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Submitted by Navin Pathak on Fri, 11/29/2019 - 1:48am.

When it comes to budget accommodation, AirBnB is your best bet. You also get to experience the local cultures up close when you stay with a localhost. Safety is a major concern when it comes to AirBnB, however. 

In India, the AirBnB community is a relatively new one and is picking up fast. Most tourist destinations have great options for you to book your accommodation. These AirBnB listings are put up by rather interesting hosts who can make your experience extremely fun. In fact, some of these AirBnB facilities are almost as good as a five-star hotel with great amenities. Of course, India is known globally for its hospitality. 

That said, one must always take necessary precautions to avoid any unpleasant experiences. These simple tips will ensure that you have the best AirBnB experience during your stay in India: 

  • Choose verified hosts: Only when a host provides all the credentials required by AirBnB is he or she approved and verified. When you are booking a room, ensure that you find all credentials such as the name, phone number, email ID and more. 
  • Check the ratings: This is, by far, the best way to check if you are making the right choice. Avoid places that have not been reviewed yet. Read these reviews to understand the challenges that some guests may have faced. 
  • Connect with the host: Hosts can contact guests and vice versa. Use the credentials provided along with the listing to get an idea about the host. This will give you a fair idea about the person. Make use of social media to get to know your host better. 
  • Keep communication clear: Make sure you ask your host questions about any added tariffs such as power or internet besides the rent of the room mentioned on AirBnB. The last thing you want to do is squabble about money. If you want to have friends over, always ask the host if it is alright.  
  • Have a backup plan: One can never be too prepared. Check for other options around the area that you want to stay in. In case you find that the host is not as delightful as you expected, you can always change your mind. 

 

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Tue, 11/26/2019 - 6:18am.

Especially In India, booking your accommodation online is the best way to get 4 or 5-star hotels in the best deal possible. There are several travel apps that not only let you book accommodation but also your travel tickets. Often, these apps also give you a discount when you make all your travel bookings through them. 

If you are looking for 4 and 5-star hotels in India, here are the most widely used websites that guarantee fair prices: 

  • MakeMyTrip: This is the go-to website for any travel enthusiast. The best thing about MakeMyTrip is that they have, possibly, the largest network of hotels in India. The application helps you find great deals on even the most remote parts of India thanks to this network. Get seasonal packages and promotional offers that help you save quite a bit even with premium properties. 

  • Goibibo: Goibibo has introduced various features in the travel booking arena to make it easier for you to get a good deal. You can earn a virtual currency called GoCash with your bookings and by providing new references. There is also a large travelers’ network that helps you earn GoCash and several rewards for easy bookings. 

  • Booking.com: Available in more than 40 languages, this is one of the best sites to use when you are traveling overseas. One feature that stands out with Booking.com is last minute deals that can help you get the most unbeatable prices on any hotel of your choice. 

  • Trivago: Compare prices of the same hotel on different websites with Trivago. That way, you can never miss a good deal. This website allows you to compare more than 400 websites at once and gives you access to over 1.8 million properties spread across 190 countries. You will be redirected to the website of your choice one you find a good deal to make a final booking. 

All of the websites mentioned above also have a mobile application. The deals are much better when you make a booking using these mobile applications. 

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Fri, 11/22/2019 - 1:10am.

When you are traveling to India and have never been there before, a star hotel is one of the safest and most reliable options for staying. These hotels come with facilities that you will need when you are traveling, such as wi-fi connectivity and even transport. All the amenities that you need, of course, come with a price tag. 

Almost every major city in India has 4 and 5-star hotel accommodation but of course, the prices and amenities may differ from city to city. For example, 4/5 star hotels in tier 1 cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, etc. will be more expensive than in tier 2 cities.

For finding a 4 or 5-star hotel in India, you have the following options:

  1. Google search to find hotels, select a hotel of your choice and make a booking directly with the hotel
  2. Use a reliable travel agent in your home country or in India to find, select and make a booking at a hotel for you
  3. Use websites or mobile apps, which act as aggregators, to find and select a hotel of your choice

Keeping price, safety, and accessibility in mind, there are ways to select reasonable 4 and 5-star hotel accommodation options in India with a few simple tips:

  • Location matters: Generally, the location of the 4 or 5-star hotel determines the cost. Staying close to the central business areas in most metropolitan cities can be expensive but a safe choice. However, ensure that you plan your stay as per your itinerary and close to the places you are likely to frequent most.

  • Read reviews online: Once you have finalized on the hotel, make sure that you check reviews and ratings. TripAdvisor is the best site to check genuine reviews about hotels. Make sure that the area that you are staying in is safe and is accessible through public transport even if you are traveling earlier or later in the day. 

  • Deals or discounts: Travel websites normally offer deals on 4 and 5-star hotel bookings and most of these websites also have mobile applications. Travelers suggest that you use mobile applications for better deals. You get promo codes, seasonal discounts, and even credit points on these apps to get a better deal each time you make a booking. 

  • Season matters: If you are in India during the peak season, which is usually around the festivals and holidays, the prices will be much higher. An off-peak booking can be as low as 40% to 50% less than the regular rates. 

  • Tap into your memberships: Look for hotel-chains that you have a membership with. For example, Marriott Hotels offer great deals to patrons and even throw in freebies along with each booking.