Determine What Type of Lodging You Want
Luxury hotels, budget hotels, bed & breakfasts, and vacation rentals each have their own benefits. Decide what kind of lodging accommodation best fits your needs.
You'll find a wide range of lodging options, including great deals on quality hotel rooms and lodging packages from well-known brands, such as Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton , and Westin on eBay.
When you stay at a fine hotel, you can expect privacy and a variety of luxurious touches, from whirlpool tubs to beautifully manicured grounds. You can order room service for a romantic evening in, or have the concierge arrange an evening out with reservations at a hot restaurant or tickets to a popular show.
Look at amenities and locations before booking a hotel. You'll want to make sure the surrounding area has enough restaurants or privacy to fulfill your vacation fantasies. Also look for complementary Internet access and free local phone calls.
Find outstanding bed & breakfast deals in great locations as diverse as Mendocino, Lake Tahoe, Maine, Ireland, and Jamaica on eBay. Bright and airy B&B rooms often have a theme and eclectic decorations, and the price of your stay includes breakfast.
Staying at a bed & breakfast is a great way to meet new people. Although B&Bs usually don't have a concierge, the owners usually work on-site and will happily tell you about local attractions. Some B&Bs with attached restaurants even offer room service.
Bed & breakfasts often require a two- or three-night minimum stay.
Families, people who want a long-term vacation, and people seeking complete privacy should consider a vacation rental. Vacation rentals typically have multiple rooms, a kitchen, laundry facilities, and amenities such as a TV, VCR, and stereo -- all the comforts of home. You'll likely have to book a minimum stay of at least a week.
You can find vacation rentals, ranging from apartments to fully-equipped houses, in California, Florida, Hawaii, France, the English Riviera and all points in between, on eBay. Make sure the seller provides a 24-hour contact number in case of plumbing problems or in case you have questions about household amenities.
Use eBay's Feedback system to compare sellers, hotel properties, and bed & breakfasts. While there is always a modicum of risk in booking a room or home you haven’t seen up close and personal, eBay helps ease your mind with its member Feedback, which is comprised of comments and ratings by eBay members who have already experienced the services of the seller.
Check the seller's member profile by clicking on the feedback score next to their User ID, or by using the view feedback request form. For example, if a Mendocino bed & breakfast received 289 positive comments in the past 12 months and has no neutral or negative comments, you know other buyers had a positive experience.
Price is the most attractive feature of the lodging offered on eBay, with greatly discounted accommodations and packages. Flexibility is the key because not all lodging packages will be available on exact dates. However, with a little planning, you can find the right place to stay at the right price for your budget.