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Going to Milan, Venice, or Barcelona? Look at these "special" prices from LHW...

Town House Galleria, Milan, Italy

• Guaranteed upgrade at the time of reservation
• Daily continental breakfast
• One gastronomic dinner for two excluding drinks at La Sinfonia Restaurant
• Complimentary Wi Fi Internet connection
• Complimentary pressing service
• Welcome glass of Franciacorta sparkling wine, as well as canapes and friandises

Rates per night--Room rates start at Single / Double EUR 800
Valid until August 30, 2008

Luna Hotel Baglioni, Venice, Italy

• Guaranteed upgrade at the time of reservation
• Welcome cocktail at Caffe' Baglioni
• Special handmade Venetian gift in room upon arrival
• One three-course lunch or dinner for two people at Canova Restaurant
• Two entrance tickets with welcome cocktail to the Casino of Venice
• 10% discount at La Perla and Grigio Perla boutiques

Rates per night--Room rates start at Single / Double EUR 695
Valid until January 1, 2009

Hotel Casa Fuster, Barcelona, Spain

• Guaranteed upgrade to next category upon arrival
• Daily continental breakfast buffet
• Music sessions with tapas and wine from Tuesday to Saturday
• Selection of appetizers with wine at Café Vienes with live Thursday jazz session (once during the stay)

Rates per night--Room rates start at Single / Double EUR 450
Valid until July 31, 2008
Yuck! :cry:
 

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Well, you do get a handmade Venetian gift. :thumbup::rofl:
 

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Wow--you guys can be mean. Or maybe I was just too subtle.... So here is my point:

As recently as a year or two ago, you could find a luxury hotel room almost anywhere in a major European city for $400-$500 per night, and sometimes for a lot less. (Possibly London was the exception.) And for that amount, one would often get upgrades, etc. But this summer, the prices seemed to have doubled (or more). Who would have expected over $1000 per night in Bologna? At least with the Euro cup in Austria in June, I can understand why I am paying so much in Vienna, but these prices seem to be everywhere.

I have not priced Berlin or Hamburg, so maybe they are still reasonable by comparison. But this looks like a trend to me.

Details: I just pulled some expense reports at random to look at the prices:

(Approx. cost per night for 2 people, room & bf, all taxes & fees, + a few meals if *)
June 2002 - Hotel Danieli in Venice - $525.14
- Arabella Sheraton Frankfurt - $175.36
June 2003 - Hotel Josef in Prague - $336.25
June 2004 - Hotel Das Triest in Vienna - $328.23 *
- VJ Munich (the 3-room suite +) - $351.91
- Schlosshotel in Berlin - $320.19
- Hotel Atlantic in Hamburg - $241.18
Oct. 2006 - MO Munich - $483.92 *
 

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It's not so much that prices have doubled but the currency in which you are calculating the cost to you, ie US dollars, has collapsed. That accounts for half the "increase" in prices before the actual price set by the hotels is even increased by one Euro.

It has always been a very cmmon criticism by visitors from weak-currency countries for them to exclaim that prices have risen when in fact they may not have done so at all. For the most part, the "rising" prices felt by Americans in Europe are not due at all to the local vendors putting up their prices.
 

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Going to Milan, Venice, or Barcelona? Look at these "special" prices from LHW...

http://www.hotelsantachiara.it

Try this hotel for Venice. This is one of the few hotels in Venice where you can park you car within the hotel property.

Double room rate is 260 Euro and suprerior room with Grand Canal view is 320 Euro.

Good luck!
 

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It's not so much that prices have doubled but the currency in which you are calculating the cost to you, ie US dollars, has collapsed. That accounts for half the "increase" in prices before the actual price set by the hotels is even increased by one Euro.

It has always been a very cmmon criticism by visitors from weak-currency countries for them to exclaim that prices have risen when in fact they may not have done so at all. For the most part, the "rising" prices felt by Americans in Europe are not due at all to the local vendors putting up their prices.
John:

Of course, your explanation is correct. It is just shocking to realize the extent to which we have become a "weak currency" country. I posted some of the LHW special offers to give those who weren't aware of this how "bad" (for us) things have become.

In the interest of completeness, I guess because the prices were such a surprise, I actally left out the Bologna prices I mentioned in the text. Here are a few:

Grand Hotel Baglioni (mid-week, mid june, room for 2, with bf):

Classic (lowest) double room rate (incl. free WiFi) - Eur 282
Deluxe double (incl. free WiFi & marble bathroom) - Eur 398
Jr. Suite (incl. free WiFi) - Eur 669
(and with this note: "The Wellness Area is unavailable until further notice.)

Bologna is nice, the food is great, and it is not one of the over-run "tourist capitals". But these prices still seem high to me.
 
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