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The Bulgari London Hotel Still Set for April Opening (and Charging At Least $697 a Night)

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March 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM | by | ()

The other week we were skeptical about the opening of the Bulgari London Hotel which was set for April but given that April is just a few weeks away, you'd think the hotel's website would have a little more going for it.

Nevertheless, according to luxury travel agent Virtuoso, the Bulgari London is indeed opening in April and Virtuoso guests will get a special opening rate of $697 a night. Boy, we'd hate to see what regular guests will have to pay.

Virtuoso guests will also get a $119 credit at the hotel's Bulgari Spa which sounds quite heavenly with 11 private treatment rooms, one double spa suite that includes its own steam room, jacuzzi and treatment room and a 25-meter pool made out of Vicenza stone featuring a mosaic in Bulgari colors of green and gold.

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Are Mondays 'Cancellation Days' at Hotels?

March 14, 2011 at 8:38 AM | by | ()

Are your chances of getting a room at a booked-up hotel better if you call in on a Monday? HotelChatter investigates....

Recently some family members were shacking up at a hotel in Santa Monica, Calif. when, mid-stay, they asked the front desk about adding a few more days to their reservation. Thinking it wouldn't be an issue, they were bummed to hear that the hotel was sold-out for the next several days.

But there was a glimmer of hope as the front desk told them to check back on Monday (they requested the additional days on a Saturday and were set to check out on Wednesday.) The reason being, according to the front desk was that Monday was when all the cancellations were called in, particularly from travel agents.

We've never heard of this sort of "cancellation day" before. At first, we were skeptical. Why did travel agents wait until Monday to do this? Wouldn't they just be calling the cancellations as they came in? Then a part of us got excited--did we just stumble upon a new trick for getting a room at a supposedly sold-out hotel?

Not quite.

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