Welcome to our short, sharp, to-the-point, and extremely narrow guide to booking a hotel.
I’d like this post to be a well-rounded review on how to book your hotel. Instead it’s going to be a gush-fest about how awesome Agoda is.
What is Agoda?
Agoda is a third-party hotel booking website which (according to them) has ‘over 265,000 hotels worldwide, 7,000,000 satisfied customers, 4,000,000+ hotel reviews, 1000+ free hotel stays redeemed weekly from reward points and availability in over 37,000 cities worldwide.’
Pretty good eh?
Search for a Hotel
Using Agoda to search for a hotel is so easy it’s idiot-proof. Just enter the city you’re visiting, your check-in date, choose the number of nights you will be staying, and press ‘check rates.’
Now you’re at the fun part!
On the left-hand side of the page there’s a wealth of options to choose from to refine your search:
- ‘contains’ hotel name
- star rating
- hotel facilities
- accommodation type
- hotel area and;
- hotel chains and brands.
If you’re keen to look at everything that’s offered you can order the entirety of your search by using the ‘sort by’ drop down box on the right. Here you can look at Agoda recommendations, order by stars or look at customer reviews.
A word to the wise on customer reviews
Unless they’re really, really terrible don’t take too much notice. I swear people like to find things to complain about. When Jarryd and I were in Paris we stayed in a hotel that was hundreds of years old with only three floors that was literally across the road from the Moulin Rouge. Someone actually complained that there was no lift and rated it badly.
Browse your Hotel options
So now you’ve got your options listed in a useful way, open a few of those suckers up. You should be able to see some pictures of the offered room, view the location on Googlemaps, and (if you scroll to the bottom) view the features of the hotel.
The centre of the page is where you can find the deals on offer and book a room. Make sure to check that the room you’re choosing is for the correct number of people as this seems to be one small feature Agoda is lacking – the ability to search rooms according to the number of patrons staying.
Book your Hotel
Once you’ve found a hotel that’s right for you, enter the number of rooms you need and ‘Book It!‘. Follow the usual process (name, address, payment type) and you’re done.
It’s that easy!
Agoda accepts Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, JCB and Paypal so you’re spoiled in the ‘payment options’ department. Once you’ve processed the payment you’ll be sent a confirmation email and everything is now ready for your trip!
A word on cancellations and rescheduling
Cancelling and rescheduling on Agoda is very easy. My experience is that they never charge processing or cancellation fees. When Mon and I changed our hotel booking in Ueno so that we could spend a few days in Kyoto, Agoda automatically told us what our refund would be and refunded the money directly to Monique within an hour.
Now that’s service.
I’m absolutely sure that any of the other third-party services for booking hotels are just as reliable and useful as Agoda, but I’ve always used Agoda for my travels and have always been satisfied.
Until next time,
Kally & Mon.
[Feature Image Credit: Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo]
What’s your favourite way to book accommodation?