Nowadays there are plenty of accommodation sites dedicated to finding you your perfect place to stay on your trip – so many, in fact, it can be a bit daunting knowing which is the best one for you to use. To help you out, we’ve compiled this list of the top five accommodation sites, so you know you’ll be getting the best place for the best price.
The daddy of all accommodation sites, Booking.com remains one of the best. As well as having some of the best prices and regularly offering discounts, Booking.com provide a wide range of accommodation options, from budget hostels and campsites to high-end hotels and apartments. But the best thing about Booking.com is that the price you see on screen is the exact price you have to pay, including all taxes, something which many other sites don’t do. Another plus is that there are no booking fees. If you book enough times with Booking.com, you’ll start to receive Genius discounts, meaning you can make even more savings.
Going on holiday no longer means staying in hotels and hostels; Airbnb revolutionized the accommodation industry by allowing people to open up their homes to tourists and rent out their spare rooms and properties. If you’re looking for a cozier place to stay while away, Airbnb is an excellent option. However, the site also has some hostels and hotels if you’d prefer to book one of those.
Kayak might seem like your average comparison site, but what sets it apart from many of the others is its slick and clean user interface. It has lots of filters which helps finding precisely what you want much simpler, and then Kayak will compare lots of different sites so you can find the best price for a particular property. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in one of the more popular cities in the world, this site has handy lists of the best hostels and hotels in each and their average prices.
Once an Asian specialist, Agoda have massively opened up their range of destinations and are now a significant player on the accommodation booking stage. It wins many points for having many accommodation options within city centers – more so than Booking.com – and there are many instances where the hotel deals they have easily beat the other booking and comparison sites. Agoda also has a rewards system if you repeatedly book through them.
If you want to have a unique experience while away, consider using Couchsurfing. Designed as a homestay service, members of Couchsurfing offer a bed, room or sofa for the night to travelers for free. The whole system is designed to work as a cultural exchange, where each party gets to know more about the nation or city their host/visitor lives. It’s also a great way of getting insider recommendations for restaurants, cafes, and attractions from someone who knows the destination inside-out.
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