The best hotel deals are just around the corner, all it takes to book one is a lot of patience and a dash of good sense.
Since establishing in the Philippines in 2018, OYO, South Asia’s largest tech-driven hotel chain, has been providing travelers with great experience through affordable yet quality accommodation. To help vacationers and “staycationers” score the best deals online, it shares the following tips and reminders.
Make a list and set a budget
A vacation experience depends, to a certain extent, on the accommodation and one’s budget. No one wants to reach their bucket list destination only to find out they have an insanely priced accommodation or have booked a place far from being the most ideal hotel.
Creating a list of hotel options allows one to filter better the hotels that suit their needs and preferences. This means vacationers must do their homework and start looking early enough to get the best possible deals. Check out potential accommodations in the destination. Select hotels based on location, price and amenities.
A deal may seem great at first glance but it is always best to check. If it’s too good to be true, it might not be true. Verify information before clicking the book button, as some hotels may offer what seem to be hot deals at first but are actually packages with hidden extra charges.
Do not rely solely on data and pictures posted on the hotel’s website. One great way to find out if a hotel is the right one is to read the customer reviews. Make sure to visit the review section of a hotel both on its website and social media accounts. The best way to verify hotel amenities and services is the feedback from previous guests.
Contact the hotel and check on hidden charges
You’ve done your due diligence but there are still steps to ensure unwanted surprises are avoided. Before hitting the book button, contact the hotel directly and discuss the details posted online. Some hotels include only the base accommodation cost on their online quote and then add additional fees upon check-out. Doing so also allows direct negotiation with the hotel staff to customize the booking to your requirements.
Take advantage of technology
Browsing sites one by one to check what they offer can be time-consuming. To secure a good deal, get immediate notifications from a site or an app. This saves vacationers from the long and hassling process of looking up hotels by getting the job done faster while notching bigger discounts.
Further, some hotels have apps that give point credits when users refer a friend to book as well. These points can be converted into discounts or even actual currency.
OYO’s mobile app enables customers to search for the nearest OYO hotel, book with ease and be notified immediately of any ongoing discounts. Photos of the accommodations and their list of facilities are also displayed on the app so that travelers will be sure to book a room that’s exactly to their liking.
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