Everyone needs a weekend away some times, whether for pure leisure, or for visiting or work. It's really useful knowing where to go for the best deals, and having a trusted source so that you don't have to spend endless hours trying to find a good deal!
One such source is HotelTravel.com (www.hoteltravel.com), an online travel agent with no booking fees and some great looking offers. Some of the offers that caught my eye are listed below. Your requirements for hotels may be different to mine though, so make sure you browse the site and see what works best for you. I'm looking for a hotel in Sydney for 1 - 3 November, that's a Friday to Sunday night, in four week's time.
I have very fond memories of a Hilton Hotel in South Africa, so maybe that's why this offer appeals to me. Or perhaps its the fact that Booking.com, Expedia and the hotel themselves advertise the rate at $449 per night, but HotelTravel.com's offer is $281. Once you look at the price for two nights, including taxes, Booking.com comes to a whopping $898 as the cheapest option, while HotelTravel.com is $617.62.
It's worth mentioning that the Booking.com offer comes with breakfast, whereas the HotelTravel.com offer doesn't, but at over $280 price difference, that would have to be one heck of a breakfast.
Something better suited for people on a budget is an apartment with it's own kitchenette, which is just what the Season Harbour Plaza offers.
Here's where your specific needs come in. HotelTravel.com has a 1 bedroom deluxe residence available for $396.21, whereas Booking.com has a Premier One-Bedroom Apartment available for $668.
The only difference I can see from the Season's Harbour Plaza hotel is that the Premier rooms have a pull-out sofa bed for an additional person at an extra $55 per night. So if you wanted to take that one because of a third guest joining you, your room would be $778 for the weekend. If you don't have a third person, however, the $270-odd price difference is pretty big, and certainly big enough to forego the possibility of maybe having a balcony with your Premier room. (There's no harm in asking at check-in if they have any upgrades available. We've often had free upgrades if it was a quiet time!).
If what you're really after is just a quick weekend gettaway that doesn't break the bank, there are cheaper hotel options too.
One of the nicer looking 'budget' accommodations is the Mantra Chatswood Hotel. If you book through Expedia you're looking at a weekend price of $366.00, whereas through HotelTravel.com you'll be paying $310.95 for essentially the same room.
It's not as huge a saving as on the other two hotels, but it's not as big a starting price either. And after all, if you're on a budget, that $50 can certainly help with your food for the weekend, since you'll have a kitchenette to work with.
Prices change every day, with availability, so it pays to shop around, but there is comfort in knowing the familiar names too.
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