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Booking Accommodation

Booking accommodation is one of the most important parts of travel planning. With 100’s of different accommodation websites available where do you start? The team at Tripcurated have helped you to find the best by hand selecting our favorite accommodation websites.

Accommodation websites comes in different styles catering for different niches. The big Hotel Chains have some amazing websites allowing you to book rooms around the world, sometimes these websites offer amazing deals for members and can be cheaper than booking from an agency or comparison site.

Hotel Comparison websites are everywhere at the moment and include the big companies like TrivagoHotels combinedExpedia and Priceline. These sites allow you to search for the best room rate from a wide range of hotel websites. Website like booking.com allow you to actually make the booking directly with them however some of the other comparison sites only redirect you.

A lot of websites offer Apartments, Vacation rentals or Holiday Houses with sites like airbnb now allowing you to book directly from the home owner. This has caused some controversy in the hotel sector however it is extremely popular.  Taking that concept further you can actually House Sit for someone or even House Share.

Backpacking is a very popular way of traveling especially for younger people and students. Hostels and backpacker accommodation has grown to become one of the biggest accommodation categories. This these sites you can find a cheap bed or a room with like minded travelers.

 

Hotels Combined

HotelsCombined is a hotel booking and comparison website that allows you to search, compare & save on cheap hotel deals in 1 easy search.

Room Key

Roomkey allows you to search for hotels you trust and compare prices against lower loyalty rates. Unlike a lot of hotel search engines, Roomkey will take you directly to the hotel website to book directly. This allows you to ensure you get the best …

Trivago

Trivago allows you to find your ideal hotel and compare prices from a range of different websites. Trivago’s hotel search allows users to compare hotel prices in just a few clicks from more than 400 booking sites for 1.8 million+ hotels in over 190 …

Cheap Carribbean

CheapCaribbean.com allows you to find the best deals on your next vacation to the Caribbean, Mexico, Bahamas or Central America. You can find the deals on resorts, all inclusive packages, and cheap vacation packages.

Roomer Travel

Roomer is an online marketplace for selling & buying discounted hotel reservations. With this service you can find great deals and save up to 80% on hotel rooms worldwide. This service is designed to allow people to offload their non-refundable …

Rocketmiles

Rocketmiles is a hotel aggregator that allows you to book hotels from around the world and earn rewards for every night of your hotel stay. Rocketmiles is part of booking.com and you can get some great frequent flyer deals. You can then use your …

Hopper

Hopper predicts prices and helps you book flights and hotels and save up to 40%

Pierre & Vacances

Pierre & Vacances is a French based company that offers some amazing European accommodation in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus. They also have properties in Morocco, Reunion Islands and the West Indies. The accommodation options include ski resorts and family friendly holiday villages. Choose from the Pierre & Vacances residences, Family firendly holiday villages, Luxury Residences or Aparthotels.

Fly.com

Fly.com allows you compare prices on over 500 airlines and a range of different travel sites, including Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity and Priceline. Fly.com is the perfect place to shop for discount flights, hotels, accommodation and airline tickets.

Momondo

Momondo allows you to find and compare cheap flights, hotels, car rental and great travel deals.

Hotels.com

Hotels.com are one of the biggest accommodation websites in the world and owned by the massive Expedia group. The website offers more than 1,000,000 properties in over 200 countries

Kayak

KAYAK has been revolutionizing the travel industry since 2004. Search for Flights, Hotels, Cars, Packages, Cruises and deals from hundreds of other travel websites.

 

Priceline

Priceline helps you save on hotels, flights, ruises, car rental and packages. The site offers a fantastic price drop alert and offers a best price guarantee.

Outsite

Outsite helps remote workers and entrepreneurs live their best lives, with the freedom to live and work anywhere. Travel, work, and forge meaningful connections around the world. Co-living spaces, community, and services designed for remote workers …

#1 Airbnb – Holiday Rentals

Love it or hate it Airbnb has revolutionized hotel bookings across the world. The company was founded in 2008 as a way for 2 designers to share some of their empty space with 3 travellers looking for a place to stay. Based in San Francisco the website now has over 4 million properties listed in almost 200 countries around the world. If you have never used it the concept is extremely straight forward, home owners list their apartment, house or even room on the website allowing travellers to search for the perfect place to stay. It is a great way for hosts to make some extra income from spare rooms or even list their property while they are away.

When you visit the homepage you are greeted with a basic search box that offers you a suggestion on what to search. If you are signed in you get more detail including previously search rooms and destinations. You can filter search results by date, guests, home type which includes entire house, private room or shared room and price. Advanced filters allow selecting number of beds, bathrooms, amenities and facilities.

After selecting your preferred room you can see more information about it as well as the house rules, cancellation policy and most importantly reviews. Sites like airbnb.com rely on the reviews of the users and hosts to ensure quality accommodation is available so I suggest spending a lot of time read these reviews. If the host keeps cancelling at the last minute or the room is not up to scratch then you can choose elsewhere.

After you are happy with your selection you need to select your dates and click the big red book button. After you have booked and the host accepts you booking you will be required to make payment. Most credit cards are accepted as well as PayPal, if you are using the Android App or iOS app you can pay using Google Pay or Apple Pay. Even though you pay in advance the money you pay is held in escrow until 24 hours after you have checked in to ensure that the room is satisfactory. Cancellations can be tricky depending on the cancellation policy of the room, from fully flexible to super strict. Check this before booking especially if you have a habit of changing your booking plans on the fly.

We love airbnb and have used it from extensively in Australia, the USA and Europe without any major hiccups. As with most things it pays to spend the extra time researching before making a booking. As a special offer to Tripcurated readers you can get $50 in travel credit when you make your first booking with airbnb by clicking here or using the banner below.

#3 Homestay.com

Homestay was founded in 2013 and offers quality home stays and private rooms at affordable prices. The site now offers over 55,000 rooms in over 160 countries.  Homestay allows guests to stay with a local family as an affordable alternative to expensive accommodation, you can book nightly, weekly or monthly stays. The site is perfect for workers, students, interns or anyone looking for a genuine travel experience you will not find at a hotel or backpacker hostel.

Staying with a local family allows you to experience the local community and explore the culture of the city or town you are staying, your hot can also help you settle into life in a new place. This is great for younger students moving away from home for the first time.

Booking a room on Homestay is easy, with a well presented search box on the homepage. Just enter where you want to go, the dates and the number of people. You will be presented with a list of possible Homestay options. You can filter the results depending on your preferences including price, location and number of reviews. You can also filter out amenities including meals, kitchens, TV, Swimming Pools, Gyms and Parking to find your perfect stay.

Become a Homestay Host

You can also sign up as a host and earn extra money by renting out your spare room to professionals, international students and tourists looking for nightly, weekly and monthly stays.

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Tripcurated offers a hand selected collection of the best travel websites and resources from across the web. We find the best travel websites including flights and airfares, accommodation, travel planning, car rental, cruises, tours and tickets, travel finance and more.

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