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There are a few things you ought to know before you book a room for your travel. The hotel can be one of the most expensive parts of your trip, so make sure you don't spend more than you need to on reservations.
Important tips for reservation
Understand that hotel room rates vary. To get the best one you will need to spend some time researching and may be able to negotiate price when making reservations.
Decide what kind of hotel you want -- budget, mid-price, chain, luxury, three-four-or-five-star -- where, and what type of location (e.g. near an airport, city center, attraction) before making reservations.
At the hotel's own Web site.you should be able to find the best reservations prices. In theory. And you should also be able to find out the different types and levels of rooms available on the hotel's reservations site.
After you've noted all the different prices for a room at the same hotel, pick up the phone and call the hotel directly. The reservations manager at the locale will have a far better idea of the occupancy level for the dates you want than the hotel's Web site -- and may be able to offer a discount if you can visit during a less-busy time.
Write down the reservations number you are given and put it in a safe place.