When you’re looking for accommodation for your stay in Amsterdam, what are you looking for? You’ll need somewhere safe, easy to reach and one of the deciding factors is sure to be the price.
Online travel agents (OTAs) have their benefits when deciding which property to stay in; they make it easy to compare prices and facilities of different properties, but when you have decided which hotel to stay in, you should always book directly with the property and not using an OTA.
Hotel insiders share some of the benefits of booking directly with the hotel.
1. You’ll have a flexible cancellation policy
Often when you book a hotel, there is a chance you’ll miss the terms and conditions of the specific rate you book. Some rates on OTA websites offer a lower ‘discounted’ rate if you pay in full when you make the booking with no possibility to amend the booking. Travel agents have strict cancellation policies, which cannot be amended or controlled by the hotel. This leaves you with zero flexibility if you need to cancel or amend your trip. When you book directly with the hotel, we offer a flexible cancellation policy as standard (unless otherwise stated), giving you the possibility of changing or cancelling your booking in case plans change.
2. You’ll get the best available rates
While online search engines are good to compare prices of different properties, once you have decided where is best, you should always book directly on the hotel’s official website. There is a misconception that when you book with a travel agent, they can offer lower rates when in fact the opposite is true. On our website, we can offer discounts, seasonal special offers and so much more that aren’t available from any other website. In fact, we offer a guarantee that our rates are the lowest and we will beat any lower price with the same T&C’s by 10%.
3. No commissions needed
Did you know that OTAs charge hotels a huge commission on every booking that comes to the hotel? The commission can range from 10 % to a huge 25% forcing hotels to increase their rates to cover the cost. One of the benefits of booking direct is that every cent you spend in the hotel goes straight back into the hotel, covering costs, paying staff and allowing hotels to pass on those savings to guests. More money in the property means we can afford to employ more local people, keeping money in the country and giving our local town support and opportunities for employment. It also allows us to reinvest in the hotel décor and facilities, ensuring that the hotel looks its very best for our guests.
4. Enjoy a VIP treatment
Did you know that hotels usually favour their direct booking guests when it comes to upgrades, special offers and in-room extras? When you book directly, you will get exclusive access to our loyalty club and you’ll have access to low rates that aren’t available anywhere else. We also offer complimentary use of bathrobes and slippers to our loyal guests. You can also collect rewards points, avail of free early check-in or late check-out and discounted parking rates when you book directly on our website. All of our guests get the same excellent service and quality but there are definitely benefits to booking with our friendly staff or on our official website.
5. The official website gives you a virtual tour
When you use a hotel website to make your booking, you get a feel for the property before you arrive. For example, when you book on our website not only do you see the very best special offers and flexible rates, you also get to see professional photos of our rooms, public areas and surrounding area. You can check ‘neighbourhood’ section for local attractions and restaurants, read blogs about lesser-spotted places to visit and find out about the extras that the hotel offers (like shopping service or pet policy).
Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a travel buff who writes for PREMIER SUITES PLUS Amsterdam, which specializes in luxury, full-suite serviced apartments in Amsterdam. This frugal young lady believes that traveling shouldn’t be expensive. She loves sharing money-saving hacks on lodging, traveling, and dining.