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The best hotel deals for Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

Thursday, July 24, 2014

As we were looking to spend a week-end in this Bavarian castle region, we compiled the list of cheap hotels around Neuschwanstein Castle. Cheap hotels does not necessarily mean low quality, as we are always looking for the best quality / price ratio.

We looked on a 5km radius around the castle, so that you can choose to walk or drive from / to your hotel. When you go by car, best is to leave the car in the parking lot at the foot of the older Hohenschwangau Castle and then stroll to the more famous and younger castle.

There are no hotels part of big international chains - all of them are family owned traditional hotels (or guest-houses).

We looked for properties that fit a budget of around € 100 per night for a double room. Anything more is just not worth it.

We excluded properties that do not offer any Internet connection or parking. We excluded also hostels (or any property with shared bathrooms).

Here we go with our list of the most affordable hotels for Neuschwanstein Castle, starting with the cheapest ones (we left out those that are of such poor quality, that you risk ruining your vacation):

- Haus Magnolia, self-catering apartments in a traditional building, with free Wi-Fi and free parking;

- Casa Patrizia, self-catering apartments in a traditional building, with free Wi-Fi and free parking;

- Hotel Hanselewirt, breakfast included, free Wi-Fi and free parking;

- Landhotel Huberhof, breakfast included, free Wi-Fi and free parking;

- Landhotel Guglhupf, breakfast included, free Wi-Fi and free parking;

- Hotel Weinbauer, breakfast included, free Wi-Fi and free parking.

Let us know if you have stayed at any of these properties (or others) and how was your stay.
 

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Triple HHonors points for stays at Hilton properties until 31 October 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The 2014 fall promotion from Hilton has just been published.

For stays between 1 August and 31 October 2014, you get triple points for week-end stays (Friday to Sunday) and double points during the week (Monday to Thursday).

You need to register before checking-in:

Triple points for stays at Hilton group of hotels until 31 October 2014

What does this promotion mean? Usually you will get 10 HHonors points for each USD spent. Now, with this promotion you will get 20 points per dollar during the week and 30 points per dollar during the week-end. This is in addition to the other usual bonuses (5 points per dollar for the Points & Points earning option, or the 25% / 50% bonus for Hilton and Diamond members).

There are many properties which do not participate in this promotion. Before choosing a hotel especially because you want to benefit from the promotion, please see the list of non-participating hotels here.

 

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How to find the cheapest hotel deals

Monday, July 21, 2014

Probably each of us has his own little secrets, tips and tricks on how to find the best hotel deals.

When we speak of cheapest hotel rates, we do not mean budget hostels, or old and dirty two-star properties we wouldn't advise any enemy to book.

In fact, the secret is to find good-rated 3 and 4 star properties at the same price others would pay for a two-star property.

How we do it? There's no short-cut, really. It takes discipline and some time to search the best quality / price hotel.

Here we go: below we prepared a comprehensive step-by-step approach that we follow:

Step 1

We start the process with the hotel comparison websites, like Trivago and HotelsCombined.

We do this because of two reasons:
- they show (almost) all the hotels you can book in any given location;
- you can already have an indication of which travel agencies might offer the best deals.

We note down the hotels that are at least 3 stars and that are in our price range (we also include in this short-list hotels that are over our budget, as later on we will find them cheaper elsewhere).

Step 2

We take all the hotels from the short-list and check their descriptions and guest reviews from booking.com.

We keep only those properties with at least a 7.5 rating and that offer the amenities we look for (every person might find various things important, but for us what matters most is breakfast included, free Wi-Fi and free parking).

We usually advise against booking hotels that are rated less than 7.5 on booking.com.

Step 3

After the first two steps we already know:

- that handful of hotels where we would be happy to stay;
- the maximum price we should pay.

Remember, you should never pay more than what you find on Trivago or HotelsCombined.

There is only exception to that rule: when booking directly on the hotel's website will bring a significant amount of loyalty points that would easily compensate for the few extra bucks paid (depending on the promotions, a couple of nights stays can sometimes easily get you another night free based on the loyalty points accumulated).

The third step consists of checking our list of 10 best cheapest booking websites. This is a really good source of finding a really good deal.

Even more, if you have the time, check-out all the travel agencies we using and expand your chances of finding that hidden gem.

Step 4

Check-out all the available discounts and promotions that you can find on our blog, in the right-hand side column called "Current discounts".

This is your best source of hotel discounts. 

Step 5

Check also the membership-based discounters, like TravelPony.

Membership is free, however you have to create an account to see the deals (you will get a 35$ credit if using this link to create the account). This is necessary so that this type of websites can circumvent the best rate guarantee policy of hotels.

