The Savvy Traveller’s Guide To Booking The Perfect Hotel Break

When it comes to organising a break away, whether a city escape, countryside retreat or getaway to warmer climes, we make many decisions as part of the planning process – decisions which could make or break the trip.

From choosing a destination, to selecting a date, finding the ideal place to stay and trying to get a great deal, there’s a lot to think about.

Fear not! Ahead of your next break, we’ve listed our top tips to help you to become the ultimate savvy traveller and book the perfect hotel stay.

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  1. Be open-minded

When booking a hotel in advance, there’s a possibility that your plans may change. In this situation, it’s best to opt for a flexible rate which will save you from losing money if you have to cancel, meaning you can rebook when suits without paying twice.

  1. Don’t leave it too late

If you have your heart set on a specific city and hotel, it’s always best to book in advance to avoid missing out on a room. Be aware that it if you’re planning a last minute trip, it could be good news or bad news, as rates can increase and decrease as your arrival date nears – something to consider if you’re willing to take the gamble.


  1. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!

It may seem like a dream – arriving at the check in desk to be told that your room has been upgraded, but for some, it’s a reality. Here’s how…If you arrive late in the evening, chances are most other guests will have already checked in, so the hotel will have a better understanding of which rooms are empty. Don’t be afraid to ask politely if you are eligible for an upgrade – if you don’t ask, you’ll never know!

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  1. Stay off-peak to get the best deal

When planning a few nights away in your favourite city, opt for a Sunday evening as rates are often lower. Top tip for Bank Holiday breaks – the Monday evening can be cheaper than those with a weekend or a public holiday following.


  1. Mention if it’s a special occasion

If you’re booking a stay to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, honeymoon, or even if it’s your first time in the area, let the hotel know ahead of arriving. It could result in a little treat in your room, from chocolates to a glass of bubbles, sure to make your stay even more special.

  1. Useful tools

Choosing a destination to visit can be difficult, so it’s always best to do your research ahead of booking. Try flicking through magazines such as Conde Nast Traveller and Sunday Times Travel, and spend time online scrolling though images on Pinterest and Instagram. Our website is also filled with inspiration to help you narrow down your search.


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  1. Seasonal bookings

Keep in mind the season when booking a hotel break in a city. Prices can change depending on the time of year, as well as when there’s events taking place, from concerts to festivals. Booking in advance helps to get the best deal.

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