JL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6 Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3583 times:
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 1): I always book with hotels.com, never had any troubles and the website is userfriendly. Not before checking tripadvisor.com though!
I use to do the same as well. Checking tripadvisor.com is a good tool to see if the place you're about to go is crap or it's really worth it. The only problem I reckon with tripadvisor is that, if by mistake you don't load its webpage in English, it'll keep on translating feedbacks with babelfish. Which is fun for about two seconds, and then it's plainly annoying.
DesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1424 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3493 times:
When I travel anywhere in Mexico and the rest of Latin America, I book directly with the hotel and save all e-mail correspondence. In the USA is usually stay at La Quinta, and am a member of their awards program. I prefer to book directly with air, hotel and car companies.
mckvakk From Norway, joined Mar 2010, 81 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3389 times:
If you use booking.com, be sure to calculate taxes and fees yourself, before you pay. I booked a hotel with them for this august, and got a final total price, entered my credit card and paid. When i checked my bank statement a little later, i found that they had deducted 1000NOK - 150USD extra, on top of the total they gave me. After i found out the taxes in the city i stayed in, i found out that it was equal to that amount.
Yes, i know they state that fees and taxes are not included, but i thought websites were required to list the actual total before you actually press "pay"
I've used hotels.com in the past, and will probably go back to using them after this.
workwings From United States of America, joined May 2010, 55 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3373 times:
Always book with expedia.com. Always check tripadvisor before finalising. I had had problems before with hotels.com, and expedia has always been good about refunding for cancellations, including last minute.
The majority of the time, that's what I do as well, as the only place I go where I need to book a room is Las Vegas and I have many options due to being a member of a number of casino players clubs and get room rate offers that are only for players club members. In addition, being a fan of a particular hotel on Facebook or following them on Twitter can also get you special room rate offers as well. A week before my last Vegas trip, I actually changed hotels because of an offer that was posted on the FB page of another Vegas hotel I'm a fan of.
I've booked a hotel room via a travel site three times. The first time was my very first trip to Vegas and just did what I thought was the easiest and cheapest way. The second time, I decided to change hotels several weeks before a trip and the hotel I was looking at booking didn't have any rooms according to their own site, but I was able to get a room there via Travelocity. I just recently booked my next Vegas trip via Orbitz as a package deal (flight + room) because it was cheaper than booking separately or even through Delta Vacations or as a package deal through the hotel.