Which hotel search website should you use?
There are so many of them, it's easy to go round in circles. So I suggest these five sites plus www.tripadvisor.com for reviews. Travel tip: Booking.com usually allows you to book hotels with free cancellation, so you can reserve accommodation risk-free, even if you can only book your train tickets 90 days ahead.
1. HotelsCombined.com - search all the booking sites at once...
The Hotelscombined.com system compares prices on all the main hotel booking websites at once, a remarkable site:
◄◄◄◄ Search all the main hotel booking sites at once...
I'm a big fan of www.hotelscombined.com as it checks all the main hotel booking sites (Opodo, Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, AsiaRooms, LateRooms etc.) to find the widest choice & the cheapest rates. Try it and see!
2. For hotels worldwide, Booking.com
Of the hotel booking websites themselves, I generally use Booking.com as it has a wide choice, clear information, and useful hotel reviews.
3. For hotels in Italy, Venere.com
Italy is a key destination, and Italian-based www.venere.com has a particularly extensive range of hotels, guesthouses & apartments in even the smallest places.
4. For a touch of class, Mrandmrssmith.com
For something special for an anniversary, honeymoon or romantic break see www.mrandmrssmith.com, which lists hand-picked boutique hotels in major destinations worldwide.
5. For those on a budget: Hostelbookers.com...
Hostelbookers.com is the place for cheap but safe backpacker hostels in major towns and cities in Europe & worldwide, both dorms and private rooms.
And www.tripadvisor.com for reviews!
www.tripadvisor.com is great for independent travellers' hotel reviews. It also has the low-down on all the sights & attractions too.