UK Hotel Discount Web sites?

Jul 20th, 2006, 06:59 PM
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UK Hotel Discount Web sites?

Looking to book a hotel in edinburgh in September and wondering if there were any UK specific web sites that offer travel deals? Trying to find a nice hotel under $250 US in Edinburgh.
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Jul 20th, 2006, 07:02 PM
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Hi Anna,

I usually check out rates on Expedia and Hotels.com and was ready to book a London hotel for September through Expedia. Then I read, on trip advisor, about someone who'd gotten a rate that was about $30 cheaper than mine, and with free breakfast, at the very same hotel, on a website called GTA (www.gtahotels.com). The website seemed very high-tech and trustworthy so I went through them -- saved $30 per night and got a free breakfast for the exact same room! I would check it out. They do charge your credit card in full up front (just like the other budget sites) but you have the option to cancel for a full refund.
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Jul 21st, 2006, 04:30 AM
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Try www.superbreaks.com - often no cheaper but sometimes is.

But there are plenty of nice hotels here under €250 : if you give us more details of what you are looking for, we can make suggestions. What is your definition of 'nice' - does it have to be 4 star ? Central ? Big hotel or posh B&B ? Will you havbe a car ?
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Jul 21st, 2006, 05:24 AM
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I was not a Priceline fan...only because it really seemed risky...but I must add that I tried it last week for our trip to London 9/12...after 6 months of begging and scouring deals I found a fairly nice hotel that would go 50pounds off their nightly rate (for 2 rooms)...I thought that was a good deal...I was paying around $400 a night with full breakfast....but my pocketbook and curiosity got the better of me and I tried Priceline...I got a GREAT location..(according to Tripadvisor reviews) and a 4* hotel for $160 for two rooms..I'm saving over $240 a night!

That can go a long way for travel expenses...if you use priceline..go to www.biddingfortravel.com and educate yourself first...it's worth the effort.
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Jul 21st, 2006, 05:37 AM
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Thanks for these. We won't have a car so are looking for a centrally located hotel. I would love to get a suite but a decent size room would be fine...
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Jul 21st, 2006, 06:16 AM
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Right, using last night's closing exchange rate, $250 = £135.

The Apex International in the Grassmarket has 'Executive Queen' rooms for £133 per night through www.apexhotels.co.uk - I put in random dates of 8-11 September & clicked on 'Promotions' & 'Advance Purchase'. The Apex City hotel is nice too but the Apex European not so good.

You could also try the Radisson SAS on the Royal Mile or the Sheraton on Lothian Road - I've got a deal at the Sheraton through Superbreak in the past. Rooms nothing special & not very large but the spa is fabulous.
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Jul 21st, 2006, 06:56 AM
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www.wotif.com

But you can only book a couple of weeks ahead.

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Jul 21st, 2006, 06:58 AM
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Priceline is not good for every city - it is GREAT for London. It is not very useful for Edinburgh. There are only a very few hotels and no bidding history (on BFT) to help you.

anna74: There are several moderately priced hotels in Edinburgh - Caroline mentioned a few. But there are also a lot of very nice B&Bs in Edinburgh that are mostly well w/i your budget.
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Jul 21st, 2006, 01:26 PM
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Also, I just noticed someone put 250 Euros--my budget was in U.S. dollars so probably closer to 125.
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Jul 21st, 2006, 03:01 PM
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anna74: If you'll notice, cariline_edinburgh corrected her error about € vs $ . . . . . .
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Jul 21st, 2006, 03:18 PM
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Thank goodness the exchange rate isn't that bad yet! $250USD is nearly €200 (although only £135).
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Jul 21st, 2006, 03:18 PM
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Stupid typos

Caroline, Caroline, Caroline . . . . .
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Jul 21st, 2006, 04:02 PM
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Although Gulliver may offer more options you might also look at www.londontown.com as well as www.lastminute.com
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Jul 21st, 2006, 05:58 PM
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Perhaps three of the most popular hotel booking sites are www.laterooms.com, www.lastminute.com and www.activehotels.com. For smaller, more characterful places and B&Bs, try www.smoothhound.co.uk. www.octopustravel.com also cover European mainland. For airport hotels, www.holidayextras.co.uk often come up with specials. You'll find VAT and service are almost always included in the quoted price.
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