Watch Out For These Three Myths About Hotel Booking


As the hotel industry revolutionizes every day, a lot of beliefs and ideas have been shared concerning the process of booking a hotel. Whether you are price-shopping for accommodation or seeking a discounted rate, here are three false hotel booking myths that you need to watch out for.

1. There is always an extra emergency room even on sold out nights

When a hotel says all its rooms are sold out on particular days or nights, some people find it hard to believe; perhaps due to previous experiences. They may have encountered a hotel website saying it was sold out or had only X number of rooms remaining, yet there were actually plenty of vacant rooms. This, in often cases, is a strategy used by hotels to lure customers into making early bookings, especially in the course of high seasons in particular areas, such as the Masai Mara during the Wildebeest Migration.

However, this is not always the case as some hotels are usually sincere when they indicate “Sold Out”. In case you come across this situation and you need to make a confirmation, contact your travel agent who will collect all the information on your behalf; to ensure a stress-free booking and stay for your holiday.

2. Guaranteed discounts for regulars

If you happen to be a frequent traveller to certain areas either for business or leisure and have identified particular accommodation havens be it a hotel, a lodge, an apartment, a house or even a tree house; then you will be forgiven to expect special treatment – like discounted rates - from your host. True enough, this should be the case, but it is advisable to have a flexible attitude in case your expectations are not reciprocated. If you feel unsatisfied by the lack of discounts, then try out other options as inventories are ever endless.

3. The deal is better booking directly than through OTAs

What experience do you have booking directly or through Online Travel Agents (OTAs)? Do you believe you are likely to get a better deal while making a reservation directly with the hotel? Well, this is not always the case. Those who book their stays through OTAs such as, Expedia etc. will ascertain their beauty, as they often have arrangements with hotels to offer you best rate guarantee . Always enquire with your OTA on hotels that have offers and discounts before making a booking. Moreover, OTAs undoubtedly can spare you lots of search-time, as they offer a great platform for comparing various hotels thus making the experience easy and fast.