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 Booking.com 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 Booking.com Review!
What is Booking.com
Booking.com 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
Maybe I want to stay in a hostel, the cheapest possible – Booking.com has them.
Or, this time maybe I was a nice room in a hotel – Booking.com 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 Booking.com 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.
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Deals on hotels, hostels, and everything in between!
Booking.com has some of the best deals, huge for all price ranges.
I have often selected a place on Booking.com 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 –
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.
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!
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.
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 Booking.com 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 Booking.com 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 Booking.com 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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