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Al Mas Palace Golden Five in Hurhgada, Egypt was first booked hotel. When I’ve tried to change my reservation to other hotel, and have sent change enquiry using web site, I’ve received answer only one week later. The answer was that I should call them with phone. Excellent! They need one week for such answer! I can’t understand why I can’t change or cancel my reservation using web interface, if I’ve booked it with web.Since it was only several days before check-in date, I’ve decided don’t change the reservation. During check-in to hotel I was requested to pay additional 200USD (over 1050USD that were played with Opodo). It was confusable for me, because during reservation it was specified that all charges and fees were included. The reason specified in the hotel was that my nationality is Ukraine, but reservation was sent for United Kingdom nationality. But I’ve specified Ukraine country in billing address during booking! There were no any other fields to specify nationality. Moreover Opodo have no any nationality restrictions in terms and conditions. Due to “excellent” Opodo’s support, I had no other choice than to pay 200USD to hotel. A call from Egypt to England with 30 minutes duration “to listen music” will cost me higher. I’ve send enquiry about this problem to Opodo using form on their web site later, but I still haven’t received any answer from their support (during two weeks).
Concorde hotel in Cairo, Egypt was second booked hotel. I had no any problems with check-in in this case.As resume I can note that it is possible to book hotels with Opodo if you have no any other choices. But if you don’t want to have headache, and if you want to be sure that you will have customer assistance in case of any problems with reservation, it is better to choose alternative booking systems. My own opinion is that opodo.co.uk now in my own black list of booking sites.
For justice I will add, 7 months later Opodo has returned our 200 USD to credit card (even a little more due to currency conversion) . The receipt with charge description and hotel’s stamp obtained in the hotel has helped me to convince Opodo and their partner that we really have paid money for citizenship change in the booking. BTW, when I’ve received the receipt in the hotel it has contained not clear charge description (Cash Paid). But we have asked to staff on the reception to specify manually that charge was paid for citizenship change.
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