Lodging in Australia: 3 Tips for Finding Holiday Accommodation
Over the past year, almost six million international visitors stepped foot in Australia. Some came to experience the country's unique landscapes and incredible wildlife, others to see its incredible cities and vibrant nightlife. Some were families, here to enjoy Australia's great selection of outdoor sights, while others were adventure tourists, here to capitalize on Australia's warm waters and exciting surf.
While Australia fields millions of tourists each year, often with very little in common, they all share one similar interest: finding inexpensive, luxurious, and comfortable accommodation. It's a familiar problem for travellers, and given the expensive rates often seen in Australia's major cities, one that's seemingly endemic to the country's metropolitan areas.
However, it is possible to find affordable, comfortable, and convenient lodging while in Australia for your holiday. These three tips can help you find a hotel room, roadside motel, or private lodge without a potentially costly bill attached. Whether you're staying in the arid countryside or central Sydney, apply these three lodging tips and you'll save hundreds of dollars on your total hotel bills.
1. Compare hotel, motel, or lodge prices online.
Almost all of Australia's major hotels, motels, and private lodges are listed online, often as part of a price and room comparison service. From square footage to bed softness, most hotel room features can be checked long before a booking is made, saving you potential stress and mistaken bookings.
It's also possible to compare the prices of various Australian hotels online, against each other and as part of an all-round comparison for their region. If you're searching for an ultra-budget deal on inner city accommodation, a quick scan online can save you hundreds of dollars on your hotel room.
2. Search for reviews, feedback, and testimonials.
You've searched online, compared priced, and found a fantastic hotel for just a fraction of the rack price. Should you book, or should you leave it? Stumbling upon a great deal isn't exactly a rarity in the days of price comparison websites, but landing on a truly spotless gem is far from common.
Often, high quality hotels will list their worst rooms (sometimes referred to as 'online inventory') on a price comparison website, purely to lure guests in search of an upgrade. If you're not sure that this 'hot deal' is really such a bargain, consult a review or thorough testimonial before you book.
3. Think about accessibility and location.
Which is better: a five-star hotel in the middle of nowhere, or a three-star located next to a city train station? By using a map-based online comparison tool, you'll be able to quickly and easily judge the location of your hotel, all without having to visit each one in person or rely on a guidebook.
Most Australia or Australasia-based hotel websites will allow you to search based on location, with some even allowing visitors to search based on proximity to public transport. If you'd prefer not to walk from one attraction to the next, it's worth checking that your hotel is centrally located.