To save some money for souvenirs, review a handful of properties to get familiar with your destination’s neighborhoods and then compare central locations to those slightly outside of the main tourist spots. Also think about if you prefer a large well-known hotel brand or the experience of a smaller boutique hotel.
If you will be flying to your destination, be sure to check the prices of booking flights and hotels separately against the price of a vacation package deal that includes both hotel and airfare together.
Once you’ve narrowed down your hotel options, be sure to look into free extras that may be included in the room rate. This may be free parking, daily breakfast, wine at check-in or other amenities to sweeten the standard price. Also note any promotions included in the rate, such as an upgrade to a larger room or a room with a view.