I found out about the deal from www.london-hotels.co.uk which I'll declare upfront is a site I am writing for as well. But I'm writing about London for the blog and am not involved in the reservations system. A friend from the site noticed the deal and let me know and I made a booking. I then shared the news on twitter (I'm @AboutLondon) and many followers and friends were able to make a reservation.
This all happened late at night and the next day we had to wait to see what the hotel would do. It was quite a grey area on the legal front as the deal was found on London Hotels, then reservations were made on Booking.com but ultimately the hotel has to make the decision to accept the guests.
Due to wonderful negotiations from all parties involved, the hotel - the stunning Metropolitan Hotel on Old Park Lane - is able to accommodate all guest's booking and has even suggested we can change the dates of the bookings to any date of our choosing and not just the date that had the bargain rate.
The last time I visited the Metropolitan was to try their Met Bar afternoon tea. It's a fabulous hotel and I'm thrilled I'll be staying the night there soon although I've not chosen quite when yet.
Around 100 people were lucky enough to grab this deal and London Hotels explained the full story while negotiations were going on to keep us all informed.
London Hotels is a new price comparison hotel booking site and searches for the best deal based on your search criteria - hotel/district/postcode/nearest landmark, etc - plus facilities, best reviews, cool reputation, etc. too. The 'Price Tracker' lets you check dates throughout the year so you can see when the best time to book is. London Hotels shows you the rates from Expedia.com, Booking.com and LateRooms.com so you only need to check one site. It's then just one click to take you to the booking page. There are also Top 10s created from calculations of area crime rate, tube, infrastructure, official review score, stars, rack rate v actual price. These are new on the site this week and will change according to the statistics.
I think the site has already proven it's one to try when you're next booking a stay in London!
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