Making Hotel Reservations in India

Make hotel reservations before arriving at your destination. Do not plan on arriving in India without a confirmed hotel reservation, at least  for the first night. Arriving without a confirmed hotel reservation may result in not only your paying a higher rate for your hotel but also in your having to settle for a room that you may not be suitable for your specific needs. There are benefits to making hotel reservations before arriving to any new destination. You not only save money but also the opportunity of being able to shop around for something within your budget and suitable to your taste.  Some airports have booths to help tourists get a hotel reservation. These booths have a list of the rates charged by the various hotels in the city and will make a call on your behalf if you choose one of them. The only problem here is availability and price. You have to take whatever is available and the price you pay is for the room as well as for the commission of the agents located at the airport. Government tax on hotels between 10 to 12.5% is charged by the hotels on your final bill in some States in India. Some hotels also add an additional service tax that can sometimes be as high as 10%. So when comparing hotel rates check if the taxes are included in the quoted price or extra. Many hotels do have specials that are not always advertised up front. For instance if you walk in to a hotel to get a room don’t expect to get the special rate that the hotel may be advertising somewhere. Unless you are aware there is a special sale price being offered, the chances are you will be quoted a regular rate.  In Delhi one of the major hotels is advertising room rates per night starting at Rupees 4500 per night. Checking further for the same hotel, I find the hotel also has a special rate of Rupees 6950 per night for two nights stay and Rupees 10250 per night for three nights. After the third night the price goes down to only Rupees 3250 per night. In case you are planning to stay for more than one night, don't hesitate to ask if the hotel is offering any specials. In several cities taxi drivers will volunteer to take you to a hotel. They try and steer their passengers to hotels that pay them a commission. I remember on a trip to Agra where the taxi driver wanted to drive us to all the hotels in the city without any charge. He said he would get paid by the hotel regardless of which one we chose to stay in, as long as he could drive us there. There are several guest houses also available for those of you who would prefer more room and prefer to stay away from hotels. I was able to rent a suite in Delhi for Rupees 41,000 for a month last year, that’s approximately US $930 which worked out to around US $31 per day. The place actually was quite clean; it had two rooms a bath and kitchen fully furnished. The place also had a television and Internet connection. Of course no room service or other luxuries. Most hotels on hill stations all over India offer lower rates at off season times. In case you are making on-line hotel reservations then the seasonal discounts are usually reflected in the rates shown. Chances are you will get a better rate for a hotel room by booking on-line than booking directly with the hotel. On line booking websites deal in volume and hence have the ability to negotiate lower prices. Hotels usually don't pass such savings on to the public directly.
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Making Hotel Reservations in India Make hotel reservations before arriving at your destination. Do not plan on arriving in India without a confirmed hotel reservation, at least  for the first night. Arriving without a confirmed hotel reservation may result in not only your paying a higher rate for your hotel but also in your having to settle for a room that you may not be suitable for your specific needs. There are benefits to making hotel reservations before arriving to any new destination. You not only save money but also the opportunity of being able to shop around for something within your budget and suitable to your taste.  Some airports have booths to help tourists get a hotel reservation. These booths have a list of the rates charged by the various hotels in the city and will make a call on your behalf if you choose one of them. The only problem here is availability and price. You have to take whatever is available and the price you pay is for the room as well as for the commission of the agents located at the airport. Government tax on hotels between 10 to 12.5% is charged by the hotels on your final bill in some States in India. Some hotels also add an additional service tax that can sometimes be as high as 10%. So when comparing hotel rates check if the taxes are included in the quoted price or extra. Many hotels do have specials that are not always advertised up front. For instance if you walk in to a hotel to get a room don’t expect to get the special rate that the hotel may be advertising somewhere. Unless you are aware there is a special sale price being offered, the chances are you will be quoted a regular rate.  In Delhi one of the major hotels is advertising room rates per night starting at Rupees 4500 per night. Checking further for the same hotel, I find the hotel also has a special rate of Rupees 6950 per night for two nights stay and Rupees 10250 per night for three nights. After the third night the price goes down to only Rupees 3250 per night. In case you are planning to stay for more than one night, don't hesitate to ask if the hotel is offering any specials. In several cities taxi drivers will volunteer to take you to a hotel. They try and steer their passengers to hotels that pay them a commission. I remember on a trip to Agra where the taxi driver wanted to drive us to all the hotels in the city without any charge. He said he would get paid by the hotel regardless of which one we chose to stay in, as long as he could drive us there. There are several guest houses also available for those of you who would prefer more room and prefer to stay away from hotels. I was able to rent a suite in Delhi for Rupees 41,000 for a month last year, that’s approximately US $930 which worked out to around US $31 per day. The place actually was quite clean; it had two rooms a bath and kitchen fully furnished. The place also had a television and Internet connection. Of course no room service or other luxuries. Most hotels on hill stations all over India offer lower rates at off season times. In case you are making on- line hotel reservations then the seasonal discounts are usually reflected in the rates shown. Chances are you will get a better rate for a hotel room by booking on- line than booking directly with the hotel. On line booking websites deal in volume and hence have the ability to negotiate lower prices. Hotels usually don't pass such savings on to the public directly.
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