Precios Económicos de Habitaciones de Hotel y Cómo Encontrarlos!

En este blog hablaremos sobre cómo encontrar o negociar precios de habitación de hotel económicos para su próximo viaje.

Cuando la mayoría de las personas hacen un viaje de vacaciones o negocios, necesitan realizar una reserva en un hotel para quedarse mientras están fuera. La forma más fácil de hacerlo es encontrar un OTA (Agente de viajes en línea) como Booking.com, Expedia.com o uno de los muchos OTA para reservar una habitación.

Algunas personas llegan incluso a buscar hoteles, bed & breakfast o algún otro tipo de alojamiento en un sitio como Tripadvisor.com antes de realizar la reserva para ver imágenes reales de las habitaciones, instalaciones ya sean piscinas u otras, servicios ofrecidos y demás antes de tomar una decisión sobre dónde alojarse. Es muy prudente hacer todo esto, pero antes de presionar el botón de reserva para arrendar su habitación, hay una manera menos costosa de viajar.

Por favor, permítame unos minutos para explicar la mejor manera de ir!

Cuando los hoteles están enlistados en las OTA, el propietario del hotel tiene un costo por hacer esto y el costo del negocio del propietario del hotel es bastante alto. Verá, Booking.com cobra una comisión al propietario del hotel del 18% del total de la venta por el derecho a incluir su propiedad en el sitio de reservas. Del mismo modo, Expedia.com, Hotels.com y otras OTA cobran más del 15% del total de la venta al propietario del hotel por el derecho de enumerar la propiedad del hotel para los vacacionistas y otros para reservar habitaciones en sus sitios. Números bastante asombrosos, sí lo digo yo mismo, y debido a esto, los dueños del hotel deben subir sus precios para obtener una ganancia.

Teniendo en mente esta valiosa información, ahora le diré cómo puede ahorrar en su próximo viaje. En primer lugar, use Tripadvisor.com para investigar dónde le gustaría quedarse. Cuando haya tomado una decisión sobre la ubicación de sus sueños, escríbala en el motor de búsqueda Google.com y busque el sitio web de su alojamiento deseado, o incluso simplemente su número de teléfono de contacto y llámelos directamente (no reserve a través de su sitio web como usted usualmente haría, tendrá que hablar con alguien del alojamiento directamente para obtener un mejor precio).

Al reservar directamente en el alojamiento deseado, sabiendo cuánto tendrían que pagar a las OTA por comisión, encontrará que puede negociar un buen ahorro de 10% o menos para usted,  menos de lo que pagaría en el sitio de OTA. Incluso puede descubrir que el hotel que está mirando tiene una promoción o un especial mensual que le ahorrará aún más, pero nunca lo habría descubierto si hubiese reservado en una OTA. ¡Esto también le dará al propietario del hotel un ahorro del 5-8%! Estarás contento con los ahorros y el propietario del hotel también estará contento de no tener que pagar las comisiones. ¡Esto es un “gane y gane” para ambos lados! ¡Se dará cuenta que el descuento puede ser un ahorro suficiente para pagar una comida en la ciudad para usted y su familia mientras está de viaje!

En Casa de Montana Bed & Breakfast siempre tenemos especiales y recompensamos a nuestros huéspedes por reservar directamente con nosotros. Visite nuestro sitio web en www.casademontana.com o llámenos directamente entre las 8 am y las 8 pm todos los días al (+507) 730-9427 (Panamá) o 952-931-9770 en los EE. UU. para ver cuánto puede ahorrar con nosotros en su próxima visita a Boquete, Panamá.

Sé que le costará un poco de trabajo reservar su próxima habitación de esta manera, pero creo que el ahorro que obtendrán les provocará sonrisas a usted y a los demás, ¡incluso antes de comenzar su viaje!

“Pruébalo… te gustará!”

 

Ed Crupar- Co-propietario de Casa de Montana Bed & Breakfast 

Traducido por: Generoso Guerra.

 

 

 

Affordable Hotel Room Prices and How to Find Them!

In this blog we will talk about how to find or negotiate affordable hotel room prices for your next trip.

When most people take a trip for vacation or business they need to arrange for a hotel to stay in while they are out and about. The easy way to do this is to find an OTA (Online Travel Agent) such as Booking.com or Expedia.com or one of many other OTAs to reserve a room.

Some people even go as far as research hotels, bed & breakfasts, etc. on a site like Tripadvisor.com prior to booking to see actual pictures of rooms, facilities like pools, amenities offered and the like, before making their decision on where to stay. All this is very wise to do, but before you press the reservation button to purchase your room, there is a less expensive way to travel.

Please allow me a few minutes to explain the better way to go!

When hotels list on the OTAs there is a cost to the hotel owner for doing this and it is quite a sizeable cost of doing business for the hotel owner. You see, Booking.com charges a commission to the hotel owner of 18% of the total sale for the right to list their property on the Booking site. Likewise, Expedia.com, Hotels.com and other OTAs charge upwards of 15% of the total sale to the hotel owner for the right to list the hotel property for vacationers and others to book rooms from on their sites. Pretty staggering numbers, if I do say so myself, and because of this the hotel owners must pad their prices to realize a profit.