Step 6

Check-out the secret hotels offered by various online travel agencies:

- Hotels from lastminute.com;

- Express Deals from Priceline;

- Unpublished Rate Hotels from Expedia;

- Secret Hot Rate Hotels from Hotwire.

These are discounted hotels where you will see the price and some of the amenities, however you will not see the name until after booking. This is done by these websites so that they do not affect the regular pricing policy of the hotels.

Step 7

If you are unhappy about your final results, send us an e-mail at emma@vakanz.club and we will try to help you.

Or even easier and time saving for you, just write us when and where you'd like to go and we will run all the steps above and provide you with a top 3 hotel choices, indicating the best prices and the websites where these can be booked.


Let us know if your arsenal includes other methods of finding hotel deals.

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£50 holiday discount from lastminute.com - book by 3 October 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A limited time voucher code that offers nice savings for your upcoming holidays.

The discount is valid for holiday packages of minimum £600.

Click on the link below to go to the deal page where the code is shown:

£50 savings on lastminute.com holidays

Copy the voucher code and type it in at checkout, in the field "Have a lastminute.com promo code?", above the credit card information.

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50% discount at the all-inclusive Hyatt resorts in Montego Bay, Jamaica for stays until 1 December 2015

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hyatt its expanding its all-inclusive portfolio with two new connected properties in Montego Bay, Jamaica:

- Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, an adults-only resort
- Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, a family oriented resort

Both properties are set to open on 1 November 2014.

For bookings made until 31 October 2014 and stays until 1 December 2015, you benefit from special Grand Opening rates, which are discounted by 50% compared to regular rates.

Click on the links below to start your search:

50% discount at Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall for stays until 1 December 2015

50% discount at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall for stays until 1 December 2015


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50$ Travelocity.ca discount code - for bookings until 31 December 2014

New year-long Travelocity.ca promo codes that give the following discounts:

Save $50 on your hotel booking (minimum  spend $300), use promo code TAKE50CA

Save $100 when you book Flight + Hotel (minimum spend $1500), use promo code PGK100CA

In the payment window, the code must be typed in the field "Enter a voucher code", just above the credit card information.


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City trip to Nottingham, England - £99 for two nights at the Ramada Nottingham City Centre

Friday, July 18, 2014

Great offer for a 2-night trip to Nottingham, brought to you by TravelBird, an up-rising travel discounter.

This package includes:

- breakfast each morning
- dinner on the first night
- bottle of house wine.

Click on the link below to go to the deal page:

Discounted city trip package at the Ramada Nottingham City Centre

At only £99 for the entire package, this is a very good offer, considering that it is more than 50% discount compared to the same package bought from other suppliers (such as booking.com).


 

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60€ per night at Hilton Florence Metropole until 30 September 2014

Part of the current summer sale promotion from Hilton, you can get rooms in Florence, Tuscany for only 60€ per night.

The deal is valid for bookings and stays until 30 September 2014.

Click on the link below to start your search:

Discounted rooms at Hilton Florence Metropole**** for the summer of 2014

In the search results, scroll down to find the standard guestrooms (either King or Twin), which sell for 60€ per night (see print-screen below):

We've already stayed at this hotel this year and we were very pleased. While it is located outside the centre, it offers a free shuttle between the hotel and the centre. Furthermore, the location on the outskirts of the city is also compensated by free parking for your car.

These special rates at Hilton Florence are not refundable, so book only if you are sure of your travel dates.

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54€ per night at Artemis Hotel Amsterdam**** until end of October 2014

For bookings until 22 July 2014, you can book double rooms at the 4-star Artemis Hotel with only 54€ per night.

This offer is brought by Hotel.info, the largest German based hotel booking agency.

This deal is valid for stays until the end of October 2014.

Click on the link below to go to the deal page and select your travel dates:

40% discount at Artemis Hotel**** in Amsterdam, The Netherlands - deal from Hotel.info

For example, 2 nights during the week-end 29-31 August 2014 have a total price of 108€ (converted from 85£). This is a 40% discount from the price you can find elsewhere, like booking.com, for example.

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Rooms for only 100$ per night at Conrad Miami until 30 September 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To celebrate its first 10 years, Conrad Miami offers a special rate of 100$ per night (plus 13% tax) for stays until 30 September 2014.

Click on the link below to start your search:

Discounted rooms at Conrad Miami for the summer of 2014

Once you have the search results, click on the button "View packages and promotions for this room" where you will see the special rate called "100 NIGHTS OF SUMMER" (see print-screen below):


Even better, the rate is fully cancellable up to 1 day prior to arrival.

There are a limited number of rooms available at this price, so for certain dates you might run out of luck.   

