TIPS HOW TO FIND CHEAP HOTELS IN DUBAI, OR ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD
How many times have you thought that after searching for the best offer on flights, you ended up paying much more for accommodation? Do not know how to save on accommodation and find the best hotel deals in Dubai? We already tell you our tricks to get the cheapest flights and general to save on travel, now it’s time to find the cheapest hotels in the UAE or, rather, the hotel you want, even the most expensive, at the best price.
Some of the tips that we give below will be useful for long trips, others for weekend getaways or a few days, but most are “timeless” and, although many may seem common sense, had you taken into account ever?
FLEXIBILITY TO SAVE ON HOTELS: TRAVEL IN THE MIDDLE SEASON AND ON WEEKDAYS
One of those tips to save at the common sense hotel: avoid high occupancy dates. We already discussed it with airplanes: if everyone wants to fly on a date, airlines rub their hands and prices go up … hotels do the same. Obviously you will not always be able to choose the dates of the trip – the weekend breaks are on weekends or the holidays that the company obliges – but, if you can, do not hesitate.
THE SEA … IN WINTER
If your intention when visiting a place with coast is not going to the beach, how about going in winter? The sea tends to make temperatures less extreme and the lack of tourists that hotel prices go down. You can even find a for 50 dollars a night.
AVOID THE HIGH SEASON! THE SEASON MATTERS … BUT ATTENTIVE TO THE WEATHER
In addition to avoiding crowds in public transportation and restaurants (such as the chaos of Mardi Gras in New Orleans), you will also save yourself from having to pay exorbitant prices for a room to be full. The high demand caused by marked events or sporting events can make prices go up a lot. That is why it is better to search Google if there is an important event in the city you want to visit, to avoid those dates and save money when you book the hotel.
I have already said that the high season is the worst moment to find offers in Dubai hotels, how about going in low or middle season? Before you set off to book your flight to Dubai in July – as we did – check out the weather forecasts because flying not to leave the hotel is not saving money. Before you ask: we are “weird” and Dubai in June/July loved us with its hot weather. In other places like Madrid you can also plan to travel in August and you will see the best hotel offers there.
BUSINESS OR TOURISM? BETWEEN WEEKDAYS OR WEEKEND?
Banish the idea that a hotel on a weekend is always more expensive. Some cities have much more business tourism, which fills their hotels during the week, than weekend travelers. Find out what type your destination is and plan your trip to find the least occupation and the best price of the hotel. In any case, Sunday nights are usually the cheapest: tourists have left and business men and women have not arrived.
DO YOU NEED TO STAY IN THAT CITY?
If you have to go in high season, when there is an event and there is no other option, do you have to stay in the center or even in the city? Think about staying in nearby towns that, although prices will also go up, will be cheaper.
Having a coffee in Piazza San Marco in Venice is always more expensive than in Mestre …
HOW DO YOU FIND THE BEST DEAL ON A HOTEL? WHEN TO BOOK TO FIND THE CHEAPEST HOTELS: OR HOW TO BOOK A HOTEL AT THE LAST MINUTE
Is it better to book well in advance or wait for the last minute offer to save when booking a hotel in Dubai? There is no exact science but, since the last minute in the case of hotels starts the afternoon of the day you want to stay, you may wait until then to be a little risky depending on the circumstances.
According to TripAdvisor study on the best time to book a hotel at the best price – yes, they have only done the study for the summer – that give the following tips:
- In Europe prices skyrocket, reserving between 3 and 5 months in advance you can save up to 23% on hotel reservations
- In the United States they remain stable and only 7% of savings are achieved in the hotel, reserving about 2 months
- In Asia the conditions are like in Europe: 3 to 5 months for a 23% savings, although, two weeks before, hotel offers are again available
- In the Caribbean you can save up to 7% in the hotel by booking 4 months before
3 months in Central America for 7%
- 4 months in South America for 20%, with more savings in recent weeks – yes it works the last minute at the hotel –
- 4 months for the Middle East with a 20% discount on the price of hotels
- 5 months in Africa for 21%, although prices fall again in the absence of 2 weeks
- 5 months for Oceania to get savings at the hotel of 19% or more
ARE YOU REALLY SAVING IN YOUR ACCOMMODATION? QUALITY AND POSITION
Many times we start looking for the lowest hotel price in Dubai and then we do not stop to think about whether the hotel will be well located or if, simply, it is good in general.
