Archive for January, 2011
Booking Hotel in Venice, Italy through travel website or direct hotel?
I am looking to book a few nights in Venice Italy and I’ve been doing most of my searches through travel websites like expedia, hotels.com, etc… My question/concern is that I’m liking the prices I see on these websites but when I inquire directly with the hotel, the prices are much more inflated. Is it ok to book through the travel site to take advantage of the lower rate? I am very concerned about having an attached bathroom to our hotel room and I am totally unfamiliar about how to ensure I get a good price but make sure it offers everything we need.
Yes, it’s okay to book through a reputable third-party website. (Both Expedia and Hotels.com qualify as reputable.) They sometimes are less expensive because they can get volume discounts that an individual traveler does not qualify for. The main difference is that you may be required to pre-pay your reservation through a third-party site.
What type of hotel are you booking? Only budget hotels have shared bathrooms. If it’s a higher-end hotel, then it will have private bathrooms. If the website does not specifically mention it, try putting the hotel name in a search engine and checking other sources. The hotel might even have its own website with more detailed information.
Venice, Italy: Hotel Antico Doge
Which part of Hong Kong do I need to go to take a Ferry going to Macau? How long long is the travel?
How much is the cost in the Ferry going to Macau?
I am booked at Wynn Casino Hotel, how will I go to Senator’s Park? How far is this Hotel from Venetia Casino Hotel
What are the tourist spots in Macau? Is it a small city that I can easily move around? Is itadvisable to reach Macau from Lantau Island in Hong Kong?
For taking ferry to Macau from Hong Kong, there are two places that you can take from:
1. HK Macau Ferry Terminal at Shun Tak Centre, Connaught Road West, Sheung Wan at Hong Kong Island side. It’s near to Sheung Wan MTR Station which is 1 station west of Central MTR Station on Island Line (the terminus station for Island Line). From Airport, take Citybus A11 to Shun Tak Centre.
2. HK China Ferry Terminal at Harbour City Gateway, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui at Kowloon Side. It’s near Kowloon Park (West of Kowloon Park) and its within walking distance from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station/East Tsim Sha Tsui KCR Station for Tsuen Wan Line for MTR and East Rail Line for KCR (thats go all the way to Lo Wu, Shenzhen). From Airport, take Airport Express to Kowloon Station and take a taxi.
The cost for the ferry is from HK$142 for Turbojet for Weekdays and from HK$152 for weekends and service from both Terminals. For NWFF, from HK$133 for weekdays and from HK$148 for weekends. It departs from HK China Ferry Terminal only. Timings are approx. 60-75 minutes depending on several factors (eg. type of vessels, weather condition etc.)
For Macau, the best way is take a taxi to around, so all your trip will be by taxi. The distance between Wynn Macau and Venetian is not very far and its only 10 to 15 minutes taxi ride between the two.
There are many tourist spots in Macau and if you want to knoe more, visit: http://www.macautourism.gov.mo/en/index.php for the details. Yes, Macau its a very small city that its easy to get around and taxi fares here are inexpensive in western standard as on par with many asian destination. As for getting from Lantau Island in Hong Kong to Macau, currently its not advisable until the new bridge is constucted that plies between Hong Kong and Macau. But if you want, you can take a taxi to Mui Wo and take a ferry to Central Ferry Terminal, than walk to Central MTR Station and take the MTR Island Line towards Sheung Wan and alight at Sheung Wan Station. Or Taxi to Tung Chung MTR Station. Take the Tung Chung Line all the way to Hong Kong Station. Transfer at Central Station and follow the above mention.
The Venetian Hotel Room Tour