Advice on online hotel booking


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Hi!
Can anyone advice which online hotel booking sites is secure and able to source good value mid-low range hotel.

Thi is my first time trying to book hotel online and I'm trying to find a secure site as i did a search and found many online booking sites.

Below are some of those i've found(not sure can i list the domain? Mod: kindly remove if its against the rule):
www.booking.com
www.hotelclub.com
hros.net
www.hotelguide.com


For those of you who have tried booking hotel online, kindly share your experience and any issues i must take note of?? Please advise. :sweat:

I'll be heading to Germany and probably Prague on a tight schedule:sweat:
 

Bored Dad

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If the hotel you wish to stay and have an website for on-line booking, then I think it's better than going through a 3rd party website.

I usually made reservations with the hotel direct through their websites instead of 3rd party weblink.
 

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If the hotel you wish to stay and have an website for on-line booking, then I think it's better than going through a 3rd party website.

I usually made reservations with the hotel direct through their websites instead of 3rd party weblink.

Tks for the advise Bored Dad, however i do not have any hotels in mind. And likely i'll staying in 2-3 star hotel thus these mid-low end hotels might not have their own website :think:
 

Bored Dad

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Tks for the advise Bored Dad, however i do not have any hotels in mind. And likely i'll staying in 2-3 star hotel thus these mid-low end hotels might not have their own website :think:
Can do some search over the internet. If you are going to Germany, I'm sure there'll be some hotel info available from Germany's end. Then locate the city/town that you wish to go and source for any hotel there.

Many of the 2-3 star hotels these days also have website and online bookings.

When I went to Thailand, I stayed in a 3 star hotel too and I booked my room online through it website, and made arranegement for transportation from airport somemore.

Similarily, I travelled to UK and stayed in a hostel, and I made my reservation through online too.

Just need to click on the search engines, it'll not be hard to find out the hotels available already.
 

helmiz

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Call hotel directly or make through the hotel website. They sometimes have this 21 days advance pruchase which is 30-40% cheaper. Prices on 3rd party website makes not much difference. I knew this coz I work in a hotel.
 

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Hi Bored Dad,
thanks for all the link, very kind of you to share the info.


Hi Helmiz,
appreciate your advice :)

cheers!!
 

Parka

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Make sure you're transmitting credit information over secured webpages.

There should be a lock icon on your web browser somewhere. E.g. All local online banking sites should have this lock icon.
 

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Make sure you're transmitting credit information over secured webpages.

There should be a lock icon on your web browser somewhere. E.g. All local online banking sites should have this lock icon.
Tks for the reminder Parka. Will take note on this :)
 

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I agree with Bored Dad abt booking direct with hotels; sometimes, those 3rd party "agency" websites do cockup and I've experienced it 1st hand.

Wow, prague, I also wanna go :(
 

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I agree with Bored Dad abt booking direct with hotels; sometimes, those 3rd party "agency" websites do cockup and I've experienced it 1st hand.

Wow, prague, I also wanna go :(
Really? sound risky to book thru 3party.:sweat:

Well, i heard that prague is a nice place thus it was my 1st choice location. On a very tight schedule though :(
 

helmiz

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Really? sound risky to book thru 3party.:sweat:

Well, i heard that prague is a nice place thus it was my 1st choice location. On a very tight schedule though :(
When theres a ****-up, if the third party website is from the same country that you go to, then its OK as you can call them up immediately and sort the matter fast. The trouble comes when the 3rd party website is based in another country and theres no local representative of that website. Then all you can do is stay in the hotel at their walk-in rate and complain later after the stay.

And also, its no use if you have a confirmation letter from the website as they can claim that the website sell the room without confirming with the hotel. This is a true case which is practised by some travel agents/websites.

However my piece of advice is, book the room through the website. Once done, give a few days allowance and then call the hotel directly to check whether your reservation is there.
 

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When theres a ****-up, if the third party website is from the same country that you go to, then its OK as you can call them up immediately and sort the matter fast. The trouble comes when the 3rd party website is based in another country and theres no local representative of that website. Then all you can do is stay in the hotel at their walk-in rate and complain later after the stay.

And also, its no use if you have a confirmation letter from the website as they can claim that the website sell the room without confirming with the hotel. This is a true case which is practised by some travel agents/websites.

However my piece of advice is, book the room through the website. Once done, give a few days allowance and then call the hotel directly to check whether your reservation is there.

Surely i dont wanna risk the chance of having all these trouble when i got on to my trip.
Thanks for the kind advised :)
 

lsisaxon

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Hi!
Can anyone advice which online hotel booking sites is secure and able to source good value mid-low range hotel.

Thi is my first time trying to book hotel online and I'm trying to find a secure site as i did a search and found many online booking sites.

Below are some of those i've found(not sure can i list the domain? Mod: kindly remove if its against the rule):
www.booking.com
www.hotelclub.com
hros.net
www.hotelguide.com


For those of you who have tried booking hotel online, kindly share your experience and any issues i must take note of?? Please advise. :sweat:

I'll be heading to Germany and probably Prague on a tight schedule:sweat:
Sometimes you can just log into the hotel's own website to book. Most of them do have internet rates with conditions, such as no cancellation etc.. Can try chains like Accor (Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure), and NH hotels.

http://www.accorhotels.com
http://www.nh-hotels.com
 

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