Accomodation and Tips for finding the Best Online Hotel Booking Websites: From Hotels, to Hostels, from Homeshares to Glamping
[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ome of us enjoy searching for just the right accomodation; for others it’s a challenge. When you travel, you want to find the right place to stay — which might be a bit different for each of us. Here are some of the best online hotel booking websites for your accomodation.
For some of us the “right place” is a hostel to allow us to travel on the cheap so we can travel more for less. For others, it’s a luxury B&B, a houseboat, or a glamping location.
Here are some resources for finding the right accomodations and some tools you can use to help in your search. Pacific Northwest and Beyond has affiliate connections with some of these resources, which just means that if you make a purchase via one of the resources here with which we have an affiliate agreement we get a small commission at no additional cost to you which helps to offset the costs of running this website.
Of course, some unique accomodations are not listed in the major travel search engines — here’s where reading travel blogs and publications can come in useful.
Best Online Hotel Booking Websites
Here are some of the best online hotel booking websites for your accomodation, along with resources for other types of accomodations from AirBNB to RVs to glamping, if hotels aren’t your thing. Many of these resources we’ve used, some we haven’t. If you’ve had experience with any, we welcome your comments below.
I’ve used Booking.com many times and find that I often find the best prices for hotel rooms here. And their app is convienient and easy-to-use to boot! One of the best online hotel booking websites, in my opinion.
While I’ve gone more toward using AirBNB and the like for much of my lodging, when I do book a hotel, I often consult the Booking.com app for prices.
But one of the things I like most about TripAdvisor is their user reviews and forums. I have to confess that, though I like to write here about travel, I keep putting writing reviews there for the places I’ve stayed.
Especially if you’re willing to go at a time that’s off-season, you can find some great deals on accomodation. I frequenly look up PNW lodging here and find plenty of places that look enticing for weekend getaways on the Orgeon Coast, for instance.
I’ve read several articles recently questioning the safety of AirBNB. Being that you’re staying in a residence and not a hotel, the experience is not uniform and there are things to watch out for.
The positive is that you can often find accomodations at a reasonable price that are the local style of housing and you can find accomodation for everything from a single bedroom in a home for an individual to large accomodation for families or groups.
The downside, of course, is that you need to be careful — read the reviews carefully, if you’re a solo traveler perhaps stay at established AirBNBs with many positive reviews, and heed your instincts — if something doesn’t feel right, don’t book it.
If your travel is taking you on a road trip, consider a home on wheels. RVing is an experience — while my spouse and I have decided we will likely not ever live in an RV together, it was a blast (most of the time) for a family vacation.
The downside is the gas — both the cost and the environmental impact.
If you decide to rent an RV, options are plentiful — some of these are privately owned RVs as one of the ways to afford an RV is to purchase it and then loan it out through a service when you’re not using it.
If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, I can give a personal recommendation to Northwest Adventure Rentals. They were very thorough in showing us RV newbies all of the features on our 36′ RV rental before we hit the road. I am also intrigued by GoGoCamper in Seattle that has little refurbished vintage trailers that I might be able to tow with my Subaru and Pacwesty on Bainbridge which rents refurbished Westfalias.
Camping and Glamping
For affordable accomodation on a road trip last summer, I chose to sleep under the stars (mixed with a few luxury stops along the way.) Of course, some of the best campsites can be booked through state or national parks (see Recreation.gov), but good private campgrounds and camping/glamping search engines exist as well. A few are:
To me, the idea of swapping your home to travel somewhere else seems like a great idea to save money and travel more — but I’ll never do it because of my own arrangements at home.
Consider a Hostel
My daughter told me once that I was “too old,” to stay at a hostel! While the image that might strike your mind is of a young person on a backpacking adventure, most hostels, including so-called “youth hostels,” no longer have age limits. I’ve heard of seventy-year-young backpackers staying at hostels!
Posts About Lodging and Accomodation
Here are some posts that we’ve written, either about accomodations we’ve used in the past or tips on finding accomodation for your travels:
This is a sponsored post from Greystone Castle. This place looks like a fabulous luxury vacation rental near Seattle that I would definitely consider for my next local getaway!
In Orondo, Washington, near the Columbia River Gorge, there exists a charming hobbit house built into the hillside. We finally got to stay there for a few nights! Here’s a review with a brief video, and some things to know before you go there.
If you’re a city dweller who needs a brief escape but doesn’t have the time for an extended getaway, it’s possible to find little waterfront hideaways near Seattle that can allow you to get away from it all without getting too far away from it all. We stayed at this small cabin on Meydenbauer Bay in Medina (graciously loaned to us for an overnight). Read on about this cabin as well as some other near-city hideaways to add to my escape list from cabins to Seattle houseboats that you can rent.
We visited the Nelson Treehouse Company’s B&B Treehouse point, along with a couple of other in-the-tree locations (the Forest House, Free Spirit Spheres, and — at least in spirit — the treehouse at Doe Bay) in the Pacific Northwest. Here’s a lowdown on getting high (up in the trees at least) along with a listing of other treehouses in the PNW you can rent.
Pining for the Shire? Here are a few places to visit to quell your hobbity cravings in Washington State without visiting Middle Earth (or at least New Zealand).