We, at Unforgettable Bahamas Weddings (UBW), aim to make your paradise wedding event a memorable, fun and stress-free occasion.  Your small beach wedding in Nassau Bahamas is covered from this end, but during your planning process one of the things you will likely do from home is to book hotel accommodations.  We understand that this can be a daunting task at times, and the convenience of online booking isn’t so smooth-sailing all of the time.  Therefore, we invite you to check out these tips on booking hotels online; but first, if you are ready to signup for our small beach wedding solution on our CONTACT US page, please click here.  Or, if you haven't yet downloaded our FREE Bahamas Weddings Guide then please click here

Things you need to know before you book a hotel online

Does it seem as if every time you look around on the internet for a hotel room, you find more web sites that say you can get a hotel room for less?

Though it may sound enticing, online hotel booking has its own set of challenges. An online discount hotel booking web site should provide the following basic things:

· Offer real time hotel room booking

· Allow date amendments and cancellations online

· Rates should clearly indicate what currency is being quoted, whether the rate is per person or per room, and what is and what is not included in the rate, and, if taxes are not included, how much they will be

· The location information of the hotel should be listed on the hotel description page. This can help identify the distance from the hotel to certain landmarks or the airport

· All the information regarding the hotel (such as facilities and rates) should be located on each hotel's web page

· Pictures of the hotel

· Star quality rating, consumer ratings with consumer reviews

· Does the online hotel booking site have a membership program (like http://www.ratestogo.com/membership)that offers reward points and privileges

Checklist before and after you book a hotel room online

If you follow this checklist, you're less likely to have nasty surprises in store for you:

· Have you seen the hotel on a map, and do you understand the exact location?

· Do you know what the rate is, which currency it is quoted in, whether this rate is per person or per room, per night or per complete stay?

· Do you understand the standard/quality of the hotel?

· Does the rate include everything or are taxes, surcharges, gratuities, service fees, etc, extra? How much are such extra costs if they exist? Are there any other mandatory costs that you might have to pay?

· Are there any extra inclusions such as breakfast, and, if so, is it a cooked or continental · Do you understand what room type and bedding configuration you will be getting?

· Is your reservation guaranteed? Will it be held for late arrival?

· What is the change, cancellation and refund policy if you need to change or cancel your booking?

· Did the credit card number you gave to the internet booking service merely guarantee your room, or did they charge a deposit (or even the full stay) at the time you made your booking to the credit card?

· You may contact the hotel directly 24 hours after you’ve made your online booking, to confirm that the booking has appeared in their local computer system. You may also check with them to see if the booking is the same as you have made in terms of room type, room rate, dates, etc.

· If you have any special needs or requirements or expectations, you should double check with the hotel directly that these special service requests have been received by them and are understood and will be provided.

· Most importantly, if you prepaid any amounts to the internet website, confirm that you won't be billed again by the hotel directly. Remember that most internet websites are completely independent of the hotels they service, and could be located anywhere in the world; once they get your money; there is no guarantee that they will pass it on to the hotel in time for your stay.

www.ratestogo.com is a website that has answers to all these questions. Visit http://www.ratestogo.com/Hotels-Last-Minute/EN for last minute deals for over 5,500 global properties through a real time booking engine.

Author Bio

Chloe Lim is a photographer and avid traveler. She travels extensively for work and family vacations. She is always on the lookout for bargain travel deals and discount luxury vacations.


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