How to book a hotel on Booking.com - search, reviews, rating

Another article for those who are starting to discover the world of independent travel. The site already has a post-instruction, how to search hotels via RoomGuru. And, if you still do not know what a search enginehotels, and how it differs from the usual booking system, such as Booking, Agoda or Islands, then you urgently need to know. You can save significantly by having the ability to quickly compare prices and get all the discounts.

Well, now consider the popular, especially in Europe, online booking system - Booking.com or, in Russian - Bookings com.

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What is Booking.com

Bookingcom is an online hotel booking system, one of the most popular among Internet services for self-searching and booking hotel accommodation worldwide. The base of Bucking has more than 200 thousand hotels in 164 countries of the world. That is, in almost any country you can find a hotel through a booking. True, there are regions that are not very widely represented in this system. Most of the CIS countries, for example. But if you are planning a trip to Europe, then by the number of offers and the quality of the description of hotels, Bucking will be out of competition.

An important advantage of Bucking is that this is a well-known reservation system, which is credible, therefore, it is used to accept reservations for a Schengen visa.

A special feature of Bucking is that it is onlythe intermediary between the hotel and the client, he does not charge customers, the hotels pay him. That is, Bucking provides a platform where owners and managers themselves come with a description of their hotel. The downside is that very small hotels in small and not very popular localities are not often added to the base of Bucking.

Since these hotels post information onBuckinge, they always seek to “show the goods face”, it happens that they embellish reality a little. Typically, hotels post photos taken by professional photographers and immediately after the construction of the hotel. It should be borne in mind that in reality everything can change, especially if the hotel is already old. In addition, the description of the hotel is always colorful and attractive, even if it is written that the hotel is “well located”, in fact, it may be on the edge of civilization. So, in principle, the description of the hotel can be skipped without reading, anyway it will be the text of the advertising booklet. It is important to always watch live reviews and rating of the hotel on the website of Bucking. Alive - it means from former guests who have already booked this hotel through Bucking in the past. All customers automatically receive letters with a proposal to leave a review. Ideally, there should be a lot of feedback to the hotel.

Another important detail: Booking is not responsible for the quality of hotel services. If the hotel did not provide all the service declared on the website of the Bucking, then the complaint should be presented to the hotel managers. For example, there may be no free internet or parking, although the site will say that all this is included. Important points are better to check with hotel managers in advance, by letter or by phone.

The hotel receives your credit card details, soone must carefully read about his reputation and not risk with the newly opened hotels, to which there are still very few reviews. Also, for security reasons, it is better not to use a credit card with a large limit or a card with a large amount of money for booking.

Advantages of Booking.com booking system:

  • Large selection of hotels, especially in European countries;
  • Hotel reservation on Booking.com is quoted by embassies for a Schengen visa;
  • Booking immediately shows the final price for the hotel, with all fees and for the entire number of days of stay;
  • It is not necessary to fully pay for the hotel when booking, you can only pay for the reservation, the rest should be paid in cash upon arrival. There is a choice in how much and when to pay;
  • The site is convenient to use: quick search, well-thought-out interface, pleasant color scheme;
  • Many filters for faster search, including a price range per room filter - a very handy tool;

How to book a hotel room

Fill out the form

What is the process of finding a suitable hotel on the site? To begin with, open the Booking.com home page, at the top choose the language - Russian. Standard search form on the main page of the site:

Standard search form on the main page

Standard search form on the main page

Fill out the form. For example, look for a hotel for a week, from August 7 to August 14, in Paris. Select the date of arrival at the hotel. The site also offers to choose the purpose of the trip from two options: Business or Leisure.

Choice of location and arrival dates

Choice of location and arrival dates

Click Find. The site offers to clarify the location. Select the object we need from the list. If it is not obvious that you need to choose, you can look at the map where it is located. Here, for example, the Paris beach, not at all near the capital of France:

Location specification by name

Location specification by name

searching results

After we clarified the location, click Find.and look at the search results. As you can see, Paris in August is a popular destination, 38% of all objects already booked at the moment. But there are still a lot of options available - 2 021. It will be too difficult to choose from them.

All search results

All search results

Filters and sorting search results

To narrow the search, apply filters. They are on the left; the column is called Select by criteria. We choose what we need: price per night, number of stars, rating 8+, etc. Location choose, for example, in the city center. The results are sorted by price - in a line with an orange background, in the center, above the list of hotels. Now I got only five results.

