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If you’re hoping to snag an upgrade, checking in toward the end of the day might be your answer. Since hotels have a better sense of occupancy by that point, they are more likely to offer upgrades that are still available.
Also, hotels in business districts can offer great deals during the weekend, while resort areas should be booked midweek for savings.
Hotels offer many amenities and conveniences, but looking at another lodging sites such as AirBnB, HomeAway and VRBO can offer a more authentic experience. These can be condos, town homes or entire home rentals and you can find ones outside of the main tourist areas.
In addition to home rentals, you may also consider independent B&Bs (bed & breakfast), small hotels or hostels. This type of lodging is great for meeting new people.