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No holiday is complete without the right hotel. If you're looking to plan an unforgettable trip, you'll need to find the right place to stay. Learn how Expedia can help you book the right hotel for your needs whether you're taking the family on holiday, traveling with someone special, or just taking some time away for yourself.

How to book a hotel on Expedia?

Pop your dates and destination into Expedia's easy-to-use search wizard to compare deals and book hotels at the click of a button. Play around with the handy filters to narrow down your search. Once you've found your dream accommodation, enter in your payment details, and you'll be all set for your next adventure. It's as easy as that.

What are the most important things when choosing a hotel?

When deciding where to stay and what hotels to book, it's a good idea to consider the following points:

  • Average cost per night. For example, hotels in London will generally cost more than hotels in Manchester and other small cities.
  • Reviews. These give you an idea of the best hotel or place to stay in your destination. Keep an eye out for the green rating label in Expedia's search results, as this means the property has excellent reviews.
  • Room type and inclusions. Be sure to think about what you need to have for an unforgettable stay. For example, you may want a Cornwall hotel with a sea view or a hearty breakfast included with your Dublin hotel.

How far in advance should I book a hotel?

While it varies by destination, you should generally book a hotel room between 1 and 3 months before you travel. Seasonality plays a major part in rates and availability, too. For example, United Kingdom hotels are often fully booked during the busy summer holiday months, so it's wise to reserve at least 6 months ahead when traveling at that time of year. You should also reserve well in advance if you're heading to major events. For instance, Wembley Stadium hotels should be reserved early when there are sporting fixtures or concerts taking place. The same applies for local holidays. Hotels in Amsterdam, for example, get booked out early for 'King's Day' festivities, while hotels in Mexico can be hard to come by for 'Day of the Dead' celebrations.

How can I find the cheapest hotels?

Take advantage of Expedia's intuitive search wizard to land cheap hotels in Europe, North America and hundreds of other destinations. It lets you set a maximum budget so you can quickly compare the best deals within your price range. Hop over to the budget hotels page for more cheap accommodation ideas. There, you could score the best cheap hotels in England and countless more popular spots across the globe. You'll also see alternative cheap lodging options, including hostels, 2-star hotels and motels.

How can I find some of the best deals on hotels?

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