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Staying at a hotel is always exciting and fun. They’re clean, have beautiful facilities, and provide you with a new personal space with endless options for fun. But despite what you might thing, you don’t have to overpay.

There are many tricks you can use to find the best room rates, or score a better / upgraded room during your stay. The following travel hacks will help you find the best hotel deals whether you’re staying at a luxury resort, bed and breakfast, or run-of-the-mill hotel or motel.

Tricks For Finding the Best Hotel Deals

Look into Business Hotels

Hotels that cater to business travelers often provide great deals, especially over summer months and on weekends when occupancy is low. They’re usually located very centrally in downtown or the CBD.

Guest amenities at business hotels may include complimentary newspapers, morning coffee, free local telephone calls, and you can guarantee they have high speed WiFi and quiet rooms. Most business travelers check out on Friday, leaving high occupancy and therefore cheap rates for Friday and Saturday nights.

WiFi Computer

Use Price Comparison Websites

There are price comparison websites for just about everything, accommodation included.

These sites save you money by comparing the best prices in their field and saving you the trouble of doing the research yourself. This is a great way to find the best hotel deals.

Ask for a Corner Room

When you make your reservation, make a note asking for corner room. These rooms typically get more square footage for the same price.

If you’re thinking of asking for an upgrade once you arrive at the hotel, make sure you’re discreet and avoid asking in front of other guests.

Checking in towards the end of the day may also help with upgrade requests since hotels have a better sense of occupancy by that point, and are more likely to offer upgrades that are still available.

Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Hotel Resort & Spa.

Know the Full Cost

Even though you’ve found a great deal on the room rate, keep in mind that the base rate isn’t the only thing that will determine your total bill.

For instance, many hotels throughout Las Vegas charge a resort fee in addition to the room rate. Others charge for Wi-Fi, breakfast or use of the gym. In a city center, parking can cost $35 or more a day. In the United States, you are expected to tip for customer service.

Be sure to ask what taxes, resort fees, parking costs, energy surcharges, and other odds and ends will apply to your final tally. Some hotels have many hidden fees which will drive up the full cost of your bill – always read the fine print before you make your booking.

For that reason it can often be substantially cheaper to book into all-inclusive resorts which include the cost of your accommodation, food, activities, and resort fees.

Consider if Bigger Might be Better

If you’re traveling with a family or planning a longer stay, consider booking a bigger room. Yes, you often pay a premium rate for premium rooms, but even though multi bedroom suites or apartments are more expensive, they might actually end up saving you money.

Suites are larger, and they can sleep more guests – at some hotels, up to 8 guests in one suite. By booking a suite and splitting the cost instead of multiple standard rooms, you can get an upgraded room while saving up to 75% on your stay.

If you’re planning on a longer stay, consider whether paying for a room with a kitchen may save on food. Cooking your own meals is a lot cheaper than eating out for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Consider Less Expensive Hotels

Ironically, less expensive hotels tend to provide more for less.

Amenities like breakfast, internet and local calls are often provided free of charge in cheaper hotels, while more expensive properties charge these privileges at a premium.

Book a Room at a New Property

Booking a room at a new hotel can often lead to lower rates, and you can snag cheap deals and upgrades on amazing accommodation which would normally cost double or triple the price.

This is because when a hotel is brand new, they will be looking to increase business and get the word out.

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  1. Solids tips, Megan. I typically prefer motels, B&Bs, and vacation rentals to hotels, because they represent a better travel value for me. I do, however, stay at a lot of hotels and would add a couple of bullet items to your excellent list.

    – join the loyalty program. They often have sales for members that are lower than public rates. Kimpton, for instance, have an annual or semi-annual sale and we book rooms for the rest of the year then.

    – use apps. Especially on road trips, pulling into an unfamiliar place at night, I will use several apps to find best deals nearby.

    Travel Happy!

    • Thanks Charles!

      Great tips on using loyalty programs and apps – we love Kimpton and are actually members for the free internet they offer through their program; wasn’t aware of their sales though, will have to make sure I’m watching for their email lasts throughout the year!

      Apps are a great way to go as well, especially as you said if you’ve rocked up spontaneously and need to know where to go :)

      Thanks for sharing your tips!

  2. Great tips, Megan – I didn’t even think about corner rooms, but it does make sense. I’ll need to have a look at Hotellook, I haven’t tried it before!

    • Thanks Vicky! Definitely consider the trick for corner room requests the next time you book a hotel – often they offer the best views too :D

  3. Darn, you are sharing the secret deal for weekend stays at Business Hotels! That is one of my best tricks for amazing deals in upscale and nice hotels.

    • It’s a great little trick right!! My apologies for bringing attention to it lol … best way we’ve found to stay in luxury hotels at a fraction of the cost!

  4. Love this! I am a big fan of finding discounts through my travel apps. I get emails from Expedia and Travelocity offering discounts to book through them OR if you book through every 11th night is free <3

    • Thanks Nicki! Didn’t know about every 11th night through – thanks for the tip :) Definitely give a look too :)

  5. Great tips! I used to only stay in hotels, but I’m typically an AirBNB, Cabin Couchsurfing+ Hostel traveler now. However, every so often I find myself looking for the perfect hotel and I think that this offers loads of tips for just that!I think knowing the full cost is important. I stayed at a a place in New Orleans that didn’t have free parking and I was so pissed to find I had to pay 30 dollars a day for valet parking!

    • Thanks Paige! AirBNB, cabin couchsurfing and hostels are all fantastic options for accommodation too – even when I was a budget traveler though it was nice to splurge on a hotel every once in a while :) And it’s definitely doable with so much competition these days and accommodation providers trying to undercut each other.

      As you said though, it’s very important to know the full price, because you could be fooled into thinking something is a great deal when they’re catching you on all the excess costs.

      Happy travels! Thanks for sharing your experiences with us :)

  6. I’ll have to keep these ideas in mind for my next getaway! It can really put a dent in a long weekend budget if you have to shell out too much on just the hotel. Any sneaky tips on getting the best rates on train tickets? Those can cost a fortune when you (and everyone else) needs to plan around a work day to travel.

    • Re train tickets, check out what kind of people are eligible for discounts in the country you’re traveling through. For instance while I was in the UK they had steep discounts for students on train tickets, so I was super grateful for having organized an international student ID for my gap year.

      You may find there are classes of people they offer discounts to which includes you :)

  7. I didn’t know corner rooms got more space the same price. I guess that’s just a quirk of construction. That’s valuable because being comfortable helps you present your best self in business meetings.

    • Absolutely, and definitely a great hack for business travelers to know :) Give it a try on your next trip!

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