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#1 scrutineer

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 02:06 PM

(**MOD EDIT ** Title altered 01/12/2007 to give thread wider scope)

I've only just used this site - for work i have to spend quite a few nights away and usually stay in travel inns or similar but them found:

http://www.laterooms.com/


stayed in a nice country hotel last night for less than half price - making it cheaper than the usual cheapies

if anyone need a hotel for a night or two while traveling may be worth a look ..... none in shetland though :(



#2 Fjool

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 02:13 PM

Looks like a good site. Thanks for sharing.

I wonder how Shetland guest-houses can get involved.

#3 scrutineer

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 02:30 PM

for the hotels its a good way to fill up otherwise empty rooms - better to get £50 for the room than nothing ......and of course I ate there as well ..... so everyone wins ..... except travel inn :lol:

#4 Marvin

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 03:23 PM

www.travelsupermarket.com is another good one for getting cheap deals

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 10:58 PM

Well thank you Scrutineer - have just read your post, looked on LateRooms site and made a booking in what looks to be very posh country hotel whose normal room rate claims to be £110 incl breakfast but is £45 on the night I wish to be there! Last time we stayed in Travel Inn for £50 and had to pay extra for a quite disgusting cardboard breakfast, so the difference will easily pay for the extra 2 miles taxi fare to Sandhurst. This is not for a few weeks yet and lots might happen in meantime – I am off to S Korea next week to event which appears to be remarkably badly organised – but will let you know if I ever get there and what it is like!

#6 scrutineer

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 11:03 PM

:D glad its been useful - i'll certainly be using it again - the reviews for each hotel are useful as well

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 06:54 AM

If you ever need a decent priced hotel in Manchester, try this one:

http://www.centralr....Hotel_Home.html

I stayed there in January, £30.00 single. It was nothing fancy, in fact maybe a little bit in need of refurbishment, but the food was fantastic. If I remember correctly, steak and all the trimmings was about £8. Locals were eating there for a night out, which is usually a good recommendation.
Compared to the Novotel, Preston a couple of nights earlier. £58 single, and £14 for a steak the size of a lamb cutlet served with 8 chips which had been built up like Jenga bricks.
I have mostly used Travelodge, or Premier Travel Inn, just for price. If I left the booking to a week before, I paid a fraction of the normal room rate.
Last time, (March), in Aberdeen, Travelodge on Bridge St., booked less than a week before, £49 double. And everybody warned me that Aberdeen was impossible to get cheap central accommodation in these days.
I have found that few hotels now include breakfast in the price, which suits me because I don't eat breakfast, but it's always best to seek out a cafe and pay a lot less for some decent grub.

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 07:45 AM

Bed and Breakfast in London for £20 a night?. Well that is what I am paying this year. Basic single room and not exactly in the centre but not far outside. University halls of residence offer some great rates for financially challenged travellers. Only available outwith term times but not limited to London.

#9 BigMouth

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 04:33 PM

Bed and Breakfast in London for £20 a night?. Well that is what I am paying this year. Basic single room and not exactly in the centre but not far outside. University halls of residence offer some great rates for financially challenged travellers. Only available outwith term times but not limited to London.


I was going to do this recently, but there are no doubles!!

What I do now those is reant apartments. It costs the same as a hotel room and you have more freedom to come and go as you want.

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Posted 01 December 2007 - 09:12 AM

I've used laterooms and also got a bargain, used lastminute once, never again. Arrived is San Francisco to find our hotel had no record of our booking nor had they heard of lastminute, was a complete shambles :?

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Posted 01 December 2007 - 05:50 PM

^^ lastminute is quite a strange one where hotel rooms are concerned. It's used in my mind as a dumping ground by hotels for rooms so they can get that bit extra money on what would otherwise be an empty room ...

... now that's fine in my mind, why not, it's good business!

Though when you're paying basically the same for a 4* / 5* room than the normal patrons - yet are dumped in a boxroom with no real recourse "as the place is full" (debatable) and are generally considered a pleb since you've booked it through lastminute - you're pretty much up that ol'chestnut with no paddle! and out of pocket :?

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Posted 01 December 2007 - 06:06 PM

Anyone stayed in one of the Dakota hotels in Scotlands middle belt? Do so!

I'd always thought these weird cube shaped buildings were infact some futuristic American finance company buildings - or something. I mean from the outside they look like Sony or Nintendo's next generation gaming machines ... :o

Found out what they really were ... and decided to stay in the one at the Eurocentral junction of the M8 when we were heading away early the next day from Glasgow airport. Other one just over the Forth Road Bridge (the other is in Nottingham).

Good move ... lovely rooms with a sort of post-modern chic New York loft styling. Massive bed ;) ... thouroughly bizzare lighting throughout, great food and top wine list with excellent surroundings and service in the restaraunt.

Only down point in our room was the windows ... where I would imagine the room would be F'in freezing in the winter! Crap CR Smith type jam it in daer job! These weren't no Adamson Brothers top Shetland hurricane jobby .. nope .. nope!

Cheap - no'ish. Worth it - yes.
http://www.dakotahotels.co.uk/

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Posted 01 December 2007 - 06:58 PM

Yun Dakota hotels look braaly good to be honest, no just that overly expensive either, roughly the same a sthe travellodges, and dakota seem alot better

its a shame theres only 3 in the country though!!!!!!!!!

and they're in relatively stupid locations as well

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Posted 01 December 2007 - 09:02 PM

Not quite a hotel, but if anybody finds themselves in Vilnius and they're not too worried about luxury then I would recommend the Old Town Hostel--both central and cheap. For £6 a night you get dormitory accomodation, free tea/coffee, fridge and cooking facilities, and Internet access. There's no curfew so you can crawl back any time of the day or night.

Drawbacks: can be noisy at night with people rolling in, and people who have been on the town tend to snore a lot. Ideal for the single backpacker!

(I spent a month there when I first arrived in Vilnius)

#15 muckleflugga

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 11:23 AM

I've found www.tripadvisor.com fairly handy as well for getting reviews on hotels, but I stay in fairly cheap hotels when I'm on me travels. Some of the reviews it has to be said come from possibly Hilton regulars who are a tad unimpressed with my choice of hotels :D





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