Standard Booking?

Apr 13th, 2007, 05:09 PM
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Standard Booking?

I had an apartment owner in nothern Italy ask us to send 100 euros to secure booking for a three day stay. It this typcial?

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Apr 13th, 2007, 05:23 PM
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yes
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Apr 13th, 2007, 06:39 PM
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Absolutely. I had to do the very same thing for an apartment stay in Venice.
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Apr 13th, 2007, 06:52 PM
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You can't expect to book an apartment through an owner without having to send a deposit-I've had to send a check for around 150 Euros, which they hold, until you get there, and can pay them in cash, usually.
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Apr 13th, 2007, 10:19 PM
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It's normal!
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Apr 14th, 2007, 05:13 AM
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The apartment I am staying at in Provence next month required a 250 euro security booking. Not unreasonable.

The owner of my apartment, and several others in Aix-en-Provence, is up with the times and I paid the deposit, and the remainder of my hotel cost, by using Paypal, as she accepted that. Easy way to go.
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Apr 14th, 2007, 08:17 AM
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I'd say €100 is a very reasonable deposit. Many places want as much as 50% up front and the balance 3 or 4 weeks before arrival.
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