Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tips and Tricks: Booking a hotel during a busy convention week when no hotels are available

Occasionally there are times when you need to book a hotel in a city that happens to have a very busy convention going on. It can be next to impossible to find reservations for those weeks without staying 50 miles from the center of the action.

To get address this, I'd suggest looking at boutique hotels. Most people will look to the Hilton, Marriott, Starwood (SPG), Hyatt, etc directly from their corporate websites. They may also use websites like Travelocity, Priceline, Kayak, Hotline, etc to find availability in bulk at good prices.

The thing with these strategies is that they can miss the small, boutique hotels that don't have large advertising budgets or the ability to list themselves on these major deals websites. The prices may be a little higher in some cases (and you probably won't get your preferred loyalty points) but you'll find some hidden gems and be in a location you want to be in.

To find these hotels, you can do the following:
  1. Go to Bing/Google and type in 'Hotel [CITY]' (ex/ 'Hotel Miami')
  2. Call a local travel agency 
  3. Call a membership service like Visa Signature or AAA
  4. Check out one of these sites below: 
    1. http://www.quikbook.com/ 
    2. http://www.i-escape.com/search-boutique-hotels  
    3. http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/us/hotel-search
This has saved my ass a few times so hopefully it will help someone else.

2 comments:

  1. Hey I just finished reading your blog and it was great. I'm planning to take my family to UK next month and since we don't have a friend or a relative living over there we're very worried about the accommodation. I know UK is expensive so I wanted to check the internet today for a discount hotel. I don't want to compromise on other fun stuff that we've planned so we all thought that it would be better to save on hotel costs. I'm glad I came across your blog today and it was quite informative. Thank you.

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  2. Online travel sites contributes a lot in saving money which was supposed to be spent on travel agents and use it for useless things during the trip. They can get information on leading hotels of the world and book their accommodation without even picking up the phone.

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