What to Look for in Online Web Hotel Reservations

by Online Hotelier on June 7, 2009

Online Web Hotel ReservationsThere are several ways to make web hotel reservations, some may even assist the consumer in getting a discount. Many of those who travel will turn to the internet for reservation bookings. However, if you don’t know what to look for when making online hotel reservations, the traveler can easily be fooled. Some of the hotels featured online may not be completely honest about matters such as features, undesirable locations, costs, and their reviews.

When considering making online hotel reservations, always seek out reviews that are independent of the site. The hotel’s site may only list biased reviews that are in favor of the hotel. It only takes a few minutes to do and may spare you from booking a room with a hotel that has a bad reputation. Keep in mind to check the hotel’s rating, and try to get reviews from a reliable source on the web.

Location is key. You should always do a little research on the surrounding community or area before making online hotel reservations. This is especially true if you have never visited in the particular area. Is the hotel in a safe place? This should be one of the top priorities. Safety ratings of a particular region or city are typically available on the web, and it should be one of the first things you check out.

Online hotel reservations can be convenient and save you money. Play it safe and smart. Know what it is that you are looking for and investigate before booking any online hotel reservations.

{ 31 comments }

Nick@web design minneapolis 06.25.09 at 11:18 am

I love that you can do so much these days online. You can buy anything you want! Including pizza and having it delivered to your door! Hotel reservations and even restaurant reservations seem to be the “next thing” with the internet these days.

Vacation Hawaii 07.19.09 at 6:41 pm

This info will be very handy for my up coming trip to Hawaii. Thanks.
.-= Vacation Hawaii´s last blog ..Pride of Hawaii – Travel Movies =-.

Nevelle@Binh Thuan resort 07.23.09 at 10:10 pm

Online hotel booking is my favorite.
Everything is arranged for travel plan, just go and relax.
i like that feeling

Jim@Hawaii Vacation 07.29.09 at 2:25 pm

Thanks, good stuff.

aditya@Webdesign nj 08.06.09 at 5:14 pm

Hi,
you are right that many hotels are making fool and not giving the true information.but this online booking very useful when you know about the hotel and you can reserve your room from the your home or office.
I thinks website is now necessary for the business.
Thanks

beijing hotels 08.07.09 at 5:03 am

Who wouldn’t want to find cheap hotels?

William G. Oatiz@Great Lakes cruises 08.16.09 at 7:07 pm

Would it be appropriate to also make a list of other hotels that might be in the area, just in case you need to move once you have seen your reserved room?
.-= William G. Oatiz@Great Lakes cruises´s last blog ..Great Lakes Cruises | Help with cabin selection =-.

Jack@Luxury Vacations 08.24.09 at 12:23 pm

Also you could get great deals by packaging your flights and hotel reservations together on some websites. Back at the beginning of this summer were some of the hottest deals I’ve ever seen, vacations including flight and stay to places in Europe were under $1000US! Another thing is to put the bill on your credit card since that will ensure you’d get your money returned if something does unfortunately happen to the vendor.

Discount Hotel Reservations 08.26.09 at 2:13 pm

In my experience, it’s Ok to book one with the lowest price. The prices are varied because the agents get different discount from the hotels – the more room nights they sell, the bigger discount they get and they pass the bigger discount to customers to gain their competitive edge. After booking online, you will get reply email from the agent. You can make sure what you really want from them before making a payment.

Don’t forget to review comment from their customers, this will give you some idea of how good or bad they are.

dharma@Bali Villas 09.06.09 at 5:27 am

for sure i will look for some kind of interaction from past guest of the web…i dont want to find my self on an empty not managed well business..

Alex from Colocation 09.11.09 at 10:29 am

I think you can usually trust reviews for hotels (from other websites). Whenever I’ve read reviews before staying somewhere they’ve always turned out to be pretty accurate. I’m not saying believe every single review (people do exagerate) but if several people say the same thing then you can probably assume they are right.

Peter@Hostelio 09.29.09 at 5:17 pm

I am a traveller and as well a hostel website operator Hostelio.com

For me the most important thing is “cancellation policy”. I really read all small text in terms&aggrement and only book if i feel the cancellation policy is fair…
.-= Peter@Hostelio´s last blog ..Pantex Hotel =-.

Kathy@Samsonite Luggage Repair 10.17.09 at 1:31 am

I always do my hotel and traveling plans online these days. It’s the easiest and fastest way to get the best prices. Wouldn’t do it any other way.

Migual de allende hotels 10.22.09 at 9:30 am

The birth of internet made the process of booking a room more easy for your business trip, vacation or weekend getaway. Online hotel bookings help you to plan your vacation or business trip easier and more affordable.

monika@security camera 10.23.09 at 7:36 am

online hotel booking is the best service.it is my favorite because everything is planned just go and enjoy.

