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Booking.com: how to book an accomodation

Booking.com: how to book an accomodation

Booking.com is one of the most known hotel search engines of the world. It is not the only one, but one of the most complete that you can find. Most of the people, me too, don’t use it to reserve a room, but tho get inspiration. How? Thanks to the filters and to many options regarding the amenities to choose, it is possible to have a list of the best hotels. “Best” according to our own criterias. Infact in the website it is possible to search selecting a lot of options.

booking.com: how to use it

As I wrote a couple of days ago in a post about hotels search, this is a time-consuming activity. You have to list the structures, then select the ones that offer you the best conditions. It is not only a matter of price, but you want a good location, close to the main attractions or at least near the public transportation stations. You need included breakfast, free WiFi in the room and so on. Each of us has different wish and paying the bill we have some expectations.

The reasons to use booking

Why is Booking.com, if you want the best deals online, your starting point? Because it helps you to save money and support you in the fast research. With few steps you can find the ideal hotel. I think that you really want to save time and money. That is why I am going to explain you how you can use efficiently the website and get exactly what you are searching for. If these aspects are essential for you, this engine is the solution. Because it is trustworthy than others and it easy to navigate, more than others. The intuitive steps in the menu requires few minutes to insert all your choice and have the list of the structers that answers to your criterias.

booking.com inspiration

Surely you already tried the platform, but are you sure to know very well about the different types of accomodation available? I want to give you some tips. So you will be aware about the opportunity that Booking.com gives to all of us. As a traveller I really need to optimie my time in organizeing my trips and as well to find the best service that can support me. To be more clear I am going to make some examples, trying to be concrete and practical.

Hotel or apartment?

As you know reading my posts I love luxury, so I generally search for high level hotels. This means to be available to spend a certain amount of money, but not more than enough. I can have good services for a reasonable price. Anyway not in all countries is is possible to find the same condition and also the same rating with stars. So I nedd to compare the hotels and to see what they offer. So I can mix the results and catch the best deal. Booking.com shows hotels and also other types of accomodation. For example you can rent a luxury apartment for a cheap price and have some hotel services offered by the owners.

booking hotel apartment

Thanks to the variety of accomodation types you can consider a different way to spend your holiday. You can easily book a room in a B&B, a villa or a boat. Yes, Booking has also that option. It is really easy and immediate to reserve your stay online in very few steps. There are also the main hotel chains and you can choose the best deals regarding a huge variety of rooms and suites.

Before to go deep into the tips, I think it is good to list the reasons why you should start to use Booking.com. These must be added to the main elements mentioned before.

Thanks to the hotel search engine you have at your service:

  • Over one million properties world-wide to guarantee you the chance to compare and to find the best deals on your next accomodation
  • You can book immediately and then pay at the hotel
  • You can change your reservation anytime
  • Free cancellation on the majority of the rooms
  • Booking.com gives you assistance 24/7
  • There is a guarantee on the best price
  • The reviews are verified

The staff is going to ask and accept reviews only from who booked and stayed at the property. This means that you can’t find the fake opinions made on other websites. I suggest always to read them carefully because each of us has different standards, but surely those are real opinions by real customers. The process for the evaluation of the property is strict and checked in all the stages.

Now it is time to make the examples I want to specify that I decided to become an affiliate of Booking.com. So if you book a room through my links, I will get a small commission, meanwhile you will have the best deals without any other cost. Why? Firstly I chosen it, so I did by my own because I had the chance to try it personally and to notice what I am writing here. With very few exceptions I reserved my hotels and apartments through this platform. My advice comes from other experience. In the other side, as you already know, I am just using some ads to revover the costs of the domain.

The hotels

One of the best hotels where I stayed in Rome, one of the city that I know more, is Hotel d’Inghilterra. It is located few steps far from Spanish Steps. Since I like to change and to try different structures I research a lot using many websites. The best deal for me was on Booking.com. I decided to stay in a hotel to have the room service and other amenities. I wanted comfort and a central location. These condition were fully satisfied, together with included breakfast and free WiFi.

booking.com rome

Closed to the main attractions, in the heart of the city and with many amenities available, like airport shuttle, free cable TV, laundry facilities, 24-hour reception, a minibar, and coffee machine. I ticked the different options starting from “Luxury hotels”, five stars, breakfast included, free Wifi. You can easily choose the type of hotel ( family, business, romantic, beach…) and then select the amenities that you want.

