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Discount code from budgetplaces.com on all bookings

Friday, August 31, 2012


A 5% discount code is available at budgetplaces.com for all reservations made until mid-day Saturday, 1 September, Central European Time.

Simply go to their website, select for the preferred hotel and in the payment window simply type in the code MYBREAKS12 in the field "Do you have a promotion code?" (see print screen below):


That should be a good deal for the budget conscious travelers, in addition to the good deals already available on budgetplaces.com.

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What is European Plan (EP) for hotel accommodation

Thursday, August 30, 2012


You may have already encountered the case when, trying to make a hotel reservation, the description of a hotel room shows "European Plan (EP)".

Well, European Plan is referring to the meals included in the room rate and means that NO MEALS are included (not even breakfast).

Basically, European Plan means no plan at all. It's kind if ironic that it's called lilke that, but it is one of those marketing gimmicks (just as the notion of a 3-door car, when in fact it is a 2-door car, as nobody will use the trunk as a door, or, who knows :).

Expedia.com says that:
- European Plan means room only;
- Continental Plan equals continental breakfast (without any cooked food);
- American Plan (or all-inclusive) containts three meals a day, but without drinks (full board / full pension system from Europe);
- Modified American Plan is breakfast plus lunch, or breakfast plus dinner (the half-board, half-pension known in Europe).



 

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Up to 25% discount on selected hotel rooms from Eurostars Hotels in Lucca, Barcelona, Valencia, Vienna

Monday, August 27, 2012


The Eurostars Hotels, the top end hotel chain with more than 60 hotels worldwide, has a 25% discount for stays anytime until the end of the year, if booked by Wednesday, 29 August.

The following hotels are on offer (and we made a quick test of the veracity of the offer for 2 nights over the week-end 7-9 September, for a double room, breakfast included):

-Eurostars Toscana Lucca, Italy****, for a total price of 153 euro. The same room is at 180 euro from Onhotels.com and 204 euro on Booking.com - that means at least 15% savings;

-Eurostars Embassy Hotel Vienna, Austria****, for a total price of 224 euro. The same room is at 268 euro on Booking.com - that means around 17% savings;

-Eurostars Gran Valencia, Spain****, for a total price of 128 euro. The same room is at 144 euro on EasyToBook.com and on Booking.com - that means around 10% savings;

-Eurostars Regina Sevilla, Spain***, for a total price of 160 euro. The same room is at 182 euro on Opodo.co.uk and on Booking.com and - that means aroung 15% savings;

- Eurostars Monumental Barcelona, Spain****, for a total price of 305 euro. The same room is at 378 euro from Booking.com and at from Expedia.co.uk; - that means about 20% savings;

If you need any help in finding hotels in any of these locations, or any other, leave a comment and we'll be glad to help you.

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Best hotel deals for Oktoberfest 2012 in Munich

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Update: we also made a search for the 2013 Oktoberfest -> here.
The Oktoberfest 2012 in Munich will be held this year between 22 September and 7 October 2012.

More details about the event can be found on its official website: http://www.oktoberfest.de/en.

If you were wondering where to sleep in Munich, Germany, during Oktoberfest, we made an extensive for three category of hotels:

- budget accommodation, where the price is the most important criterion (still, good customer reviews are an important criterion in making a choice);

- medium range hotel, breakfast included, for the best price / quality ratio;

- top end hotels, where the level of service is important, but is reflected in the money one should be expected to pay.

The search was made for 3 nights, from 29 September to 2 October, for 2 people sleeping in a twin room.

Budget accommodation in Munich, Germany, for Oktoberfest 2012

- Movenpick Hotel Munich Airport, for a total of 410 euro (324 British Pounds) from Lastminute.com and HotelClub.com and HotelPlanner.com (standard double room);

- Holiday Inn Express Munich Airport, for a total of 453 euro for a standard double with breakfast included, from their official website InterContinental Hotels Group (the same price is shown by Booking.com);

- NH Munich Airport, for a total of 467 euro from their official website NH-hotels.com. The same price is shown by AlphaRooms.com and by Booking.com and by Lastminute.com and by Expedia.co.uk and LateRooms.com and BookIt.com and HotelPlanner.com for a standard double room (with free wireless internet).One would not expect NH Hotels to be classified as a budget option, but under the circumstances of the Oktoberfest, it looks like one of the cheapest deals outhere;


Best quality / price ratio in Munich, Germany, for Oktoberfest 2012

- Express by Holiday Inn Munchen Messe, for a total of 565 euro of from AlphaRooms.com and from Lastminute.com and from GetARoom.com and from Expedia.co.uk for a standard double room (18 sqm, free breakfast);

- Central Hotel - Apart Munchen, for a total of 567 euro from Booking.com for a deluxe double room (28 sqm including a kitchenette and with free wireless internet and free breakfast);

Top end hotels during Oktoberfest 2012 in Munich, Germany


- Kempinski Airport Munich, for a total of 574 euro from Hotels4U.com. The same room is at 613 euro from ReiseExperten.de and at 700 euro from HotelPlanner.com. The same is at 789 euro from Ebookers.com and HotelClub.com . The same room with breakfast included is shown at 986 euro from QuickRooms.com;

