Travelling is one of the most enriching experiences a person could ever go through. It opens your eyes to different cultures and customs and helps you to appreciate the beauty of the world. Unfortunately, it can also be a very expensive, experience especially for hotel accommodation. Hotels often have reasonable rates, but you can be tripped up with hidden and expensive fees which are usually avoidable. Here are our tips to avoid these hidden fees
Before you book any type of accommodation, make sure to check the specific cancellation terms and conditions on the room you are booking. Even if you’ve stayed with the hotel before, don’t assume the cancellation policy will be the same. If you book a non-refundable room, payment will be taken immediately, and no amendments can be made whatsoever. If you book a more flexible policy, you will be allowed to amend the booking within reason and cancel without charge. Check the specific cancellation policy as they may vary from 24 hours to 7 days prior depending on the property.
No Show Fees:
If your plans change at the last minute and depending on the cancellation policy you have booked, the hotel has the right to charge you a no-show charge which is usually the full price of the stay. The hotel has held a room for you in good faith and deserves payment for the room as they were unable to resell it. Be very careful when cancelling hotel rooms that you receive a cancellation number to quote should there be any mix-up. If you can’t arrive to the hotel, give them a call and see if they will let you reschedule your stay.
We’ve all heard the ads saying that third party and price comparison sites offer better value on the same hotel room, which is entirely untrue. Third-party sites like Booking.com and Expedia offer a room rate including commission that hotels are keen to avoid paying. Calling the hotel directly and asking for the best available rate means the hotel can offer you the lowest rate available (guaranteed in some cases) and you’ll have access to special offers that aren’t available elsewhere. Booking direct also often means you get preferential treatment in the hotel should a complimentary upgrade become available too.
In this modern age, most hotels have wi-fi available throughout the properties but it’s not always free or unlimited. If you plan to use the hotels wi-fi, especially for work, check how secure it is and check the usage policy before you book. If the hotel still has a dial-up connection, it’s usually chargeable per MB which can add up quickly.
Another thing to check before you make a booking is whether breakfast is included in your rate. Most times, it can be great value to add the most important meal of the day to your room rate as it really helps to set you up for the day, reducing lunch costs and saving you time. Sometimes you’re leaving the hotel too early to appreciate or enjoy breakfast and, in that case, there is no need. Cancelling can save you between €5-30pp depending on the hotel.
You know that little fridge in your room, the one with all of the tasty treats and cold drinks? They are not free and often have a huge markup! Avoid mini bars as it’s surprising how fast those little things add up. Try to stock up of drinks and sweets in the shop, the hotel bar or vending machine instead.
If you’re travelling to Kilkenny by car, you’ll want to avoid expensive parking fees adding a big chunk onto your final bill. Our fantastic value accommodation in Kilkenny offers ample free parking to all of our guests for the duration of their stay, meaning you have more money to spend on fun Kilkenny activities.
If you’re travelling to Kilkenny and looking for accommodation with free parking, great value room rates and a fantastic location, look no further than The Hoban Hotel. Our newly refurbished accommodation in Kilkenny offers the best available rates when you book directly with our friendly staff or online using our official website.
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When you book on this website, you will always get the lowest rate and we’ll treat you to a free drink.