A travel expert reveals the secret tricks to booking a cheap hotel room


THE PRICE of accommodation can sometimes be enough to deter people from going on vacation.

But there are ways to reduce the cost of hotels, even in some of the most expensive parts of the world.


It may be cheaper to stay in London’s CBD at the weekendCredit: Getty

The travel experts of Thrifty Nomads are well versed in bargain hunting and have revealed some of their top tips for avoiding shelling out a fortune for accommodation.

In an article for Subway they explained how they take care of their pennies while traveling.

For weekends in the city, their advice is simple: avoid the touristy areas and stay in a business district instead.

Hotels in these parts of towns will have lower occupancy on weekends as business travelers have returned home, meaning their prices will also be lower.

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These areas are often equally accessible by public transport, making them a good base from which tourists can explore.

Another great way to make your stay cheaper is to book mystery hotels, using what is often referred to as “hot rate“, “Express Offers” and “Secret deals“.

Because hotels want to keep these deals secret, travelers won’t know where they’re staying until they book, even though these are often upscale properties.

Price range and star rating filters can always be applied to ensure hotels are worth staying at.

Additionally, there are tools that can help determine which hotels might be offered.

Jen Avery of Thrifty Nomads told Metro: “These booking sites negotiate discounted rates on vacant rooms. Users, however, do not know the identity of their accommodation prior to purchase.

“As is particularly true for high-end retreats looking to save face, mystery deals often provide significant savings on five-star stays.

“When searching, you can select a price range and filter by star rating or location. Websites like BidGoggles also help establish the (likely) identity of hotels.”

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Booking mystery hotel deals can often save you money on accommodation


Booking mystery hotel deals can often save you money on accommodationCredit: Alamy

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