Hotels, Motels, Condos and Dumps, I have stayed in them all when traveling.
I don’t usually plan too much when traveling other than having an overall plan but as far as planning every day, I don’t do it. The one thing I do however is spend time looking at various accommodations before I travel to a new place. I try not to spend too much with somewhere around $50 USD being my max target. I don’t stay in Hostels though; I like a little more privacy and comfort.
I stayed in a hotel in London one time that cost $100 USD where the main room was about 6ft wide and 7ft in length. I had to stand on the toilet to close the door so I could get into the shower. I only slept there and averaged about 6 hours a day in the room, all sleeping.
If I am going to spend a week or more in one location I try to find a condo or similar type hotel room to stay in. By doing some research you can find these and pay the equivalent of a standard room or even less.
The photos pictured are from a Hotel in the Philippines that I stayed at for 5 days. These types of hotels are called Condotels or Apartelles and primarily offer suite like rooms with kitchenette. I paid $51.00 per night for this room.
My last week in Manila recently was in a hotel that also had private condo ownership. I rented one of the condos from a private owner and I paid $30.00 USD per night for a one bedroom condo with separate living room, separate kitchen and balcony. That same hotel rents standard rooms for $40.00 USD.
As you can see it is usually better to get a room from a private owner. For the most part they will be less expensive than the same room owned by the hotel.
Here are a few tips to finding a place to stay.
I also do a search of condos in the city where I am going to be. You will find independent owners renting rooms in private homes, condos and more.
Spend a little time looking around and you can find some really great deals.
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