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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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De Vere Venues logoFLASH 24hr De Vere £25 hotel saleStarts 10am Thu. Plus up to two kids aged 12 and under go free

1000+ rooms

De Vere Venues (part of the De Vere Hotel chain) is releasing approximately 1,000+ rooms in its £25 autumn sale. The 24-hour sale is across 24 of its 25 venues in England, for stays from Fri 3 Oct - Sun 14 Dec, including half-term.

Although there are no blanket exclusion dates, some individual hotels may exclude certain dates and rooms are subject to availability. This means it's not certain you'll get a £25 room – be flexible on where and when, and you’re more likely to pick up a cheap room. 

Book via this De Vere Venues link from 10am Thu 28 Aug

De Vere has a virtual queuing system to prevent its site from crashing, but please be patient, these sales are usually very popular and rooms go quickly.

How good is this deal? 

De Vere Venues is a chain of mid-range hotels, mostly in out-of-town locations. Ratings on Tripadvisor are between three and four stars. This deal makes them as cheap as the budget brands.

It runs this type of sale regularly, but the price has crept up from £20. Considering standard room prices are around £49 to £125 a night, this is still a great deal.

The sale’s being advertised as £12.50 per person but all rooms are charged at the rate for two people, so £25 per room, per night. Where only single rooms are available (Harben and Highfield Park), you’re still charged £25.

This is a room-only deal so no breakfast is included. You can book multiple nights if required, as long as there's availability.  The rooms are for two people, but you can add rollaway beds for up to two children aged 12 or under in the same room at no further cost. 

How do you book?

You can book online or by calling 0844 980 8056 (except Studley Castle – you must call the hotel directly on 0871 222 4727). Beware though, paying by credit card incurs a £2.50 fee. 

It's best to check the hotel out on TripAdvisor before booking.

More info

Valid for a standard room only. This can't be used with any other offer or promotion. You must pay upfront and you can't cancel or change your booking once confirmed. 

If children are staying for free, it must be mentioned on booking. Children can only stay for free on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday nights at Sunningdale Park, and can't stay for free at all at Milton Hill House, Cheadle House, Harben and Highfield Park. 

You can't stay on a Friday or Saturday night at Studley Castle.  Heythrop Park is excluded altogether from this promotion.

Valid for listed venues only. 

Pontins logoPontins breaks from £79*Two night self-catering stays in Aug for four people

Four locations

Follow this MSE Blagged Pontins link* (it'll auto-fill the code MSEO) to get a two night stay for four people on selected dates throughout August for £79, £89, £99 or £109.

Normally the cost of staying at Pontins holiday parks varies, but with this code you’re guaranteed a fixed price, depending on the date you choose. When we checked, these selected dates were typically selling for £108-£198, so this code will save you between 16% and 50%. Booking’s subject to availability so go quick.

The deal's valid at four of Pontins’ six holiday parks, all on the coast: Brean Sands (Somerset), Camber Sands (Sussex), Prestatyn Sands (North Wales) and Southport (Merseyside). It’s also available in September after the school holidays, with a three or four-night stay starting from £46. See ‘more info’ below.

With the offer you get one 'popular' (lowest grade) self-catering apartment for up to four people. It's ideal for families with children, but Pontins say four adults could go if they wanted.

The deal also includes a free entertainment pass and many activities (although some require an additional charge). You need to pay fully upfront and it's non-refundable. There’s a 50p fee for debit cards, £2 for credit cards.

Important! Bed linen and towels aren't included so bring your own - although you can buy bed linen at £5 for a single and £8 for a double. Electricity’s not included either – reception sells cards for £5 and Pontins says on average guests use £3 worth a day. 

How good is this deal?

When we checked on Tue 29 Jul we found the code cut the price by between 16% and 50%. For example, two nights in Southport starting 15 Aug was £118, but just £79 with the code (33% off). Two nights at Brean Sands starting 8 Aug was £198, but £99 with the code (50% off). 

More info

All stays are subject to availability. Instead of booking online, you can call 0844 576 5940 and mention the code MSEO over the phone, but call charges will apply. 

Cots are available for under-twos for £10 per stay (linen isn't provided) or you can bring your own. (Under-twos don’t count as one of the four people staying).

Do you want a longer stay in Aug?

Pontins also has an ongoing summer sale* which includes three, four or seven nights in Aug from £89 for the same amount of people in the same apartment. There are a handful of dates that get you three or four nights for around the same price as two, so it’s worth checking before booking.

Do you want to go after the school holidays?

You can get the same deal but for three or four-night stays in Sept and Oct from £46, using the same MSE blagged Pontins link* (it'll auto-fill the code MSEO). In Sept and Oct the savings you’ll make vary – for example, we found one date where using the code saved 59%, and another where it saved just 4% on the regular price. You can book until 11:59pm on Sun 31 Aug

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