deal with the property in an incomprehensible foreign language)
What is the system of search and booking use, because today they have become too many. To make the right choice, you should understand that these systems share directly to the reservation system (booking system), on aggregators and booking systems (metapsychology). The latter is not carried out directly by interaction with the hoteliers and you are just looking for a different hotel booking engines and offer you all options to choose from. On the one hand this is useful because you can compare prices, but on the other hand, really prices from all the booking systems do not differ, but that is bad, you may be left without support because the aggregators are not responsible. Here is our selection of the best reservation systems and aggregators:
- Agoda.com is the best option if you are going to Asia. Agoda have a huge selection of accommodation and low prices, excellent support in Russian language via telephone and e-mail. Problems with the settlement Agoda solves perfectly and quickly (checked personally by the authors). Though Agoda has a small marketing trick: the price of hotels here is much lower than the competition, because the service charge and tax is added only at the last stage before payment.
- Booking.com – booking system for all occasions, a lot of proposals around the world. The price is displayed in the search final.
- Hotellook.com Russian metapoiskovikom, but is looking for hotels around the world on many popular reservation systems
- Ostrovok.ru – Russian aggregator for multiple reservation systems. There is a customer support system
Our site have long enjoyed the services Agoda.com while traveling through Asia. To book a hotel through this booking system can through the search form:
Where to book accommodation
Housing and apartments for short term can now be found in hotels, such as Agoda.com and booking.com. Housing prices there are also exhibited, free of charge. In addition there are two specialized systems of finding housing for a short term
- Airbnb is the most hyped search engine of apartments and rooms for short term around the world. Prices landlords put up the same as through ads, but Airbnb adds their fee for which the client receives the warranty. Even if the reservation falls through due to the dishonesty of housing owners, support for Airbnb free of charge will replace the housing or inhabit you to the hotel. Payment is made online on the website.
- Homeaway.ru – full analogue of Airbnb, not worse but not as hyped, why sometimes you can find cheaper options. Payment is made online on the website.
- Durum – Russian system for finding and accommodation booking. You can find accommodation, guest houses in the major cities of the Russian Federation, the resorts, and most importantly – in the Crimea. Today, because of sanctions, many search engines, including the two listed above do not allow you to reserve a room in the Crimea, it can be done only through Turum.
As is to be paid at the time of booking
When booking through online hotel reservation can be paid directly on site at the time of booking via credit card or electronic payment systems Webmoney, PayPal and others (payment in advance), and can only be booked and paid on arrival by cash or credit card. There are intermediate options, as guarantee of the booking, your card will be charged a Deposit of one to two days visiting and the rest you pay on arrival. All the ways are safe, if you can make them through well-known websites bookings which we have quoted above.
Which payment method to choose – you decide, because everyone has their own preferences. We add only that in Agoda and Booking, you can filter hotels according to the method of payment, if you prepay prefer to pay at check-in. And, pay attention to cancellation policy, as the cheapest options bookings often include penalties for cancellations, or does not allow you to cancel it.
Payment via credit card
For payment online by credit card need a Visa card or Mastercard, less card systems, JCB or American Express. Almost all the cards of Russian banks, with rare exception, are Visa or Mastercard. When paying on the website you will need to enter the card number, holder name, name of the Bank issuing the card, expiration date, and CVC / CVV code. CVC / CVV code is a special security code of three digits listed on the back of the card (from the side where the magnetic strip).
Here is the CVV code on the plastic card:
Attention! On the websites when you make payment never prompted for a pin card. If you are prompted for a pin card, you're at a fraudulent website.
Tips for finding and booking hotels
- Action. As well as tickets and other merchandise, on hotels sometimes held shares. And it really is the real action, when a room in hotel book at half the cost, proven. In this promotion you need to search in different search engines hotels, the same hotel may appear in different search engines, but the action will only one. But pay attention to the cancellation policy as promotional booking is usually not possible to cancel or change.
- Final price. Unfortunately, the price that is displayed in the search results in the search engines is not always true. At the last stage of design before paying, sometimes it added more taxes, fees for processing transactions, etc. So if you want to choose really the best option, compare and recheck the prices at the payment step, but not the ones that are displayed in the search results.
- Booking in advance is cheaper. The earlier you book, the cheaper it will cost you the number. Early means 1-2 months, and sometimes for six months.
- Safety of payment with the virtual card. If you are worried about the credit card payment, you can use a virtual credit card. Today, many payment systems, online banks and even mobile operators allow you to create virtual credit cards Visa or Mastercard. After creating the map you can transfer the desired amount to pay, and not worry that someone will be able to get her more money, because they just weren't there.
- The pin code of the plastic card. Attention! On the websites when you make payment never prompted for a pin card. If you are prompted for a pin, then you have got to a fraudulent website.
- Do not book through social networks and forums, individuals Attention! Never book the hotels at the super suggestions from individuals in social networks and ads on the forums. It's a Scam.
What bothered? ...
Book well in advance, obviously. ...
From my sense began to slip away.
I understand I came to the following:
1. Free cancellation is possible until a certain date, there are of course exceptions but I've seen a couple of times in 5 years.
2. Book in advance definitely makes sense, usually for the arrival of all prilichnye options expensive. Of course not happen if the force majeure.
3. If a hundred percent sure on the trip, it is necessary to take cheaper options without the right of refund. By the way I fully agree.
Would add that we should look: the location of hotel services (airport transfer, wifi, room size, air conditioning, etc.)
Also read the testimonials, preferably not on the same oecusse, and not to take less than 8. Of course if you are interested in the quality of rest. ...
And not to forget that the more requirements for housing, the more likely that you will have problems, if you do not book in advance. It's one thing when you are satisfied with the ordinary kopeck piece without reference to a particular place, and another when you need a large comfortable apartment which is not anyhow where, and even in fairly high season.
For example, today I very long searched for housing in nice for six people. Had in the centre, near the sea and with separate beds, not to mention the fact that there are no 2-storey beds... At a sane price of such options, in principle at least, even much in advance... ...
very strange advice, given the fact that different resources weight reviews various and various system evaluations. for example, 8-9 hotels.com - about 7 in town. and how you can book your accommodation by rating not lower than 8, for example, on airbnb or tripadvisor, where the maximum rating is 5? and why not book accommodation with rating of 7 on the booking, if there is even a 6.5 is quite acceptable? why such love for the number 8? ...
For example, that would not get Sari in which the dog is ashamed to settle. Watching left-wing photos from the hotelier.
And about the rating, Yes, it was necessary to allcnt that on a scale of booking.
About the airbnb lottery here? A secret for you - the frequent violation of the agreements vladeltsami housing? But you are here mainly on referral links live.
tripadvisor is generally a very strange resource that makes sense only as a platform for reading the reviews. Personally several times encountered that the high rating this resource is in fact fake.
But the removal of negative posts, not helping, posting incorrect information is typical for the booking. He is no better than the rest.
Accordingly, the lower the rating (and the more reviews the evaluation will be objective) the greater the likelihood of running into adventures.
And it is strange to read that 6.5 is too. Without evaluation, too, is generally acceptable and the game "Russian roulette" is not always ends sadly. ...
more than 10 years booking hotels in booking, except for a couple times never booked with rating 8 and above, while in the barns did not live ...
I use it for more than 20 and had the good fortune to encounter negativity from this resource repeatedly.
So don't flatter yourself.
And Sarai lived because he had enough money to send out the scams and take a more expensive room, quickly and, unfortunately, without the help of a booking in another hotel. Usually this feat cost me 2-3 prices. ...
I always pre-book, seek not my thing. Moreover, always fly from the tour operator specific, but with him then and require good living space))) ...