If technology has failed you, ask the locals for help. Talking to locals will help you learn about small hotels, bed-and-breakfasts or homestays that may not be listed online. Locals are the best people to get insider information and to learn about the city’s alternative stay options. While you speak to locals, you could also ask them about things to do and restaurants to visit. A local’s perspective cannot be replaced by anything you find online or in a guidebook. Be friendly and polite when you try to strike up a conversation!
If you’re still unsuccessful in getting a room reservation, you could find a comfortable lobby chair in safe hotel and try to get some sleep. We don’t recommend this for more that one night, but it’s a safer alternative than walking the streets of an unknown city late at night. This way you will be able to charge your phone and have the safety of a doorman and hotel staff.