Even if it surprises you, there is no international star system that evaluates hotels. As a result, you do not know if a 5-star hotel in Nepal will be as good as a 5-star hotel in Stockholm. That is why it is best to read the comments of other customers who have stayed at the hotel.
What do the last guests say about the building, the rooms, the service and the value for money? Do your photos differ much from those on the hotel page? Do some research and you can save yourself a lot of trouble.
We always start by looking at the comments of the clients about the hotel in question. We have to say that they give us more confidence ON BOOKING.COM because you can only leave a comment if you have made a reservation with them, while on TripAdvisor anyone can leave a comment, even without ever having crossed the front door.
Regarding the location, bear in mind that, in many destinations, urban transport – buses, metro and taxi … can be very expensive and make us spend a lot of time.
Time is money, even if it is not paid, keep it in mind.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE HOTEL PRICE? THE CHEAP IS EXPENSIVE
As we discussed in the case of car rental, you have to know what is included in the price of the hotel before getting excited for having found the best offer. Will you have to pay for wifi or breakfast? Other facilities include the transfer from and to the airport.
We must also assess other things such as that the reception is open 24 hours – or, at least, at the time we arrive. If you are looking for a pool, a gym … Or, something as “simple” as a room with a private bathroom. There are hotels that have rooms with shared bathrooms or bedrooms with prices that may seem dazzling but you have to know before taking the surprise when you arrive.
LEARN HOW TO USE PAGES LIKE BOOKING.COM
Finding the best hotel price by visiting the pages of the hotels of a destination one by one is impossible. From the start, because you will never know what all the hotels are about, and, because there is no material time.
That’s why there are the reservation pages that offer all the accommodations and you can order them as you are interested. We use Booking.com regularly: it is one of the largest with the largest number of accommodations; there are both the big hotel chains and the small family hotels; the reservation is free and paid at the hotel; and its customer service is quite efficient.
Once you have indicated your destination, the dates of your stay and the number of rooms -including how many adults and how many children- you can sort the results by distance to the center; price; stars awarded by Booking.com; customer score; type of accommodation and facilities.
As I commented before, Booking.com’s ratings are only for people who have stayed at the hotels, which makes them more realistic, and can also be filtered by the type of traveler. To read the comments you have to click on the score and, once on the comments screen, you can select the type of traveler that best suits you: solo travelers, couples, families, groups of friends or business travelers.
Check also: The 5 Best Hotels Near Dubai Airport
In addition to the search by destination, you can also do it by hotel profile, here, among family hotels, spa hotels, budget hotels and backpackers, romantic hotels, business hotels, golf and sports hotels, beach hotels, design hotels and luxury hotels. Without forgetting the apartments, the resorts, the villas and the hostels. Nothing is left out of the search engine.
CAN I CANCEL MY HOTEL BOOKING? BOOK ON PAGES THAT ALLOW FREE CANCELLATIONS
In many cases, especially if you make a reservation months in advance looking for the best price, there may be last minute problems or changes in plans. Of course, if you book a trip with so much time, our advice is to take out cancellation insurance, in addition to the usual travel insurance, because in addition to the hotel you will have other expenses – in any case, check the conditions under which the cancellation insurance is effective.
But, whenever you can, look for a reservation with the option of free cancellation. In the case of Booking.com, it is indicated which hotels have that option included.
Although booking a room with free cancellation can cost you 5 to 10 percent more, in the long run you’ll save money. In addition, not only will it give you more flexibility to choose dates, but you can also use it as insurance. If you book, you can continue with your search and find another cheaper room (even in the same hotel), you can book that other new room and cancel the one you already had …
And rejoice in your talent to get good bargains! Some hotels allow you to cancel the room until the day of arrival, so you have plenty of time to compare hotel prices and find the best offer! Anyway, take a look at the cancellation policy, to make sure you have clear deadlines.
