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Howdy, pardners (in crime),Am doing research for my trip to France and Spain in the fall and with the many sites out there advertising "dream hôtels and apartments", it’s hard to pick something when 1) you’ve never heard of the agency2) you are not familiar enough to decide on what is the best location , i.e. area of a particular city.Thus far I’ve visited Homelidays, Booking.com, Friendly Rentals.com, Bedycasa.com, Airbnb.com, Cocoonbarcelona.com.Each one has some fantastic suggestions. I’ve heard of Homelidays and friends have booked hotels and even houses through this agency. But what of the others? Some of the agencies charge significant (read hidden)fees and some will even have you go from the airport to "some office" to get keys before having to yet again take a taxi to actual apartment (see Zen all sweaty as she lugs her suitcase up 3 floors…)

Has anyone gone this route and have any recommendations? I’m leaning toward Homelidays and Airbnb…

Howdy, pardners (in crime),Am doing research for my trip to France and Spain in the fall and with the many sites out there advertising "dream hôtels and apartments", it’s hard to pick something when 1) you’ve never heard of the agency2) you are not familiar enough to decide on what is the best location , i.e. area of a particular city.Thus far I’ve visited Homelidays, Booking.com, Friendly Rentals.com, Bedycasa.com, Airbnb.com, Cocoonbarcelona.com.Each one has some fantastic suggestions. I’ve heard of Homelidays and friends have booked hotels and even houses through this agency. But what of the others? Some of the agencies charge significant (read hidden)fees and some will even have you go from the airport to "some office" to get keys before having to yet again take a taxi to actual apartment (see Zen all sweaty as she lugs her suitcase up 3 floors…)

Has anyone gone this route and have any recommendations? I’m leaning toward Homelidays and Airbnb…

Allo ZEN,

Linda and I used VRBO on trips to Europe for Condo rentals(http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/europe) and also used Rick Steves Europe for guidance on hotels (http://www.ricksteves.com/). We found this little place in the alpilles called Hotel FOntvielle: www.hotel-peiriero.com/

hope this helps!

Have fun planning best part of going on trip!

I don’t use any of the agencies to book our accommodations for Europe. I go to the city or regional websites, find the link to the tourist bureaus/accommodation links and then book directly with the various owners/managers. We’ve managed to find some real hidden gems without having to pay commissions, booking fees, etc.I have used VRBO successfully as well (Mexico, Hawaii, Portugal, Italy) and have no qualms recommending them.As far as best location in a major city, I always zero in on places that are walking distance to their public transit system. Love google earth/maps for that!Happy planning!
Thanks, did not know of VRBO, will check it out for sure. My search is narrowing down as we’re looking for an apt with terrace whilst in Barcelona, where the apts I’ve seen so far have tiny balconies, not terraces. Here’s hoping!
The other cities are now booked, also went the apt route as we will be 4… and we love to cook

Ever been to Barcelona? If so, which sectors should I be looking at?

VRBO & Airbnb are both good sites.However a lot of lower star but good clean places are not found on the internet, sometimes it’s best to book a night or 2 online then check locally for deals.

I’ve also gone on sites like hostelbookers & rolled the dice.

However a lot of lower star but good clean places are not found on the internet, sometimes it’s best to book a night or 2 online then check locally for deals. Good advice! We’ve found some lovely, inexpensive B & B establishments that way.The local city Tourist office is a good resource for local deals.
Correction, airbnb does charge a service fee. For the apt we found through them, the charge was over 100Eu. Add that to the rental fee+cleaning fee+safetydeposit+food, it adds up quickly. But what the hey, you only live twice (hmmm, that would be a great movie title…)
Whoa Nellie… did not mean to ruffle any feathers, please accept my apologies.I just stated what was asked of me when I reserved on their website. The rental fee was listed, followed by the "caution" (safety deposit), then the cleaning fee, then "107Eu AIRBNB SERVICE CHARGE"…

So what am I reading wrong here?

Just a thought here, and I could be wrong, but is it possible that Airbnb has different rules/contracts depending on the global region?They may not have a service charge in central America but they do in Europe?

Honestly Zen, I think a 107 Euro service charge is outrageous. Can you cancel without penalty and book something else?

Whoa Nellie… did not mean to ruffle any feathers, please accept my apologies.I just stated what was asked of me when I reserved on their website. The rental fee was listed, followed by the "caution" (safety deposit), then the cleaning fee, then "107Eu AIRBNB SERVICE CHARGE"…

So what am I reading wrong here?

OOPS, Sorry my apologies Airbnb DOES charge a service fee of 6-12%. 

Airbnb

Not sure if you booked air for Europe yet but last few summers charter flights to main destinations in Europe were offered by a few air companies with much better prices than what big players had to offer.

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