- Sheraton Munchen Arabellapark Hotel, for a total of 737 euro from Onhotels.com for a superior room, breakfast included (the same is at 753 euro from QuickRooms.com);

- Innside by Melia Munchen Parkstadt Schwabing, for a total of 773 euro from Opodo.co.uk, for a studio, free breakfast and free internet;. The same hotel is at a very similar rate (789 euro) at AlphaRooms.com and at Lastminute.com and from GetARoom.com and from EasyToBook.com and from Expedia.co.uk and from LateRooms.com and HotelPlanner.com;

- Westin Grand Arabellapark, for a total of 869 euro from QuickRooms.com, for a twin room, breakfast included.

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Trip report - 8 night journey in Germany for less than 300 euro

Friday, August 24, 2012


We just came back from a week trip to Saxony and wanted to share the great hotel deals that we bought for 3 and 4 star hotels in Germany:

- Holiday Inn Express Frankfurt Airport***, 1 night (12-13 August 2012) for 43 euro (a double room, breakfast included, free parking) from lastminute.com;

- Advena Parkhotel Leipzig West***, 3 nights (13-16 August 2012) for 98 euro (a double room, breakfast included, free wireless internet, free parking) from booking.com;

- Gold Inn Dresdner Heide****, 4 nights (16-20 August 2012) for 158 euro (a double room, breakfast included, free wireless internet, free parking) from otel.com.

That's a total of 299 euro for 8 nights at 3 and 4 star hotels in Germany (an average of 37,50 euro per double per night, breakfast included).

The secret for getting the best hotel deals is to start your search early (at least one month before your planned travel dates) and spend some time checking the majority of the online travel agencies - OTAs (as you can see, we finally bought from 3 different OTAs).

If you need any help in finding a hotel deal, just leave a comment with the details of your trip (dates, location, type of room) and we will try to help you.

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Limited 50% off selected hotels in France from Accorhotels.com

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Accorhotels.com has a limited sale on some of its hotels in France.

Book until August 28 for stays between August 24 and September 9 and take advantage of this offer.

We verified this promotion for several hotels, for 2 nights over the week-end 24-26 August:

-  Novotel Toulouse Centre Compans Caffarelli - total of 107 euro from Accorhotels.com.



The same hotel during the same period is sold at 188 euro on Ebookers.com and Expedia.co.uk and Booking.com.

-  Mercure Bordeaux Le Lac - total of 103 euro from Accorhotels.com:



The same hotel during the same period is sold at 184 euro on Booking.com and Easytobook.com and hotel.info.

- Mercure Paris Opera Cusset - total of 165 euro from Accorhotels.com:



The same hotel during the same period is sold at 280 euro on Booking.com and Cheapostay.com.

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Hotel deal for a summer week-end in Amsterdam

Saturday, August 18, 2012


We just found an incredible deal for 2 nights, double room with breakfast included for the week-end 24-26 August:

- 166 euro total price (83 euro per night) at luxurious Crowne Plaza Schiphol Airport. The deal is offered by Onhotels.com. It is a unique opportunity to stay at this top rated hotel, which usually costs at least twice as much.

Take advantage of this bargain hotel room while it lasts.

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Helpful tool to search hotels by location on a map - from dhr.com

Thursday, August 16, 2012



We just stumbled by a very useful tool that helps finding hotels on a maps in any given location:

 

Click on the map button above and then type in the address that interests you:







Once you typed in the location, you can see the names and location of the hotels nearby. You can zoom in and out as you wish (just like with Google Maps).

Now, you can also type in the details of the room you are looking for - date, number of persons, etc, by pushing the button "Check availability":


Once the results are shown, you can see the hotels in the order of price and star rating and make a reservation as you think best.


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Booking.com Secret Deals - how to register to join the offers

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


We come back with more precise guidance on how to register to the Booking.com Secret Deals / Flash Deals. You basically have 2 options: registration to the Booking.com newsletter, or to "Like" their Facebook page.

Here are the simple steps for each of the options:

Email registration

- go to this --> page

-at the bottom of that page, you will see the button for e-mail subscription (see print-screen below)



 - push the button indicated with the arrow in the print-screen above. A pop window will appear. Use this window to sent yourself an e-mail (write your e-mail in both sections of the form). VERY IMPORTANT: make sure you click to activate to option "Yes, I want to subscribe to the newsletter" - see printr-screen below:


- push the button "Send email. That's it - you will start receiving regular e-mails with the secret deals hotels.

Facebook registration

- go to your Facebook page, search for Booking.com, push the "Like" button. Then go to Booking.com Facebook page and click on the Secret Deals menu. You will have there all the hotels on offer from all countries worldwide:


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Twin bed room in Berlin, Mitte district, Germany - suggestions of hotel deals

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


We were searching for the best hotel rates for a twin bed room for a 2 night visit to Berlin (7-9 September 2012, breakfast included). These are the best price/quality hotels in the center of Berlin (Mitte) for the given period:


- Best Western Hotel am Spittelmarkt, at 107 euro per room per night on booking.com;
- Arcotel Velvet Berlin, at 115 euro per room per night on booking.com;
- Derag Livinghotel Grosser Kurfurst, at 133 euro per room per night on booking.com.

