How to find the best deals on hotels

Vacations: Hotel Accomodations

5 cheap hotels in expensive US cities


With four-star hotel prices averaging $313 to $389 per night in the most expensive U.S. cities, finding a deal on lodging requires some serious research. If price is the defining factor, get ready to prioritize. Here are cheap hotels to consider in five expensive U.S. cities.

Want to Travel Like a Royal? Stay in a Castle!


If the classic castles that serve as the backdrop on TV shows such as "Downton Abbey" get your heart racing, you're in luck. Across Europe, many highbrow historical sites have been transformed into hotels, offering those without a title access to a royal experience. Join us on a tour of castles that have opened their doors to the not-so-manor-born -- and find out how you can feel like a royal, too.

7 Tips to Beat Hotel Fees

Video - Angela Colley

Some hotels are tacking on mandatory fees for everything from an in-room safe to daily paper delivery to an "energy fee." Here is a long list of hotel fees and how to beat them.

5 Tips for Booking the Best Hotel Deals


The biggest discounts will go to those in the know. So before checking in, check out discount hotel deals by following these strategies.

5 Keys to Unlocking Hidden Hotel Deals


If you didn't reserve your last hotel room through Priceline or one of the other "hidden" hotel deal sites, sorry -- you just overpaid. Hidden, or "opaque," hotel deals -- the kind in which you don't know where you're staying until you after you make the reservation -- can save you big money every time you travel.

University Accommodations

Alicia Klepeis

Could finding vacation accommodations at a university save you money? When you think of university accommodations, what comes to mind? Beer pong? Icky carpets? Bunk beds? Reset your memory banks. Today's dormitories are often luxurious compared with our old-school visions. Many universities rent out rooms to guests during the summer months and other university break times.

9 Fun and Funky Vacation Hotel Stays


Traveling on a budget? No need to snuggle with bedbugs in a dingy roadside motel. Instead, try one of these cheap and funky hotels, inns, campsites or bed-and-breakfasts in the U.S. and Canada. Among them, you'll find an Idaho dog-shaped inn and a spherical hotel that floats in a British Columbia rain forest.

5 Ways to Score Cheap Hotel Deals


Despite what you might think, you don't have to spend a fortune to stay at a four-star hotel. A little legwork can score you cheap deals, whether you're staying at a luxury resort, bed and breakfast, or run-of-the-mill hotel or motel. With the following tips, you and your companions can trim hotel costs and enjoy a delightful getaway without breaking the bank.

Tips for Booking Group Accomodations

TDS Reader Contributors

Group lodging can be expensive. But these TDS readers have found ways to save for their groups. Check out their recommendations.

Saving Money on Lodging

Marenda Babcock

Saving on lodging while traveling may not be as difficult as it sounds. It does take some planning, fortitude and perseverance. Here are some tips that can help your family save big bucks on your vacation budget.

Insider Reports: Hotel Reservations

Contributed by Annie

I work for a large hotel chain. There are certain things that you should keep in mind when booking a room if you want to save money and avoid a large, noisy crowd during your stay.

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