Boston hotel deals, discounts, and bargains definitely exist, and Boston Discovery Guide will show you how to find them.
Let's face it - Boston hotels can be expensive. Along with airfare, your Boston accommodations can easily account for the biggest chunk of your travel budget.
But here's a Boston "insider" secret: Discounts can be easily found at every price point, from cheap to luxury.
Once you find out how to get great deals on hotels near top attractions in the city's best neighborhoods, you can save LOTS of money without compromising location or quality.
So check out our 5 top recommendations for easy ways to save BIG on your accommodations.
Why pay more than necessary when finding hotel deals and bargains is so easy?
Booking.com offers 2 types of discount deals on Boston hotels: BARGAIN and TODAY deals.
BARGAIN deals usually give you 10%-15% off - a nice savings.
TODAY deals save you the most, but must be booked immediately - look for discounts of 30%-50%, or more.
These deals are available only on certain days, so here's the secret to finding them: You must put in your travel dates in the Search box.
Also, in order to see the Bargain deals, you must sign in (or register, if you haven't already) to Booking.com.
As soon as you enter your travel dates, the Value Deal filter appears in the left column.
Click the Value Deal check box (circled in red):
You'll now see all the savings with BARGAIN and TODAY deals.
Want to see ALL deals? Uncheck the "Value Deal" box.
Boston Discovery Guide Tip: To find the best selection of deals on Booking.com, book at least 3-4 weeks before your travel date. To find the biggest TODAY deal discounts, book at the last minute.
Groupon is known for its special deals on goods and services.
But here's a Boston Discovery Guide insider's tip: You can also use it to save big on hotels in 2 ways:
Find Flash Deals
2. You'll be shown about a dozen Boston hotel "flash" deals. Like many of Groupon best discounted deals, there's a limited quantity of rooms available for each hotel, and the deal is good only for a short time. Click on the hotels you like, and confirm the location, amenities, and of course price. Choose your hotel and book it - couldn't be easier!
Find Hotel Market Picks & Get 5% Credit
Need to stay in a specific hotel? Even if a Flash Deal isn't available, you may still be able to get a 5% "Groupon Bucks" credit toward your next Groupon deal.
1. Click on this link again and scroll past the Flash Deals down to the "Market Picks" - popular hotels selected based on having top ratings.
2. Check out each selection, and book your choice.
You've probably read hotel reviews and checked rates on TripAdvisor - but did you know you can also use this popular website to find the best hotel deals?
You can find these deals in 2 ways:
1. The fastest way to do this is to go straight to their Boston, Massachusetts Deals page.
You'll find all the Boston hotel deals and discounts offered by leading hotels on one convenient page.
To find the cheapest hotel deals, click on Sort by and choose Price (low to high).
2. The second way to find deals on TripAdvisor is to go to their Boston Special Offers page.
You'll find plenty of special offers on Boston hotels - but here's the catch: most of these offers are good only during a specific date range - and may not be good during your date range.
So - search for hotel specials on this page if your travel dates are flexible.
If your dates are firm, use the Boston hotel deals page - it's a lot less frustrating!
Even though Boston does have some of the highest hotel rates in the country, you can find cheap hotels in top central neighborhoods.
There's usually a "catch" - small rooms, dated decor, or perhaps lack of an onsite restaurant.
In other cases, the "catch" is availability - inexpensive hotels in highly desirable areas, such as near the Boston Marathon Finish Line, book up far in advance.
But if you don't require high thead-count Italian designer linens or last-minute reservations in sought-after neighborhoods, take a look. You can save lots of money with NO tradeoffs related to location or convenience.
In each of Boston's most desirable districts, you'll find one or two hotels that get overshadowed by their larger, more glamorous neighbors.
You may not get sweeping views, fancy onsite restaurants, or other amenities - but you will usually get much cheaper rates in the same excellent locations as the pricier competition.