How To Purchase a Hotel Room? A Few Friends and I are Trying to Plan a trip to New Orleans for Spring Break...it'll be maybe 12 of us at the most i'm new at this whole hotel pricing thing i know what websites to go to and all that but idk how to exactly figure out the budget for a hotel room and all...plz help and don't be no smart asses some ppl are mean as hell on here and wont help at all.
If your 12 people = 6 rooms then use a real travel agency (where you live) that will help you get a group rate. First choose check-in and check-out dates. The search for hotels using travel sites like Expedia & Orbitz. Narrow your choices and compare prices between the travel sites and the hotel websites (ex. www.marriott.com and www.hilton.com). Remember that sales tax may not be included in the listed price, so check on the > total < price. Parking (if you are driving to New Orleans) also may not be included in the price, so check. Realize the travel sites ALWAYS charge you for the whole stay when you book the hotel. It isn't just a reservation as you have to pay the whole price up front and you may not be able to cancel or modify the booking. The first two answers give sites like that. Some websites - like http://www.frenchquarterhotels.com/ - may charge you a deposit (usually equal to one night). Actual hotel websites let you make a > reservation < and you pay when you check out. You need a credit card to complete an online reservation but you may be able to make a regular reservation (not guaranteed but you can cancel/modify and pay at check-out) by calling the hotel's front desk and talking to a human. Check the age requirements when searching for hotels. Many require the primary guest ot be age 21+ and all require the primary guest to be 18+. There ARE hotels in downtown New Orleans (incl. the French Quarter) that accept guests age 18+. Also watch for maximum room occupancy as some hotels restrict it to 2 adults per room and most others charge extra for more than 4 adults per room.