Going away for a night, a few days or even a week can mean different things to different people at different times. Sometimes, we have to go somewhere on a set date. There is a purpose. It’s a family event, a graduation, a business trip. The hotel itself seems almost inconsequential because you’re spending only a short amount of time there so you start to question the standard of accommodation you need. You don’t want to pay a fortune for a nice hotel you’ll barely be in but really, that’s where you want to stay. You don’t want to choose a sub-standard place because you know you really won’t enjoy your trip as much.
Then there are the times you are going somewhere as a luxury. It’s a treat for someone you love (or even yourself). It might still only be a short break but you want to stay in nice surroundings. But then as it’s only a short break, you’re mindful you don’t want to pay too much. And when it starts getting to longer vacations, nicer hotels seem really out of the picture because they can cost the earth.
The well-known ‘nice’ hotels in particular can be the priciest. You have heard of them because of their good reputation but really, they can seem out of your price range. Until you do a little research – take a look at the reasons why staying in a Marriott hotel might be cheaper than you think…
Discounts are available
You might think that the price you see is the price you pay, especially with a name as big as ‘Marriott’, but that’s not always the case! Fortunately, the bigger chains have come to realise that they are missing out on a whole heap of guests who would stay for the right price and would mean that otherwise empty rooms will get filled. Websites such as Coupon Dad offer great deals to make sure you can book in at your favourite hotels at an affordable price. The offers change regularly so you need to keep your eye out for one that suits you best. But do keep looking because you’ll find some amazing offers.
All hotels are subject to seasonality so if you aren’t fussy about when you go, you can find some absolute bargain room rates! Think a little differently about when to book – avoid public holidays, school breaks and choose a Sunday night instead of a Saturday. Book for the fall instead of the summer and soon enough, you’ll see the prices might be a lot more favourable.
Every industry has sales and tourism and hospitality are no different! So be a savvy shopper and you’ll bag yourself a hotel bargain. Booking and travelling at the right time can save you an absolute fortune thanks to the peaks and troughs of holiday seasons. As with anything, going ‘off-peak’ is when it’s less popular but does that matter to you? Depending on your reasons for visiting a place, it might work out better anyway as the show you want to see might still have tickets available or the restaurant you’re desperate to eat at might not be fully booked. Sales do happen for a reason but as long as you’re ok to book and/or travel in these times, you’ll be the one benefitting massively.
Location, location, location
If you can be a little more flexible about where you stay then you might find yourself saving some money. For example, a Marriott on the outskirts of town might be a whole lot cheaper than one right in the city centre tourist hot spot. So check out local transport links – you might find it’s really easy to get to all the places you want to see from an out of town location. And you might even find you prefer escaping the hustle and bustle to have a quiet night’s sleep after a busy day too. So not only will you save some of your hard-earned dollars, you’ll be more rested too.
Staying at a Marriott hotel is indeed a luxury but it needn’t be one you have to miss out on simple because of cost. There are plenty of ways for you to grab a room at a rate you’re happy to pay so you can enjoy the plush surroundings without feeling like you’ve overpaid.