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Old April 11th, 2004, 10:50 AM
80k
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Hello,

A friend and I plan on traveling europe for a month between May and
June (arriving the weekend of May 22nd...). We plan to start in
Paris, and then work our way to Munich, and some of the major cities
in Italy (venice, florence, rome). We'll be leaving late June.

We were planning on finding accommodations when we get there, to allow
more flexibility. We looked into reserving the first couple of nights
in Paris, and the first hotel we tried is already booked up for that
weekend! (late May). It being only early April now... we're starting
to wonder if it's necessary to book way in advance these days?

Does anyone have any experience and advice? Searching through the
archives, it seems like most people do not have a problem traveling
without reservations, even during the summer. I'm just wondering
whether we should be concerned, and if hotels are filling up more
quickly nowadays. I guess the fact that the hotel we wanted is
already booked up this far in advance was a bit disheartening.

Another thought I had was... perhaps it's easier to book last minute
because people cancel their reservations?

Thanks!
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Old April 11th, 2004, 12:12 PM
Sjoerd
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"80k" schreef in bericht
m...
Hello,

A friend and I plan on traveling europe for a month between May and
June (arriving the weekend of May 22nd...). We plan to start in
Paris, and then work our way to Munich, and some of the major cities
in Italy (venice, florence, rome). We'll be leaving late June.

We were planning on finding accommodations when we get there, to allow
more flexibility. We looked into reserving the first couple of nights
in Paris, and the first hotel we tried is already booked up for that
weekend! (late May). It being only early April now... we're starting
to wonder if it's necessary to book way in advance these days?

Does anyone have any experience and advice? Searching through the
archives, it seems like most people do not have a problem traveling
without reservations, even during the summer. I'm just wondering
whether we should be concerned, and if hotels are filling up more
quickly nowadays. I guess the fact that the hotel we wanted is
already booked up this far in advance was a bit disheartening.

Another thought I had was... perhaps it's easier to book last minute
because people cancel their reservations?


With a few exceptions (major conferences, holiday long weekends in several
countries, etc.) you will always find a place to sleep. But ofcourse the
hotel of your choice may be full and and you will need to look around and
spend some time to find a nice hotel that has vacancies. So my advice is to
book ahead if you know when you will be where. If not, don't worry you will
find something. Last year in May we spent 10 days in Italy and Switzerland,
moving from place to place almost every day, and only once (in Bologna,
major conference taking place there) did we spend a few hours finding a
hotel with a vacant room.

Sjoerd


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Old April 11th, 2004, 12:14 PM
John Bermont
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80k wrote:
Hello,

A friend and I plan on traveling europe for a month between May and
June (arriving the weekend of May 22nd...). We plan to start in
Paris, and then work our way to Munich, and some of the major cities
in Italy (venice, florence, rome). We'll be leaving late June.

We were planning on finding accommodations when we get there, to allow
more flexibility. We looked into reserving the first couple of nights
in Paris, and the first hotel we tried is already booked up for that
weekend! (late May). It being only early April now... we're starting
to wonder if it's necessary to book way in advance these days?

Does anyone have any experience and advice? Searching through the
archives, it seems like most people do not have a problem traveling
without reservations, even during the summer. I'm just wondering
whether we should be concerned, and if hotels are filling up more
quickly nowadays. I guess the fact that the hotel we wanted is
already booked up this far in advance was a bit disheartening.

Another thought I had was... perhaps it's easier to book last minute
because people cancel their reservations?

Thanks!


80k,

Where did you get your hotel name? If it was from any of the popular
budget guidebooks then thousands of others were also trying to get a
room at the same place. There are about 1,500 hotels in and around Paris
so keep looking. Do a google for Paris hotels.

Late May is not a busy travel season in Europe so I would stay flexible,
except reserve for your first couple of nights as you plan. On the
weekend after your arrival however, 30 May happens to be Pentecost (Whit
Sunday) and the day after is a holiday in France, Germany, Holland, and
other countries. May 31 is also Memorial Day in the USA. It might be a
good idea to find a room by mid afternoon that weekend.

John Bermont
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Old April 11th, 2004, 12:35 PM
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"80k" wrote in message
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We were planning on finding accommodations when we get there, to allow
more flexibility. We looked into reserving the first couple of nights
in Paris, and the first hotel we tried is already booked up for that
weekend! (late May). It being only early April now... we're starting
to wonder if it's necessary to book way in advance these days?

Does anyone have any experience and advice? Searching through the
archives, it seems like most people do not have a problem traveling
without reservations, even during the summer. I'm just wondering
whether we should be concerned, and if hotels are filling up more
quickly nowadays. I guess the fact that the hotel we wanted is
already booked up this far in advance was a bit disheartening.


May and June should be easy for accommodations, however, it might be a good
idea to call ahead a couple of days in advance; in this way you can keep the
flexibility you want and still know that you have a room waiting for you
when you arrive in the next town.