Keeping this costly info in mind I will now tell you how you can save on your next trip. First, please use Tripadvisor.com to do your research on where you would like to stay. When you have come to a decision on your dream location, type it into the Google.com search engine and find your location’s website, or even just their contact phone number and give them a call directly (do not book through their web site as you will need to talk to someone directly to get a better price).

Reserving directly with the location, and knowing how much they would have to pay to the OTAs for commission, you will find that you can negotiate a nice savings of 10% to you, or so, less than what you would pay at the OTA site. You may even find that the hotel that you are looking at is running a Special Monthly Promotion that will save you even more, but you would never have found this out if you booked on an OTA. This will also give the hotel owner a savings of 5-8%, too! You will be happy with the savings and the hotel owner will also be happy not to have to pay the commissions. This is a “Win-Win” for both sides! The discount that you will realize may even be enough of a savings to pay for a meal out on the town for you and your family while you are on your trip!

At Casa de Montana Bed & Breakfast we are always running Specials and rewarding our guests for directly booking with us. Please check out our Website at www.casademontana.com or call us directly between 8AM and 8PM daily at (507) 730-9427 (Panama) or 952-931-9770 in the US to see how much you can save with us on your next visit to Boquete, Panama.

I know that this will take a little work for you to book your next room this way but I feel that the savings will give you and the others with you smiles, even before you start your trip!

“Try it… you’ll like it!”

 

By: Ed Crupar – Co-Owner of Casa de Montaña

 

 

 

Ready to transition from another culture to Panamanian culture?

Blog by Terry Richmeier

For us at Casa de Montaña Bed & Breakfast, we chose to move to Boquete, Panama for many reasons. Some of which are to leave Corporate America and to live out a lifelong dream. There is a trend that is happening and Expat communities are just one way to go.

First, check out our story and then check out one person’s thought, our friend Joyce Kinner, a recent transplant:

I have been wondering lately what it is about a person that makes the person successfully able to move far away from family and friends and into another culture? This can apply for people moving within the US from one cultural area to another—we certainly felt this way moving from New Mexico to California, but it really is a question when I see people here from various parts of the US and Canada. Some seem to do much better than others.

At first, I thought that maybe people from areas in the US or Canada with diverse cultures, especially a lot of people from Latin America, might do better than others. I suppose that holds true for many, but we know people who are doing very well here and are from the middle of Michigan, Indiana, Alberta and other more typical bastions of stereotypical white culture. Many of my friends in California thought that perhaps those with a more cosmopolitan world view would be happier in Panama than others from a more insular world view, but that doesn’t always hold true either.

There are people who live here in Boquete as if they were living in the rural Midwest. They hang out with only North Americans, visit restaurants with only North American clientele (where all the wait staff speak perfect English), shop at the stores with produce and groceries from North America, learn very little Spanish, and for large purchases run down to our local “Costco” (Price Smart) for that really diverse feeling–:-) Many of these people are quite happy and enjoy their retirement a lot.

Others leave Boquete because it is too much like North America. Currently, many of these people are heading to Colombia, Ecuador or Spain for more of a feeling of being in a different country (or for cheaper cost of living, to be fair).
The majority of people leave here because they feel they need to be back in the US or Canada. This is often for medical reasons—in search of chemotherapy or major health treatment under Medicare or the Canadian Health System. But, there is the final group of ‘leavers,’ that I think show what it takes to survive in a different culture—you need to be independent and flexible about living in the social norms in which you were raised or allowing new patterns of life.

This results in a mixture of independent people from all walks of life living here in a small Panamanian town peacefully, mostly, with the local townspeople. Whether these independent people are here because they can’t afford to retire most places in the US or Canada, or they have a strong desire to travel and see different places, or they grew tired with some state of affairs in the home location—all are independent. Many people say that someone back home, whether parent, sibling, child, grandchild or friend, feels that the ex-pats have abandoned people or country. That is definitely far from the truth, as electronic forms of communication make us pretty much as available as we were before to most family and friends. Discussions about why people moved here, live here and stay here all tend to revolve around the strong desire to do something different with the last years in life—whether that’s hiking new areas, being able to travel more to the southern hemisphere, retire early (or at all), or whatever. The people who are happy here seem to enjoy independence, with, of course, the caveat that no one is ever far from his or her phone and social media activity with family and friends.

So, if you think you have an “adventurous side’ to you and/or are thinking of “something different with the last years in life”, or just want to explore living in a different culture, Boquete is definitely worth a try! Come and stay with us, let us take you on a Boquete Overview Tour, and ask us more about Boquete, Panama and why we love living here while you sleep in an amazing memory foam bed with tea, coffee, wine and beer right at your fingertips. See you soon!

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