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7 travel hacks for finding cheap accommodation in BCN

7 travel hacks for finding cheap accommodation in BCN

Streamline your holiday planning and save money.

There's no shame in it. When you're planning a holiday it's normal that you want to spend as little as possible and get the most out of your money. The advent of low-cost airlines has made the flight aspect of travel a lot more affordable, but what about accommodation? Well to start you can forget about expensive hotels, because holiday apartments offer better value at a lower cost. If you want to take your savings even further with an apartment, here are 7 travel hacks that will help you save yet more.

If you want to take a shortcut, we've already selected 10 cheap apartments in Barcelona so that you don't have to go looking. Of course, it doesn't hurt to learn how to find some yourself!

1. Travel as a group

Travel as a group to save on accommodation
Invite your friends along and save!

Holiday apartments work out cheaper the more people that occupy them. This is because the cost gets divided by each person staying, so while a couple might pay €40 each per night, staying as a group of 5 friends will only pay €16 per night each for the same apartment. It makes sense to travel as a group. Invite some friends or relatives along for the journey. The more the merrier! If you're a couple though, you can still save (take a look at the next point).

2. Book an apartment that matches your exact requirements

Make an accommodation checklist and stick to it.
Think carefully about what you actually need
You might have seen a lovely apartment that looks modern and spacious with everything you need but it's a 3 bedroom, and if you're a couple, then it's much better to stay in a designer studio. It may seem obvious, but if you know exactly what you need before you book you can save much more. If you don't need Internet access, places without it cost less. If you don't mind walking the stairs, apartments without lifts can be cheaper too. If you're more in the market for a long-term rental then the one that meets your requirements might be in this article

3. Don't pay extra for meals!

Don't eat money, make your own meals
Self-catering means you save on meals

Many clients looking for a holiday apartments ask "how much to include meals?". While some places have this option, one of the best ways you can save in your accommodation is by preparing meals yourself!

A typical breakfast option in a Barcelona accommodation costs €20 per person per day! A lunch can cost around €10/person, and then a dinner out can cost you another €20/person. Why would you pay that when you can eat for €25 per person per week? Simply preparing your own meals can easily save you €30 - €50 per person each day.

4. Last minute deals

Look for last minute deals on apartments
Take advantage of last minute offers

When it looks like there will be a period where no one is going to stay in an apartment, owners can offer last minute offers at rates as high as 70% off. For them, getting something is better than getting nothing after all. A win-win situation.

5. Avoid the peak season

Book your trip to Barcelona outside of summer
Barcelona in July. More crowded; more expensive.

If you're travelling during June, July, or August, then you're already paying too much to stay in Barcelona. Many owners have a seasonal price model which means even if you come a little bit earlier in May or a little later in September, you can save money. In fact, September is the best time to visit Barcelona because it's when the Mercè Festival is held!

You can save even more by coming between November – April!

6. Choose your location wisely

City centre vs non-central accommodation costs in Barcelona
The city centre is nice, but costs more.

Staying in the city centre is nice because it has lots of attractions but you will save a lot more by choosing to stay in a non-central district. The difference between central and non-central can save you €200+ over a week. If you only spend €30 on the very efficient public transport system, then you'll be laughing all the way to the bank.

7. Bonus: 1 quick comment for 10 quick euros

Log in and leave us a facebook comment below with your idea for saving money on holiday and we'll give you an instant €10 discount to use on any of our apartments! Every little bit helps.

That's all there is to it. There are many other ways to save, for example at OK Apartment we also offer a quick €5 to anyone who reviews our website here. We also have exclusive discounts on attractions and restaurants around the city, which you can discover on our discounts page.

Mr. Scrooge saved money on accommodation, now he has a vault full of cash

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