In the earlier part of this year, I blogged about this website I've been introduced to - www.roomorama.com, which basically offers alternative accommodation options to frequent travellers. For many people including myself, who prefer to stay at an apartment during overseas vacations, this website gives you many available options out there. I prefer apartments to hotels simply because they are usually bigger in size and some come with useful facilities such as kitchenette, washing machine etc. Especially when I travel with my kids, this is a very important consideration for me.
Roomorama has kindly provided a sponsorship for my accommodation at Tokyo, Japan. Hubby and I will be travelling there in early October to celebrate our 10th year wedding anniversary. :) I am especially excited for this trip because it's been a year since hubby and I travelled alone! And it's going to be a 5-day vacation in a country we've never been to before. After the kids came along, private time with hubby is always precious, and we are both really looking forward to it. :)
Just a brief introduction about Roomorama - they have property options in more than 3765 destinations, and you can easily find something that fits your budget because they have really economical ones on one end of the spectrum to really huge and luxurious ones as well on the other end. On the front page, just key your destination and search. Then you will see a listing of all available accommodation options during your period of travel.
On the left hand side, you will notice that you can do a more advanced search if you like. You can adjust the price range, indicate the number of bedrooms you require, property type (bedroom, apartment or house), and check off amenities that are mandatory in the properties. You can also do a map view to see where the properties are located and select from there. Very user-friendly, I say.
Another good thing about Roomorama is that all the hosts offer special rates for long-term rentals. So for those people who are going for a longer vacation, or plan to stay at a place for a month or more, they will be offered a special monthly rate that's cheaper. This option is definitely a cheaper one than staying in a hotel.
After you have looked through the various options and shortlisted to a few options, you can send an inquiry to the host, who will then get back to you on the availability and total cost. Replies from the hosts can be seen on this summary page, as well as in your email inbox. Should the hosts take longer to get back to you, Roomorama will send them reminders, as well as send you a proposed list of alternative accommodation that you can consider. Nice service. :)
Once the host gets back about availability of the property, you can finalize the booking by making payment online. Confirmed bookings are shown in a different tab on the Roomorama webpage under your account. And this is the accommodation that I booked for my Tokyo trip! :)
Loft bed 1 Room Studio
Decided to choose this because it has a loft! Haha.. And it's quite near to major shopping areas like Shinjuku and Harujuku.
The host for this apartment has been so helpful! Once the booking was done, she sent me an email with more photos of the apartment, as well as information on how to get there from the airport (very detailed instructions of bus/train to take, and her contact numbers!). She also sent me information on nearby places to eat and tour, and I was very excited to hear that there is a Geisha House near to where we stay! =D Would be interesting if I can spot them in the neighbourhood!
The apartment looks not bad! The bed's on the loft, and there is even a small balcony. I can imitate the Japanese in drama serials and have my meals on the small wooden table in the middle of the living room! LOL!
My Tokyo's trip is in a month's time, and I seriously can't wait! My host has kindly agreed to let me check in early at no extra cost because my flight arrives in Tokyo bright & early at 6am! =D
Roomorama will be giving away a US$50 e-voucher to one reader of The J Babies! All you have to do is to complete the following simple steps, and you can be the winner of this giveaway. The voucher can be used on any destination in the world covered by Roomorama!
1. Like The J Babies fanpage
2. Share this blog post by clicking on 'Like' button below the post, and leave me a comment on which place are you planning to visit should you be the winner of the voucher! You can either leave me a comment on this blog post or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use your Facebook name when leaving your comment.
Closing date of submission: Fri, 14 Sep 2012. Winner will be announced thereafter.