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Old 02-22-2008, 11:38 AM
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Anyone just call hotels and make reservations?

You may have seen my "Tulip Inn" thread. The Tulip just did not work out--too expensive for a bare bones Hotel and no parking. I cancled and was given a full refund. I called Le Meridien and got a little cheaper price, better beds and parking.
I enjoyed making the latter reservation. The Tulip was made through Expedia, and I told them one of my requirements was secure parking. I also had to deal with a semi english speaking person on Expedia.
I'm thinking that I might spend 20 to 30 dollars($.65/min) in international calls, but actually get what I want. You also get a flavor of the staff's ability, language and otherwise first hand.
Not a good idea? Is there better than Expedia?
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Old 02-22-2008, 11:51 AM
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I email the hotels rather than call. When I'm ready to book I usually fax the Credit Card information. I do this mostly for my convince.

$.65/minute to Germany? Ouch. Look into getting a calling plan. If you have a decent internet connection, Skype is about 2 or 3 cents a minute to a phone in Germany. Skype to German cell phone is about $.25/minute

Shop around.
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Old 02-22-2008, 02:37 PM
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I've done all my reservations through email and have not had a problem. made 6 reservations so far. Hotels can be seen in the link of my sig
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Old 02-22-2008, 02:49 PM
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Email does help. My communications with the Tulip were by Email, and my initial contact with Le Meridien was by Email. I just couldn't figure out how to do the deposit without calling. Do you give the Hotel your credit card info by email? Isn't that risky?
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Inquiries and reservations by email is the way to go. You can fax or call in your CC info. Make sure to get a confirmation of the reservation by email. Also... some hotels have a latest check in time. If you are not there by a certain time, they may give away your room. If coming in late in the day, make sure they know it.
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Old 02-22-2008, 04:05 PM
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I made our reservations for Munich through www.hotelsingermany.com. They are a U.S. based service (out of Bellevue, WA - about an hour up I-5 from us), but specialize in European hotels. They tend to have more "middle-of-the-road" hotels. I was looking for something city-centered, with parking, 3-4 star, and hopefully not much more than 100 Euros/night. I've ended up at the Top Hotel Carmen. All I have to go on are on-line reviews by other people who have stayed there (I've checked several and also checked out other hotels), but I've had good luck in the past with this system. (It takes a little time, though.) I got email confirmation and they will charge 15% of my stay to my room to hold it. When we get closer to leaving (June 4), I will email and make sure we have late arrival. The credit card was through a secure server via hotelsingermany. Since we have a friend in the Freudenstadt area, he is getting us a flat locally that rents for about 40 Euros a night. We will make days trips from there. Good luck!
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I've done all my reservations through email and have not had a problem. made 6 reservations so far. Hotels can be seen in the link of my sig
I hope you are not sending credit card info via e-mail.
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Old 02-22-2008, 04:11 PM
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You may have seen my "Tulip Inn" thread. The Tulip just did not work out--too expensive for a bare bones Hotel and no parking. I cancled and was given a full refund. I called Le Meridien and got a little cheaper price, better beds and parking.
I enjoyed making the latter reservation. The Tulip was made through Expedia, and I told them one of my requirements was secure parking. I also had to deal with a semi english speaking person on Expedia.
I'm thinking that I might spend 20 to 30 dollars($.65/min) in international calls, but actually get what I want. You also get a flavor of the staff's ability, language and otherwise first hand.
Not a good idea? Is there better than Expedia?
When going to an area I don´t know, I call hotels, although most of the time it's to get local info and details as opposed to a reservation per se. For Brügge, I called three or four hotels and ended up with one of the nicest in Brügge, Die Swaene, after speaking to the hotel manager for a few minutes.
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When going to an area I don´t know, I call hotels, although most of the time it's to get local info and details as opposed to a reservation per se. For Brügge, I called three or four hotels and ended up with one of the nicest in Brügge, Die Swaene, after speaking to the hotel manager for a few minutes.
Thank you Mr. Spira. I thought there was a reason I got a warm fuzzy satisfied feeling after talking to the Hotel's staff and having my basic questions answered first hand.
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Old 02-22-2008, 07:21 PM
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It has been a while since we visited Germany last. When we did we would go to the local tourist information office (VVV in the Netherlands, can't remember the name in Germany) to arrange hotels or pensions. Usually located at the train station or town hall. Has anyone done this lately and what luck have you had?
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I called Le Meridien and got a little cheaper price, better beds and parking.
I'm curious what rate did you get from Le Meridien, if you don't mind and what dates?
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Old 02-23-2008, 04:18 AM
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May 26 and 27. 329euros/night for 3 adults.
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Old 02-23-2008, 04:29 AM
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This is the largest hotel reservation site in Germany:

