Good travel tips: how to choose and book your hotel at the best price?

For all our trips, we always book the hotel in advance. No surprise. This way we know exactly where we will spend the night. On holiday, we are more in a relaxing mode and we don’t want to waste time looking for an establishment that could accommodate us or even stress when the day is already well advanced (not to mention the “prized” weekends when almost all the hotels are “full” weeks in advance)…

To know when is the best time to book, trust your instincts. If you are going to New York in May it seems obvious that you will need to book as soon as possible. Whereas if you go to Buffalo in January (we have nothing against that city or that month, eh), the city’s hotel offer will certainly not be saturated! If you are already on site (in Buffalo or New York of your choice) and you want to book a hotel for the same evening, you can use specific applications (which we have never had the opportunity to test) like Findhotel

So whatever the time of year you are looking for a hotel, here is our method of booking a room at the best possible rate.

1. Search for an available hotel

You have chosen the destination and dates of your next stay. Next objective: find a hotel. You can search for hosting on sites such as Findhotel.

For us, 4 criteria are part of our choice: location (near the city centre), price range (depending on the standing of the hotel), services (breakfast, parking, wifi, swimming pool, etc.) and notes and comments from previous travellers.

For this last point concerning the notes and comments, we warn you against certain practices – unfortunate – which consist in adding false opinions by negatively rating your neighbour and abusing good marks on your own page… Remember to look at the comments as a whole and check, for example, the veracity of the traveller who left an opinion too clear cut (positive or negative) by comparing the number of comments left on the site by yourself.

2. Compare prices

Once we have found the right hotel, let’s move on to price comparison. Because yes, a room is not sold at the same rate depending on the website where you book it.

It is therefore a question of finding the best available offer. Trip Advisor or Trivago offer you directly the comparison of several rates for the desired hotel. Click on the price that suits you. Most of the time, you will be redirected to Booking or Hôtels.com, the two “giants” of the Internet hotel market.

3. Recovering cashback with Igraal

Before finalizing the payment, do not forget to go through Igraal in order to receive a commission on the price of your room. We explain to you: the partner sites registered on this platform pay a commission when Internet users arrive via Igraal and buy on their site. Igraal then gives part of this commission to the Internet users (= cashback). Yes, it is therefore possible to earn money while shopping on the Internet! Whoo! Whoo!

In short, for your hotel reservation, the cashback can go up to 10% depending on the site. For a room at $100 a night, you can get up to $10 of cashback! A significant tip to lower your travel budget.

To register for Igraal, you can directly click on the banner below (you will become our godchild and, to thank you, $3 will be credited to your account):

If necessary, do not hesitate to ask us any questions you may have about how Igraal works in commentary on this article!

4. Is it more advantageous to book online?

Final check before finalizing your reservation: is the price finally more advantageous if you book directly with the hotel owner?

With the price at the top of the list of the desired hotel (the indicated rate minus the cashback paid by Igraal), go to the hotel’s website (or call him) to compare and favour this booking method if it is more advantageous. Live booking platforms now also exist. For example, with Fairbooking (not tested by us), by joining the site for free, you can enjoy privileges such as free breakfast, a discount of up to 10% or a superior room upgrade.

The summary of this article can thus be done in one word: compare! Of course, you will spend some time there but comparing the prices displayed, through these different tips, will allow you to pay your hotel at the best price.

We hope that you will be able to book your hotel nights at the best price!

5 conditions to ensure the success of your hotel

The hotel business has, of course, become a true entrepreneurial system that can no longer suffer from amateurism given the cost of a hotel and the challenges involved. As in any profession, there are good hoteliers and not so good ones. But for a hotel to succeed and become profitable, more and more conditions must be met. These are linked to the action of the operator himself, but also to the environment and the market surrounding the hotel.

1) – A buoyant local market:

A hotel has every chance of filling up and even at the right prices if it benefits from a local market based on a business clientele complemented by a leisure clientele. This type of market characteristic is found in most major cities and in the vicinity of international airports. If there is essentially only a business clientele (with empty or almost empty hotels on weekends), this can still work. On the other hand, with only the presence of a leisure clientele, especially when it is generally seasonal, profitability will be complicated to find, if not impossible. A market study can verify the potentialities of a tourism-hospitality market.

2) – A good location:

Being located in an attractive district (historic or old town, for example), on the waterfront, in the middle of a mountain resort, etc. will not be surprised by the assets that business (if any) and leisure customers will appreciate. But, an attractive hotel for commercial and business people will be close to their meeting or work place. Finally, the right location requires a visible building and sign and an easily accessible site.

3) – A parking lot:

It is essential to have or benefit from a car park (belonging to the hotel or nearby). It may be less if a large proportion of the clientele travels there by train or plane (hotel in the city centre, for example). If the parking lot is closed and guarded, of course it’s better. Making him pay again is subject to this condition. A coach space is valuable if necessary, and the law (fortunately) requires places for people with disabilities.

4) – A restaurant:

The presence of a restaurant is useful if the hotel is isolated (in a rural or outlying area at the entrance to the city). If it is surrounded by restaurants, provided they correspond to the style of clientele that the hotel will receive, one can do without in the establishment (hotel-office). While catering is a separate profession and generally not very profitable, the absence of an on-site restaurant (in or near the hotel) can severely limit the hotel’s occupancy rate. A restaurant also brings life to a hotel. We can always outsource the management of the restaurant to a third party as is increasingly being done: to each his own skills. It should be noted that it is clear that a restaurateur is rarely a good hotelier. The opposite is also true. Finally, the restaurant will have to have its own identity and a street entrance to reach local customers (and make it more profitable).

5) – The affiliation to a channel:

There are differences between being affiliated with an integrated hotel chain and a voluntary chain. In the first case, and on the condition that the chain enjoys a strong reputation – this is the case of only about fifteen brands present in France – and a good image, the hotel can expect on average between 8 and 15 points of better occupancy rate and almost 20% additional revenue per room. This will be less true for other networks and voluntary chains, few of which are known and recognized by hotel customers. In any case, membership of a chain does not exempt you from having to actively market your hotel. In the end, it is just – and more and more – a complement.