pinkglove, must act fast otherwise i'm afraid the prices will go up and rooms will run out. already one of the hotels i was eyeing dont have rooms available already.. the good thing is alot have early bird discounts (of course its non-refundable..)
i booked castille paris on rue cambon
its part of the starhotels chain. about 230 euros per night. the hubby is kinda particular about hotels so i had to spend more.. u can check out grand hotel st michel (latin quarter w nice rooms) or hotel bonaparte (rue bonaparte, v gd location but not so nice rooms, about 134-164 euros per night) too
or try hotwire.com for le meridien etoile.
sahdeau, i booked through hotels.com and justonehotel.com. below is the per night cost. as mentioned above, my hubby is particular about hotels so i had no choice to spend abit more. plus, i am particular about location too (but i can put up with not so ideal rooms, LOL). you can definitely find cheaper hotels than those i have choosen.
Paris - Starhotels Castille â‚¬ 229.49
London - Manderville Hotel Â£148.00
Florence - Grand Hotel Minerva â‚¬ 223.99
Venice - Best Western Hotel Montecarlo â‚¬ 188.03
Milan - Starhotels Anderson â‚¬ 130.05
train, i am gonna try the trenitalia website to see if its successful, otherwise will just buy when i am over there. i have friends in UK, might just ask them to book for me, if possible. am trying to settle the other stuff first