Hotel Metasearch and Price ComparisonWhere and how to find the best hotel deals?
Hotel booking sites have been around for some time already. There are lots of them – we can’t list all of them but here are a few:
To a large extent they are alike. At the very least, all of them allow users to do one simple thing – to book a hotel at the destination chosen by you. However, there are differences – sometimes they are really important. What are they?
- Some websites don’t ask for payment, you pay directly in the hotel (upon checking in or out), other websites would expect you to pay at the moment of booking, and finally, there are hotels which propose both options.
- All booking websites feature as a rule the same hotels. However, as we know, there are no rules without exceptions. So, we can’t really say that all booking websites are identical. Many interesting accommodation options (for example, apartments and small family hotels) can be presented only on few websites.
- The most important difference is however, that often, there is a different rate for the same dates in the same hotels on different booking websites. Of course, in most cases, the rates are more or less the same through all booking websites. But again, there are exceptions, and if you are lucky to find them, you can save a lot of money.
Actually, the last two points are directly relevant to the topic of this article. You don’t have to spend a lot of time checking various booking websites in order to find the hottest deals. Things are simpler than you think they are.
In addition to booking websites there are metasearch engines which cover a great number of hotel information sources simultaneously, including price information. First, hotel metasearch engines allow covering as many accommodation options as possible, searching for all types of accommodation on all websites. Second, metasearch allows comparing all the rates. Do we really have to explain to you that as a result you will have an option to book hotels at the best price? That’s convenient, isn’t it? Try it. Here is the list of the most noticeable metasearch engines:
We recommend you to take a look at the HotelsCombined.com. In our opinion, this website provides the most user-friendly experience in searching for the accommodation in any part of the world. That’s why here on the iHotelFinder.info we use tools (search forms, hotel maps, etc.) provided by the HotelsCombined.com. However, other websites can also be of interest, and maybe you will prefer one of them.