1. Think about the placement
Try to find the balance between the location of your accommodation and the price.
You might want to consider the possibility that a cheap accommodation that isn’t in range of the city center would add up in costs for transportation & the time spent moving around
2. Try planning to stay longer than just one-night & avoid the Friday-Sunday time span.
Many hotels or hostels providers offer much better deals when you stay more than one night. Moreover, since the city-break providers mostly focus on the weekends, it is best to plan for a Monday-Friday stay.
3. Search for apartments or suites
Although Airbnb can be considered fairly new in Romania, Bucharest has a lot of great options you might want to consider when searching for a place to stay.
Needless to say, this option works best if you travel with family or in a large group.
4. Hostel is the new Hotel
First off, you have to know that hostels in Bucharest are a great way to socialize and make friends.
But don’t make the mistake of thinking of hostels as just dorm rooms for backpackers. There are hostels that have private and family rooms available so check them out.
5. Check the dining options
Again location is key when choosing where to stay, so make sure you have access to local cafes and restaurants.
When staying in a major city it will almost always be cheaper to walk to a nearby cafe or restaurant than dining in the hotel, unless you get free breakfast as part of your booking.
If you do eat in, does the hotel have a restaurant with reasonable prices? Does it have a kids menu? Does it have room service? Does it cater to your dietary needs?
6. Verify the facilities & extras available on your accommodation
Does your hotel or hostel provide free WiFi, free airport transportation, free breakfast, laundry facilities, a pool, a tour booking desk, 24-hour reception?
Moreover, check if there is a fridge, microwave, coffee machine?
All these facilities can add up when you’re on a budget.
7. Delete your cookies/history
Each time you search for accommodation on booking sites, remember to use a different browser or use the incognito/private browsing tool before looking up prices a second time on a booking site.
Most booking websites store your search data and when you come back they know you are more likely to book as a repeat visitor and so will charge you more.