It seems like every third commercial on television is for a hotel price comparison website. There’s a lot of competition! And it’s understandable. Travel seems to be more popular than ever but it can be stressful. When you’re planning a trip, the last thing you want to deal with is comparing hotel prices. If you’re flying to your destination, it can be difficult enough trying to coordinate the ticket price you want with the dates you have available. And then you still have to book a hotel. But things are getting a little easier. With the help of DirectHotels.com you can book a hotel and support local businesses by booking directly.
If you’re like me, you try to avoid chain hotels when possible. Independent or family-run hotels just offer a much more unique experience. Sure, you want a safe, clean place to stay but if you can savor more local culture then why not? I’ve stayed at the same family owned hotel in Munich three times now. And every time I stay there the owner makes sure to remind me to review the hotel online. On my last visit, he mentioned how tough competition is to attract visitors. And that isn’t just true in cities like Munich where hotels — and large international chains hotels, at that — seem to be springing up everywhere. Supporting local businesses is important. This is especially true for travelers looking to avoid tourist traps.
Which brings me back to DirectHotels.com.
A new hotel price comparison website, DirectHotels.com works pretty much like any other price comparison website. It allows you to search on a destination or a specific hotel in order to find availability for a certain date range. I’m sure you’re thinking, “yeah, but those hotel price comparison websites already exist.” True, but DirectHotels.com does things a little differently.
Through DirectHotels.com‘s website you can compare prices between those other hotel price comparison sites and directly with the hotel. Hotels partner with DirectHotels.com to offer special promo codes or other benefits to book with them directly. The benefits could be something like free wifi (which is always important!) or a welcome drink upon your arrival.
Why Booking Direct Matters
Those large-scale hotel price comparison websites I mentioned earlier are tough competition for independent hotels. They’ve cornered the market and have the budget to advertise internationally on television, the internet and, well, seemingly everywhere you look. They make a commission every time someone books a hotel room using their service. It’s similar to a travel agent.
By using DirectHotels.com, you can do a hotel price comparison to make sure you’re getting the best deal. If that happens to be by booking direct with the hotel, then you can save money and support the hotel at the same time. You’ll be able to sleep a little more soundly knowing you tried to book directly when in reality, it didn’t even take any extra effort. It’s a win-win.
Thank you to DirectHotels.com for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.