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1. Posted by Clubby83 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hello. In May I plan to come to Utrecht. You can help me with some cheap hotels, cheap hostels. I do not want to take through Booking.com or other known booking sites.
I would like to book from the hotel's, hostel's website.
Thanks

2. Posted by Vic_IV (Respected Member 86 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

You can simply try this B&B: Bed and Breakfast Sophie and go on with your search on this website that published the ad: budgetplaces.com. ;)
Good luck

3. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1191 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

>I do not want to take through Booking.com or other known booking sites.

Why not just use those sites (and e.g. hostelworld.com) to search for Utrecht accommodation that suits you, then google the individual hotel/hostel/b&b and book directly with them?

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Feb-2020, 10:40 GMT by leics2 ]

4. Posted by Stefmuts (Respected Member 180 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Booking directly on hotel sites is not likely to be cheaper, Booking.com and sites like that have negotiated competitive prices so booking direct might even turn out to be more expensive

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6. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1492 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Stefmuts

Booking directly on hotel sites is not likely to be cheaper, Booking.com and sites like that have negotiated competitive prices so booking direct might even turn out to be more expensive

It might not be true in the Netherlands or for hostels, but if I book a hotel chain where I get points for every night I stay toward a free night, the bookings have to be directly with the hotel chain to "count". Bookings made through Booking.com do not count toward the points. OTOH you cannot rate a hotel on Booking.com unless you book through them.

I also find that it does not always 'pay' to book the cheapest places. They may have significant flaws or deficiencies (such as a location in an area where there is no transportation to the tourist sites so you have to rent a car) and that is why they are cheap. Or they charge you for things like phone calls whereas at a slightly more expensive place the items the cheap charges for would be free.

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Mar-2020, 20:47 GMT by greatgrandmaR ]

7. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1346 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

We use booking.com a lot. It's very convenient. I do check prices though. I pick a place on booking.com and then go to the place's web site and check prices there to compare. I book the cheaper of the two and it is usually, but not always, booking.com.

Must admit over the years we have never had a problem with them and I highly recommend them. We've only needed their Customer Service a couple times but it was excellent.

If you are looking for inexpensive places, set the filters for the price you want. They have all budget ranges.

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