Find Cheap Hotels Right For Your Budget

I love to travel. This is the reason why I plan my vacation a month prior to my scheduled date so as I could get the best deals that are available. This not only give me the best travel destinations that are available for booking but also, this makes me save on my budget by availing discounts and promo rates that are especially helpful in finding cheap hotels. But what if we have a different situation and you only have days to attend to your travel necessities which include your travel documents, purchasing a plane ticket, learning your vacation destination and booking your hotel?

Preparing for a vacation can give you a headache when you are not patient enough to attend to your vacation needs. While many travel agencies can give you the luxury of letting them do the booking and planning for your vacation, most often they are not the best especially when you are on a limited budget.

Travel agencies may pose the best option for a traveler decades ago, yet with the advent of the internet, the web is one of the best options that you can have aside from depending everything on the travel agency. Since the web offers vast source of information, you can maximize this to research your travel alternatives especially when looking for cheap hotels.

When you try a search on the web by typing cheap hotels on Google or on Yahoo, millions of search results will be displayed on your screen. However this does not mean that all of them are good enough to satisfy your needs. You have to filter it based on your accommodation and budget preference.

There are specialized websites available in the web that can cater to your specific travel needs. As an example, if you are looking for affordable hotel rates, there are web pages that allow you to make an actual comparison of the hotels that you are considering. Yet, the problem that you may encounter with this is that you may not be aware of the actual appearance of the hotel that you are trying to reserve or to book. To remedy this, you may opt to visit the hotel’s official website before making the actual booking.

Visiting a hotel’s website is one way to successfully find cheap hotels. The website includes all the accommodation details that you are considering and photos that will help you decide if you feel you will be comfortable on staying there.

Aside from third party recommendations in finding cheap hotels for your vacation, a friend’s referral is the best recommendation that you could consider since they have the actual experience with hotel. Find time to look for your vacation hotel so you will get the most out of your vacation experience.

The Year That Was – Hotel and Travel Industry in 2009

The year 2009 was a year of ups and downs for hotels in particular and the global travel industry in general. There were many events and developments that helped shape the outlook of the hotel industry over the past 12 months. Let us take a look back at 2009 and identify these developments.

Who can forget the global H1N1 virus scare that rocked the world? Some surveys suggest that many travelers will be more concerned about germs and health-related issues in general, thanks to the outbreak of the H1N1 virus. This has thankfully led to more stringent measures and health awareness on the part of the establishments.

The global recession was clearly still in effect the whole year round, and there will even be some repercussions heading into 2010. There are still some significant properties and establishments being shopped and sold. However, it should be noted that, while some companies have been selling their hotels, there are those that are utilizing the sale to expand their core properties. That is a positive sign, showing growth and a willingness to expand despite the continued pinch given by the recession.

In 2009, eco-tourism and eco-friendly destinations started taking the spotlight, as both the travelers and the various establishments have become more and more environmentally conscious. Destinations such as Sweden, Norway, and Switzerland are the top dogs when it comes to eco-friendly places to visit. The hotels in such countries also benefit tremendously because of the influx of travelers, and a lot of them have already adopted an eco-friendly mentality to go with the times.

Of course, there are also many hotel groups-from smaller-scale local establishments to big chains of luxury hotels-who have re-evaluated their business approach and have made changes to their various investment strategies. This is a wise move, still in line with managing the costs and income in an economic landscape that still is not as stable as desired.

Another trend in 2009 was an increased patronage for online travel services, such as booking sites and aggregators that really are a big help to travelers. Still, traditional booking occupies a significant chunk of the pie, even with online services gaining some headway over the past year.

Some establishments, from hotels to apartments to luxury spas, have shown a diminishing level of performance in the middle of the year. The good thing is that some of them have been able to recover quite nicely and gain back some lost ground-and some lost ratings-to get back on track.

There are indications that leisure spending on the side of the travelers will go up in 2010, and that is a definite plus for the hotel industry. More people willing to spend more money translate to more business opportunities for hotels and other members of the hospitality industry.

All in all, it was another year and another step to recovery in 2009. Things are shaping up quite nicely for 2010, and hopefully, hotels and their respective managements learned a lot in the past year and start to apply them in order to flip the script this coming year.

5 Best Restaurants in London

When you are in London, you are bound to be confused about where to have your lunch or dinner. One choice you definitely have is the Subway or McDonalds. However, if you want to enjoy your meals leisurely with good ambiance, here is a list of best restaurants in London. Most of these restaurants mentioned here cater to all types of budgets. They not only excel in the variety of cuisines they have, but also in service and ambiance. Read on to see which one of these best restaurants in London you would select to enjoy your meals.

1) Hereford Road

Until 1997, British cuisine wasn’t nearly as popular as today. Tom Pemberton was one of them who propelled the British cuisine into highlight with this restaurant. Located on 3 Hereford Road, this restaurant offers bold, British cooking for its customers. The menu changes here regularly (on a daily basis). The common ingredients here are lamb’s sweetbreads, calves’ kidneys and brains, and British puddings.

2) Hawksmoor Seven Dials

This restaurant is located on 11 Langley Road in the Coventry Garden location and a truly sensational one. Though the entrance is slightly hidden, once you enter this restaurant, you will feel as if it is a century old restaurant. The surprising part is that the restaurant was opened only near the end of 2010. The quality of meat is far better than the expensive Mayfair steak restaurants. If you are willing to part with nearly £50 per ahead, this is a restaurant can provide you quite a pleasant experience.

3) Gordon Ramsay’s The Savoy Grill

The Savoy, located on The Strand and a few steps away from Coventry Garden, is forming a part of the Gordon Ramsay Empire of restaurants. The Savoy Grill is located inside the Savoy Hotel and dates back to 1889. It was recently restored back to its former glory. The menu here is inspired by the by the classic dishes of Britain and France. The selection of meats such as Roe deer venison and Herdwick mutton cutlets is outstanding,

4) Le Gavroche

Le Gavroche from Michael Roux Jr. is a “toptable Best Food award” winner and a holder of two Michelin stars. Located in the heart of Mayfair with an unimposing doorway, the restaurant offers you a typical country house atmosphere just before you enter the classically designed main restaurant. This restaurant is unpretentious and offers you some of the best French food UK can provide.

5) Mezzanine Restaurant

The Mezzanine Restaurant presents to you some of the best seasonal modern European cuisine London has to offer. Located on the Southbank and inside the famous National Theatre, this restaurant overlooks the River Thames. It is a more formal, chic and stylish dining room whose specialty is the Pre theatre dining. The restaurant is conveniently situated for visitors to the National Theatre and is also a hit among the local foodies.

Now that I have mentioned some of the best restaurants in London, where do you prefer to eat the next time you are in London?