If you are a businessman or like travelling you need to regularly book a hotel that will host you. Studies show that many people make plenty of mistakes when booking hotel rooms and this results in them having unpleasant experiences. Here are the mistakes that you should avoid making:
Booking at the wrong time
Many people know that they need to book their hotels ahead of time but few know the best time to do it. This results in them failing to get the room that they wanted. Others end up spending a lot of money than they should. Before you book a hotel, take your time to understand the area in which the hotel is located. Know the activities going on that might affect availability and price of the hotel rooms. If there is a conference going on in the area, you should expect the rooms to be scarce and go at high prices; thus you need to book early enough.
Even if there are no activities going on in the area, availability of hotel rooms may be affected by the day on which you are making the reservation. According to experts, the best time to make your reservation is on Tuesdays and Sundays. You are not only likely to get the room you have always wanted during these days, you also stand to get the rooms at extremely low prices.
Failing to read the fine details
I can’t tell you the number of people that have spent a lot of money than they should just for failing to read the fine details. Before you enter your credit card number, take your time to read all the details. Understand any fees that you may be required to pay in addition to the one indicated. Sometimes you may be required to pay resort fees, internet fees, among many others. For clarification contact the hotel.
You should also read the cancellation policies. Some hotels will refund your deposit in case you fail to travel or find another hotel but others won’t. Go through the fine print and ensure that you understand what awaits you before you enter your credit card number.
Booking a room that is too small
This mistake is common with people travelling as families. Hotel room sizes vary from one location to another; therefore, don’t assume that your family will fit in another room just because it can fit the current one. To ensure that you book the right size of the room, contact the hotel and ask about the room dimensions. Also, confirm the maximum occupancy of the rooms.
These are the mistakes that you should avoid making when booking a hotel room. To have an easy time, work with an agency that does all the work for you.