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Cheap hotels with family rooms near motorways in France

I am driving to France with my family, so we will be 2 adults, 2 children and one infant. I guess we need a family 4 person room, because the infant can either use a travel cot or share the bed with ...
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Navigating layers of an American hotel bed

Silly question perhaps but I'm a bit puzzled. The bed has a mattress, mattress pad, sheet 1, sheet 2, a thin white blanket, sheet 3, duvet with a removable cover and some more decorative stuff. In ...
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Where to stay at Guangzhou, I am a vegetarian

I am 68 and planning to travel to Guangzhou in China with wife. We are vegetarians. We like to stay in a crowded area where we can walk a lot. Also we would sometimes like to cook our food. A ...
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What are the rates posted on hotel room doors / in the lobby for?

When I'm travelling, I often see hotel room rates posted on the back of the hotel room door (typically in the US) or in the lobby, behind the check-in desk. These rates are typically eye-wateringly ...
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booking.com: do I need to show printed confirmations?

When booking hotels via booking.com I used to print the confirmation from booking.com and show this printed paper in the hotel receiption. But is this necessary? Maybe it's enough to tell my surname ...
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Overnight at Schiphol airport or hotel needed? [duplicate]

I will go from Belgium (Brussels Midi Railway Station) to The Netherlands (Schiphol airport) so I am supposed to arrive there on Saturday at 11:24pm and then wait many hours (like 10h) for my next ...
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Is there any way to spend a night in a European castle?

I spent a night in a jail converted to a hotel in Switzerland, and it made me wonder if there is a real castle converted to an hotel in Europe. And with "real" I mean the castle should have a ...
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Booking hotel with my credit card for the third person

I've booked a hotel (in Hong Kong) for a third person using my credit card (but booking confirmation for the third person). Will there will be any problems while checking in? It seems to check in you ...
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Hotel Bills not settled by the company [closed]

My company provided an allowance for accommodation; and the company's manager had booked the room on his card for two occupants. After few days my friend vacated the room as the event work was over ...
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In Dubai, Can the hotel seize your passport and documents for being unable to pay your bill fully?

In Dubai, Can the hotel seize your passport and documents for being unable to pay your bill fully? I have a friend currently in dubai and ran out of money and the hotel seized her passport and other ...
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Need a plain, decent value hotel in San Francisco [closed]

I am going to San Francisco soon with my daughter for 2 nights. We will not have a car. We planned to see some of the usual tourist stuff: Pier 39, Union Square, China Town. Can someone recommend a ...
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Need to catch an early morning taxi from central Paris to CDG airport!

I need to catch an early morning international flight at 08:00 am from Paris CDG, so I need a taxi at around 05:00 am to get from my hotel which is located at central Paris close to Arc de Triomphe. ...
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Collecting hotels.com rewards points for a third-party booking

I'll be staying in a hotel in NYC next week, and the reservation was made by a third party via hotels.com. The email confirmation, which they forwarded to me, included this little snippet: I ...
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Change the address of stay after receiving Schengen visa

I received a Schengen tourist visa through the embassy of France, in my itinerary I specified the hotel that I'll be staying in, now, my French friend offered me to stay at his place instead of the ...
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How free nights are redeemed at hotels.com?

Once you stay for 10 nights with hotels.com you get 1 free night. However, how exactly does it work? Do you just pay for taxes? Or does redeemable value covers just part of the price? Or have limits ...
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Hotels in Barcelona for People Aged 17?

I wanted to know if there are hotels in Barcelona that allow people over 16 to check in (under 18).
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Why has it become a formidable task to book an affordable hotel in Vancouver BC two weeks in advance? [closed]

I have been trying to find a hotel online in Vancouver BC two weeks in advance (for July 17), and web sites are showing 85% of rooms are taken, leaving only rooms in the $240-$550 per night range, ...
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Occupancy rate and late reservations

Is it reasonable to assume that because you're travelling off season, occupancy rates will necessarily be lower thus saving the need to reserve accommodation ahead of time? What I'm trying to do is ...
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Do hotel pre-open bananas to prevent clients from taking them for after breakfast?

I have seen this a few times in breakfast buffets in hotels: pre-opened bananas (e.g. see infra). Is that done in order to prevent clients from taking them for after breakfast, since an opened ...
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Daytime airport hotel at JFK?

I have a 9-hour layover at New York JFK. From 10am until 7pm (although I have to checkin at 3pm for personal reasons). This being in the middle of a 2-day travel, I would love to take a break to ...
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What kind of things can you take from a hotel?

Hotels normally provide a big amount of sets (well, depending on the quality, but however, many!) that can help you feel more comfortable there. So for example you can get towels, slippers, candies, ...
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Is it necessary to book a hotel in advance in Baguio, Philippines during May/June?

I am about to make my first trip to Philippines. As it is the low season in most areas, my plan is to travel around the country without a fixed schedule, searching for accommodation on the spot. I'll ...
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Is it common for hotels to allow requests when booking a room?

I looked around a bit for this question and didn't see it anywhere, but it's something I've never known. A few friends and I are taking a trip soon, and I was wondering if it is common for hotels to ...
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Accommodation in Probolinggo, anything cheap?

I want to stay in Probolinggo (Indonesia), but I could only find quite expensive accommodation online and in guide books. That is, everything seems to be 300'000 minimum, which is expensive for ...
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What tips or tricks can you use to get “upgraded”/better hotel rooms?

