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Decent London hotel deals, with budget to luxury options, via Holiday Extras

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The last couple of months have started to see various signs of softening in the flight and hotel market. In many cases, however, companies do not want to publicly cut their rates because there are still quite a lot of people – just not as many as last year – who are willing to pay them.

This Holiday Extras promotion is a good example of how 30 London hotels are quietly pushing out their rooms at a discount via third party channels.

The offer page is here.

Renaissance St Pancras discount via Holiday Extras promotion

Holiday Extras is offering 30 London hotels via this page of its website with a special bonus – a 24 hour pass for a Thames river cruise.

Why is it doing this? Because it means that you can’t claim against any ‘best rate guarantee’ offered by the major hotel groups. Even though the package rate (your room plus river cruise) is cheaper than booking the room on its own directly, it still doesn’t allow you to claim under a ‘best rate guarantee’ because the two deals are not the same.

Here are some examples for Friday 21st July for two people. All rates are non refundable.


Holiday Inn Express London Limehouse:

All rooms include breakfast at this hotel, however booked.

Mid market:

Hilton London Kensington

  • £238 via Holiday Extras including breakfast with a river cruise ticket included


St Pancras Renaissance Hotel (image above)

  • £337 via Holiday Extras including breakfast with a river cruise ticket included

Remember that 30 hotels are available in total. These are just three examples.

Rooms booked via Holiday Extras do not earn hotel loyalty points and any status benefits you have for the chain will not be available.

Note that ‘Saturday night only’ stays are not available via this offer at most hotels, although longer stays which include a Saturday night are OK. You can book for dates until the end of 2023.

Full details are on this page of the Holiday Extras site.

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Comments (16)

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  • Kurt says:

    Holidayextras seems a bit dodgy….see reviews on Tripadvisor though they all seem to be for airport parking.

    • Rob says:

      Huge business, but only acts a broker so can’t easily control actions of the end provider. Bit like blaming Opodo if BA cancel your flight.

    • JDB says:

      Holidayextras actually seem very efficient – I often use them for parking when they can be significantly cheaper than going directly to the provider. They behaved very well with refunds/vouchers during covid and they pick up the telephone quickly so while I have only used them for parking, I wouldn’t hesitate to use them for other things.

      • RussellH says:

        I have only once used them recently, but back in my tour operating days they were very efficient with paying me the commissions earned on bookings made through my website.

      • SamG says:

        Agree – I go via the links on moneysavingexpert and usually get a good deal for valet parking with a reputable provider, their tech works well to manage bookings

        They do work with some providers that have a bad rep (blue circle? I think is one at Heathrow) but as Rob says, that isn’t their fault (though the really bad ones they’d probably be better off dropping!)

    • NorthernLass says:

      I’ve been using them consistently for airport parking for the past 2 years and they have been excellent. The system lets you input your flight number instead of messing around with individual times, so they also know if you’re delayed returning. You can make free changes and if you need to cancel they will give you the full amount you paid in a voucher which is very easy to apply to a new booking. We’ve returned both early and slightly late from holidays and not had any issues or extra charges.

  • Andrew J says:

    Don’t forget the myriad Amex Hotel offers which would reduce the price of each of those examples by booking direct to a lower rate then the offer, and you’d earn points.

  • Qrfan says:

    This article says a lot as to the value of the best rate “guarantee”.

    • Rob says:

      Most get around BRG by having one with 2pm check in and one with 3pm ….

  • SydneySwan says:

    Buyer beware. I have a booking made a few days ago via and fully cancellable at Crowne Plaza Docklands in mid-August for 2 nights that is 92 pounds cheaper than the Holiday Extras site. I don’t think the Thames Cruise makes up for that!

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Also highly likely to work with the BRG too

    • SamG says:

      The holiday extras price is probably quite static whereas the “public” rate will be dynamic. So it’s worth comparing both for sure

  • RAOC says:

    Also worth noting that your local travel agent will have access to a number of Trade Only Bed Banks who will also have access to rates you won’t see on a public facing website.

    • Bagoly says:

      “local travel agent”
      Do they still exist?
      I have never used one in my life, and I’m probably above average HfP age.

  • S says:

    Pre covid I had some excellent deals through HE. e.g 1 night at the EMA Radisson Blu with 7 nights parking on site for £80!

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