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Save Big On Your Next European Vacation With These Hotel Booking Tips
Hotel star ratings can mean something different in each country. Many European hotels get star ratings based on how many amenities they offer.
Stars Don't Indicate Quality
For example, a three-star hotel in Paris is comfortable and relatively affordable, while a five-star is nearly impossible — there are less than a dozen Parisian five-star hotels.
Being flexible in your vacation days is an excellent way to save money when traveling. Compare nightly rates on different sets of dates to get better deals.
Have Date Flexibility
It's essential to be aware of the holidays celebrated in your destination country, as they may differ from what you are used to, and rates will be higher during that time.
Unless there is a specific reason why you need to be somewhere, always travel in the off-season for less crowds and better rates.
Know The Travel Seasons
For Europe, aim to travel during the shoulder or off-season. You'll find milder weather, lower prices, and smaller crowds from April to mid-June and September through October.
If you can get a hotel with a kitchen, you'll spend less on dining out daily, but your European hotel room might not have a coffee maker.
Get A Kitchen
You may have an electric kettle in your room or be able to borrow a coffee maker from the front desk. Making coffee in your room will save you a few dollars or euros daily.
Although popular culture leads travelers to believe that hostels are dingy, not all are like that. These cheap, sometimes shared spaces come in various types.
Don't Ignore Hostels
Private rooms in a hostel can be as lovely as a traditional hotel room, even if slightly pared down. Some hotels may also be hostel-style, especially if rated one or two stars.
Many European hostels have free laundry, complimentary breakfast, access to kitchens, lounges with games and books to borrow, and even free activities.