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

 

 

 

Panama Relocation versus Living elsewhere: What do we miss?

blog by Terry Richmeier

If you are thinking about relocating to Boquete, Panama, then you will have to think about what you may miss about living in your own country. We here at Casa de Montaña Bed and Breakfast have experienced this ourselves! When you are here in Boquete, you do miss things from your previous home, and when you fly back to see family and friends, you miss things from Boquete. And so have other expats. Here is recent transplants Joyce and Scott’s thoughts:

We have been on a trip back to the Western part of the US for a couple of weeks and will be headed back to Panama soon. So, the question—what have we missed from the US (besides family and friends and our amazing conversations we’ve had the past couple of weeks), and what are we missing now from Panama?

Well, I have missed dry weather. It’s wet season now in Panama, but hot and dry in the Western US. I love hot and dry weather, and I’ve been soaking up the sun. Also, it’s cherry, sweet corn and stone fruit season here, and I’ve been eating as much corn, cherries, peaches, nectarines and especially apricots as I can fit inside for

the drought that we will have when we return to Panama.

It’s been nice to go to a Michael’s arts and crafts store, too. For someone as interested in yarn and painting as I am, having a specialty store in every town is nice. Of course, we have missed San Francisco, the Sierra Nevada mountains, the summer flowers in the US and so much more.

What are we really looking forward to when we get back to Panama? Of course, the people are the most important thing, and we have a number of friends we are looking forward to seeing.

Food also is near the top of this list. We were at Safeway just yesterday and saw super, super green pineapples for $3 each. They didn’t smell like pineapple at all and looked tasteless. I will be glad to see the vendors and their $1 pineapples when we return. The constantly good coffee will be wonderful to return to, as well. We’ve had some nasty stuff at hotels and buffets here (not from our friends, of course!), and I am so looking forward to consistently wonderful coffee every morning—especially when served with the hojaldras downtown (they’re like sopaipillas for you New Mexicans).

It will be lovely to do all of this just after a hike through the green and beautiful mountains filled with hibiscuses and other flowers in and around Boquete.

Life is what you make it, and every place in the world is special and beautiful. The more you travel, the more you feel at home everywhere, but miss other parts of the world that you have grown to love.

We couldn’t have said it better or any differently! For us at Casa de Montaña, we miss family and friends the most! And the only way to solve that problem is for you to come and visit your family and friends here in Boquete, Panama. Give us a look, come and stay with us at Casa de Montaña Bed and Breakfast. Surprise your loved ones with a visit and take care of that special place in the hearts of your loved ones that only you can fill!

 

Looking to relocate to Boquete, Panama? Take the Boquete Overview Tour first!

By Terry Richmeier and Manzar Lari

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Considering an international move can be overwhelming. Even the idea of it seems just too far-fetched and unattainable to most people. Here at Casa de Montaña we were once in your shoes as well. We had many questions that permeated our daily thoughts and even took away our sleep on many occasions. These questions took us all over the place – from residency questions to fear based comments of ‘’what the heck are we thinking of doing’’!   We had a long journey ahead of us and we took it one step at a time, starting with the land purchase to designing of our home, building of our home, furnishing our home and then eventually setting up and starting our business as a bed & breakfast. Looking back we can now see how far along we have come but it all started with setting the intention to do something and then staying the course. We are pleased to say that things have actually worked out for us quite well. There are some things we have learned along the way and we continue to learn something new each and every day. We want to help you along your journey as you try to reconcile between your desire for something better or different and the fear of ‘’what the heck are we thinking’’!

First of all, if you have done any level of research about Boquete, you are most probably aware of many of the benefits people write about on the internet such as the spring-like climate, availability of creature comforts, many volunteer opportunities, easy residency qualification, senior benefits, a robust expat community and tranquil living, just to name a few. We want to go deeper. We want to go beyond the basics and really engage in a dialogue or two and see what is truly important to you! (Manzar really cannot help himself… he is a Life Coach and a Psychologist at heart and by profession and is quite passionate about seeing others materialize their dreams).

There is the question of ‘’Do we build a home, buy a home or maybe we just want to rent”? The answer is different for different people. It’s important to know in advance what you may or may not be facing once you move here and see how you want to progress. While it is assumed that there are always some risks involved here since you are not going to be able to know everything ahead of time, it is also advisable to get the “real scoop” from people who are already living here to mitigate those risks.

Of course, a good place to start is with an email conversation or two with us! Feel free to ask away and we will respond with our best knowledge on the subject. We have also put together a ‘’relocation’’ tab on our webpage (http://www.casademontana.com/boquete-relocation/) that will give you referrals to people in their field of expertise to get you started. There are links to some great websites and blogging sites as well. While this is all great information, it is still not going to be a substitute for actually coming and visiting a time or two to really get a feel for Boquete and the many Panamanians and expats that call this place their home. Just makes sure you give yourself several days (a week or more?) so you can experience some of the activities and sites for yourself and visit with some people for heart-to-heart conversations.

While you’re here, let’s sit down during our Social Hour or find some time to answer your questions to the best of our abilities as we have been through this process and continue to keep up on the latest information. From time-to-time we invite some of our many expat friends to join us during the Social Hour to have informal discussions with our guests who are contemplating a move to Boquete. Many of our guests have found these discussions to be very informative and helpful in solidifying their game plan as they formalize their strategy – an informed mind is a restful mind!

While you are staying with us, or even if you are staying elsewhere, set up and plan a BOT – BOQUETE OVERVIEW TOUR ($35 per person, minimum of two people). BOT is designed specifically for you to find out answers about Boquete and the neighborhoods within and surrounding Boquete. From the comfort of our van you will tour through and visit many of the neighborhoods in Boquete and you will learn about the types of housing (for sale as well as rental) available in each of the neighborhoods. We will talk about Boquete’s micro-climates and things to consider before committing to living in a particular neighborhood. The main goal of this 3.5 hour tour is to help you see possible areas and neighborhoods that you could call home here BEFORE sitting down with any of the realtors in town. Why waste your time looking at their computer with multiple listings and visiting potential homes to buy or rent when you don’t even have an idea of the various neighborhoods that may be more to your liking?

Some things to consider prior to committing to live in Boquete area: What kind of residency will I qualify for that will suit my needs? How much will it cost me per month to live in Boquete? What are my healthcare options? What kind of internet and WIFI signal strength is available in an area if I am planning to work remotely while living here? What about the cable service, is it any good? Will I get a lot of channels? Can I rely on the electrical power or should I be purchasing a back-up generator, just in case? Are there water distribution issues and is the water drinkable? Should I be concerned about safety? Are there zoning laws I should be concerned about if I am thinking of starting a business from my future property? Is mold a problem? Are there areas that have extremely high wind certain times of the year? Are there areas that get more rain? We may not have all the answers but we have resources that we can connect you to so that you can find the answers.

So begin with us and the Boquete Overview Tour through Casa de Montaña Bed & Breakfast and then we can get you connected to the right real estate persons for your needs as well as many of our expat friends. Oh, by the way, some of the real estate agents do rental management as well! Mention that you would like to schedule with us for the tour while you book through our website. Don’t forget to look at our current “specials” before booking your stay with us. They are tailor-made for you. See you soon!

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