(Inspired by this question on flight upgrades), Most non-budget hotels have various categories of rooms - perhaps larger rooms, "Executive" rooms, suites, and so on. What tips or tricks can you use ...
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Is it normal to walk around an (American) hotel in pajamas?

I recently spent a weekend in a hotel with a bunch of friends and colleagues. To help cut down on costs, some of us shared rooms. I like reading before I go to sleep, but my room-mate was tired and ...
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Mattresses are too soft: how can I get a better night's sleep in a hotel?

I've noticed that mattresses (and pillows) in hotels tend to be softer than I'm used to, and I don't get a good night's sleep like I do at home. I don't have anything super-special going on (no weird ...
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Hotel booking sites with a calendar view?

I was a great fan of Wotif.com's calendar view, where you could punch a place and a start date and it would show you prices and availability for all hotels, which you could then filter down by your ...
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Booking hotel in South Korea

I will be in South Korea for about 3 days on the second week of July. I will most likely stay in Seoul and see some of the sights. I was planning on not booking a hotel (I've found a list of ...
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Paying cash to hotel in advance for a few days

I'm planning to stay in a hotel in Germany for a night, then travel elsewhere for a few days, before coming back to the same hotel for several nights. I'm worried about the cash that I'll be carrying ...
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Club Carlson's description of its partner hotels: just hot air or is there something to it? [closed]

Club Carlson's description of its partner hotels reads a bit like how you would write up a text when you really have nothing useful to say. Are the listed hotels really different or are they (as I ...
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what does NQQ1B mean when booking a hotel? [closed]

Booking a hotel online and I see this for the room and on a number of other sites. NQQ1B What does it mean?
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Where is it expected to tip housekeeping?

Following on from this question about how it is appropriate to tip housekeeping where it is expected. In what countries/regions is it expected to tip housekeeping? Does this expectation vary depending ...
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Should I leave cash tips for housekeeping each day of a multi-day stay?

This seems like a bit of a trivial question, but: when staying in a hotel for multiple nights in a row in a location where tipping the housekeeping staff is customary, is it better to leave cash tips ...
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Ireland castle hotel options

We are going to Ireland for 2 weeks in early June for our honeymoon and would like to spend at least one night in a castle. So far in planning our itinerary we had decided to stay for about 3 nights ...
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Traveling without paying lodging fees in America

I want to travel around the East Coast without paying for lodging. I'd be willing to sleep in my car or even pitch a tent somewhere. Is this a problem? Legal? I really want to get to the beach this ...
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Is there a JFK airport hotel which allows cats?

There are a number of hotels in a group (Hampton, etc) by JFK airport. Is there one which allows pet cats (cat travelling in a cat box) to stay overnight with human guests? (Whether in the room or ...
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Can I use prepaid credit card for 'free' hotel reservation online?

If so, how much money does it have to have? Should I have it complete amount the same as hotel rooms amount? Or however small I want since it's a free reservation anyways? Sorry if I sound stupid to ...
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How to get the best room in a hotel? [closed]

I'm used to traveling across Europe for work. I have been booking my hotel rooms through common online websites like hotels.com or booking.com. However, I find that I have been frustrated many times ...
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When to count children as guests?

While searching for hotels, the major sites such as Expedia, explicitly as the number of adults and children, including their age or age-range, but many minor sites just as for number of guests. Does ...
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What happens when my credit card does not work at a no show

I just wanted to ask what happens when I book a hotel room, don't show up but the credit card I used doesn't work and I already moved overseas, so the address isn't up to date anymore too. Does ...
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Stay in Berlin for one night near Tegel airport

I have to stay in Berlin for one night. Please recommend me some places which are cheap, closer to public transport, food joints and safe. I do not mind staying in dormitories as long as its safe and ...
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Is it OK to play the piano housed in the lobbies of hotels?

I travel a lot and often find grand pianos in lobbies of hotels. Is it appropriate to just sit down and play them for a while (FWIW, I am good and play slow classical music. My playing will not ruin ...
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What is the purpose of this cloth in hotel?

What is the purpose of the cloth across the bed? I see it at many hotels and it does not seem to serve any purpose other than make it look nice. Any idea what it can be used for? Ps. The purplish ...
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Can a hotel kick you out if you let an unregistered guest share a room with you?

We are going to an event and because of this event all hotels are fully booked. Now a friend wants to join us, but can't find accommodation. We are okay with him crashing in our hotel room, either on ...
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How much to haggle for a hotel room in India?

I need to book a hotel in Delhi, India for mid-November. Someone suggested to me that I should haggle over the price for the room. Is it considered acceptable to haggle over hotel room prices in ...
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Finding a hotel booking site that really books the hotel (for Mumbai)

I want to travel Mumbai and stay for one day there. I want to book a hotel for one day. I want to book a hotel online but can't find any suitable way of doing it. Whenever I try to book a hotel, ...
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Should I leave tips in Latvian hotels

Should I leave tips in hotels in Latvia? Each day I put 2-3 lats (about 4-6 dollars) on the table, but each evening I'm returning to the room I find money untouched. This is my first country where ...
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What style of bathroom facilities are in Hong Kong hotels?

If I attend a conference in Hong Kong, and stay in the Sheraton Hong Kong, does it have Western style bathroom facilities (seated), or Eastern (squat)?
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Help remembering name of hotel in near Łódź, Poland?

This summer I was in Poland. We drove around by car and visited several small villages. I some help to remember the name of the village and the hotel we stayed in. I have only some very vague hints: ...