Non-refundable hotel reservations

Mar 26th, 2013, 03:37 PM
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Cowboy1968; That's a key bit of information I didn't suggest.

Most, if not all reservations on , one does not pay up front, but only when you get to the hotel.
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Mar 26th, 2013, 03:42 PM
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iris - sorry, think you misinterpret my use of "scheme" - don't mean to imply something nefarious, more in the sense of a plan or proposed way of doing something, synonymous with "model." Realizing that in American English there is a negative connotation, should probably select an alternate term. Mea culpa!
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Mar 26th, 2013, 03:55 PM
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Seamus; Everyone on Fodor's knows I'm 'a piece of work'.

No problem and Thanks for the response.
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Mar 26th, 2013, 04:40 PM
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Anyone who thinks I'm exaggerating should check the Dresden Hilton website for the dates May 20 until May 27. Non-refundable 127 euros; refundable 154 euros.

This was not the price quoted on Expedia or It was the Hilton website.

I don't usually stay in hotels that are that expensive, but it was hard to find a hotel I liked.

My hotel in Berlin is more like it--65 euros per night.
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Mar 26th, 2013, 04:41 PM
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>>The big Hotel chains have been offering non refundable rates for a couple of years now.<<

In the States I've seen discounted/pre-paid/non-refundable specials for years. In Europe/the UK maybe for the last 3 or 4 years. It is VERY common IME. In April I'm staying in a posh-ish property in Edinburgh for about 30% less by pre-paying.
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Mar 26th, 2013, 06:42 PM
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janis, tell me where. I can't find anything in Edinburgh below about $190 a night.
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Mar 26th, 2013, 07:09 PM
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Gertie: Try Fraser Suites - their advance purchase/pay rates would probably fit just under $190.

But if you want a B&B instead -there are lots under $190 that don't require more than just a typical deposit. Like 53 Frederick St - very good, very central. Less than £100 double. anytime except during Festival/Hogmany.

And if you don't care about charm - there are a few travelodges that are cheap for regular bookings and really CHEAP for pre-paid bookings.
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Mar 26th, 2013, 07:13 PM
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Thanks janis. 53 looks great and is available when I want to be there.
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Mar 26th, 2013, 07:26 PM
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<< I assume I'll go in to Frankfurt and check it out, though it's never been at the top of my sight-seeing list >>

If you want some place smaller than Frankfurt you could spend a day in Mainz. Beautiful Chagall stained glass windows in St. Stephens, a cathedral, pedestrian area, Gutenberg Museum.

After transiting through Frankfurt several times I finally decided to stop there and actually stopped twice. Took a walking tour one time and the other time I wandered about the city. I was pleasantly surprised.
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Mar 27th, 2013, 02:43 AM
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I recently stayed in a Westin in the US and had a choice of three rates: cancelable anytime up to arrival; cancel able 24 hours in advance; and not cancelable at all.

These were in descending order of price, and I took the middle level. I also got a discount by prepaying our breakfasts, a significant discount.

Worked for me! And obviously worked for them.
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