Must-use accommodation search websites

Olena Petrosyuk

Olena Petrosyuk

Travel websites today are many – and remembering all is an unnecessary hassle. However, some of them might determine if you spend the night on a bench in the local park or on a king-size bed in the nearby hotel. We have compiled a list of must-have accommodation websites for all tastes - so make sure to bookmark at least some of them right now.



If you are after the lowest prices – use Tingo. It returns you money if price drops after you’ve already booked a room – so effectively you are hedged against any risk of price fluctuations. If you feel adventurous – try Priceline where you can place your own bids for accommodation.

If you look for variety – go for They offer properties in more than 250 countries. Momondo also has a good international selection and includes hostels in the search as well.

If you want to book quickly – book with a well-known aggregation website such as Travelocity, BookingExpedia, Getaroom, Hotelguide or Hotels. These provide you with an easy-to-use interface, free cancellation options and user reviews.

Accommodation search websitesIf you have no idea where to go – try Zaptravel, a genius website that allows to explore new destinations based on your hobbies, budget, travel dates or holiday activities. Otherwise go to Morehotels4less or Hipmunk – they search hotels based on your interests rather than specific geographical area.

If you can’t handle uncertainty – use to predict room availability and price fluctuations.

If you are travelling to Asia – pick Agoda. They have the most comprehensive selection of accommodation options in the region.

accommodation search websitesIf you desperately need a room in the next 24 hours – download a hoteltonight app. Even though they do not have a website, this app is a vital survival tool when you are cluelessly wondering around a city at 2am.

If you are flexible on dates – compare rates across various dates with Google Hotel Finder.

If you are stuck on a stopover between flights – use between9and5 to find a nearby airport hotel.

If you seek great deals on luxury – register on SecretEscapes or Jetsetter to receive up to 70% discounts on luxurious accommodation options.

Hotel alternatives - hostelsIf you want to stay in a hostel – try Hostelz to ensure that instead of terrifying dormrooms you stay in hotel-like rooms for less. Alternatively, have a look at (or explore other interesting alternatives to hotels with our recent post).

If you wish to rent out the entire place – Airbnb offers apartment for all tastes and price ranges. Homeway has a great selection of travel lodgings, and also can be used to rent out your house while away.

If you are willing to swap your house – use Homeswappers. Athough limited in terms of countries spread it allows to swap a home with another owner – and essentially makes the deal money-free.


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