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Make me an offer for a hotel room

Make me an offer for a hotel room

Mark Hodson tests the new website that lets you bid for a bargain hotel

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 eBuyer & online seller

eBuyer & online seller

Paying for somewhere to rest your weary head is invariably the most expensive part of any UK holiday, but you can get great value for money if you know where to look. Keen bargain-hunters will be pleased to see that the trend for auction sites has stretched as far as the leisure industry, meaning that a relaxing break needn't be a strain on the wallet. Indeed, many of the big net names are catching up with the auction trend - Lastminute.com offers a rather low-key auction element where you can snap up exotic foreign breaks or cultural city weekends at slashed prices. Well, we've unearthed a great hotel site that can offer a break in a UK hotel of your choice - where you name the price!

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The Independent

The Independent

www.roomauction.com A time-saving, fun alternative to haggling on the phone, this offers hotels around the UK that are open to offers.

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The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times

It’s cheap, it’s tawdry — and it works. Hotels are the obvious target here, but you have to play hardball. Ask for their best offer at 8pm and they’ll know they’ve got you over a barrel. Try the same trick at 3pm, when you could still haul your brazen hide elsewhere, and the discounts can come rolling in. The more outrageous the rack rate, the more they’ll be willing to discount. There are two obvious drawbacks: one, it’s a stressful game on the actual day you need the room; two, frankly, it’s embarrassing.

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Evening Telegraph

Evening Telegraph

If you’re to shy to walk up to reception in a British hotel and haggle a deal on a last-minute booking, a new website is coming to your rescue. RoomAuction.com has signed up more than 80 hotels, including 20 in the distinguished Old English Inns chain.

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