I am the queen of booking the BEST mid-range accommodation! I must admit, it has taken a few years to conquer- but I have nailed it! Here is how I do it:
Use your accommodation search engines
Tastylia I like Agoda and Booking.com. Pop in 4 star rating and your price range for each destination. I ten to choose 4 star in most countries- especially Asia and Europe, but in some established destinations such as Australia and the US 3 star is okay to. I tend to narrow down my searches even further to include Wi-Fi and airport transfers- these are usually signs of fairly established venue and are a great hint that they have the complete amenities. Also change the search from “recommended” as these are usually paid ads- to user review rated.
Do not trust the hotel provided images
http://fisflug.is/?yrus=investing-com-opzioni-digitalis&4b0=7a This is where social media becomes your best friend- type in the hotel name as a hash tag, search it on pinterest, Facebook or twitter and of course Trip Advisor to get some REAL pictures from REAL people!
Hit up Facebook and ask your friends!
http://specialolympics.es/?erimeri=opciones-binarias-para-celular&5a4=3a Most people have a great base of friends and family who have already travelled- so why not ask them what they recommend?
Do a google search of “(name) Hotel Bad Review”.
http://winevault.ca/?perex=autopzinibinarie This will come up with any negative feedback, so you can discover for yourself if there are any marketing lies put out by the venue !
When you narrow down your search to two or three- why not email the hotel itself???
source site I have been given a few discounts in my time by contacting the hotel direct and asking for their best price! Don’t be afraid- they want your business!!! They might even throw in your transport to and from the hotel for free
Don’t settle for the first price you find
source have a look around at different sites such as Trivago, Booking.com, Agoda, HotelsCombined… you could find a special deal as well
Location. location, location!
http://www.mabnapouyesh.com/dfdf/7278 View the ‘map’ of where the hotel is located and do a search of the area/neighbourhood. It may be a nice hotel, but it could be an hour drive to the city center and main attractions
Why not book two hotels?
follow link I have done this a few times if I’m not sure about the accommodation or location- I book half half! Cities like Bangkok, Kuta and London have several large neighbourhoods that each offer a unique experience. So why not try out two?! Book two different hotels (4 days at each for example) and you get the best of both worlds! Plus- if one is crappy you know you have another to look forward to!