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10% discount voucher code from Expedia

Saturday, September 29, 2012


A 10% discount code is available at Expedia for all reservations made until October 4, 2012.

The discount is applicable to the Expedia rates ("Offre Expedia" in the French version), excluding taxes and fees. It is applicable for stays until March 27, 2013.

Simply go to their website, proceed to the reservation as usual, and in the payment window simply type in the code Toussaint12 the field for promotion code (see print screen below):


The discount is applicable on the French version of Expedia.

Full terms and conditions are available here.



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Hotel review - Hotel Germisara, Geoagiu Bai, Romania

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


The room was of good size and comfort and the breakfast was delicious.

The set menu for dinner was light and good.

Free wirelesses internet and private parking which cost about 1 euro per day.

We also used the swimming pool and the thermal pool - both were a great means of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Overall, highly recommended hotel.

Reservations are possible only through their website - http://www.hotelgermisara.ro/bookings.htm   





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30% discount from HRS.com on selected hotels

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


For reservations made during the next two weeks, HRS shows a 30% discount on a selection of hotels in London, Nice, Munich, Vienna, Lisbon, Berlin, Hamburg, Koln and Frankfurt.

Follow this link to see the deal.

Below are some examples:

- Park Inn by Radisson Munchen Ost, for 2 nights over the week-end 9-11 November, for a double room, breakfast included: a total of 138 euro from HRS. The same room costs 198 euro from Booking.

-  Hotel Miraparque Lisbon, for 2 nights over the week-end 19-21 October, for a double room, breakfast included: a total of 112 euro from HRS. The same room costs 160 euro from Booking.

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TripAlertz deal in Budapest, Hungary

Sunday, September 23, 2012


TripAlertz has a very good deal for a 5-star hotel in Budapest - Buddha Bar Hotel Klotild Palace, for only 150 USD per night.

The price is for a deluxe double room, breakfast included. More details about the offer can be found here.

We checked the validity of the deal, for example, for the first week-end of November, the total price for 2 nights is 300 USD, while on booking.com it is 582 USD (thus almost a 50% discount).

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15% voucher code from lastminute.com for all accommodation booked until 20 September 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A 15% discount code is available at lastminute.com for all reservations made until September 20, 2012.

Simply go to their website, proceed to the reservation as usual, and in the payment window simply type in the code SEPTEMBER15 in the field "Promo code?" (see print screen below):


Hurry to lastminute.com website, you only have 1 day left.

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Accommodation for the Lady Gaga concert in Barcelona, 6 October 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Below are the best hotel deals we found in Barcelona for the night of Saturday, 6 October, for the Lady Gaga concert.

The show, part of the world tour Born this Way Ball will take place at Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona.

We searched for the cheapest hotel rates in Barcelona, for that night, for a double room, preferably breakfast included (to recover after an intense show the previous night). We looked for comfortable hotels close to the venue, so that you can return to the hotel without much headache:

- Travelodge L'Hospitalet, 54 euro from Hotel Travel

- AC Hotel Som by Marriott, 84 euro from DHR

- Expo Hotel Barcelona, 124 euro from Late Rooms (breakfast excluded)

- Hotel Market Barcelona, 150 euro from Booking (breakfast excluded)


You may still find concert tickets at  Online Ticket Express.

For restaurants in Barcelona, we recommend Groupon:

Rest180x150

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6% voucher code from budgetplaces.com for all accommodation booked until 31 December 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012


A 6% discount code is available at budgetplaces.com for all reservations made until December 31, 2012.

Simply go to their website, proceed to the reservation as usual, and in the payment window simply type in the code BUDGETUSA in the field "Do you have a promotion code?" (see print screen below):


 
That's great news from budgetplaces.com considering the upcoming Halloween, Thanksgiving and winter holidays.

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10% discount on all hotels from Hotels4U.com for bookings until 30 September

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Hotels4U.com (part of Thomas Cook group) has a a special offer for bookings made until 30 September.

