The first thing I would recommend when staying in a hotel is find out if the hotel offers any type of discounts. Many hotels offer discounts for seniors, AAA members or military. For example, we contacted a hotel and saved more than $70 a night because they offered a military discount.
Several hotels also offer deals. Some of the deals that we have experienced are if you stay several nights with them you get nights free or if you have a preferred customer card with that hotel you receive discounts. I find if you simply do a little research you can save a lot of money.
Another way we saved money this travel season is that we stayed in hotels that offered not only free breakfasts but also free dinners with your stays. We stayed at the Residence Inn, which offers free breakfasts and dinners during the week and free breakfasts on the weekends. The hotel also provided us with a full kitchen in our room so that we could save money by cooking our own meals and not having to rely on fast food.
Another hotel chain we visited was the Drury Inn. This hotel chain also provided us with free breakfast and dinners. My kids loved it.
I can’t tell you the massive amount of money we saved by not having to purchase our family breakfast or dinners during our stays at various hotels this summer.
Another benefit to the Drury Inn and Residence Inn was both hotels were pet friendly, which allowed us to take our beloved Pug with us on our travels.
Another tip I would recommend is to contact the hotel directly and don’t just accept the rates on their websites. In every single case that we contacted the hotel directly, we received bigger savings than was offered to us online.
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