For many, the idea of a Brisbane holiday is very exciting. The city presents a great mix of culture, adventure and lifestyle and is therefore a very desirable destination. In fact, according to the National Visitor Survey, Brisbane enjoyed an additional 600,000 visitors in 2015 to 2014. As an accommodation provider myself, I certainly noticed it! While we love having increased bookings, it’s important for you, the guest, to avoid making mistakes when booking your Brisbane accommodation – after all, we want you to have an enjoyable stay so you can recommend us to your friends and family.
Continue reading this article as I list out the top 5 mistakes you should avoid when booking your Brisbane accommodation.
1. Making reservations at the wrong apartment
Misleading apartment names and wrong location descriptions are quite common in Brisbane. Several apartments have similar sounding names, and many claim to be located centrally in the city but are actually located quite far away. When booking your Brisbane accommodation, make sure to check the exact name and the location of the apartment that you are booking. If you’re not careful, you may end up making reservations at the wrong place. At Bridgewater Terraces, we see this all too often. Be sure to understand that Bridgewater Terraces IS NOT Bridgewater Apartments. We are separate from them and our apartments do not include their offerings. Also, we don’t take any reservations made for Bridgewater Apartments so ensure that you make your bookings with us. Get in touch with us through our website or make an online reservation to book one of our apartments.
2. Not checking up on reviews
Of course all Brisbane accommodation providers will claim that their apartments are perfect. However, upon landing in the city, tourists often find their accommodation far from what they expected it to be. Remember –accommodation providers, whether it is an apartment or hotel, will always promote only their best features. The best way to find out if your accommodation will stack up to your expectations is to read guest reviews. Here, at Bridgewater Terraces, we’re proud to state that we consistently receive rave reviews from guest who stay at our apartments. Take a look at our TripAdvisor guest reviews and find out for yourself why we are considered to be amongst the finest Brisbane accommodation providers. Reviews left by previous guest are the best indicator of how accommodation actually is. By checking up on user reviews on trustworthy sites such as TripAdvisor, you will save yourself from any nasty surprises.
3. Not comparing prices
You may have come across a great advertisement which promises quality Brisbane accommodation at unbelievable prices. However, before you jump in and book your accommodation, you should always do some research. When it comes to prices, you must compare several apartments across different websites to find the best deal. At Bridgewater Terraces, our rates start from as low as $140 per night and you will surely find it tough to get a better deal in Brisbane. But hey, don’t take my word for it. Compare prices and listings across different sites and see for yourself if you manage to find a better deal than ours.
4. Not checking on added fees and taxes
Simply checking the rates is not enough. You must also carefully check on added fees and taxes that you will need to pay. I’ve heard this happen to many people – they pay a tariff on their accommodation but end up being charged for several other items. Fortunately, you’ll find none of that with us at Bridgewater Terraces. Our rates are transparent and you can always give us a call to find out what are the taxes and other fees that you may be required to pay.
5. Booking rooms for the wrong dates
Unfortunately, I’ve seen this happen to too many people. Many people do not carefully check their flight timings and end up booking their accommodation one day in advance or one day after their arrival. This can prove to be too much of a problem and you will be paying for an entire night without staying in the apartment. The solution to this is to make sure that you check and double check your flight itinerary and also check the timings of arrival. Only when you’re sure about your arrival date and time should you proceed to book your Brisbane accommodation.
The Bottom Line:
Before you book your Brisbane accommodation, you must take care not to make any mistakes during the booking process. Make sure that you don’t book the wrong apartment – this happens just too often in Brisbane. Also, before you finalise your booking, check up on guest reviews to find out if your accommodation will stack up to your expectations. You must also compare prices across different providers on multiple travel websites to get the best deal. Check if there are any added fees or taxes to be paid on your accommodation and finally, remember your travel dates and book your accommodation for the correct dates. If you avoid these basic mistakes, you’re sure to find great accommodation in the city.
To book your Brisbane accommodation staying in one of our serviced apartments, get in touch with us. Our apartments are packed with modern features and amenities and will offer you everything that you need. If you have any concerns or questions when booking your Brisbane accommodation here at Bridgewater Terraces, feel free to pick up the phone and give us a call. We’ll gladly assist you with every query that you have.