IMPORTANT: An important nuance to which attention should be paid is the hotel rating. Since, as mentioned above, the photos and the description of the hotel can embellish the reality, the most reliable quality criterion, these are reviews of real guests. It is better to always choose hotels with a rating higher than 7-8. They have a higher probability that everything will be in order. If the rating is 5-7, then you should carefully read the reviews, well, or be prepared for the fact that everything will not meet your expectations.

Selection of search criteria and results

Selection of search criteria and results

Notice in the screenshot at the very top,You can see a long list with links. It reflects the sequence of our selection of search criteria. You can always "rewind back" as one step, and a few. It is not necessary to look again, if you change your mind at some point.

Brief information on hotels can be viewed directly on the search results page. If you hover the cursor on the line with the address, a small hint appears about the area in which the hotel is located.

Tip about the location of the hotel on the search results page

Tip about the location of the hotel on the search results page

Hovering the cursor on the hotel rating, you can select a group of those who left hotel reviews and go to the reviews page:

Select a review group on the hotel search results page

Select a review group on the hotel search results page

Hotel Map

In the column on the left, among other blocks there issmall card. By clicking, you can expand it to full screen and see how hotels are located on the ground. The hotel search on the interactive map is convenient to use if you need a specific area. For example, if you are looking for a hotel near a certain train station or sights.

On the hotel page you can also open a detailedmap of the city and look where the hotel is located. There you can also watch and choose other hotels. Available for armor - with a green circle in the middle of the marker.

Interactive city map with hotels

Interactive city map with hotels

Hotel page

On the page filtered by our criteriahotels click on the first hotel in the list, Hotel de Sevigne, and see its page with a detailed description and photo. On the left is a small window with a map, you can roughly estimate where the hotel is located. To see better, you can enlarge the map by clicking on it. In the orange box under the map - what we entered on the main page in the search form, this data can also be changed at any time. In the center - photos of the hotel, you can also view and sort reviews. Below is detailed information about the hotel and features of accommodation, and a list of rooms with their characteristics and prices.

IMPORTANT: Bookings immediately show the price for all days of stay, with all taxes and fees per room included in the total amount.

Page of the selected hotel with a detailed description

Page of the selected hotel with a detailed description

Below you can find important information about services and hotel conditions.

List of services provided by the hotel

List of services provided by the hotel

Useful information about the hotel

Useful information about the hotel

Useful information about the hotel

Useful information about the hotel

If you click on the rating by reviews, a page opens where you can read in detail the reviews of those who stayed here. The language and groups of those who leave a review, you can choose.

Hotel reviews page

Hotel reviews page

Payment booking

After we studied all the conditions, reviews,found out for themselves the location of the hotel and we are all arranged, you can proceed to the choice of a particular room. Next, select the number of rooms we need and click Book Now:

Hotel selection form

Hotel selection form

We check the information, carefully read all the conditions and dates, proceed to filling in personal data:

Personal data entry page

Personal data entry page

We fill in all data in English or hotel language.

Personal data entry form

Personal data entry form

After sending the form with the data on your mail should receive a letter confirming the reservation.

Print a reservation is better in English or onthe hotel’s language (for example, in China, the reservation should only be in Chinese), for presentation at the hotel itself. For the embassy when applying for a visa - in Russian or English.

Also look very carefully if you pay under the terms immediately or upon arrival. If payment is due upon arrival, then nothing should be debited from the card.

On Buckinge there are regular discounts. If you want to be aware of the lucrative offers from Booking and follow the promotions, you can register and subscribe to our special offers. Also, if you log in to the site, it will remember your data and when booking, some of the fields in the form will already be filled.

Booking currency

I decided to make a separate item, and then they ask. Regardless of the currency you chose in Bucking, this is only an estimated cost. Payment on the bank card will be made in the hotel currency. For example, if it is Thailand, then the payment will be in Thai Baht (THB). This is not a divorce, this often happens with overseas purchases, and there is a warning on the payment page. And in general, I always advise when reading to pay everything that is written, so as not to be surprised.

See the screenshot below. I chose rubles, but the service still warns me that for this Thai hotel payment will be in baht. Therefore very relevant my selection of cards with a good conversion, so that if you pay in currencies of other countries do not pay additional fees and have a good exchange rate.

What currency is the payment on Booking Com

What currency is the payment on Booking Com

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