Want to stay somewhere with more character than a hotel, that’ll cost you a lot less? Look no further than AirBnb. What started as a spare-room rental service has become the go-to platform for finding astounding accommodation in cities across the world.
Filter by location, price and a whole lot of other factors, contact hosts and prepare to be surprised. Capital cities can be more expensive, but other areas can serve up modern apartments for brilliant prices.
A firm favourite of backpackers the world over, Hostelworld puts thousands of budget hostels in the palm of your hand. Customer reviews take the guesswork out of booking, while instant confirmation and always-available customer service should give you peace of mind while you’re on the road.
What’s more, with 170 countries covered, Hostelworld should have you covered wherever you head - and will often offer up hostels not available to book elsewhere.
If you do want a hotel, Booking.com is a decent place to head for a pick of the best local accommodation. Its price guarantee generally means you can be assured that you’re getting a good deal, while a broad range of filter options and reviews should serve up just what you’re looking for.
Yes, the interface is a little cluttered and its reputation isn’t perfect if you need to cancel, but for a quick fix place to sleep it’s a solid option.
Spur-of-the-moment sort? You’ll want to download HotelTonight: it exists to deliver the best last-minute hotel deals around, that can be booked up to a week in advance. Better still, the actual booking process is a cinch, while discounts based on location and concierge support give the app a hint of premium.
Hotels aren’t the cheapest, but if you’re looking for a fancy night without splashing too much cash, this is the app to try.