Get the answers to FAQs on hotels, then compare prices to find the right deal for you.
Whether you're looking for a family getaway or a solo trip, there'll be a hotel out there to suit your needs and budget.
A great way to find the right one for you is by comparing the different options available at your chosen destination. Read more in our beginners' guide to booking a hotel.
The most common classifications include:
Think about the type of room and board options you require, whether it's a single, double, twin or suite. There may also be different classification given to the rooms by the hotel, such as standard or deluxe.
Typical meal and drink options include:
Generally, star ratings range from one to five, with five being the highest, but some hotels have claimed six- and seven-star ratings, suggesting that their facilities go above and beyond those of typical five-star hotels.
All circumstances will vary, but hotels will typically charge different prices for the same room depending on factors such as demand and how long away the booking is.
Many hotels are flexible with their cancellation or change arrangements, even up to 24 hours before your booking date
It's possible that this would see the price rising the closer it gets to the date you require, but then falling in the final weeks, days or hours as the hotel seeks to fill a vacant room.
The obvious answer is to ask - nicely! If there's availability you may get lucky, especially if you have a touching story to accompany your plea.
Many hotels are flexible with their cancellation or change arrangements, even up to 24 hours before your booking date, but you should always check your terms and conditions.
It may be worth thinking about travel insurance and the protection that can be offered through paying by credit card.
Most travel insurance policies will provide cover for this. However, it's always recommended that you read the fine print to confirm as there may be exceptions, such as if you're staying in a shared room at a hostel.
Other services that may be on offer include:
See if you can find the answers in our hotel guides.