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How to Save Money on Hotels

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.


How to Save Money on Hotels

look for deals

  • Check for deals online. The internet is a wonderful tool for finding the best price. You can use sites like Priceline, Hotwire, or Travelocity to find hotels in your area at discounted rates. Sites like these work by selling hotel rooms at deeply discounted prices in exchange for not knowing what hotel you'll be staying in until after purchase; sometimes this ends up being fine—but other times you could end up with an undesirable location.
  • Check out deals in your area. Many major cities have websites that offer discounts on local hotels and attractions if you're booking within a certain time frame (think: New York City's official tourism website). If there's something special going on during the dates of your trip—like a music festival or sporting event—you may be able to score some extra savings by checking out these websites before reserving your room!
  • Look for deals in other cities and countries too! Sometimes it might be worth looking into flying over to another city just because there are some amazing deals available on airfare through one of our favorite travel apps such as Google Flights or Kayak."

ask for a discount

  • If you're in a rush and want to save money on your hotel stay, ask for a discount.
  • Ask right away when you call to make a reservation.
  • Ask at the front desk when you check in.
  • Ask when ordering at the hotel restaurant or bar (if applicable).
  • Ask when booking any spa services (if applicable).

book early

Book early. When you're booking a hotel, the earlier you book, the better deal you'll get. Hotels almost always charge higher rates if they are booked at the last minute—and they will often still be available if they weren't booked in advance.

While it's true that there may be some occasions when booking ahead isn't necessary (for example, if there are only two people traveling together or one person staying long-term), in most cases we recommend booking at least 60 days out from your travel dates for optimal savings.

stay somewhere else

If you're looking to save money on a hotel, there are several other options to consider. The best one might be staying somewhere else entirely.

  • Rent a room
  • Stay with family or friends
  • Stay in a hostel
  • Stay in a camper van
  • Stay in a tent

If you want to get even more adventurous and save more money, there are plenty of other options available—especially if your tastes run toward the outdoorsy side of things. Here are some ideas:

save money on hotels

Here's how to save on your hotel stay:

  • Stay somewhere else. If you're not sure what you want, try out Airbnb or HomeAway for a different experience. You can also opt for a hostel if you're looking to meet people and don't mind sharing a room with strangers.
  • Ask for discounts! Many hotels offer them for certain days of the week (like Monday), during off-season times, on holidays and more. Ask about specials before booking; it never hurts to ask!
  • Book early! Hotels usually release their rooms months in advance—if they haven't already been booked by someone else—so get your name down sooner rather than later so that there are no unpleasant surprises when checking into your room at nightfall!

Hopefully, we’ve given you some ideas for how to save money on hotels. You can do it! Just remember that travel is all about the experiences you create and share with others. So don’t be too upset if your hotel room isn’t as nice as it could be or if there aren’t many amenities around. Simply enjoy exploring new places, meeting new people who share your interests and passions, and having fun with them!

How to save money on food while staying at hotels


If you're planning a vacation, there's something that's almost guaranteed to happen: you're going to stay in a hotel. Whether it's for business or pleasure, hotels are an easy way to get someplace new and rest up for whatever adventures await. But if you don't know how to save money on your stay, those expenses can add up quickly. Luckily for us all, there are plenty of ways to keep those costs down—and I'll show you how!

Plan ahead and make sure your hotel has a kitchen.

If you're staying in a hotel for an extended period of time, it might be worth investing in some basic kitchen supplies, like a blender and a panini press. You'll also have access to the hotel's kitchen, which can help you save money on food. The next time you're staying at a hotel that has a kitchenette (or even just a microwave), think about making healthy meals instead of eating out every night.

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If your hotel doesn't have an actual kitchen, or if it does but it doesn't have anything resembling cooking supplies—well then I'm sorry friend! It looks like your only option is going to be eating out all the time and hoping that they have something awesome on their menu each day (which they probably won't).

Stay in hotels with complimentary breakfast

It's a little known fact that most hotels offer complimentary breakfast. If you're staying at a hotel with a free breakfast, consider yourself lucky—you're saving money in the long run!

The typical complimentary breakfast will be something like an assortment of breads and pastries, cereal, yogurt, fruit and coffee or tea. You'll also find an omelette station where you can order eggs any way you like them. It's not gourmet food by any means but remember that this is free; don't expect five-star quality at no cost!

Check for mini-fridges in the room.

Next, check the room to see if there is a mini-fridge. If so, you can stock up on healthy, inexpensive food that will keep you satisfied without breaking the bank. You might even find some snacks left over from previous guests that can be yours for the taking! Just don't take any of their shampoo or toothpaste—that's just rude.

Bring some snacks from home.

If you're staying at a hotel for more than one night, consider bringing some snacks from home. If you don't like what the hotel restaurant is serving, or if it's too expensive, then bring some food from home and either eat in your room or take it down to the lobby where there are usually tables and chairs.

Don't buy food at the hotel store unless it's something that can be eaten on the go (like trail mix). The prices are generally high and there's no need to pay extra just because you're staying somewhere overnight.

Don't eat at the hotel bar unless you have a lot of money to spend on alcohol; otherwise stick with water or soda while eating your own food instead of ordering drinks there every time someone comes up with an idea for how they want to relax after dinner together!

Consider staying at a B&B instead of a hotel.

  • Consider staying at a B&B instead of a hotel.
  • In many cases, Bed and Breakfasts are cheaper than hotels and provide more space and amenities.
  • If you're staying in one, ask if they have a kitchen you can use to cook your own meals.
  • Most B&B's offer breakfast included with the price of the room so make sure you check this out before booking!

Always ask about specials and packages that include food.

The secret to saving money on food when you're traveling is to ask about special packages that include it. You can ask your hotel concierge or the front desk clerk if there are any special offers, deals, discounts and packages available for guests. For example:

  • “I'd like to know about any specials or discounts that might be available for guests staying here."
  • “I'm wondering if there are any deals currently in place for guests at this hotel."

You'll be surprised by how much more cheaply you can eat when you take advantage of these types of offers.

Staying away from home doesn't have to break the bank.

You might think that staying at a hotel is a great way to spend money, but it doesn't have to be. If you want to save money on food while traveling, then hotels are your best bet.

Hotels are a great way to save money on food because there are often restaurants nearby that offer discounted rates for guests of the hotel. This means you can eat for less than if you were paying full price (which means more money in your pocket!).


We hope that this article has convinced you that staying in hotels doesn't have to be expensive. You can easily save money on food while traveling by planning ahead, asking about specials and packages that include food, and bringing snacks from home or a B&B instead of eating out every meal.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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