It is undoubtedly one of the most frequently asked questions about travel, and that is that hotels are often an important part of a trip’s budget. In this post we are going to talk about the best tricks to find cheap hotels and not die trying.

In a normal situation, holidays or special events affect the price of hotels in the area. For example if you travel to Hiroshima in the middle of one of the most important festivals of the city and already 6 months before it is difficult to find accommodation at a decent price.

This is the usual. Nobody gives hard to pesetas, so if you want to pay less for the hotels in your trip you will have to give up going to the best beach in the middle of August. You can still go in May or at the end of September. Maybe the weather won’t be the same, but of course the hotels will cost you less than in high season.

Hotels aren’t always more expensive on weekends, we have that false belief, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. Normally, Sunday nights are the cheapest, as the weekend tourists have already left and the people who go to the place to do business the following week have not yet arrived. Friday night is always the most expensive, so it’s best to avoid it if you can. Accommodation in the suburbs will always be cheaper than in the city centre itself. In this case you will have to weigh up the savings on accommodation and transport costs. And of course, bear in mind that you give up the comfort of being able to walk everywhere.

Although this is obviously not mathematics, the best way to find cheap hotels is to make the reservation either with a lot of time or at the last minute. Here are some facts from a TripAdvisor study on when is the best time to book to find cheap hotels:

  • In Europe, booking between 3 and 5 months in advance can save 23% on hotel reservations.
  • In the United States, prices remain stable and only 7% savings can be achieved on hotel reservations made 2 months in advance.
  • In Asia the conditions are similar to Europe: 3 to 5 months for 23% savings, although two weeks earlier good offers are found again.
  • 4 months in Latin America for 20% savings, with more savings in recent weeks.
  • 5 months in Africa for 21% savings, although prices fall again in the absence of 2 weeks.
  • 5 months for Oceania to get a savings in the hotel of 19% or more.

There are times when you can find cheap hotel offers that hide extra costs that you don’t expect at first. Take a good look, because you may have to pay the WIFI, parking or any other service, which will unexpectedly increase the initial price of accommodation.

Trivago Hotels

Take advantage of the potential of pages like Trivago.

A good option is because it is one of the largest in the market with the largest number of accommodations: you find both large hotel chains as small family hotels and B&B. Most bookings have free cancellation, you pay directly at the hotel in most cases and their customer service is quite efficient.

Once you have selected your destination, travel dates and the number of rooms you need, you can sort the results by distance to the centre, price, stars awarded by Trivago, customer ratings, type of accommodation and facilities. This will help you find the cheapest hotels in the easiest way.

One of the advantages we take most advantage of Trivago is that most hotels offer free cancellation. We use this option to ensure an accommodation that we like and fits our budget, always having the option to keep looking and find a better offer. Sometimes the longer you stay in a hotel, the cheaper the night. If you are going to stay several days in the same area, it still makes more sense to stay every night in the same hotel and then move by car. That depends on your priorities.