All hotel rates are discounted by 10%:



Simply go to their website and make the reservation you want: on the last page, where the total rate is displayed, you will see the 10% discount already applied - no need for a code.



We tested the deal with several hotels, for different locations and dates:

- Ibis Amsterdam Airport, 2 nights (21-23 September 2012), double room with breakfast included: final price of 121 British Pounds from Hotels4U.com, as opposed to the 135 GBP from booking.com;

- Best Western Airport, Munich, Bavaria, Germany, 2 nights (28-30 September 2012), double room with breakfast included: final price of 335 euro from Hotels4U.com, as opposed to the 535 euro from booking.com; That's 200 euro savings - perfect for the middle of Oktoberfest :)

- Basilea Florence Hotel, Florence, Tuscany, Italy, 2 nights (5-7 October 2012), double room with breakfast included: final price of 150 euro from Hotels4U.com, as opposed to the 252 euro from booking.com; That's 100 euro savings.

So, if you already know where next trip, book until 30 September to benefit from this convenient 10% discount.

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Stay 3 nights and pay only 2 offer from Golden Tulip

Saturday, September 15, 2012


Golden Tulip is a 4-star chain with more than 200 hotels in 40 countries. It is part of the larger group Louvre Hotels (which also own the brands Kyriad, Campanile, Tulip Inn and Premiere Classe).

They currently have a very good deal in Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, for a 3-night stay (including week-ends) during the period 12 October - 31 December 2012.

To benefit from this deal, simply go to their dedicate page and proceed to the reservation of your choice.

We tested the deal in several locations and for several periods:

- Golden Tulip Hotel De Medici, Bruges, Belgium: total of 216 euro for 3 nights (19-22 October), breakfast included. For comparison, the price on booking.com is 327 euro for the same room;

- Golden Tulip Hotel Central Molitor, Luxembourg, Luxembourg: total of 218 euro (19-22 October), breakfast included. For the same room booking.com shows a price of 432 euro (double cost !);

- Golden Tulip Brussels Airport, Belgium: a total of 170 euro (2-5 November). The rate shown by booking.com is 248 euro.

Have a great trip!

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Hotel deals for the Lady Gaga concert in Paris, 22 September 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012


The world tour of Lady Gaga, Born this Way Ball stops in Paris, France on Saturday, 22 September, at the Stade de France stadium.

We searched for the best hotel deals in Paris, for that night, for a double room, breakfast included (to recover after an intense show the previous night). We looked for comfortable hotels close to the venue, so that you can return to the hotel without much headache:

- Forest Hill Paris la Villette at 118 euro from HotelsByCity.com;

- Ibis Styles Paris Montmartre Nord at 129 euro from HotelsByCity.com;

- Adagio Access Paris Saint-Denis Pleyel at 170 euro from HRS.com;

- Courtyard by Marriott Paris Saint Denis at 196 euro from HRS.com;


You may still find concert tickets at TicketNetwork.

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Hotel deals for the Lady Gaga concert in Berlin, 20 September 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


The world tour of Lady Gaga, Born this Way Ball stops in Berlin, Germany on Thursday, 20 September, at the O2 World hall.

We searched for the best hotel deals in Berlin, for that night, for a double room, breakfast included (to recover after an intense show the previous night). We looked for comfortable hotels close to the arena, so that you can walk back to the hotel and avoid the additional taxi fare:

- Best Western Euro Hotel Berlin*** at 80 from  Olotels.com euro and 86 euro from DHR.com (the same hotel is at 126 euro from Booking.com);

- Erlanger Hof*** at 156 euro from HRS.com;

- Hotel Arcadia*** at 188 euro from HRS.com;

- Innside by Melia Berlin**** at 199 euro from Hotels.com;

- Upstalsboom Hotel Friedrichshain**** at 224 euro from Hotel.info.


