What are The Best Booking Sites For European Hotels?
The other month, we published 5 Booking Sites to Know About and Use, our handy little guide to the hotel booking sites (and one mobile app) that we use frequently for our hotel stays in the U.S. But what are the best hotel booking sites for Europe?
We personally have used a variety of booking sites for our past European vacations. In Monte Carlo, we ended up going through Kiwi Collection and Leading Hotels of the World. In Paris, we once had you dear readers pick our hotel. Another time, we booked through the hotel at Le Meurice. In London, we booked directly with Tune for the opening of their first hotel in London and in Munich and Barcelona a few years back, we actually booked using credit card points.
And the frequent hotels we've casually surveyed seem to use different tactics themselves. Several folks told us they go through loyalty programs like Starwood and Hilton. While others stick with the big travel aggregators like Expedia, Kayak, Priceline and Travelocity.
We've long known about Booking.com, which has over 300,000 hotels and accommodations in more than 183 countries as well as Venere.com which has over 120,000 hotels in more than 30 destinations worldwide and we can't forget about Tablet Hotels which always has the coolest boutique hotels in every major metropolis.
And now the advent of mobile apps has further complicated your booking options in. HotelTonight rapidly expanding across Europe as is Priceline and apps from the bigger sites. Meanwhile, theNew York Times' Frugal Traveler recently chronicled his experience traveling in Europe, staying only at hotels that fit his budget and could be booked from a mobile app. He mentions a few good ones that we haven't heard of before like Blink and Hotels Now.
Yet we can't say for certain that any of these are our "favorite" or "most trusted". So we thought we'd let YOU tell us instead. Sound off in comments with your go-to booking sites for European vacations.
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