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Hotel Discount Sites, Should We Use Them?

Posted on August 4th, by Aaron in Unlock. No Comments

Sup fellas.

Welcome to my first evah post on Unpackthere!

Ok ok…on with it.

Right. I was reading an article, ‘10 Hotel Secrets from Behind the Front Desk‘. Written by a decade+ veteran of the hotel industry, he talks about behind-the-scenes secrets of the hotel industry with some interesting tit-bits to help you get that wonderful experience that everybody wants.

2 points piqued my interest though –

No. 7 -“‘Book on a discount site, get a discount experience”, and
No. 10 – “There’s a surefire way to get an upgrade”.

Long story short, he advises against booking hotels via discount sites like expedia, because it cuts into profit margins (and by definition, your hotel experience), while giving tips to the guy checking you in pretty much guarantees free upgrades. These points made me think, and then I realised that most of the hotels I booked over the … Read More »



Summer Market In Tuscany

Posted on June 26th, by joanna in Uncover, Unwind. No Comments

 

If you have the good fortune of being in Tuscany, Italy for a summer vacation right now, head down to Castiglione della Pescaia. Tenuta La Badiola, a beautiful property surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, is organising a summer market this Sunday evening, 30 June 2013. Try street food prepared by The Alliance Restaurants, delicious local CASA dell’Acquagiusta wines and attend a taste workshop.

For a spectacular end to the evening, make a reservation for Dinner with the menu prepared by Chef Omar Agostini, whom I had the honour of meeting and having him design and prepare a meal for me. The menu for this event is mouth-watering: Bonite fish, Cream of Mortadelle from Prato, “Maremma” Risotto, Strawberry soup, topped off with generous servings of wine.

For more information, visit http://www.andana.it/en/l-andana or email mercarto@tenutalabadiola.it for your reservations.

 





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