www.hrs.de
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Do you give the Hotel your credit card info by email? Isn't that risky?
Never.

Usually I fax it. Just about every hotel has a fax number. For those that don't, I call it in.


We have stayed at a few B&Bs that didn't take Credit Cards. For those we had to do a wire transfer. Be sure to check fees before making the transfer. Our bank here in Atlanta charges over $50.
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Old 02-23-2008, 07:08 AM
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I did all my resevations with email. I use a vurtual credit card that is only good for one transaction and I put a$10 limit on the card. The hotel does not charge the card and I use my regular card when I check out. The virtual card gives you an extra level of security when using the internet and each purchase uses a new # everytime which is only good for that purchase.
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Go to SPG.com. Book online for the Le Merid. It will be the lowest rate.
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May 26 and 27. 329euros/night for 3 adults.
LOL I don't need a $500/night room... LOL

Quite a jump from the Tulip Inn....LOL
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Never.

Usually I fax it. Just about every hotel has a fax number. For those that don't, I call it in.


We have stayed at a few B&Bs that didn't take Credit Cards. For those we had to do a wire transfer. Be sure to check fees before making the transfer. Our bank here in Atlanta charges over $50.
How secure though is the faxed credit card information? While it may be safer getting to the recipient with less liklihood of being intercepted as an email would, there still remains the concern that persons at the hotel would have access and that the records would remain in a file somewhere susceptible to being stolen or tossed into the trash and retrieved by nefarious characters. (nefarious characters)
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LOL I don't need a $500/night room... LOL

Quite a jump from the Tulip Inn....LOL
If you were trying to accomodate three adults in the most comfortable, reasonably priced room, with parking, you would be happy with the price. It was cheaper than the Tulip.
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If you were trying to accomodate three adults in the most comfortable, reasonably priced room, with parking, you would be happy with the price. It was cheaper than the Tulip.
No I hear you.
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How secure though is the faxed credit card information? and that the records would remain in a file somewhere susceptible to being stolen or tossed into the trash and retrieved by nefarious characters. (nefarious characters)
How safe is any CC info? If you call it in, someone at the hotel might just write it down on a sticky note.

Most Hotels won't hold a reservation without a deposit. I've done wire transfers a few times.
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I hope you are not sending credit card info via e-mail.
J, do you think it's that insecure?

How about giving your CC to a min wage English major at a local restaurant, to have her disappear with it for 5 mins, doing god knows what with it.

So............ Sending a CC # over email is insecure, sure. But other things we do routinely are equally insecure.

I once made a reservation over email at this Swiss restaurant (no other way except email.)
They replied asking for a CC # to be emailed. I replied, asking for their RSA public key.

Never heard from 'em again

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How secure though is the faxed credit card information?
EASILY as insecure, if not more so, than sending it via an email.

Your fax will lay there for hours, where everybody will see it.

Then they'll take the printout & pin it to some cork board, for the whole world to see.

Either way, who cares, really... You're not responsible, they are. If you're that paranoid, get a one-time use CC. Citi offers such an option.
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J, do you think it's that insecure?
Ja as it could be stored locally on an insecure client as well as on a server where multiple parties have access.
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Ja as it could be stored locally on an insecure client as well as on a server where multiple parties have access.

It is also open to packet sniffing.

I've seen a few hotels where the front desk computer is on the same subnet as the lobby wireless availble to guests.

Wouldn't even have to guess the password to their email server.
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