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Riad Puchka Marrakech Hotel Review

I recently stayed at the Riad Puchka in Marrakech.  My overall impression is that the hotel is wonderful and in a great location.  However, I was overcharged for items on multiple occasions, and as a result, I would advise travellers to be very diligent when paying for their bill.  Overall, I would stay here again. […]

Entrance to the Salisbury Hotel

Salisbury Hotel in Manhattan on Hotwire

New York, and Manhattan in particular, is an expensive city and hotel accommodations are no exception.  With the high price of real estate, it is very difficult to find a basic hotel under $200 per night.  This is one of the many reasons travellers turn to opaque bidding sites like Hotwire or Priceline when booking […]

Arriving at the Marrakesh Airport

Marrakesh Morocco Visit

Marrakesh is an amazing city to visit, steeped with culture and activities that will amaze western travellers.  Most visitors will spend much of their time in the Medina (old city), and visit some of the other sites such as the colourful Majorelle Garden. The Medina The Medina, or old city, of Morocco is like another […]

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Private Vacation Rentals: Use Caution

My experience with private vacation rentals was not great. I was not able to get an early check-in when I needed to, and I had to pay extra for a late check-in when needed. The owner at one of the rentals chose to keep my damage deposit even though there was no damage to the apartment, and there was no recourse through VRBO. And finally, I had multiple rentals cancelled; this a major inconvenience and there is a risk of not getting your deposit refunded.

Marrakech Scams

Marrakech Tourist Scams

I recently had the opportunity to spend some time in the city of Marrakech, Morocco.  While the overall trip was simply amazing, I experienced a few scams that travellers should be aware of. Tannery Scam This is a popular Marrakech tourist scam.  In Marrakech, there are a few tanneries on the outskirts of the Modena […]

Priceline Paris Hotels

Using Priceline for Paris Hotels

Paris, like most European cities, can be expensive, particularly when it comes to hotel accommodations. Paris is, after all, the most visited city in the world with over 40 million visitors annually. This drives up accommodation prices. Fortunately for travellers who are prepared to do a bit of research, there are many options to get a great accommodation in a spectacular location at a great price. Priceline probably offers the lowest prices for hotels in Paris.

Priceline Paris Hotel

Affordable Accommodations in Paris Using Priceline

Priceline is a great alternative for travelers booking a hotel in Paris where the exact hotel does not matter. That’s because with Priceline’s Name Your Own Price, you bid on a hotel by specifying your hotel criteria: travel dates, vicinity, and hotel star rating. However, you do not know the exact location of your hotel until after you place a bid. If your bid is accepted, you then find out which hotel you received. Note that reservations on Priceline are non-refundable and cannot be changed or cancelled.

Osoyoos Hotel on Priceline

Use Caution When Using Priceline in Osoyoos, British Columbia

In Osoyoos, BC, Priceline Canada divides the general vicinity into two main bidding zones: (1) Osoyoos and (2) Osoyoos Similkameen. What is interesting about these two zones is that they overlap forming a Venn diagram. This is quite rare. In fact, I have never seen this before. Does this mean a hotel can be situated in both zones? Technically, the answer is yes. Most travelers probably want to bid only in the Osoyoos zone, and not the Osoyoos Similkameen zone. The reason is that …

Priceline Hotel Bidding

How Far in Advance to Bid on Priceline

Find out if it is better to book early or last minute when bidding on a hotel room on Priceline. As a general, 4-6 weeks out is best when bidding on hotels, but in some cases it may be necessary to book earlier.

Payless Car Rental Rip Off

Payless Car Rental San Francisco Airport SFO

I recently received a great deal on a car rental out of SFO.  This is based on a decent amount of research that I did to ensure I got the best deal possible.  For this particular trip to San Francisco, I needed a car rental so I did the regular checking of rates on Priceline and […]