How do you get a great hotel price?

Aug 18th, 2001, 12:02 PM
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alice
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try calling the hotel directly. i always seem to get better rates that way. good luck
 
Aug 18th, 2001, 04:28 PM
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karen
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Wow, I clicked on this forum because I thought I might gain some insight into how to get a good rate at a hotel of choice. I haven't been exposed to this much control freakiness since my mother made me re-use my paper lunch sacks. Did anyone ask what YOU consider a GOOD USE of someone else's money?
 
Aug 18th, 2001, 07:27 PM
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Last summer my husband and I went to London. I picked out six places from internet searching that sounded OK for (relatively) low prices and emailed them to ask what price they could offer me for a 5-night stay. Four responded, one to say they couldn't accommodate us those nights and three with offers that were 15-20% off their regular rates. I did this only a month or so before our trip, and perhaps they knew by then that they might not fill up for those nights. I think we paid around $90-100 per night.

I vote with those who wouldn't consider paying $250 a night just for a room to sleep in. It would ruin my vacation! Last week we paid about $150 a night for a cabin near Yellowstone--by far the most I've ever paid for a room. In fact, I paid for 3 cabins for 3 nights--I was treating my married kids. Yikes, that was a dent in my budget! Usually when we travel in the U.S., we look for a motel for $50-70 a night (on the highways and in small towns, not in citiec).
 
Aug 18th, 2001, 07:33 PM
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Me again. On my first trip to Europe my husband and I paid $3.40 for a nice room in a hotel on the left bank, near the Sorbonne, and $6.60 for a B&B in London, near the British Museum. We thought $6.60 was outrageous, double and triple what we had been paying all over Europe. It was 1964.
 
Aug 18th, 2001, 07:58 PM
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Wow
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Karen,

And may I ask what you have contributed to the question posed by our poor little rich girl, Lori?

Thanks for the insight into the your childhood. Ask your shrink for us how exactly it is that your mom making you reuse your lunch sacks is a "control" issue. Post the results for us when you get a tick.

Get a life!
 
Aug 19th, 2001, 12:40 AM
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Having used this forum for quite some time, it never amazes me what kind of responses you get! First I'd like to clear up a few things for "WOW"....Yes I'm flying first class. No, I didn't pay more than anyone else. Just smart negotiating. (Booked the r/trip out of Dallas for 498.00, bumped to business class with miles, but since that was full of "paying customers", I was bumped to first class. A look at the available seat configuration showed me that! I learned this from another fodorite)Yes, I've stayed at cheaper hotels in Paris, from the touristy "Residence Trousseu" 75.00 per night, to the Intercontinental Le Grand. I too, travel extensively. I usually stay where the locals do, dine where the locals eat, etc. On my last trip to Paris, I stayed at this hotel. I only wanted to stay again, since the experience was so good. Where, "WOW", might I ask you have me stay?
 
Aug 19th, 2001, 05:00 AM
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Without a doubt, this is the most aggravating thread I've ever read on fodors.
There are people really trying to give suggestions here and then there are the trolls who inflict their pettiness and jealousy into the dialogue.
Can't you create your own TROLL travel site (TTS). Isn't this a great idea? Then you can dialogue with people just like yourselves instead of wasting the time of the rest.
Really disappointing.
 
Aug 19th, 2001, 05:56 AM
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Lori,

In response to your most recent post. I believe that you got a great airfare deal, if you were able to travel round-trip from Dallas to Paris for $500 plus a mileage upgrade. You didn't say how many miles, but I assume it was somewhere between 40,000 and 50,000 per passanger. That would seem reasonable. I still personally wouldn't do it, but I can certainly understand under THAT condition that lots of people would want to do it. (Incidentally, I have been bumped into 1st class several times, so it's not a situation of I don't know what I'm missing.) Also, I'm not certain how you accomplished this, since there have been other threads posted here concerning how difficult it is to upgrade from coach cattle to first cattle. Usually, they make you buy a higher priced coach ticket before you can upgrade.

You ask where I would have you stay. Well, that doesn't really matter does it? I mean read the other posts which do nothing but attack my comments, for doing nothing but attacking yours. A real quid pro quo. My point simply was, and it has been lost now, that you could certainly find a comfortable hotel, even a 1st class hotel in Paris for 1/2 of what you were looking to pay at the Hotel du Louvre Americana Tourista. Do a search under "Paris Hotels" on this site and you'll find them. I actually thought people would read my post and just ignore it. I certainly do the same on a high percentage of threads.

And a side note for Pam. Pam, (I'm being really sincere now), I'd like to apologize for making your life more "aggravating." That was never my intention. I hope you'll forgive me and come back home. If not for me, at least do it for our kids! Think about it, baby.

Caio
 
Aug 19th, 2001, 08:48 AM
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Lori, have a wonderful trip, and please let us know what/how you were able to negotiate.

By the way, if Lori has higher status in her airline's FF club, they most certainly *will* bump her up to 1st in order to make room for more revenue seats in coach.

And, "Wow," you are really pathetic. Please crawl back under your rock. I have stayed in all types of accomodations in Paris and around the world, and unless I'm staying locally with family or friends, spending the extra $ to get what I want has been well worth it.
 
Aug 19th, 2001, 08:55 AM
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ger
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Hello Lori:

That hotel has been recommended several times on this site. The only Hotel Du Louvre I can find is a three star ...could you possible post the web-site address.

