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The Bellinghman
Date: 2004-01-15 13:14
Subject: Fasnacht and Eastercon booked
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Well, I just got the hotel booking confirmations back.

For Fasnacht, we'll be at the Swissotel on Messeplatz (that's in Kleine Basel, on the German side of the river):

Arrival : 28 February 2004 Departure : 06 March 2004

I had tried for the SAS Radisson, but we couldn't get in this year. Never mind, Swissotel is a pretty comfortable chain, and the price was pretty close to the same. And it'll be convenient for the Guggi concerts. Also, we're going to be coming in and out of Badischer Bahnhof, and the Swissotel is closer to that, whereas the Radisson is close to the main station.

For Eastercon, we're in the Imperial:

Check in: 08-Apr-2004, Check out: 11-Apr-2004

I do love the Internet though - the Blackpool hotel is booked through an Australian company (the bunch I normally use, initially for the Radisson the first time) and the Basel one through a Thai company.
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The Magician: south park me grey ankh
User: the_magician
Date: 2004-01-15 05:44 (UTC)
Subject: Just out of interest ...
Keyword:south park me grey ankh
... was it cheaper going through the Australian booking agency than using the Blackpool Tourist Board Accomodation office?
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2004-01-15 06:11 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Just out of interest ...
To be honest, I'm not sure. bellinghwoman had found a site for the Imperial with prices quoted for rack rate and VIP (two nights or more, I think). I then fired up the Aussie bunch, searched their hotel list for the Imperial, found it and compared the rates.

About two thirds of the price.

I'd be interested to know how much the Accommodation office quotes.
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User: groliffe
Date: 2004-01-15 07:48 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Just out of interest ...
they quoted us 45 pppn
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2004-01-15 08:16 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Just out of interest ...
Slightly less than we're paying then - 46.50 pppn for the double.
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The Magician
User: the_magician
Date: 2004-01-15 18:17 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Just out of interest ...
Thanks for the updates ... I'm a co-chair of this convention and I managed to get a cheaper quote for the Clifton from one online site, but I'm assured that if I show up and try to use that rate I'll get bumped into another hotel ... of course hotels are entitled to get the best rates they can for as many rooms as possible, but we believe that we're getting excellent rates through the Tourist Board Accommodation Bureau.

See you in Blackpool!
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