How To Book A Hotel At RoomGuru (Hotelscombined)

I continue to update the section "Preparing for the trip." Today we will talk about finding and choosing hotels using the Roomguru website. Also to help independent travelers we have instructions on how to search and book flights through Skyscanner. And now what kind of RoomGuru beast (RumGuru) and my detailed instructions on how to use it.

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What is Roomguru

RoomGuru is a hotel SEARCH system. The site does not book hotels, and are looking for! Because it is a meta search engine, not a booking system. What is so good Rumguru? How is it better than the booking system, by type of Booking or Agoda, for example?

The answer is that Rumguru is a search engine and helooking for great deals on hotels, both in the base of Booking, and in the base of Agoda, and in the base of Ozone, and in the base of Ostrovka, and in many, many others. That is, you can see what the price is for a room in the same hotel, but in different booking systems and choose where it is cheaper. Rumguru combines dozens of bases, compares the numbers and the cost, in the system more than 5 million offers, which is more than that of any single reservation system.

For reference, previously RoomGuru was calledHotelscombined, but the company decided that in Russia it should be under its own separate name, so Hotelscombined remained to work for English-speaking users.

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And now let's figure out how to use the site Rumguru. In principle, there is nothing complicated there, everything is intuitive and thought out. All important points in the screenshots will be highlighted with red lines.

The first thing we see when entering the site is the classic search form on the main page.

Search form on the main page

Search form on the main page

Choose where we look for a hotel. The system offers options with the number of hotels and other tips. You can enter the city, district, or even immediately the hotel, if you know its name. We'll pick up Phuket.

Choosing a hotel search direction

Choosing a hotel search direction

Select the dates of arrival and departure. Possible dates are shown as a list or as a calendar (to do this, click on the icon that looks like a mesh bag). Choose, for example, June 7-8, 2015 - one night, a double room. It is clear that usually stay more than one night, but it's easier.

Choosing a hotel accommodation date

Choosing a hotel accommodation date

searching results

Click on Search and on the new page seesearch results in the form of a list of hotels sorted by default by the Recommended option (usually the most expensive hotels). As we can see, the list is very long - 1639 hotels to choose from. It's too much. It will not be easy for us to find the right one. It is necessary to specify more accurate search criteria. Please note there is a line at the top indicating the level of nesting, with links.

Search Results for Phuket Hotels

Search Results for Phuket Hotels

Go to the Phuket page by clicking onthe corresponding link in the line. Here on the right there is a map with all the hotels, that is, you can search for the desired hotel by it. Under the map we see a list of places in Phuket that may interest us: nearby airports, attractions, various areas of Phuket, etc. All this in the form of links. Choose on Phuket, for example, Karon. This beach and the adjacent resort area. That is, first we found hotels in general in all of Phuket, and now we will see the same, but only on Karon. You choose what suits you best.

It is worth noting that Rumguru knows such a region as Karon (he knows many areas in general), so we could initially enter into the search bar not Phuket, but Karon.

Phuket Destination Page

Phuket Destination Page

Search form for the direction of Karon, the same as on the main page. The site remembers the data we entered on the main page, so the form is already filled out. It remains only to click Search.

Search form on Karon direction page

Search form on Karon direction page

We see the search results, now there are only 266 of them. We can sort, for example, by price (by default, they are always sorted by the Recommended parameter). On the left there is a list of filters (underlined in red) where you can choose the one you need. For example, the price range, the availability of Wi-fi, air conditioning, pool, number of stars, rating and so on.

List of hotels in Karon

List of hotels in Karon

Filters and sorting search results

Options for filtering and selecting the rightHotel Rumguru provides quite a lot. Therefore, I will tell you how I would do. But in this case, the sequence of actions is not so important, and you can do as you prefer.

So, despite the fact that we got a listthere are too many hotels of the desired area, firstly, there are still too many of them, and one must be chosen, and secondly, the hotel may be too far from the sea. Thirdly, you need to understand how good it is. Therefore, I set up the filters I need - checkboxes opposite the price of 3000-5999r, air conditioning, WiFi, and a rating of 8-9. And all then sorted by price. Filters, respectively, you can choose others and any number.

