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I used lastminute.com for the first time on Friday. After getting paid i decided that it might be nice to go to London for the weekend. I searched around a few sites and most of them you couldn't book that near the time so i opted for lastminute. The site is easy to use but sometimes not all the links work.
I'm sure that had i have looked longer, i may have found somewhere cheaper and for holidays abroad i certainly have seen much cheaper sites. However £105 for 1 nights stay in a 5* hotel in the centre of London can't be complained about in regards to price.
I was looking to go for one of their 'top secret hotels' which they say are of the same quality but you wont know the exact name and address until you have booked. The problem with this was that i needed a cot to be supplied so wouldn't be able to ring up to see if they were available.
So upon arriving at the hotel, it was very luxurious. They informed us that they would send a cot up to us.
We went to our room and although nice, was very small. And although when we booked, it boasted of 'panoramic views over the tower of london and the river' we were stuck with a view of a wall and a some more buildings.
Somebody shortly came up with our cot. It was given to us in a bag as it was a travel cot and they disappeared leaving us with no instructions on how to put it up. When we finally worked it out, we realised they had left no bedding for it. With the small size of our room, it was very difficult even finding space for it. Just so you can get a feel of how small our room was, it had to be placed with one end against the wall, and the other pushed up against our bed, blocking access the window side unless you clambered over the bed.
The mini bar was extortionate. £4 for a can of coke or a KitKat. And it was all weighted, so even if you took something out to look at, you would automatically be charged. Continental breakfast (which usual consists of croissants) would be £20!
Alarms had been set in our room for 6am waking us and the baby up and the throw on the bed was abit dirty.
All in all, it was a good price for a good hotel, but you do get left with the rooms that no body else wants. Also as you are paying a lot less than what it would normally cost, everything else can be out of your means.
I would recommend doing this for short breaks. But if it were a long holiday and you weren't overly impressed by it, you'd have a long time ahead of you.