The apartments

Ginnasi Palace Penthouse is a special apartment with a great terrace overlooking the city. It is located in the central Rome, few steps from Pantheon. I was searching for a prestigious flat where to spend some days and where to be free. Comfort and luxury were the leimotiv of the accomodation, but also the price was good. Certainly appropriate to the type of apartment, but cheaper than a hotel of hight level. Travelling a lot and spending many days in the hotels, to choose an apartment means to feel more like at home.
booking apartmentThanks to Booking.com I could select the apartments and then list them through the features that I like most. It was possible for me also to have some visits from my local friends during my stay. In case you want to host someone you can do it adding a small fee. What are usually the benefits of this type of accomodation? Access to a full kitchen, so you can cook the meals by yourself and save money, have separate bedrooms and maybe more bathrooms. You have also the laundry to manage by your own and a lot of privacy.In some cases it is possible to add a cleaning service during your stay, otherwise you have to clean the apartment by yourself. Do you want an apartment? On Booking.com you have just to search among a huge inventory to find the best deal.

The resorts

Do you like resorts? On Booking.com it is really easy to find one and to reserve your room in a while. In Rome there is one that I never tried, as a resort, but only for the restaurant, and I listed as a wish. It is called Rome Cavalieri, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. Five stars luxury accomodation located on a hill from where to enjoy a marvellous view of Rome. Comfort is part of it. What they offer is more than a hotel room, because it is full of facilities where you can spend an entire holiday without move.

booking resort

I like to explore the places where I go, but in case I know that I will not be bored to spend one day at the resort. It is not so close to the centre, but that gives the perfect setting for a relaxing stay. If you like resorts on the website you just need to select the proper voice on the menu. They give you some advices and ideas about the destination and for each of them you have the list at your disposal. It is always possible to select the main amenities.


The hostels

I am not used to go in hostels now, but when I was youger to explore the world I did it. This type of accomodation offers cheap rates and also the chance to make new friends. Young travellers from all around the world are always there and open to chat and to meet the others. There are also some family friendly structures. It depends on the countries, because not in all the places you can find a big number of them, but I suggest you to try to search them on Booking.com.hostels bookingThe hostels are in down town and very close to public transport and to main attractions. They offers also private rooms and free services like breakfast, laundry and WiFi. There is almost always a kitchen for guests where they can prepare their meals and share the food with others. Rome, for example has a lot of them well spread in the most important parts of the city.

The motels

In Italy there aren’t some many motels, meanwhile they are present everywhere in USA. It happens time to time to use them, especially the ones close to the airport or to the main roads. You can sleep there and start again to continue your journey. These type of accomodation is not the best deal only for the location, but also because it is budget friendly. This means that you can have a clean room with good amenities without spending a huge amount of money.

booking motels

Mostly depends on the management, because some of them apply highers rate giving more facilities and services. Anyway on Booking.com you can select the best ones ticking from the menu the amenities that you are searching for. It can be WiFi, breakfast, air conditioned, car parking. It depends on you. You can easily check the location and compare the different motels.

The vacation houses

In Rome there is a good choice of vacation houses, where to stay in chosy rooms where privacy is guarantee. The prices are generally cheaper than hotels and those structures are located close to the main attractions and to the public transport stations. You can also find entire houses with a lot of space and more bedrooms. For families or groups of friends they offer the perfect budget solution. Rates are not so high, meanwhile you are frre to move and to use kitchen, living room and so on.

booking vacation homes

This type of rental involve private owners who wants to monetize their property hosting tourists and travellers. It is possible to rent on a short or long-term basis. They are on Booking.com to get more visibility and to easily get reservations. The vacation houses can be homes, condos, lodges or cabins. The common element is made by the comforts of home proposed by these accomodations.

The homestay

If you like to explore the local culture and to stay in touch with inhabitants, you should consider the option of homestay. It means to choose an accomodation that gives you a real example on the local life. You become for a while a citizen of the destination where you go. This is a similar service to the one offered by Airbnb. You find an apartment or an house for few days or for a long period and have your private home. You are directly in touch with the owners and you meet easily the neighbours.

booking homestays

Booking.com propose a great list of homestay properties. You select the various options and then you decide which one is the best for you. When you book it you start to be connected with the owner who will welcome you at your arrival. You can exchange messages and prepare your stay and maybe the details of your arrival to let them be ready for you.

The farm stay

Do you like nature? Outside the cities in the countryside is is full of farms where you can reserve a room and also taste the local food made with genuine ingredients. On Booking.com there are dedicated pages with the list of the different accomodatons of this type. You generally need a car to reach them, but you will live a great experience. The prices are lower than the ones applied by hotels. You have contacts with the family who manage it and sometime you can attend to some cuisine courses, creativity classes and so on. They are full of activities.

booking farm stays

The farm includes different types of structures: cabins, cottages, converted barns, tents, yurts and so on. It is also a great experience for kids, under the entertainment and educational aspects. They are able to host families and also couples. In some cases there are spa services included. You can enjoy specific activities for wellnes, with unique and well prepared pathways.

Now it is your turn, you have to start to search for your favourite accomodation and to book it.

Enjoy your holiday!


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