Who doesn’t want to stay in luxury hotels while vacationing without blowing your budget? My first five star hotel experience was the Hilton Park Lane in London when I was there for my birthday last year. We were upgraded to a room on the 26:th floor, welcomed with delicious pastry in our room, and enjoyed having a 10-minute-walk to Oxford Street as well as one of my favorite bars in London, Galvin at Windows, a few floors up. It was such a fantastic way to spend my birthday. For me, the hotel is definitely part of the experience of traveling. Sure, you can stay in a hostel or a hotel outside of the city centre if that’s what your budget or preferance is, but if you have a bit more money to spare the price difference between a 3, 4 and 5 star hotel isn’t always as big as you would expect – at least not if you know how to get the best deals. As for me, I think enhancing my travel experience with a good hotel is worth the extra money. Getting away and living in luxury for a few days will linger long after the hotel bills are payed. To this day I remember my stay in London as one of my best weekend getaways. Of course, I don’t necessarily have the money required for staying in 5 star hotels, but I do have some very good tips for staying in luxury hotels on a budget:
Look for the best deals
There are some great sites to use if you want the best deals on luxury hotels, such as secretescapes.com (adlink) or Trivago.com. While Trivago helps you find the hotel booking site with the best deal on a specific hotel, Secret Escapes has offers from luxury hotels all over the world that offer heavily discounted prices on specific dates. It’s always worth checking out if you’re going somewhere – you could end up staying in a luxury hotel for the same price as you would pay for two people in a private dorm in a hostel.
Join A Hotel Members/Loyalty Club
If you’re often staying in hotels, it might be a good idea to join their members clubs for good offers and discounts. I always book through hotels.com (adlink) and joined their Rewards program a while ago. The Rewards program lets you collect the number of nights in a hotel and once you have collected 10 nights (1 night = 1 night in the reward program) you get a one night stay for free! If you collect 20 nights, you get 2 stays and so on. The Rewards program is great and has actually enabled me to get a stay in a 5 star hotel for our upcoming trip to Dubrovnik in Croatia for a very reasonable price.
Take a chance
No hotel wants empty rooms, so if you want to take a chance you can always check for rooms right before you leave. Many times it’s cheaper to book a few days or a week before you arrive, because the hotel wants to fill the rooms. Of course, you do risk not getting a to stay at any luxury hotel at all if everything’s already booked, but oftentimes the hotel rooms are just empty and will be cheaper – if you ask for it. Always check hotels.com or trivago (or other hotel deal sites) for the best prices and if you don’t think the price is low enough you can try reaching out to the hotel and try to negotiate. Maybe they’ll be willing to give you a better fee if you skip the breakfast or only require cleaning every other day, or maybe they will be willing to upgrade you to a suite for the price of a regular room. Pick up the phone, introduce yourself politely, and start negotiating!
Do you have any other tips when it comes to staying in luxury hotels on a limited budget? Let me know in the comments.
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