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Om "Tips för Livet"

"Ignotus" betyder "Okänt" (på latin, så klart). Med titeln syftar jag på alla de små och förbisedda tips och trixs de vi alla kan använda oss av för att göra vardagen lite lättare.

Tips och förslag som borde spridas tas gärna emot.

Do not trust Hotels.com

Resa Posted on Mon, November 29, 2010 23:14:16

I have in the last few years been traveling quite frequently and have therefore had to arrange many different accommodation solutions. One thing I value much is clear information such as when and how to check in, but of course also to know how much the room will actually cost including all taxes and service charges.

Hotels.com is a frequently used search engine for hotels, but I must unfortunately put out a warning for the site. Though it also can help you to book the hotel, the price they state as being including all taxes and service charges might not be what you finally have to pay. When you arrive at the hotel they might take out any additional fee as they like, for instance a compulsory fee because there was a swimming pool at the resort. Note, you could not choose to not use the pool to get away from the fee; everyone had to pay it to stay at the hotel.

My recommendation is to never book through hotels.com, but instead contact the hotel directly. This will usually give you if not an even better deal then a deal just as good as what Hotels.com could present. With that said, Hotels.com can very well be used as a search engine for hotels but book it elsewhere.



Hotel Demo in Milan

Resa Posted on Sun, February 07, 2010 20:45:41

I hope this blog post might serve as a warning for others considering a stay at Hotel Demo in Milan, as my experience was not up to expected standards.

In mid November 2009 did some friends and I stay at Hotel Demo in Milan. Before coming there did it look alright; decent price and very close to the main train central. I should say that the rooms very clean and tidy as well, though with a floor area of about two m^2 it is not that much to clean, is there?

That written, Hotel Demo failed in two of three categories I consider the most important for a hotel during a short stay.

1. Clean and tidy – YES
2. Shower (with warm water) – NO
3. Good breakfast – NO

When I came to my room after a flight with Ryanair, I looked forward to a nice shower. To bad I could not get any warm water at all. The nice shower became a very quick and unpleasant exercise in speed refreshment. During my stay they claimed to have fixed the shower twice, but no warm water did reach it. But hey, less energy consumed = good for the environment, right?

Moving forward to the following morning I went down to what the hotel states as to be a “very good breakfast”. I can tell you that I expected somewhat more than some cereals and a few croissants. I did also expect to get a place to sit while enjoying the breakfast, but as you can see on the photo there are not that many chairs available (what you see on the photo is all there is).
As a last word I want to mention that Hotel Demo has ignored all emails I have sent since the stay. To wait for the promised reimbursement due to the shower is probably a wait in vain…