For most travelers the idea that you should book well in advance for both flights and accommodations is ingrained in their minds. But there are a whole sub-group of travelers that have learned that many times a last minute reservation can offer advantages you had not previously thought of. If you have ever had to cancel reservations of any type you know that with just a few days notice in most cases, any deposit is refunded and you are not liable for any other charges as well. So what does the owner or manager then do with his now vacant and unreserved room? He hopes that one of the growing number of last minute travelers will come along in time to save him from a lower occupancy rate.
In cities as tourist oriented and packed with residences as Florence, Italy, many managers and owners are well seasoned in the experience of the cancellation and the dread of a vacant room. Unlike a restaurant, where the chances of someone instantly taking the table that canceled five minutes before their reservation time, hotels and residences do not have a wait list of patrons in their bar waiting with the hope of a vacant room. This puts the last minute traveler at quite an advantage. If you have flexibility in your travel dates you may be able to call up one of the Florence residence booking agents and find a beautiful place to enjoy the city from for less than the normal seasonal rate simply because it is better to have a full lodging with a paying client than an empty one with the echoes of crickets.
Through most of the high season the majority of the available residence Florence boasts are booked will in advance. But, for the person with more flexibility, whether caused by last minute changes of plans or careful, stealthy schedule arranging, can come across a gem of an apartment or residence in Florence, Italy that would normally be out your price range. Being open with your travel dates may end giving you the ability to say, “well, spring is a perfect time to see Florence, residence booking, what do you have available for one week from today?” You could be rewarded with a Ponte Vecchio view for a three floor walk up price.
Although last minute travel for many is a result of business needs, there are a growing number of travelers that embrace the last minute reservation. The ability to save significant amounts of money and either spend that money on enjoying more of their destination or upgrading to superior lodging to enhance their travel experience means that both the traveler and the owners of hotel and residences benefit. The traveler gets a better vacation for the money in exchange for his ability to be impulsive and spontaneous and the owners and managers of villas, residences, hotels etc. avoid the loss of a perfectly good rental remaining sadly vacant rather than accommodating an adventurous traveler, everyone is satisfied.