There were also some hostel options in the area, but we do not recommend hostels, unless expressly required by someone.

You may still find concert tickets at  Online Ticket Express.

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Hotel deals in Copenhagen, Denmark from Expedia

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Expedia.co.uk has started is autumn sale and one of the European cities showing great discounts is Copenhagen.

This is even more fortunate, as usually Copenhagen is very expensive. Now, with this special offer from Expedia hotels are much more affordable.

We took several examples of above average hotels, for 2 nights over the first week-end in October, for a double room:

- Bella Sky Comwell Hotel Copenhagen, for a total price of 256 euro (breakfast included) from Expedia, while on Booking.com the price is 320 euro (a 20% discount);

- Copenhagen Crown Hotel, for a total price of 270 euro (breakfast included) from Expedia, while on Booking.com the price is 327 euro (almost 20% discount);

-  Adina Apartment Hotel Copenhagen, for a total price of 185 euro (without breakfast) from Expedia, while on Booking.com the price is 217 euro (15% discount).

 As usual, some other hotels may be more advantageous on Booking.com, so, before making a reservation, take some time to compare different offers (you can find our list of online travel agencies in our other post).

Have fun!

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15$ voucher discount code from OneTravel.com for hotel reservations

Monday, September 10, 2012


A 15$ discount code is available at OneTravel.com for hotel reservations made until December 31.

Simply go to their website, select for the preferred hotel and in the payment window, where the rate is detailed, simply type in the code USAHOTEL15 in the field "Promo code" (see print screen below):


We checked several hotels in different locations to verify the validity of the deal (for the week-end 21-23 September):
- Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli, with a final price of 206 euro from at OneTravel.com and a price of 270 euro from booking.com; (thus, in addition to the 15$ saving, there is also an additional deal from OneTravel.com);
- Citadines La Defense Paris, with a final price of 158 euro from OneTravel.com and a price of 170 euro from booking.com
- Grand City Central Hotel Berlin Airport, with a final price of 108 euro from OneTravel.com and a price of 120 euro from booking.com.


Please pay attention when using this coupon, as some of the rates on OneTravel.com may not be better than the ones from Booking.com, even with the discount applied. However, for selected hotels, there is a good deal to be made, as shown above.

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Best hotel rates for Oktoberfest 2012 in and around Munich

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Update: we also made a search for the 2013 Oktoberfest -> here.


As the start of Oktoberfest approaches, the options for a hotel stay become more and more limited and, consequently, the prices rise sky high.
We managed to find some (still) reasonable rates, but these are also likely to be booked soon.

The last rooms still available start at 46 euro per person per night (which is a great deal taking into account the madness that is in the city at that time of the year). Then for the top-end of the scale, for about 85 euro per person per night stay at the Sheraton in Munich (see list of available hotels below).

We based our search on a three night stay comprising the first week-end of Oktoberst: 21-24 September 2012, a double room, breakfast included, where possible (after a long night on a beer diet, a hearty breakfast is a great way to start the day):

- Best Western Grand City Neufahrn, for a total price of 278 euro from DHR.com and from Otel.com (without breakfast).

- Ibis Budget Munchen Garching (ex-Etap Hotel), for a total price of 297 euro from Accorhotels.com. (breakfast excluded).

- Best Western Hotel Munich Airport, for a total price of 357 euro from Grand City Hotels (a chain of hotels) or at 370 euro from Lastminute.com (without breakfast). This last price is shown by Hotels.com (so if it's sold out on Lastminute.com, try the second option). For only 50 euro more you also get the buffet breakfast from DHR.com.

- Hotel Domicil Munchen West, for a total price of 397 euro from AlphaRooms.com.

- Hotel Henry Erding, for a total price of 423 euro from LateRooms.com (breakfast excluded).

- Moevenpick Hotel Munich Airport, for a total price of 470 euro from Lastminute.com (without breakfast).