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100€ Air France promo code for bookings until 31 July 2014

Air France offers a 100€ discount for all long-haul flights departing from Germany where the price is of minimum 145€ (before taxes, fuel surcharges and fees).

The promotional code is valid only on the German website of AirFrance, however on the very top of their webpage you can switch the language to English.

The Air France promo code is valid for travel from 1 August 2014 until 31 March 2015.

Click on the link below to see the code and start your search:

100€ Air France discount - use code FLYNOW723

The Air France coupon code should be typed in the third page of the reservation process, the one in which you insert the information about the passengers (name, contact details, etc.).

In that window, look for the field "Do you have an Advantage code" and there type in the promo code. Then continue with the reservation as usual and in the next window you will see the price dropped by 100€.




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50% discount code for Lonely Planet guides - for purchases until 18 July 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lonely Planet is running a flash sale with 50% off their recommended retail price on all print and electronic guides.

Click on the link below to see the Lonely Planet coupon code and open their website in a new window:

Get 50% discount on all Lonely Planet ebooks  - use promo code: LPSECRET

The Lonely Planet discount code is to be applied in the Checkout page, just below the shopping cart information.

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20€ hotel.info discount code - for bookings until 15 October 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hotel.info is the largest German hotel booking website, quoted on the stock-exchange.
This hotel.info voucher code is valid for travel throughout 2014 and 2015.

79€ minimum purchase requirement (including taxes and fees). The code seems to work only for flexible reservations, which can be cancelled (the discount code box does not activate for prepaid, non-refundable rates).

Click on the link below to the hotel.info promo code and start your search:

20€ hotel.info discount - use voucher code HOTELDE-AKTION-20

The hotel.info coupon code must be typed in at the top of the payment window, when you click on the field "Redeem hotel.info vocher", just below the reservation details (see print-screen below):


Even better, the promo code works also for large international chains of hotels (we successfully booked a Holiday Inn).

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50€ per night at TRYP by Wyndham Istanbul Hagia Sophia until end of September 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hotel.info, the largest German based online travel agency, has a special Deals section, whereby for a limited period you can buy rooms with a significant discount.

For bookings until 17 July 2014, you can book rooms including breakfast at the 4-star TRYP by Wyndham Istanbul Hagia Sophia with only 50€ per night.

This deal is valid for stays until the end of September 2014.

Click on the link below to go to the deal page and select your travel dates:

40% discount at the TRYP by Wyndham Istanbul Hagia Sophia - deal from Hotel.info

For example, 2 nights during the week-end 22-24 August 2014 have a total price of 100€  (converted from 78£). This is a 40% discount from the price you can from booking.com, for example.


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40% discount at Radisson and Park Inn hotels in the United Kingdom and Ireland during the summer 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

For bookings until 31 July 2014 and stays until 7 September 2014 you can enjoy 40% discount for bed and breakfast rates at Park Inn and Radisson properties in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Click on the banners below to go to the deal pages of Radisson and Park Inn, respectively:





Once you searched for your preferred property, look for the rate called "Summer Sale" - it should be the cheapest rate and should provide approximately 40% discount from the bed and breakfast flexible rate.

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25% discount at UNA Hotel in Venice, Italy - for stays in July 2014


The UNA Hotel Venezia**** is located near the Grand Canal, just a 5-minute walk from the Rialto Bridge and 10 minutes from St. Mark's Square.

For bookings until 10  July 2014 and stays until 31 July 2014 you can obtain a 25% discount off the best available rate. Even better, this  special offer includes free breakfast and afternoon buffet.

Click on the link below to see the voucher code and start your search:

25% savings at UNA Hotel in Venice, Italy - use coupon code C-UNAPS

Type the code in the field "Promotional code" in the search form, just below the Checkout date. 

In the search results, look for the rate called "UNA Newsletter" - it should be at least 25% cheaper than the flexible rate.

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Hyatt flash sale - up to 40% discount across Asia Pacific for stays until 31 August 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

This sale runs for 5 days only, being available for booking until 6 July 2014. Discounted stays until 31 August 2014 are offered at participating Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Park Hyatt and Andaz properties.

Click on the link below to go to the deal page to see participating hotels and search for your travel dates:

Hyatt summer sale in Asia Pacific

No code needs to be typed in, as it will be automatically applied when you start your search from the offer page above.

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€150 Iberostar discount code for holidays in Spain during the summer of 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

For stays of minimum 7 nights in Spain, Iberostar offers a €150 voucher code.

Click on the link below to see the Iberostar promo code and start your search:

€150 Iberostar discount - use code IB150EUR

The Iberostar coupon must be typed in the search form, in the field "Promotional Code".

This special offer is valid for bookings and stays until 31 August 2014.

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