Some places are booked up way ahead of time, though these are usually the
places that appear in several guidebooks and are both charming and
relatively cheap, but do not have a large number of rooms. I'm talking about
two or three star accommodation here. If you're looking at the high-end
there are usually lots of rooms available. When I've been stuck because
every hotel I've phoned was fully booked, I've gone to internet cafes during
my trip to search for alternatives that weren't listed in guidebooks, as
I've never been fond of going from hotel to hotel with baggage.

Lana


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Old April 11th, 2004, 12:49 PM
Owain
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"80k" wrote
| I guess the fact that the hotel we wanted is already booked
| up this far in advance was a bit disheartening.

Perhaps they have a big wedding or conference on that weekend?

Owain



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Old April 11th, 2004, 06:34 PM
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John Bermont wrote:

80k,

Where did you get your hotel name? If it was from any of the popular
budget guidebooks then thousands of others were also trying to get a
room at the same place. There are about 1,500 hotels in and around Paris
so keep looking. Do a google for Paris hotels.


It was a recommendation from a friend who has visited Paris several
times. I actually did not find this particular hotel in the tourbooks I
had (Lonely Planet, Rick Steves), which is what made the situation even
more surprising.



Late May is not a busy travel season in Europe so I would stay flexible,
except reserve for your first couple of nights as you plan. On the
weekend after your arrival however, 30 May happens to be Pentecost (Whit
Sunday) and the day after is a holiday in France, Germany, Holland, and
other countries. May 31 is also Memorial Day in the USA. It might be a
good idea to find a room by mid afternoon that weekend.


Thanks for the heads up. We will keep those days in mind for sure, and
try to make sure we have a place reserved at least a couple days in advance!

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Old April 11th, 2004, 06:36 PM
80k
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szozu wrote:

May and June should be easy for accommodations, however, it might be a good
idea to call ahead a couple of days in advance; in this way you can keep the
flexibility you want and still know that you have a room waiting for you
when you arrive in the next town.

Some places are booked up way ahead of time, though these are usually the
places that appear in several guidebooks and are both charming and
relatively cheap, but do not have a large number of rooms. I'm talking about
two or three star accommodation here. If you're looking at the high-end
there are usually lots of rooms available. When I've been stuck because
every hotel I've phoned was fully booked, I've gone to internet cafes during
my trip to search for alternatives that weren't listed in guidebooks, as
I've never been fond of going from hotel to hotel with baggage.

Lana


Thanks for the advice. Yea we are, unfortunately, also looking for
cheaper hotels (around 2 stars). I guess at the worst case scenario, we
can stay at a higher-end hotel for a night or two. I think the best
thing for us to do is to make sure we have a large list of hotels to
call for every place we go to.

Other than tourbooks, what do you think is the best way to search for
hotels? Any particular websites?

Thanks again!
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Old April 11th, 2004, 08:24 PM
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"80k" wrote in message
ink.net...
Other than tourbooks, what do you think is the best way to search for
hotels? Any particular websites?


I would avoid the "find a hotel" websites for France. Every time I have used
one the hotel has not been expecting me when I arrive. Fortunately they have
always had room. Now I e-mail or phone direct, or book through the hotel's
own website. I find a very good way of finding hotels in France is the
French yellow pages online. Often give a better map (than say, Ibis or the
other Accor chains).

Tony


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Old April 11th, 2004, 10:01 PM
freeda
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Default Traveling to Europe late May thru late June

A friend and I plan on traveling europe for a month between May and
June (arriving the weekend of May 22nd...). We plan to start in
Paris, and then work our way to Munich, and some of the major cities
in Italy (venice, florence, rome). We'll be leaving late June.

We were planning on finding accommodations when we get there, to allow
more flexibility. We looked into reserving the first couple of nights
in Paris, and the first hotel we tried is already booked up for that
weekend! (late May). It being only early April now... we're starting
to wonder if it's necessary to book way in advance these days?

Does anyone have any experience and advice? Searching through the
archives, it seems like most people do not have a problem traveling
without reservations, even during the summer. I'm just wondering
whether we should be concerned, and if hotels are filling up more
quickly nowadays. I guess the fact that the hotel we wanted is
already booked up this far in advance was a bit disheartening.

Another thought I had was... perhaps it's easier to book last minute
because people cancel their reservations?


We have only twice been stuck without accoms. Once was some Festival in
Romanshorn, another time was the August Festival in Orbetello. Both nights
we spent on a park bench. So do your research and find out whats on.


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Old April 11th, 2004, 10:13 PM
szozu
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"80k" wrote in message
ink.net...


we are, unfortunately, also looking for
cheaper hotels (around 2 stars). I guess at the worst case scenario, we
can stay at a higher-end hotel for a night or two. I think the best
thing for us to do is to make sure we have a large list of hotels to
call for every place we go to.

Other than tourbooks, what do you think is the best way to search for
hotels? Any particular websites?


If you go to Google and then type in something like "2 star hotels Paris" or
"budget hotels Paris" you should get a lot of websites coming up. The good
sites will include photos. You can sometimes get more hits if you translate
this into the language of the country you're going to.

For good, up-to-date travel information, searching the www.lonelyplanet.com
site under Thorn Tree will get you input from other budget travellers on all
sorts of subjects.

Lana


 




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