Looking a booking hotels in New York in December. Are there any advantages to booking the hotel through booking.com etc or is it best to book direct with the hotel? At one hotel website I looked at, it was slightly cheaper but they wanted payment up front whereas some of the booking websites state payment made at hotel.
First time visitor to New York so any tips appreciated as I’ve only ever booked package holidays before.
I've done both on holiday, usually depending on which is cheaper (not in NY but big user of booking.com)
Main advantage is cancellation and sometimes deals. Otherwise I don't think it matters. Also helps you see how much you are spending on hotel breakfast - we now usually skip that and go to a cafe instead for half the price after feeling especially aggrieved over an overpriced and crappy hotel breakfast.
I have consistently booked the hotels as an add on to the flight and found that to be the cheapest every time.
I would use several price comparison sites, making sure you are looking at identical rooms, then look at the hotel itself for any deals. Paying up front with 6 weeks to go won’t have lost you much interest on the money. Assuming you have the money saved of course. You would only have list out if the £ suddenly became very strong. If it dips sharply again, and you need to pay in December, you’ve lost out that way. It’s all a gamble really.
So what do you usually do Bubbles, hotel direct or website or does it not matter ? Is it ok to use the likes of booking.com without any problems and if I was to reserve a room with them now, is that the price I’d pay when I arrive at the hotel considering they are quoting in GB pounds. Sorry if I sound a bit dumb but I’m trying myself in knots as there are so many hotels and websites to look at and I’m a first timer with this and really need to get it sorted soon.
I prefer BA and book flight and hotel together with them. I always check to see if I can get the hotel cheaper by doing the two bookings separately but usually I cannot.
I have used booking.com but I always check with other sites and definitely the hotel itself. For NY I have only booked flight and Hotel combination and found it’s best for us. If you want a cheap flight, eg with Norwegian, there may be Hotel deals with them that are worth investigating. You just have to do the sums and look at options.
Thanks. Flights already booked a while back so can't do a package now. I'm assuming they add the taxes on at the hotel if you book direct with them. I know they add taxes onto everything but some of the comparison sights mention an additional 14.75% tax and also a $3-4 city tax per night. So the hotel will give you a price which includes some kind of tax already and then there will be an additional 14.75% when you get there? Its all a bit complicated.
I'd book directly. Many hotels guarantee the best rates that way. Also, it can sometimes work in your favour. I booked a Manhattan hotel directly then emailed them and asked if there was any chance of a room with a view. We arrived to find they had given us a room with a view of the Empire State Building AND the Chrysler Building thanks to my begging polite request