7 hotel rip-offs and how to avoid them
From paying a small fortune for wi-fi to over-inflated mini-bar prices, we reveal some eye-watering accommodation rip-offs to help you steer clear of them.
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A little tired of the same old beach spots? Say bye bye to Benidorm with these sizzling alternatives!
The cheapest five-star city break is…
Fancy five-star opulence on your next city break for a three-star price-tag? We’ve crunched the numbers to reveal the destinations where your money will go further – from temptingly-low holiday prices to bargain food and drink.
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It’s the UK’s biggest city and boasts some of the country’s most famous landmarks, from Big Ben and Tower Bridge to the London Eye and Buckingham Palace. And although London is crammed with pricey designer shops, high-end eateries and glitzy nightclubs, it’s also home to hundreds of family-friendly restaurants and attractions, writes Fiona Whitty. The biggest problem is where to start. Allow us to help… Where to stay with kids The three designer-led Nadler Hotels are in great locations and are superb value as up to two children stay for free in their parents’ room. There are no restaurants but each room has a handy mini kitchen with microwave, fridge, cutlery and crockery – and a Nespresso machine – so you can save money by preparing snacks for the day or even grabbing a takeaway. Local cafes can deliver breakfast to your door and some restaurants offer guest discounts. The stylish brand new Nadler Victoria – next to Buckingham Palace – is offering introductory prices from £180 for a superior room (suitable for two adults and one child) and £200 for a deluxe room (suitable for two adults and two children). Holiday Inn hotels are also great for families as up to two children under 19 can stay for free and up to four children under 13 can eat for free with an adult. The Holiday Inn Kings Cross Bloomsbury is brilliant value with twin double rooms from just £110. There’s even an indoor pool and spa, plus you’re only a short bus or Tube ride away from the hustle bustle of Soho and close to Euston and Kings Cross train stations. Book hotels in London Where to eat with kids You don’t have to settle for fast food on a city break! Many places welcome children and some offer good deals. Head to a Bodean’s BBQ for tasty ribs, chicken, burgers and pulled pork – and one child eats for free with every adult. If you’re on the tourist trail the Soho branch in Poland Street or Tower Hill branch in Byward Street are handiest (mains from £8). Rainforest Cafe on Shaftesbury Avenue is pricier but a real novelty for younger children with its jungle décor and moving animal exhibits. Be prepared for the regular pretend rainstorms which see the elephants, tigers, gorillas...Read More
The Christmas holidays are a long, distant memory and your New Year’s resolution has already become a tedious ordeal. What could possibly pull you from the rigours of a post-festive slump? Why, booking your big summer 2016 holiday, of course. Whether you are planning a week in the sun, a city break for a long weekend or your main family getaway, you will be deluged with advertising shouting about holiday deals and offers. And, of course, getting organised by researching, planning and booking now will certainly give you something to look forward to at a time when the winter weather can get you down. But is it worth booking this far in advance or should you wait until the last minute to find a better deal? Here we place both arguments head-to-head to help solve a common holiday dilemma. Round one: Your situation If you have a family with school-aged children, work in a job with restricted holiday periods or have a set idea on the type of holiday you want to go on, booking now will be your best solution. Getting in early means you get the pick of the holiday crop and will be able to snare the holiday you want before everyone else piles in and snaps up those valuable seats on the plane. This is especially important for departures during the busy school holiday periods of Easter, Whit week and summer. However, if you’re just after a week away in the sun as a pick-me-up or are happy to be inspired by available deals, booking late and waiting for a bargain might suit you better. Round two: Your flexibility If you have to travel at a certain time or have a specific room or hotel requirement, booking now will mean you won’t have to compromise on your day of departure, or any other element of your break – as being one of the first bookers of the year means you’ll get the best choice of hotel or hotel room type, destinations and holiday length. If, on the other hand, you are truly flexible in terms of where and when you can travel then leaving it late and playing ‘holiday roulette’ can pay off with some truly stunning late deals. You won’t find many last-minute bargains in peak dates, though, so...Read More