But we must understand that it is possible to filter this way,that nothing will remain in the results, so if too few hotels work out or not at all, then some of the filters should be removed. By the way, pay attention to the hotel rating and the rated filter - this is the very criterion of quality. I always try to choose hotels with a rating of more than 7, and preferably more than 8. This is a kind of guarantee that everything will be in order.

Put ticks in the right places, we get in the results are already only 12 hotels. Now it will be much easier to choose. Please note that the hotels we have sorted by price.

Filtered hotel search results on Karon

Filtered hotel search results on Karon

Initially, we were looking for a hotel for one night, sothey showed us the price for one night too. And if you choose, for example, a week - June 7-13, then the site will show the price for the whole week. Well, it is, for reference.

Search results for hotels for the week

Search results for hotels for the week

Hotel Map

Of the 12 hotels also need to choose. Now it's time to look at the map where these hotels are located. Since, in general, they all fit (I set the filters I needed) and the rating is good (from 8 and up), I’ll just take and see the location of the first 3 hotels on the map, they are the cheapest of the selected ones.

For each hotel immediately below the lines of the nameLatin and Cyrillic, there is a link to the card. Click, the map opens. Please note that the marker of the selected hotel is displayed in red, the blue markers are the remaining filtered hotels, and the yellow ones are generally all hotels without filters. Those hotels that are on our search page (after filters, that is 12 pieces), are numbered as they go on the list (which we sorted by price). That is, the marker with one is the first hotel in the list. It is not necessary to open the map for each hotel, you can immediately see them all on one map.

Map with hotels marked on it

Map with hotels marked on it

Opening the map, I saw that the first hotellocated somewhere on the outskirts of Karon, the second in the center, the third near the center. Suppose I want to live in the center, so I will choose the second hotel. He became Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa with a rating of 8.6.

Hotel page

By clicking on its name in the search results,go to the hotel page. On it will be a description of the hotel, brief reviews, photos, rating and map. Already at this stage, you can understand whether it is worth looking further or not.

If it is, then look at the bottompage on the list of reservation systems with prices. Actually, for the sake of it all started. You can choose both the cheapest and simply the most familiar to you reservation system. The point is that the price can sometimes differ by 10-40%.

Hotel page

Hotel page

Transition to the reservation system

Quite often I choose Agoda and Booking if,Of course, there is nothing else with a cardinal difference in price. Now we will do the same. Click on Forward (in other browsers there will be a “Book Now” button instead) in the line where Booking.com is written and go to the booking system.

Message about the transition to the site reservation system

Message about the transition to the site reservation system

From Rumguru we will be immediately redirected to that part.page where the price is per number. We check prices for compliance with what we saw in Rumguru. Note that, for example, in Agoda the price will be shown without fees, so it will be lower than it was in Rumguru, and you will see the final price on the payment pages. Booking shows everything at once as it is.

Room prices on booking.com

Room prices on booking.com

The first thing to do after checking the price islook again at the rating, because Rumguru shows the average rating for all reservation systems, and I’m interested in the Booking rating, it can be both lower and higher. To do this, scroll the hotel page on Booking to the very top. Where we see a rating of 8.2. Completely!

Hotel page on booking.com

Hotel page on booking.com

The rating is all right, but it still makes senseread at least a few real reviews from guests, before making a decision, you never know, there are some pitfalls. Click on the rating and go to the reviews page.

Hotel reviews page on booking.com

Hotel reviews page on booking.com

If everything suits, now it is leftbook a room. Check the dates again, check the hotel’s location on the map (you never know), read the hotel’s conditions (at the bottom of the page, “It’s useful to know” about check-in / check-out, transfer, children’s accommodation, etc.) and proceed to booking. Details will not tell, it's easy. Enter your full name, bank card details (if necessary) and book. If you have an account with Booking, then after authorization, most of the data will be filled in automatically.

Choose a room for booking on booking.com

Choose a room for booking on booking.com

P.S. Good hotel to all of us!

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