Why I Book Hotel Rooms on Booking.com
My long experience in the Travel Industry and especially in the Online Hotel Bookings made me place Booking.com amongst the best hotel booking engines in the world. Below I’m giving you the reasons that you should also take into account before you book hotel rooms, villas or Serviced Apartments.
Who is Booking.com
Booking.com was established in 1996 in Amsterdam and is now one of the largest travel e-commerce companies in the world. It’s part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), Booking.com has more than 17,000 employees in 198 offices, in 70 countries worldwide. The Booking.com website and mobile apps are available in over 40 languages, offer 28,745,247 total reported listings, and cover 135,778 destinations in 228 countries and territories worldwide. Every day, more than 1,550,000 room nights are reserved on Booking.com.
Free Cancellation on nearly all Hotel Rooms
You can cancel your booking without any penalty fee. There is an option on almost all the rooms for ‘free cancellation’ with the only difference that you will pay a bit more if you choose it. This flexibility is very useful, because you can reserve a room that you liked at that particular moment and continue your search. Then you can be more selective, since you took consultation from your friends, thus you can search for something more particular with better location, ratings and cheaper price. At that point you can place a new booking and then cancel your first one.
No hidden fees
All the prices displayed on Booking.com are the prices you pay at the reception when you check-in/out. There are possibilities though, that some properties will request from you to pay, on the time of your reservation, the full amount. Booking.com doesn’t add any fees at all, as they get a commission directly from the properties. There are Hotels that add City taxes or additional fees to the bill when you arrive, you have to know that this amount is usually displayed before you complete your booking.
Millions of Verified Reviews Available
Reviews play a very important role when making hotel bookings, since they provide an unbiased insight into what it’s like to stay at specific hotel rooms. Booking.com has its own reviews system.
Earn Discounts and Incentives
When you book Hotel Rooms and get register on Booking.com, you become a Booking.com Genius. This is a reward program that is completely free and is automatically activated once you place your fifth online Hotel booking.
Types of Accommodation
They offer many types of accommodation that can meet the needs of every traveler. Hotels, Apartments, Serviced Apartments, Resorts, Hostels, Motels, Villas, Boats and Capsule Hotels are only some of them.
You can communicate directly with the property (Hotel etc.) you made the reservation for, through booking.com and place a request or ask any question. They have a 24/7 customer service available. You can make changes to your booking, anytime.