How to pick a hotel. There are so many choices on the market nowadays and so many different ways of booking your room.
I personally use all these booking companies myself. My go-to is Book com but it depends on where I am going, I will use the others 3 as well.
Booking com gives me more flexibility with a change of dates and cancellation in case of emergency. I had missed my connecting train from the airport to the hotel in Lyon once, it was very late at night so I decided to stay near the airport and travel next day, the dates were changed at no extra cost and hassle-free.
Hotels Combined – I find this site gives great comparisons in the same area and then I look for the facilities I want and proceed to book from there.
Hotels.com – their website is user-friendly and hassle-free site, there is a lot of selections for all types of budget. I personally use this for last minute bookings or Deals.
Accor Hotels– I use this because, I have joined there loyalty program, every time I stay with them I get points that accumulate to free nights etc. Their loyalty program is easy and free to join. Accor also offers rooms for every budget, cheap and cheerful to ultimate luxury.
The key thing for me is to make sure the hotel is in a safe area, has 24 hours reception and close to cafes etc if there is no restaurant on site. If you are wanting cheaper accommodation, which means there will not be a 24-hour reception after you book make sure you email your arrival time and all your contact details to the hotel.Please do check all the cancellation policy when you picking a hotel as each hotel is different, read all the fine prints and make sure you have your booking confirmation with you.