- Arcadia Hotel Munchen Airport, for a total price of 477 euro from Hotels.com.

- Hotel Ferchenhof, for a total price of 525 euro from booking.com.

- Mercure Hotel Munchen Airport, for a total price of 530 euro from Farebuzz.com (without breakfast).

- Hotel Amiga, for a total price of 545 euro from HRS.com.

- Pollinger Garni Munich, for a total price of 555 euro from EasyToBook.com.

- Sheraton Munich Airport Hotel, for a total price of 555 euro from GetARoom.com.


If you need any help, leave a comment and we'll be glad in helping you in your search.

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Latest worlwide deals from Hilton

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Hilton has some great offers for vacations, city breaks and other interestig places to see.

Highlights of these special offers are shown below:

Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa
Save 40% on the Best Available Breakfast inclusive rate when staying two nights or more at the luxurious Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa. From €161 for 2 adults sharing. Lounge by the pool, rejuvenate in the luxurious Spa, explore the coral reef in the glass bottom boat, and enjoy free non-motorized water sports. Children under 12 stay free when sharing with parents and receive free access to our Kids Club. Offer valid until 31st October 2012, and subject to availability. Terms & Conditions apply. 

Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa
Upgrade to a Nile view room and indulge in a private candlelit dinner on the edge of the River Nile. Reflect on special times over a bottle of sparkling wine and a heart-shaped cake. Wake up to a delicious buffet breakfast for two in bed, every morning of your stay. You will also have daily access to the Spa's thermal area. Book 4 nights or more to receive all of these exclusive treatments at the Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa.

Colours of Turkey
See Turkey differently with rates starting from €55.
Package includes 2 night minimum stay with buffet breakfast or a lazy breakfast until 11am at the weekend, half day city tour and late checkout up to 6am at the weekends. Kids stay and eat for free! Code for this offer is package is PR12TK and is valid until 31st December 2012.

Have a Drink on Us
Stay in the beautiful Scottish countryside for a two night midweek deal this Autumn/Winter and receive a free bottle of Prosecco in your room. Not only that, rooms start from just £49 per person per night and include dinner, bed and breakfast! Choose between four wonderful Hilton hotels each set in the heart of the breathtaking Scottish countryside.Stay between 1st September and 31st December. Children under 18 stay for free in a room with parents and children under 10 eat for free!

Hilton Dartford Bridge Hotel
The Hilton Dartford Bridge Hotel is ideally located just five miles from the new Eurostar station Ebbsfleet International, a high speed rail link arriving into London King's Cross St Pancras in just 17 minutes. Treat the family to a fun day out at Eagle Heights, visit the Historic Chatham Dockyard or discover fantastic shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities at Bluewater or Lakeside shopping centres. There are 5 new packages available which combine these activities with a night or two at the hotel, including dinner and breakfast. Offers available until 31st December 2012.

Hilton Value Dates in Southern Africa
Save 50% on the breakfast inclusive rate on selected weekend dates in September and October. With so many places to explore in the area, Hilton Cape Town City Centre, Hilton Durban, Hilton Sandton and Hilton Windhoek are the perfect retreats after a long day of activities. From Table Mountain to Cape of Good Hope, Royal Durban Golf Course and even a weekly Sushi school (at Hilton Sandton) you will never be bored in South Africa. After all the excitment, relax in the pool or sip a cocktail in the lounge. What a perfect weekend. Discounts are subject to specific dates September 14th-16th, 21st-23rd, 28th-30th. Please check individual dates & hotels for rates in October.

September - Hotel of the Month
The Hilton and Hampton by Hilton at St. George's Park is now open for business and is the first dual - branded hotel in the UK.

Located at the Football Association's (FA) new National Football Centre in Burton upon Trent, this hotel is as progressive in its design as the St. George's Park training ground is for football. Sustainable elements, such as rainwater harvesting, have been incorporated alongside a sleek, modern look and feel. The hotel's inspiration from football can be seen in the limited edition prints, paying homage to greats of the English game, displayed both in guest bedrooms and public areas.

