One of my biggest hobbies is getting cheaper fancy hotels. My friends and family often look to me to help them scout out accommodation before they go away, so I've decided to share some of my secrets with you. A lot of this is trial and error, so you have to be prepared to do some of your own work.
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Booking.com is also one of my stops when I need to be in a specific place or hotel. Booking.com often offers low rates or special deals, and they specifically offer a service that allows you to reserve beforehand and pay at the hotel. This is perfect if you need to reserve a room in advance and lock it in at a lower rate. They offer a flexible cancellation policy as well (I believe you can cancel up to 48 hours in advance, but don't quote me on that!) so that even if you book your room in advance and find out you can't go on your holiday or suddenly don't need it, you won't be penalized.