With so many booking engines on the internet, it’s hard to know if you’re getting the best deal. And then when you think you’ve found the best deal, a quick check of some other websites and your heart sinks. Or you come across some bad reviews, or you realise it’s not in the best area of town, or not even in town.
I have had many a dull moment searching and checking for hostel and hotel deals. That was until I came across HotelCalculator.
- The site searches and compares prices from 25+ accommodation sites including Expedia, Booking.com, and Hotels.com.
- You can sort by distance to certain landmark – I searched for accommodation in New York and it showed me which hotels were closest to Times Square, Grand Central Terminal or the Met.
- Google Maps is used for mapping – some sites try to use their own maps but I haven’t seen anything on the same level as Google.
- Extensive filter for narrowing your search – once you put in the basics like city, dates, # of people etc, you are given a whole lot of results. Some people like to crawl through every single one, but for those who just want a good deal quickly you can use the filter to limit price, select essential amenities or only view 4 and 5 star hotels.
- Some hotels are listed twice because of variations in their name across the different accommodation sites. To get around this you can filter by the main keyword of the hotel name to find all the results.
- There are scant reviews of the hotels. But you can easily see reviews by clicking on the accommodation site that’s listed.
All in all, it takes away a lot of wasted time that I would usually spend making sure I have the cheapest and best hotel. We travel to new cities often, so my favourite feature is sorting by how far a hotel is from the city’s main attractions or centre because I love being where all the action is. I just wish I knew about it before I booked our (very) cramped room in New York!