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If rates are an important consideration, comparison shop on your chosen destination. Looking around on various web sites is the only way to know if you are getting a good rate. You will go to the same web sites, where eventually you will make your reservation, so bookmark your favorite web sites as you go. Try the following types of web sites.
Online Booking Services
There are a number of large accommodations booking services on the Internet. They are middle men between you and the lodging. They offer primarily hotels, and are usually confined to the major cities. For example often only Seattle Portland and Vancouver B.C. will get a look in. These online booking services can be world-wide, U.S-wide, Canada-wide, or regional.
There are a number of hotel chains with accommodations throughout the Northwest. Some chains are nation-wide and some are regional. You might prefer to use their web sites if you are a member of a chain's frequent-guest program.
Here at Go Northwest!, we list many lodging establishments, including:
Here's how to find accommodations on Go Northwest!
Try also these other web sites that specialize in Northwest accommodations.
Tips when booking
Watch out for extra fees:
Early Departure. Leaving ahead of schedule can cost you as much as $50.
Late Cancellation. If you don't cancel at least 24-72 hours in advance, you could be charged for the room.
No-Show. You may have to pay for the night you missed
Automatic Gratuities. Some establishments wont take a chance on your failing to tip, and have "bellman fees".
Baggage Checking. You might pay for the service of leaving luggage behind the desk after you check out.
Service fees. Some services might be "add-ons" rather than built into the cost of the room. For example fees for local calls, in-room coffee service, daily newspaper, use of fitness center. Ask whether they are mandatory or optional, as you might not be specifically offered the opportunity to decline the latter.
And remember, when you turn up at the reception desk, you can always ask if the quoted price is their "best price", or if it is possible to get a free room upgrade.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Fodor's Pacific Northwest: with Oregon, Washington and Vancouver, 20th Edition. Written by local experts, this guide has the latest information with expansive insights, illustrations, recommendations, advice and trip planning tools, such as easy to read maps, to plan your exciting adventure in the Pacific Northwest. Order now...
Best Places to Kiss in the Northwest: A Romantic Travel Guide by Teri Citterman. Hundreds of detailed reviews cover the coziest inns, resorts, B&Bs, hotels, and restaurants in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, with all-new "lip" rankings that rate each spot's kiss-ability. Order now...
The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges, 6th Edition by David L. Scott and Kay W. Scott. This book is an insider's guide to finding the best lodges throughout the United States-and to securing a reservation well in advance to beat the crowds. Order now..
Seattle's Historic Hotels by Robin Shannon. Seattle's historic hotels are preserved in more than 200 vintage photographs, postcards, and memorabilia, allowing readers to revisit visionary hotels and magnificent architecture of the past. Order now...
Where To Find Hundreds Of Spectacular Waterfalls In Washington, Oregon, And Idaho by Gregory Alan Plumb. At-a-glance table for selecting waterfalls by scenic rating, form, how to access, best season to go and defining characteristics. To help you select, each waterfall is keyed for accessibility by car, on foot, or by canoe or raft and rated for magnitude and aesthetic value. Order now...
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