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1. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 10y

I have seen many different links for Hostels, Apartments, how about Hotels in general. I know it's kind of proprietary, however, anyone can recommend any? I know there are Hilton's, Westins, etc. etc. but anyone have seen these locations and I'm sure price is over the top.

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

We partner with a hotel booking agency on Travellerspoint as well, you can find the rome hotel page here. Prices can be steep in Rome as you mention, but if you're travelling with 2 or more, I often find that hotel rooms can work out just as cheap as hostels when you calculate it on a per person basis. Obviously not if you go for the most expensive hotels, but good deals can be found. As I'm generally not very organized when it comes to booking well in advance, I also often find myself using the last minute hotels. Prices can be up to 70% off rack rates and if you're confident you would find a place anyway (read; you're not going in the busiest time of year and don't mind paying extra if you end up not finding anything cheap left!), then this is definitely an option.

Naturally, I use the booking systems here on TP myself, but you can find others out there that offer similar.

3. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 10y

I'm presuming TP's reservation system is reliable? I usually would like to speak to the hotel agent but if this place is recommended, I will then proceed with it.

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

From personal experience, I have never had any problems with either of the three systems (budget/hotel/last minute hotel) and I've used all three at some time or another (I prefer the last minute and budget ones as they offer immediate confirmations).

From a business point of view, we chose all three of these systems as the companies behind them are reputable and handle hundreds of thousands of bookings per year. The few problems I have ever heard about have been related to the actual property and their standards, which as I'm sure you can understand is out of the control of any system out there. Even in these cases, where justified, those running the systems have always honoured my requests to have their fees refunded... of course, I'm one of the persons running the site, so I understand if you take my word to be biased. There are a few threads around where other members mention using the system, like this one for example ...

Hope that helps!

5. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 10y

Sam,

No big deal. A bit of promotion does help and your opinion I don't take as a bias remark considering many others support this system as well.

On the other hand, I am excited to start browsing what is available. Given the pictures that I have seen, it seems decent, then again, i shouldn't judge a book by it's cover.

Out of curiosity, considering that you also partner with Travellerspoint, where does your hotel reside? Rome? Somewhere in Italy?

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

Quoting nutsnbolts

Out of curiosity, considering that you also partner with Travellerspoint, where does your hotel reside? Rome? Somewhere in Italy?

Sorry, I wasn't clear! Uhm, I actually am one of the owners of Travellerspoint, hence my 'bias'. I don't own any of the properties listed here ... (unfortunately )

7. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 10y

Sam:

How updated are these hotels/budget accomadations on Travellerspoint?

I read in one of the other posts here that there was a typo in one of their postings here and the group couldn't get a refund back because they already booked it.

I want to make sure that what is the price I see is what I'm gonna get and that there are no strings attached.

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

There's another post around here where Magikal (I believe) suggested a site called Cross-Pollinate. I used it to book really affordable (well, affordable for Rome and Venice, anyway) accommodation - way cheaper than anything I'd found on the Web.

9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

Quoting nutsnbolts

Sam:

How updated are these hotels/budget accomadations on Travellerspoint?

I read in one of the other posts here that there was a typo in one of their postings here and the group couldn't get a refund back because they already booked it.

I want to make sure that what is the price I see is what I'm gonna get and that there are no strings attached.

They can be updated daily by the property and the property has a contractual agreement to honour the booking at the price listed. Was that a post here on Travellerspoint about not being able to get a refund? In the few cases that I've encountered in the past 4 years (ie. that I received an email about), any amounts charged that couldn't be honoured for any reason have always been refunded. But of course we'd need to know about it to do something about it

10. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 10y

Sam:

Yes it is here where I read about the booking issue. I am currently on my mobile pda viewing this and when I get a chance, I will be more specific as to which post it was. Regardless, people make mistakes, however I don't want to be at the bad end of things and would like to have the option to retract a reservation if booked.

Otherwise, it seems to be dependable and reliable enough to use this system.