Best hotel comparison websites

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If you’re looking for holiday accommodation, it’s important to think about your essential criteria. Is it the style and location of the hotel – or does price trump all?

Today, the abundance of hotel comparison sites on the web means it’s easier than it’s ever been to find hotels that meet your personal requirements, whatever they are.

Not sure where to start looking? Here’s our guide to the top hotel comparison sites on the internet.

Finding the best hotel deal

If you’re after the best deal, one of the top websites out there is Booking.com. Over the last few years, Booking.com has gone from relative obscurity to one of the leaders in the hotel comparison market – and one glimpse at its clean, easy-to-use website shows why. When you search for a hotel at your destination, results are displayed clearly, indicating price, location, user reviews and plenty of eye-catching images. So you could find your ideal choice in a matter of seconds.

Agoda is similar to Booking.com, but often has different hotels with different deals. Its layout is also clear and uncluttered, and some holidaymakers prefer it. But both Booking.com and Agoda only show their own deals. If you want to see an overall comparison of all the deals that are available in a particular destination, Skyscanner Hotels is a good bet. Here, you’ll find not only the cheapest deals but all possible deals for available hotels at your destination. So, if for some reason you don’t want to book a hotel with the cheapest provider, you’ve got other options.

Elsewhere, Hotels.com is another useful hotel comparison site which runs its own loyalty programme – perfect for frequent travellers looking to get something back for their money.  Kayak and Momondo are also worth checking out. Kayak’s ultra-minimalist presentation appeals to lots of holidaymakers who are fed up of busy and distracting websites, while Momondo – a relative newcomer – boasts an uber-stylish and colourful site that may be more appealing to creative travellers.

Reviews and last minute hotel deals

Are good reviews more important to you than low prices? Then Tripadvisor Hotels should be your first port of call. Tripadvisor is renowned for its comprehensive ratings of attractions, restaurants and hotels at worldwide travel hotspots. But in addition to ordering hotels by user rating, it also lets you know where you can book these hotels and for how much – perfect if what you’re after is the best hotel at your destination.

On the other hand, if you’re planning a last minute getaway, lastminute.com is a great place to snap up hotel deals. Its Top Secret Hotels option is particularly popular, though of course you’re gambling by not knowing exactly where you’ll be staying until after your booking’s been made.

Alternatively, if you’ve got a smartphone, it’s worth downloading the Hotel Tonight app. Available on Apple, Android and Windows phones, it’s a great way to find last minute hotel deals near you when you’re already at your destination. It covers most major global cities but not all of them, so check its website first to see whether it covers where you’re going.

For more hotel comparison website tips, check out this Guardian article on budget price comparison travel websites, or this MoneySavingExpert.com page on cheap hotels.

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