Lastminute.com has a range of 4 star hotels centrally located, at less than 100 euro per night, part of their Top Secret offer.


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Hotel booking websites

Monday, August 13, 2012

This is our starting point for all our hotel searches, as we will not have to open a new window and type in every time the address of each booking agency.

Accor Hotels__________________________

Best Deals up to 40%off

Atlantis Bahamas______________________



Best Western _________________________



Blue Bay Hotels______________________



Booking.com_____________________



Country Inns & Suites_________________



Expedia_______________________



Guoman Hotels_______________________

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HotelPlanner.com_____________________

Group hotel rates for your Wedding guests

Hotelopia.com________________________



Hotels.com________________________



HotelsCombined____________________

Find the best deal with HotelsCombined.com

Hurtigruten________________________



IHG.com (InterContinental Hotels)______



Otel.com_________________________

Great Hotels For Less, Book Yours Now

Park Plaza________________________



Preferred Hotels__________________



Prestigia.com________________________

Prestigia.com - Reservation d'Hôtels sélectionnés

Priceline___________________________

Priceline Flights, Hotels, Rental Cars & More!

Radisson_______________________



RIU Hotels__________________________









CheapTickets_________________________
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Amoma.com__________________________



EasyClickTravel.com_________________

Cancun - The Sunny Vacation Getaway


OnHotels.com_______________________



LogiTravel __________________________



Or the Italian and German versions of LogiTravel.

Lastminute.com_______________________





HotelClub.com________________________

Hotelclub.com


GetARoom.com____________________

Hotel Bookings up to 50% Off





Hotwire___________________________

Hotwire



Last Minute Travel___________________

LastMinuteTravel.com - Travel deals to top destinations

Agoda.com________________________



Or the German version of Agoda.

Superbreak.com______________________



BookIt.com______________________

Save Up to 50% All Inclusive packages on Book It


Hotel.info____________________________




Tui.com____________________________

TUI.com


FTI________________________________

FTI- Einfach Fair Reisen!




HotelsClick.com______________________

HotelsClick.com

AsiaRooms.com_______________________




Thomas Cook_________________________

Thomas Cook UK

RatesToGo_____________________________



Zuji Singapore_______________________

www.zuji.com.sg

EasyToBook.com_____________________

Easy to Book

Orbitz.com___________________________

PACKAGE SAVINGS_Save up to $500 by booking flight + hotel together_468x60

China Travel Depot__________________

Get Hot China Hotel and Tour Deals From ChinaTravelDepot!

Rakuten Travel_____________

Rakuten Travel, Inc.

ehotel.com_________________________

Hotels reservieren bei www.ehotel.com!



Visit Menorca_______________________

VisitMenorca 


HotelPronto________________________



Hotels.nl____________________________

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OFFICIAL HOTEL WEBSITES


Hilton_____________________






Marriott_____________________________




Hyatt___________________



ParkInn by Radisson___________________



Caesar's Palace_____________________



Ramada____________________________





Campanile Hotels_____________________





Mövenpick Hotels_____________________

Movenpick Hotels & Resorts

Scandic Hotels______________________




Great Hotels of the World___________

Great Hotels of the World - Offers

 Corinthia Hotels_____________________________



Lebua Hotels________________________




Berjaya Hotels and Resorts_____________

BerjayaHotel.com

Anantara Resorts_____________________

Anantara.com

Disneyland Paris_________________



Barcelo Hotels________________________



ClubMed_________________



Occidental Hotels________________



Bahia Principe________________________

Bahia-Principe.com

Aqua Hotels___________________

www.aquaresorts.com

Melia Hotels_________________________



NH Hotels_________________________



And the German, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish versions of NH Hotels.

Eurostars Hotels_____________________

EUROSTARS

Iberostar____________________________



Mamaison Hotels___________________ 

Mamaison Hotels & Residences

Grand City Hotels___________________

Grand City Banners

Vik Hotels________________________

VikHotels.com


H10 Hotels________________________



Abba Hotels________________

Abba Hotels

Roc Hotels________________



Pousadas de Portugal________________

Pousadas de Portugal

Ayre Hotels___________________________



NN Hotels___________________________

Núñez i Navarro Hotels

Vincci Hotels________________________




Hoteles Globales________________________




La Manga Club________________________



BeLive Hotels________________________


Be Live Hotels


Thistle Hotels________________________

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Apex Hotels_______________________



Design Hotels________________________




Macdonald Hotels____________________



Amari Hotels________________________




Nevsky Hotels St. Petersburg__________

Nevsky Hotels

Hotel Wing Japan___________________



Candeo Hotels________________________

Candeo hotels


Boscolo Hotels__________________________

Boscolo Hotels

UNA Hotels________________________

Una Hotels

ATA Hotels Italy___________________

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Valamar Hotels and Resorts______________

Valamar Hotels & Resorts

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