Image Credits: Mindaugas Petrutis.
Booking.com doesn’t really need any introduction. Being one of the most popular booking websites in the world, I highly doubt that someone out there never heard about it.
The website is actually quite intuitive, yet I want to share a couple of tips to use it at its best, in order to find the perfect accommodation for your needs.
First of all, an evergreen reminder: filters are your friends. I see lots of people who never employ them, no matter what kind of search they have to proceed with. Booking.com is one of those websites (the app, though less efficient in my opinion, works in a very similar way) where you can only benefit from them, mostly because they will save you so much time by considerably narrowing down the search results.
But let’s find out together how.
Tip #1: If you just need an idea of what the price range of the hotel rooms could be you don’t really have to, but I recommend to subscribe to Booking.com, in case you do not have an account yet. Once logged in, you’ll be able to see further discounts and deals, and even create wish lists where you can save the hotels you’re interested in.
I am searching for a room in London in December.
I scroll down to the applicable filters. There are a lot of accommodations to choose from, but I’m only interested in hotels, therefore I select Hotels from the Property Type.
Then I select Very good +8 under the Review Score because I want to make sure that, no matter the star rating, Booking.com will only show me hotels whose review score is minimum 8. This filter will also automatically include the Excellent +9 review score.
Next, Facilities. I can’t live without internet connection, it’s one of my flaws, I confess! Which is the reason why I always check the Free WiFi.
Finally, the Neighbourhoods: I am one of those people who research quite extensively the destinations of my trip beforehand, which includes the best neighbourhoods to stay according to my needs. I’m good for now, so it’s time to check the results!
Tip#2: I didn’t want to apply the budget filters in this case, but they turned out to be quite helpful in the past. It’s your choice to check them in order to narrow down the results even more.
So many nice hotels! I found a good deal in Kensington, a neighbourhood I love but where I never stayed in. To make sure it could be the right hotel, first I check the map: the hotel is in a wonderful location, close to the tube and several museums.
Tip#3: Booking.com shows only verified reviews, but usually I don’t rely only on them. I’m picky as far as accommodations are concerned, and I always try to avoid bad surprises. Therefore I search for the hotel I’m interested in on TripAdvisor and Google as well. In my opinion, it’s always a good habit to see as many photos as possible, especially in those cases where there are no lots of reviews or info available.
I decided to proceed with the option with no breakfast but with free cancellation, I click on I’ll reserve button… and it’s done! The whole procedure, thanks to the filters, has been quick and easy.
What about you? Do you have any suggestion to use Booking.com so as to score the perfect hotel room?