Regarding getting a lower price, I ahve found that with four-star hotels a travel agent can often get a better rate than going through the web-site or phoning directly. It won't hurt to try.

Good Luck ... Ger
 
Aug 19th, 2001, 10:09 AM
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Hi:

I recommend that anyone who is looking for inexpensive hotels to check out major bookstores for books devoted to inexpensive hotels. Sandra Gustafson's Cheap Sleeps series is excellent. Fodors also publishes a Cheap Hotels in Paris book. I used it and found a hotel for $30.00 American. I was gone all day anyways. It was clean, safe, and had daily maid service. Enjoy the Louvre, don't worry about staying at Hotel du Louvre. I presume that since you're looking to make it cheaper (your post) that you're not made of money. Paris is lovely and there are many wonderful inexpensive hotels.

Have fun.

 
Aug 19th, 2001, 10:33 AM
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Wow
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Jimmy,

You wrote "and unless I'm staying locally with family or friends, spending the extra $ to get what I want has been well worth it."

Why am I (or some of the others who have posted agreeing with me) pathetic if I disagree with you? You're not a very nice person.
 
Aug 19th, 2001, 02:44 PM
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Well, after reading several of your suggestions, I called a travel agent. Air France has a Paris package, and without the airfare, the rate should be about 185.00 per night.(I have to wait until Monday for confirmation...) Oh, and yes, I definatly will try to get an upgrade at check in. (By using AmericanAirlines Aadvantage Card, you can apply for an American Airlines/Concorde Prestige Card. 10-20% off RACK rates, oh yeah!!! or upgrade to the next level of room for free) Learned this from another fodorite as well.
As far the airfare, yeas I had to use 50,000 miles. (I had a certificate for 25,000 since being bumped off a plane late last year. I asked for miles instead of a cash coupon. Again, I learned this from another fodorite.)
Thanks to all for all of your help. I have always found the information from other travelers invaluable. I'll keep everyone posted.And, to "Ger" the website is www.concordehotel.com
 
Aug 19th, 2001, 02:55 PM
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WOW, you are a TROLL to say it mildy. I doubt your status or maybe I should fear it. Remember, just because you have money, doesn't mean you have good taste or manners.I sense the only reason you have flown first class before is due to the fact that is where they tied you up at, so they could throw you off first. You probably have never stayed in a 4-5 star hotel. Obviously people that can, do. Therefore, your suggestions are only from pictures in posts, etc. Not everyone has to pay top dollar for the luxuries. Some enjoy the thrill of the negotiation. These people hold their money longer. Maybe you can find another thread, your done here.
 
Aug 19th, 2001, 04:34 PM
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Lori,

Sounds like you've found a decent deal on your hotel. Sounds like you're going to get exactly what you wanted for a price which you are willing/capable of paying. Congratulations!

Caldd,

You're not a rocket scientist are you. I told you in my second post that I was a troll. I'll bet you make a point of telling people when the sun is out too, don't you.

Now, because I'm smitten with you, I'm going to help you out. For free! No need to thank me. Ready. Here we go:

1. ". . .due to the fact that is where they tied you up AT, so they could throw you off first. " [capitalization added.]

TIP: Don't use "tied you up AT." That's not a proper use of a preposition. Go back to the fourth grade, do not pass "Go."

2. "Therefore, your suggestions are only from pictures in posts, etc."

TIP: That's a terrible sentence. I'm not sure what you're trying to convey here. I'm certain you are venting toward me, but it doesn't make a lot of sense. Be more descriptive, dear.

3. "Maybe you can find another thread, your done here."

TIP: "Your" done here is improper. You meant to say "You're" or "you are" instead. And, by the way, I'm not done here, obviously, or I wouldn't have posted a response to your post.


Obviously, by your typing and sentence structure, you're (see there's the RIGHT way to spell it in this context) an American. I wouldn't have pointed this out had I thought that English was your second language. It would have been more beneficial had you paid a little more attention during grammar school english class. Daydreaming about travel, I assume.

Have a nice day.

 
Aug 19th, 2001, 06:43 PM
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ok, let's leave wow alone now. trolls like this always keep me laughing! lori pay whatever you want wherever you want-have a nice trip. people, please don't begrudge others their money or tastes-just keep handing out good advice as usual.
p.s. i hope pammy comes home-lolroflol
 
Aug 21st, 2001, 07:50 PM
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I just finished reading part of this forum and couldn't stop laughing! So much fighting and drifting away from the point!!

 
Aug 22nd, 2001, 05:15 AM
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As others have suggested, try contacting the hotel directly. But, at the end of the day, it all comes down to occupancy rates at the time, ie. the law of supply and demand. If the hotel is quite full, they can afford to charge top dollar (franc), and have no reason to discount their rates. If on the other hand, they have rooms to fill, you have some bargaining power.
 
Aug 22nd, 2001, 08:25 AM
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I think you should all stay in the cheapest hostel you can find and take the money you save and contribute it to charity. That wasy more of our poor folk could get a chance to get out of the ghetto and travel. Might broaden their outlooks a bit and cut down on the gunfire while they are gone.
 
Aug 23rd, 2001, 04:36 PM
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Al, PLEEEESE! A hostel? No way! This girl should stay in a 4 star hotel, eat pastries all day, and drive her BMW. I bet she is rich, thin and blonde!
She doesn't need your advice. Nor do we.
 

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