Booking.Com – My Choice



I use Booking.Com to make my accommodation arrangements.

I always have, ever since I started travelling in 2012.

The times I have needed extra customer service, they have been lovely. I have had so many bookings I can’t really remember them all.

However my trusty account tells me that I have made a total of 37 bookings. I have often taken advantage of the free cancellation when my plans have changed or an amazing deal has come about. I use it for my big travels as well as my little travels.

So, this is my Review! 


What is is a booking site, you search on their system, they show you accommodation that is available in your chosen city and the options for each of them.



Range of Accommodation Available – In One Place

I don’t believe in one type of travel, as my posts on bus tours, solo travel, and small group tours will tell you.

Maybe I want to stay in a hostel, the cheapest possible – has them.

Or, this time maybe I was a nice room in a hotel – has those too.

Or, and I haven’t done this yet, I want to splurge, I want 5 shiny stars and an infinity pool – Well they can be found on too.

Travel is all about the experience.

Sometimes the expereince is staying somewhere bare bones and cheap, I don’t care about the luxury and all I want to know id how far it is to the train.

Sometimes I want the experience of ages – to engage in hotel culture and pretend I’m fancy, swanning about the world in the Golden Age of Travel.

Deals on hotels, hostels, and everything in between! has some of the best deals, huge for all price ranges.

I have often selected a place on just because it has an amazing deal – and ended up in a super nice room instead of a dorm – it is all about timing.

So my favourite city, Athens, there are hundreds of hotels – if not more. You want to find the best deals? Check them here.



This is really three smaller points –

The App:

I love the app, not only can I search and find new places to stay while on the road* but you can bring up your confirmations on your screen – fantastic if you don’t want to print them out on paper.

*I had to do this in Montpelier, our plans had all of a sudden become unpleasant and we had to organise somewhere safe to stay as soon as possible. We found some wifi at a cafe and within 15 minutes, we had booked a lovely apartment just outside the centre.


The Confirmations:

You can have these in your language AND the local language. This would have saved me in Greece, had I thought of it, because Byronos Street does not exist – Vyronos Street on the other hand, is where my hotel was.

If I had just printed it out in Greek I would not have had the terrifying 40 minute wander around in the cab – even though it turned out ok in the end.


The Percentage Full:

I love booking things in advance, and being able to see how full a place is will influence how soon I will book my stay.

It is very handy to know that the week of the conference is 87% full and 5 rooms have been booked in this hotel in the last hour!


Upfront Info

The biggest thing I like about booking is that it is up front about what something will cost.

Want to book it with free cancellation up to a certain date?



You want to lock it in and confirm with with a discount?

That’s pay up front and non refundable.


Either way – you KNOW before you click confirm. 

You can also see all your options while your selecting your room.

If there is a room with a view, which room is actually a double vs a twin, or one with air conditions vs one with out – you can see that while selecting.

They employ a handy dandy icon system, you can see in a glance what rooms have what conveniences – it’s up to you which ones you choose.

Review System

The reviews.

This is my problem with online review systems – angry people review more than people who just had a good time and nothing went wrong.

Which is why I like the review system is really easy. That means that people actually do leave reviews even when they haven’t had a disaster.

The other aspect of the review system that I like is the particularity – you get ratings on cleanliness, comfort, facilities, staff, value for money, wifi, location, quietness etc. All important things!




I use because it saves me money, gives me options, and works the way I want it to.

It is simple really, so – where are you going next? Let me know in the comments!



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