Everybody wants value for money these days and quite a lot of people are living on a tight budget, whether that’s for the weekly supermarket shop, buying a new dishwasher or booking a hotel.
In fact, booking a hotel has to be one of the hardest things to do on a budget.
There are so many websites promising last minute hotel deals, vouchers for cheap holidays, buy two nights and get a third free, and many other forms of cheap hotel breaks and discounts on hotel stays.
Here at Sleeperz Hotels, we are passionate about providing a contemporary urban living experience in a city centre environment at affordable rates – without sacrificing the style.
We have hotels in Cardiff, Newcastle and Edinburgh and travel on a budget is something we know a lot about.
Here are our tips for choosing the best hotel for your budget
1. Hotels are easy to research
If the deal looks too good to be true then turn to people who are the most likely to give you an independent and objective review of the hotel – the travel media – and hotel guests themselves.
Use Google or another search engine to find out if the hotel has been reviewed by any quality media, by that we mean a national newspaper or prominent regional newspaper. Have they been included in any impressive round ups, write-ups or won any significant awards from publications.
Our Edinburgh Hotel, Cityroomz Edinburgh, was included in the Top-20 UK Hotels under £100 by Sally Shalam, hotel reviewer for The Guardian – and Sally knows more than a thing or two about hotels.
Read articles like this to see what the experts say about a hotel. Here’s a link to Sally’s article featuring Cityroomz Edinburgh.
2. Turn to TripAdvisor for hotel reviews
TripAdvisor is the world’s biggest and most popular website for the public to review hotels, restaurants, holidays and accommodation of any sort. It’s not perfect by any means but it’s good and with an open mind you can rely on the ratings and reviews to give you a great indication of what to expect in a hotel.
Any good hotel will enable you to find reviews about it on TripAdvisor by hosting a widget or link to the site on its own webpages. Sleeperz has the TripAdvisor logo and a link to reviews on our homepage, www.sleeperz.com
You have to be subjective and account for the fact that everyone has different tastes, but look out for things like TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence – which means a hotel is in the top 10% of all hotels reviewed on the site for favourable and positive guest reviews.
Both Sleeperz Cardiff and Sleeperz Newcastle have TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.
3. Look for several awards from recognised industry brands
If a hotel has won a series of awards from several different bodies, media or industry panels then you can be fairly sure you can expect a high quality stay. Sleeperz Newcastle has won awards from RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), www.laterooms.com, www.tripadvisor.co.uk and welcomed over 34,000 guests in its first 12 months.
If a hotel is constantly advertising cut price rates – you have to ask why – it’s probably never full, and for good reason, and that’s why it’s trying to attract customers on a cheap high volume basis. It’s not likely they’ll ever stay again though.
4. Stable prices are a good sign
Instead look for properties that have fairly stable rates and good reviews – but which still represent great value for money. If the price is holding up well then the hotel is in demand and that’s a good sign.
5.Take advantage of seasonality & added value offers
UK cities demand varies dramatically over the summer months, many cities show a reduction in business travel which frees up rooms for leisure travellers. This gives hoteliers the opportunity to offer added value features such as free breakfast (which can save you pretty penny) meaning you can splash out on a posh dinner instead. Check out our free breakfast offer on www.sleeperz.com
So, to find the best hotel for your budget, use the internet to do your research, weigh up the reviews from media and the public and look for stable pricing and value for money.
Good luck and happy hotel hunting!!