However, Simon noted that just “going back to basics” is the best way to find a safe deal.
He told presenter Sally Nugent that travelers should “resist the temptation” to book online and instead take his own advice. He said: “This is what I’m doing. I’m going in. I’m already in a position now, especially if I know there will be rooms empty that night, I could negotiate the deal. But the important thing is that I’m going to ask to see the room.
“First you see the most important thing – safety. Do they have bedding, mattresses and fire escapes? You need to identify that right away. You go into the room, look – does mold prevail on wallpaper over the walls? Can you feel the bed, make sure it everything is nice and comfortable and look underneath.”
He noted that in most cases, a glance in the bathroom often tells you “everything you need to know about a place”.