Budget Breaks

13 hotel hacks: save time and money

By , February 1, 2017

Travel smarter with these 13 hotel hacks (including how to use trivago to get the best deal) to help you get the most out of your next hotel stay.

1. Irons have more than one use

Toasted sandwiches are great. Saving money is also great. Saving money by toasting sandwiches in your hotel room is doubly great. Just make sure you travel with a roll of aluminum foil, loaf of bread and wheel of cheese. Wrap your sanga in the foil, then place it against a hot iron.

*Things not to do: Do not cook eggs on an iron. This is not going to end well and no one likes to iron their shirt only to discover a yolky mess

2. Eat in

Save money by eating in. Here is a non-exhaustive list of things that can be cooked in a hotel room kettle:

  • Boiled eggs
  • 2-minute noodles
  • Tinned soup
  • Porridge
  • Pasta
  • For more inspiration checkout these kettle recipes

*Don’t be a bad hotel guest. Clean out the kettle after you’ve been masterchefing.


3. Be flexible

Keen to visit a particular destination, and have flexible travel dates? Hotel prices can fluctuate throughout the year, so it’s worth looking at a few different months when planning your trip. For example, trivago data* shows that the average price of a hotel in Sydney in June is $184, while it climbs to $237 in November.

Use trivago pricing data to save money when planning your next hotel stay.

[caption id="attachment_14384" align="alignnone" width="800"]hotel-hacks-2016-major-city-price-chart * prices correct at time of publication[/caption]

4. Widen your search

Conversely, maybe you’re not fussed on where you go, but you just need a holiday. In this instance you should steer clear of the more expensive ‘tourist traps’ and head to one of their cheaper counterparts. trivago data shows the region of Legian in Indonesia is markedly cheaper than its northern neighbour Seminyak. Likewise, the north coast town of Ballina tends to be cheaper than nearby Byron Bay, with the same amazing beaches and natural landscape. It never hurts to search for hotels in nearby destinations and compare the prices.

5. Get creative

Suffering from lizard legs? If your legs are scalier than Godzilla’s, then we recommend you use those legs to run straight to the hotel bathroom via the tea and coffee station in your room. Pick up a few packets of sugar, mix it with the hotel conditioner, and voila! You’ve just created a nice batch of moisturizing leg scrub. We would say something about the energising properties of sugar, but we’re not sure if rubbing food on your legs is really something you should be bragging about.


6. Take a long shower

No iron? No worries. Hang your wrinkled clothes in the bathroom before you enjoy a hot shower. The steam from the shower will erase the creases from your clothing.

7. Use trivago

Fancy a stay in a top-rated hotel for half the usual price? Did you know that with trivago, you can search for the best deals in any destination? At trivago.com.au and trivago.co.nz,  select the ‘show top deals’ filter, and your search results will include the best hotels with the largest amount of savings.

View top deals on trivago AU

View top deals on trivago NZ

8. Make the most of free soap

Nobody likes their clothes smelling like a wet dog. Unfortunately, when travelling, the clothes in your suitcase end up smelling less than desirable. There’s an easy solution though! Simply grab a bar of soap from the hotel bathroom and throw it into your suitcase along with your whiffy clothes. Your garments will be floral and fresh in no time.


9. Dry your socks

Suffering from trench foot? Or maybe just wet socks? Hang your socks over the end of the hairdryer, and turn it on. They’ll be dry in no time.

10. DIY shoe polish

Grapes are not only a tasty fruit, but they are also useful when frozen to cool down your wine. Similarly, body lotion is good for your body, but it is also good as shoe polish. Apply a small amount of lotion to some toilet paper and rub it into your shoes. Your shoes should end up looking shiny and new!


11. It never hurts to ask (politely)

Checking into your hotel late at night? The saying ‘good things come to those who wait’ isn’t entirely true when it comes to hotel room upgrades. Instead ‘good things come to those who ask politely’ is more accurate. If you’re checking in late in the evening it’s worth asking the concierge if there is any possibility of an upgrade, as they’re more likely to say yes.

12. Be space savvy

There’s no need to pack a new outfit for every day of your holiday. Save space in your bag by doing laundry on the road. Pack a small bottle or container of laundry detergent, and make use of the bathroom sink to wash clothes by hand. This will save you money by avoiding expensive hotel laundry fees.


13. Charge up

We live in an age where our mobile phones are a necessity, especially when travelling. The mistake of forgetting your USB charger or power point adaptor isn’t the end of the world. Most televisions in hotel rooms will have a USB port that you can use to charge your phone.