|The rooms at the Omni National Resort in Tucson are larger than most Paris apartments! This room also has a king-size bed, a desk area, two vanities, separate tub and shower areas, a walk-in closet and a patio.|
While I favor short-term rental apartments rather than hotel rooms for trips lasting at least three days, there are times when staying in a hotel is unavoidable. Case in point is the trip I'm making to visit a friend in Victoria, Canada, in September.
|Dining Room at Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California. The guest rooms are equally unique!|
|David and I paid $80 a night in mid-April for this lovely suite with kitchen a block from the Strip in Las Vegas.|
So here are two valuable tips that will net you a great room at a fabulous price, not only in Seattle but in any city in the USA!
You can find charming B and Bs, independent hotels, and guest houses at Mom and Pop Motels. Mom and Pop list places that may not have an Internet presence, but are neverthleless wonderful bargains with high Trip Advisor ratings. Because the lodge owners pass the money they save by not advertising on to you, you pay a cheaper rate.
|Our room at La Posada in Winslow, Arizona. We spent one entire day exploring this beautiful property!|
The second tip involves a site you may never have considered, but you should because there are bargains to be had. While I have never been enthusiastic about sharing a dorm room with strangers, I have always been enthusiastic about saving money, and Hostelworld helps you do just that.
Put "AAE" (without the quotation marks) and the city into the search engine to locate brand-name hotels at reduced prices. The AAE in Seattle is actually the Best Western Loyal Inn on 8th Avenue with a four+ star rating on Trip Advisor. If you rent a private room with an ensuite bath for October 8, on the Hostelworld site, the cost is $92.94. On the Best Western site, the best rate for a pre-paid/no-cancellation room on the same night in October is $188.96!
|The room was small but the price was, too, at the lovely Sheraton in Chapel Hill, NC.|
So, use Seth Kugel's seven-step process and also try my suggestions for finding inexpensive hotel rooms. If you use all our approaches, you are guaranteed to find the cheapest prices in America. It might take you an hour instead of twenty minutes, but the time is well-spent if you save hundreds of dollars!