USE COMPARATORS LIKE HOTELSCOMBINED.COM
If a hotel booking page is too small, try using the hotel comparators. As in the case of airline tickets, a hotel comparator searches several pages to offer you the cheapest prices for the same room. Our first option in this case is HotelsCombined.com.
After indicating your destination, the dates and the number of rooms – including the number of adults and children – you can filter the results by stars; by price, indicating a range; by type of accommodation; by score; by facilities; by themes -from boutique or luxury to economic backpacking-; and by hotel chain.
In addition to ordering the results by distance to the center; price -both from lowest to highest as well as highest to lowest- popularity; stars and customer valuation.
If you log in, it will offer you the best hotel offers of the day , store your preferences for future searches, send discounts …
SPEND MORE THAN A DAY IN A HOTEL, OFFERS FOR LONG STAYS
You will be thinking that it is a “strange” advice, if you can spend several nights in the same destination, why would not you do it in the same hotel? Obviously, from that point of view, it does not make sense, but if you are going to move around a city it may be cheaper to stay at the same hotel every day and get around by car – look for the cheapest car rental and, Again, keep in mind the travel time. In many hotels there are offers of third or fourth night free – never in high season, everything can not be the same.
SEARCH PROMOTIONAL CODES ON THE INTERNET
We know that they exist although we are still looking for them … but, like the meigas, there are them because in many hotels there is a space in the booking form in which to include a promotional code that supposes a discount in the price. If you find one – or you have already found it – let us know and tell us how.
TRY TO HAGGLE WHERE YOU CAN TO SAVE AT YOUR HOTEL
We already talked about this in the article on how to save on travel: small hotels from the afternoon lose money with each free room. You can try to haggle a bit and get a better price. In many countries of the world, haggling is an “obligation” and no matter what time you arrive, you always have to try.
COMPARE HOTEL PRICES WITH TRAVEL PACKAGES
Have you seen any airline offer plus hotel that you thought was impossible? Especially in Cancun or Riviera Maya beach destinations. We also, have not yet been able to take advantage of them for lack of time, but we do not rule it out for the two reasons: because a single flight is almost more expensive and because hotels are usually very good. Once there you can move and even sleep somewhere else someday, you will continue to save money.
VACATION RENTAL APARTMENTS: A WAY TO SAVE ON ACCOMMODATION … OR NOT?
Think if you travel somewhere with your family in the summer and you spend 15 days on the beach. Can you imagine paying 15 hotel nights? A crazy, or with discounts for long stays. What you have to do is to rent an apartment. Now it’s much easier with a lot of pages that offer vacation rentals.
You have to take into account the same thing as with hotels: that is good, that is close, what is included … and the seriousness of the person on the other side. Note also that, usually, breakfast is not included and that you will not always have time to cook … you may not be interested in having a kitchen and be cheaper or better a hotel.
You may not know it, but on Booking.com there are also rentals of this type and with direct confirmation at the time of booking, which is much more comfortable.
LOYALTY CARDS FOR HOTEL CHAINS OR AIRLINE POINTS
If there is a hotel chain that you particularly like, find out if they have a loyalty program. Even if you have more than one “favorite” chain, do not stop asking, many hotel chains are part of the same group, even if they do not advertise it. As with the airlines, go adding up points and in this way you can get discounts, in many cases they also offer special discounts for your birthday.
Another way to save in hotels thanks to loyalty cards is with the miles or points of the airlines. Almost all have agreements with several chains both to add points and spend on stays.
SIGN UP FOR HOTEL OFFERS NEWSLETTER
Finally, as we said with the airlines: subscribe to the newsletters of all the hotel chains and be the first to find out about the offers. You will not always be able to take advantage of them … but it never hurts to know that there is a 25% discount in hotels in Indonesia.
Do you have tips or trick how to save money on hotels or how to book cheap hotels in Dubai or somewhere else around the world? Tell us what is your trick to get the hotel at the best price in the comments.
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