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My son and his partner recommended me to this site as they always used it for there hotel bookings. They go to Amsterdam quite regularly and once they went to Naples.
*** THE WEB SITE ***
Very simple to log in . www.bookings.nl is all that is needed. You are then into the home site. It comes up in the Dutch language at first which can seem a little daunting. To find your own language you need to click on your home flag which is near top left . Obviously the Union Jack for English. Once you have got the one you require then you need to look for the Search for hotels section.
You now have a choice of searching for your preferred destination and putting in your check in and out dates or doing a general search for different locations. The site at first was for Amsterdam only but now they are all over Europe, USA. And lately The Canaries.
Once you have selected your hotel of your choice it will give you availability and price. There are lots of special offers as well, especially in the winter season, so take a look and you may find something to suite you. You
are only able to book up to 12 monthes in advance but this seems standard with all travel sites.
All prices are in euros and are for each room. Your choice is single occupancy or double. There is no extra charge for single traveller. There is a good currency converter in different currencies including pounds sterling. The price displayed is for the duration of your stay. You can book a day or a few days starting on any day of the week. However you will have to find a flight to match . So check out the cheap flight sites before making your booking.
*** HOTELS ***
The quality of hotels varies according to star ratings. They give you options from 5* to 2*. The choice is yours. Each hotel has a number of pictures of the outside and the rooms as well as the restaurant Each hotel gives you a list of amenities and if it comes with English breakfast or continental. I found quite a few hotels came with either one. There is a site map of area as well which is worth printing off. Checkin's differ from hotel to hotel but the norm seems to be 2.00pm. Check out at 12 noon.
*** TOP DESTINATIONS ***
Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bruges, Brussels. Rome, Paris, Berlin, London, Budapest, Athens, Valencia and Prague.
Other destinations include USA, Canada, Asia, Caribbean, Tenerife and the other islands. Take a tour around site and you will find more. If you are looking for Tenerife then click on Spain and you get all the Spanish island hotels.
*** Booking ***
The one great advantage with bookings.nl is that you do not have to pay until you leave the hotel. Not like other sites like Hotels .com. So this gives you extra time to save up your pennies. Once you select your hotel and dates and found a suitable flight then the rest is simple. Click to confirm booking and they will ask for credit or debit card details along with your E Mail address. The site is safe and even if you cancel your booking your credit card is safe. The only reason they need it is that they will need it for your check out and to establish you are a genuine booker.
In a couple of minutes a confirmation E Mail will arrive in your box and you can print it off or save it. This also has a hotel contact number and E Mail address with it. The name on the booking is the person doing it so family members will not appear. However the type and amount of rooms and total cost in Euros is clearly stated. Nothing to do now but save for that great holiday.
*** WHY USE BOOKING.NL ***
First of all there rates are low in comparison with other sites. There may be only a couple of pounds difference either way.
There is no payment in advance and this seems to be the only one about that does that.
There is no reservation fee.
Best of all there is no cancellation fee. As long as you change or cancel booking more than 36 days before the check in date. I have not found out what charges there might be if you leave it until the 35th day or later. I had to cancel a booking and no problems at all.
You can change your booking when needed without paying. There is a link on confirmation E Mail. Simply give your new dates and once again an E Mail will arrive shortly confirming change.
Well with the holiday season almost here this is a site I recomend you try.