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7 excellent Amsterdam lodgings in various price ranges

  Bunk Hotel As you'd expect, one of Europe's most tourist-popular cities offers a wide and high-quality range of accommodations, from low-budget to very high-end indeed. And our team has put together a varied selection of Dutch treats based on social media and other customer reviews and ratings, blogger picks, and hospitality standards (and all, by the way, include high-speed WiFi in your rate), our team follows a specific research module keeping all reviews in a single platform.   read…

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6 great pet-friendly luxury hotels in England

  More and more of us are traveling with our beloved pets, and fortunately the Brtis are big animal lovers. And if you rent a car and go on a road trip around England, with your family and pets, you have a good number of options, as most accommodations - from the simplest flats to elegant palaces with gardens  do welcome both four-legged guests.On the upper end of the scale, here are a half dozen outstanding luxury properties which do...read post  

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For Valentine's Day, 9 of the most romantic resorts in the Caribbean

Palm Island Resort     These tropical isles usually rank high on the list of V-Day getaways, and offer an embarassment of riches when it comes to hotels and resorts. So this year USA Today had veteran Caribbean writer (and Tripatini member) Melanie Reffes put together a list of nine for couples to consider for a romantic Valentine's weekend. You may not agree with all of them - and, indeed, I find the list skews too much toward bigger resorts and largely ignores charming smaller inns, but I can…

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Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia an unparalleled land-and-water adventure for kids of all ages

Great Wolf Lodge     “You want me to get on THAT and go down to where?” I wailed from high atop the Alberta Falls waterslide, looking down to an alleged pool that was well out of visual range.  My 11-year-old grand-daughter nodded with a look of both consternation and resignation that I tried very hard to take in stride. Such was my introduction to a vast array of unusual children’s activities that mesmerized the 70-year-old kid in me as much as they did Dalya, 14 and Mollie, 11 as we frolicked…

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  • Max,
    I have to agree with you about the water. I'm currently hovering in Phuket, Thailand and although everyone has bottled water etc, the mini-bar still charges. However, I can't really grumble because the place I'm staying is fantastic. £20 a night, huge ensuite room, free beach towel, 100m from the beach and they offer reams of information and advice if you ask! Definitely found myself a bargain!
  • I do not like the daily resort fees. They really add a lot of $$ to the bill and for many items that I do not use. And I really do not like the room service delivery charge added on top of the room service fee, both of which need to be supplemented with a tip to the delivery person. Instead, I'll have the hotel restaurant call me when my food is ready and I'll go pick it up. Saves lots of $ and I get the food sooner.
  • Resort fees, fees for local calls, energy fees. Not a fee, per se, but non-refundable, non-cancellable prepaid reservations.
  • Max, definitely an interesting article. I agree about the water. For me, I think the charging for wi-fi or Internet in general is a big offender.
  • Interesting story on outrageous hotel surcharges today. What do YOU think are the worst offenders in the hotel pile-on charge category?

    Mine: charging for bottled water in places where the tap water is not potable.
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