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When it comes to performing a new trip, there are many aspects to take into account, and one of the most important aspects is lodging. This can be the difference between an excellent vacation and one you wouldn’t even want to remember. In this article you will find some useful tips to get the most of hotel search engines: learn how to choose a decent accommodation spot and to plan out beforehand, so your dream vacation won’t end up becoming a headache!

When you search an accommodation for your vacations in South America, do not miss an opportunity to take advantage of all the possibilities that technology and the internet have to offer. There are several hotel search engines used among all countries of South America,  with a huge popularity and a wide offer of accommodations. In hotel search engines such as Booking, Trivago, Despegar.com, TripAdvisor, Hostels.com or Atrapalo you will find endless possibilities, and the following tips will help you make the most of these online tools. Find now your ideal hotel or accommodation in any touristic destination in South America!

Tips to make the most of hotel search engines

  • Make sure that the hotel suits the type of trip you are looking for, and that it counts with all the extra services that you may need. For instance, if it’s a business trip, you probably will need a meeting room and also a Wi-Fi connection.
  • For family vacations, you must consider every entertainment option available in the hotel, specially if you are traveling with children. Check for children pools, beach, playgrounds and fun activities for the little ones of your family.
  • If your payment methods are not compatible with the different hotel search engines (you don’t have a valid credit card, for instance), use one of these engines to search for a hotel that accomplishes your needs in terms of availability, price and comfort, and then contact the place in question directly through a simple Google search. Surely they will offer alternative methods of payment, or even the possibility of making a reservation without a deposit.
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If booking online is not an option for you, just use hotel search engines to find your perfect accommodation and contact them directly by phone or e-mail. This could even save you some money! Photo: Flickr.
  • Talk with your friends or family who traveled to the same place you’re interested in, and ask about hotels or lodging that they have chosen. It is better to receive a recommendation from a person that has already some experience.
  • Do not hesitate to read the comments and reviews from other users of hotel search engines, which tend to become a pretty accurate reference about the quality of accomadations. On search engines such as TripAdvisor, travelers from all over the world leave their comments about hotels, restaurants, places of interest and much more.
  • You must take into account where the hotel is situated, in other words, its location. Sometimes it can be of benefit to pay a bit more to stay in a well-placed accommodation to avoid transportation problems. Should you want to save money, it is important to get acquainted with all transportation alternatives.
  • If you’re into backpacking, there’s always the convenient option of staying in one of many hostels and B&B’s you will find in all countries in South America. You just need to collect some information about the features in every backpacking accomadation you find, and then perform a reservation with enough time to spare.
  • Ideally, you should have information about different hotels, because if your first choice is not what you expected, you can always move to the next one on the list.
  • If you have special needs such as wheelchairs or airport-hotel-airport transportation, make sure the hotel has an appropriate infrastructure, like working elevators and ramps (for the first case). If you have any custom needs, get in touch with customer service (by using the hotel’s official website) so they can clarify your doubts.
  • It is advisable to make a reservation with enough time to spare before your trip; this way you’ll find suitable rooms with the best rates.

 

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