Enjoy the stunning countryside location and wonderful views across the 330 acre site as you relax in the bar and lounge area, aptly named The Crossbar. Then enjoy a meal in The Restaurant at St. George's Park. The brasserie-style restaurant, which offers a hearty British menu showcasing freshly prepared food from seasonal and locally sourced produce, caters for private dining for up to 68 people.

Guests can also make use of the upscale fitness and health facilities, which include a range of services for both hotel guests and local residents. The Health Club and Spa at St. George's Park has the very latest fitness and spa facilities, an indoor pool and relaxation area. The Spa, which includes four treatment rooms, provides a luxurious and exclusive experience with a bespoke menu of services.

This is the hotel of the month.    

Inspired by football, but not solely about football, staying at the Hilton or Hampton by Hilton at St. George's Park is an experience worth booking.

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How to avoid long lines at Tour Eiffel in Paris

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


It is very simple: purchase online tickets in advance from the official website of Tour Eiffel.


You have to select the floor you want to visit (top floor or the second floor) the date, the hour, the number of persons, then pay online, print the ticket and bring it with you at the Tour.

Then, when in Paris, on the set time and date, go directly to the stewards which attend the "People with reservation" desk and simply enter and enjoy the views.


Detailed instructions are given on the official website: http://www.eiffel-tower.com/preparing-your-visit/buying-your-tickets.html. Follow the same link to buy online tickets.

Have fun!

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15$ discount code from CheapOStay.com

Monday, September 3, 2012


A 15$ discount code is available at CheapOStay.com for all reservations made until September 30.

Simply go to their website, select for the preferred hotel and in the payment window, where the rate is detailed, simply type in the code HOTEL15 in the field "Promo code" (see print screen below):


 
We checked several hotels in different locations to verify the validity of the deal:

- Ramada Brussels Woluwe, the night of 18 September, with a final price of 163 USD from CheapOStay.com and a price of 178 USD from booking.com;
- Grand City Hotel Dresden Zentrum, the night of 6 October, with a final price of 64 USD from CheapOStay.com and a price of 79 USD from booking.com
- Hotel 500 Firenze, Florence, Italy, the night of 6 October, with a final price of 95 USD from CheapOStay.com and a price of 110 USD from booking.com.


We noted that the discount is not allowed for hotels where they consider that the rate is already discounted. For example, for the Best Western Amsterdam Airport, for the night of October 5, the promotion code was not accepted, a message showing that "This rate is already heavily discounted and cannot be discounted any further". There might be some truth in that, as  the rate was of 80 USD per night, while on booking.com it was 87 USD.

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Free Paris tourist guides

Saturday, September 1, 2012


We were preparing a short trip to Paris and put together a list of essential online free guides that you can download (attractions, transportation, etc.):

Official guide to things to do/see in Paris:

http://en.parisinfo.com/our-online-publications-to-browse-through-and-download/

Official guide to public transportation system in Paris:

http://www.ratp.fr/en/upload/docs/application/pdf/2011-07/paris_public_transport.pdf

Official interactive bycicle route map in Paris:

http://vgps.paris.fr/

Audio guides in French from the telecom giant Orange:

http://voyages.orange.fr/guide-voyage/europe/france/ile-de-france/paris-guide-audio-05-002

Travel and driving guide in France from autoeurope.com:


http://www.autoeurope.com/pdf/travelguides/auto-europe-driving-guide-for-france.pdf

Guides from booking websites:

http://www.flashbooking.com/freedownload/travelguide/citydestinations/europe/france/paris/paris_eng.pdf

http://www.hostelworld.com/pdfguides/generatepdf.php?PDFCity=Paris&free=yes

Other guides:

http://www.nyu.edu/studyabroad/pdf/GA.Paris.Guide.pdf

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