Grant@22 Carry On Luggage 11.10.09 at 7:29 am

Making a reservation with an independent online booking site really comes in handy when needing a go to person for complaints. On a recent visit to Las Vegas, we found that the room next to us was being repaired, starting at 7 a.m. in the morning. We woke up to loud equipment noise. A call to the desk did not get the response we wanted. However, a call to the booking site quickly connected us to the proper authority and we were quickly provided with another room and an extra free day.

Towel Warmers 11.18.09 at 6:42 am

Great hotels tips… very useful for the online hotel booker
.-= Towel Warmers´s last blog ..CLASSIC BROCHURE =-.

Jacqui Lynch@Bali Hotels 12.05.09 at 2:23 am

Online reservations can be a very successful experience. it’s true that not all people have had a good experience with online bookings. On some occasions there have been disappointing trips when people find out the pictures and reviews on a website are not a true reflection. It is good to do extra research and even look for places that people you know might recommend from experience. The most popular and well known accommodation providers may also be the most expensive so if you are looking for something cheaper be very careful that you aren’t sacrificing a lot more for the price.

Online Hotel Reservations 12.24.09 at 2:04 pm

Well, I have been booking hotels online (since I travel a lot because of my job) for about 3 years now. From those 3 years I learned a little bit about what you should worry about when booking online =)

I´ll try to be simple in order to help you, here is a list of what you should look for:
1) Number of hotels available in the Website
2) If the website asks for a pre-payment, forget it! They might rip you off, pay only once you check-in!
3) Look for a website where has information about the company (staff, where it is located and etc)

David@bali accommodation 12.28.09 at 3:56 am

Well, online reservation is the easiest way to book a hotel. There are so many website that have an online booking features including the hotel availability.
.-= David@bali accommodation´s last blog ..Bali Beachfront Villa =-.

Sarah@LuxurySki Chalets 01.04.10 at 10:06 am

I’ve found Tripadvisor to be a great site to check out for impartial reviews before heading off on holiday.

Florida Vacation Homes and Villas 01.04.10 at 8:47 pm

I’m not convinced that on-line is the way to go if you want best value. For example, we happily take on-line reservations but those that contact us with a question or two before they proess the button usually get either a discount oor other incentive.

Oahu Vacation Rental 01.18.10 at 1:16 am

Find out as much info as you can from the hotel site, and then go outside the site to find out more – If they are great, it will be easy to locate additional info, same is true if they are horrible! If worse comes to worse, call the hotel directly.

Gavelect @ Watford hotels 01.25.10 at 11:59 am

The likes of trip-advisor and sites like it are a great way to get real people reviews on places you might be planning to stay in. I have noticed you still get a lot of people given dodgy reviews but these are easy noticeable. 1st: they usually leave an over the top comment about how great the place is and 2nd: they often leave more than one comment and it always comes straight after a bad one.

Tom Rosensteel 02.23.10 at 5:51 pm

These days it’s pretty hard to get an honest review or consensus online. The best shot is to read from as many sources as possible, which is slightly overwhelming. Anyone know of a review source that just scrapes from multiple websites?

Holiday Cottages 03.05.10 at 7:17 am

Online reservation is an easiest way but a risky one too so its better to check online reviews first.

Direct Holidays Travel 03.24.10 at 6:38 am

I use this method all the time for all flights etc. and it works.
Have a good look round email direct and ask for special deals.

.-= Direct Holidays Travel´s last blog ..Find Flights Cheap Airfares to Fly Worldwide Flight Services Travel Destinations =-.

Jessica@Hotel Booking 05.18.10 at 5:58 am

Strangely, while I’m in the online hotel booking business myself, I still find it better to book my flights through a travel agent. As for in which area to book the hotel, sure visitor reviews are important, but a bit of online research gets you answers quick also.

Margaret @ Arctic Cruises 06.03.10 at 9:55 am

Great article. I always book my hotels online. It’s the only way top get great deals.
.-= Margaret @ Arctic Cruises´s last blog ..Land Of The Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration Of Arctic Svalbard =-.

Bookings Hotels 06.18.10 at 10:24 pm

Thanks for the valuable advice, would definitely keep it in mind whilst planning for my much anticipated trip to Egypt! Do keep sharing more advice!!

Behind the brochure 10.18.10 at 8:50 am

I’ve posted about this in another article but there are 3 key things to do when booking.
Research, research, research!

I can’t stress this enough as. There are so many sites out there that let you see what people think about a destination or a hotel so take advantage of this and make sure you’re not booking a holiday from hell.

I would always still use online booking though as you can definitely get the best deals because of the amount of competition that is around.

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