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Hotel Sales Slash the cost of hotel stays

Last updated: 29 Apr 2014
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Hotels are slashing rates to entice customers. If you know where to look, itís possible to grab five-star places at a fraction of the cost.

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Mr & Mrs Smith logoMr & Mrs Smith 50% off posh rooms*Min three nights. 46 hotels in UK, Europe and Morocco. Subject to availability

12 days left

Mr & Mrs Smith is an online broker that finds you posh rooms from hundreds of boutique hotels. And right now if you sign up (or if you're an existing subscriber, sign up again) to a newsletter via a special Mr & Mrs Smith link*, you'll be given a code to access its 50% off 46 hotels deal.

Offer ends on Wed 31 Dec and is for a minimum of three-night stays until 31 Mar 2015, excluding some Christmas and half-term dates.

Before booking a room through Mr & Mrs Smith, check first if it is cheaper elsewhere as the offer is 50% off its prices, and we found a few hotels were cheaper via Trivago, even after the discount.

There are 1,000+ rooms spread across all the hotels available in this sale and it started on Wed 22 Oct, so some hotels may already be full on your chosen day. The savings can be huge, but that's because most hotels are seriously pricey in the first place. Here are some examples of savings: 

  • Le Lodge Kerisper in Brittany, France - £106.30 for three nights in a standard room (usually £212.61 for three nights). The next cheapest we found is £210 with TravelRepublic.
  • Mirabò de Valldemossa in Majorca, Spain - £224.42 for three nights in a double room (usually £448.84). The next cheapest we found is £445 with Booking.com.
  • The Grove Narberth in Pembrokeshire, Wales - £285 for three nights in a classic room (usually £570). The next cheapest we found is £570 with Booking.com.

* These examples show prices for a stay between Thu 26 Feb - Sun 1 Mar we found on Tue 4 Nov.

How to get the deal and find the best price

Step 1: Find a hotel and the sale price

Go via this special Mr & Mrs Smith link*  to sign up to ShortList Media's Mr Hyde or Emerald Street daily lifestyle newsletter. If you're already signed up to one of these newsletters you can still get this offer, just sign up again through the special link above (you won't get emailed twice). 

You'll then be given a code to enter to gain access to the sale - it's only one code per person and jot it down as it won’t be sent via email. Each hotel has its own blackout dates where the offer isn't valid, in particular over Christmas and New Year, and some room types and days of the week may be excluded. 

Step 2: Compare to the rest of the market

Once you’ve found a sale price for your hotel, check the price for the same hotel stay on Trivago*. You may be able to find advanced room rates that are even cheaper – Trivago should show these. 

You can also approach the hotel directly, although it can work out more expensive.

Step 3: If cheapest, book your hotel

If you’ve found a room you’re happy with and want to use the offer, return back to the Mr & Mrs Smith link* as above and book. You can also book by calling 0330 100 3180 and mentioning the same code.

Each hotel will have its own payment process - some will only ask for a deposit to book whereas others you will have to pay upfront. You can use the code for multiple bookings if you want. 

Important: Depending on the hotel, once booked, your stay may be non-refundable so make sure you check. As with other hotel booking sites, you may have to pay local taxes in some countries, so check the small print.

More info

Once you've used the code click 'unsubscribe' at the bottom of a newsletter if you want to stop them. 

It can't be used with any other offer. Must be a UK resident and aged 18 or older. This offer is for the hotel only and it doesn't include flights or transport etc. Breakfast may be included in the price for some hotels.

It's a three-night minimum stay, and some hotels have maximum stay restrictions too, so check the individual hotel's T&Cs carefully before booking. 

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