Lodging Tips
Travel Tips

Lodging Tips

Hotels are priced "per room"

Most hotels in the USA are not priced "per person", but are priced by the room. A double room usually costs only a few dollars more than a single room and four people in one room will cost little more than two people. This means great bargains for two or more people traveling together and willing to share a room. If you rent a "single room" in a hotel, don't be surprised to find two huge beds in your room! The single room is often exactly the same as the double room in many hotels!

The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas © Corel
The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas

Hotel Accommodations

You can reserve a room at hotels throughout the US on-line. USATourist.com in association with World Choice offers discount reservations. Click here for more information!

Bed and Breakfast accommodations are less common

Bed and Breakfast Accommodations are much less common in the US than they are in most European countries. B&Bs in the US are frequently located in historic old houses or farm houses that have been converted to small exclusive (and sometimes expensive) inns. Unlike hotels and motels, many of them charge "per person" rather than per room. They are often more expensive than a budget hotel.

Budget Hotel Chains offer good value

If you want to find inexpensive hotels that are clean and comfortable, look for one of the national budget hotel chains. Motel Six, Comfort Inns, Econolodge, Red Roof Inns, Best Western and Days Inn all offer clean comfortable and inexpensive accommodations at reasonable prices. The prices may vary by location but are usually about $40 to $75 per night. Double occupancy usually costs about $5 per night more. In large metropolitan areas, the downtown locations are usually priced higher than the suburban. See our listing of Budget Hotel chains in the USA.

Moderately priced hotel chains offer a few extras

If you are willing to spend a little more for comfort, the moderately priced hotel chains offer some extra amenities like larger rooms, swimming pools and restaurants. Visit our Moderate Hotel page for a listing of moderately priced hotel chains.

Ask for the Best Hotel Rates

Published rates or "rack rates" at most hotels are usually higher than the prices that are commonly available. You can often find special rates, discounted rates or promotional rates well below the published rack rate. Most hotels offer reduced prices to senior citizens, to corporate employees, to automobile club members and to various discount club members. Occasionally, they offer weekend specials or package discounts. When making a reservation or renting a room, you should always ask, "Is this the best price available". Hotel employees are often prohibited from discussing discounts or special rates unless you specifically ask for them.

Try camping for a great outdoor adventure

Camping is a good alternative method of lodging if you like to "rough it" or experience the outdoor life. Commercial camping parks like KOA (Kampgrounds of America) offer fully equipped camping spots near most tourist attractions with hot-showers, swimming pools, laundry facilities, clean toilets, electric and water hookups. Many national and state parks offer campgrounds with more primitive amenities and wilderness camping is available all across the USA. A good camping guide will list thousands of camping facilities.

You can rent a caravan or mobile home and tour the USA while staying at commercial camping facilities, but it will likely cost more than budget hotel accommodations. See our camping page for additional information.

Written by: Mike Leco
Top Photo Credit: © Kent Weakley
Photo Description: Florida beach hotel at sunrise