Booking.com Hostels

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When it comes to finding accommodation in a city you’ve never been to before, Booking.com is up there with the some of the best websites for finding a good deal on somewhere that ticks all the boxes. Offered in over 40 different languages, I have used Booking.com on numerous occasions, whether it was for grabbing a cheap deal well in advance of a trip, or booking somewhere last minute.

 

Its usability is simple but effective, with the option of selecting whether you are travelling for work in order to offer you the best place depending on your type of stay.

 

Once you have selected where you’re going, on which dates and for how many people, the website takes you through to a new page where you can add in extra filters, such as price range, facilities, and star rating. One of the features that I like the best is being able to start from the lowest price first, yet also maintain quality by setting a review score of no less than 8.0.

 

Each accommodation profile comes with a series of professional photos, as well as information on how many people are looking at the same place at that particular moment. However, although this may be useful for some, it can also be fairly misleading, as you are made to feel as though the room you are looking at is about to be booked on almost every property across the board.

 

The website gives very detailed information, not only on the accommodation in general, but also on aspects such as room size, air conditioning, bed type and even the views from the window. This has been extremely helpful to me in the past when deciding on where to book and, ultimately, sets it apart from its less detailed competitors.

Pros
  • Simple and easy to use interface
  • Plentiful filters and ‘sort by’ options to maximise search results
  • Detailed descriptions of accommodation and rooms
Cons
  • Pop ups alerting user of other people viewing the same accommodation can be distracting
  • Location information (eg. Distance from city centre) is not always 100% accurate