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    Formula 1 comes to Sochi, Russia

    Hot on the heels of a successful winter games at Sochi 2014, Sochi now plays host to a spectacular new Formula 1 event in Sochi on 12 October 2014. Book hotels early - demand is high! Check out your Russian visa requirements too, as we provide a free Russian Visa Support Letter if you book your hotel with us - and you get discount rates too! Welcome to Sochi!


    Hotels in Crimea - Russian Visa Required.

    Travellers to Crimea now require a Russian visa - we are pleased to be able to offer a Russian visa support letter free of charge. Please check with your own national travel advice before booking as many countries do not accept Russian control of Crimea. We now list hotels in Crimea under both Russian AND Ukraine....Check out our hotels in Yalta, Crimea here: http://www.select-a-room.com/hotels/russia/yalta---crimea


    New: Tours of Romania for 2014!

    We have a great new Guarantee Departure tour to Romania for 2014 on Select-a-Tour.com, our sister site - with fixed departure dates. It  offers a fascinating opportunity to discover Romania with like-minded travellers on a guaranteed group departure tour - we accept guests from all over the world as this is a land-only tour. English speaking tour guides throughout.This tour includes full board, so the only spending money you will need is for beverages, other incidentals and souvenirs! It offers fantastic value for money. You will see Bucharest, ancient Sibiu, Sighisoara, Brasov and infamous Bran Castle, home of infamous Dracula!

    A great new tour for 2013 - full details here: http://www.select-a-tour.com/tours/classical-tour-of-romania-2013/


    Visiting China? Information on Hotels and Visas for Travel to China

    Select-a-Room.com offers discount hotel rooms throughout China - lowest prices and instant confirmation as soon as you book. Visitors to China travelling from the UK are also welcome to use our China Visa Service. Visas for travel to China have become increasingly difficult to obtain with multiple visits required by many clients to the China Visa Agency. You can avoid this by utilising our China Visa Service - email us at visas@aslatravelgroup.com - or call Hazel or Vergi in the UK on 01480 433800 for full details of timeframes, prices and precise requirements to obtain your visa for China. We have up to date info, and handle many thousands of visas a year - so we know what we are doing! It can be both frustrating and costly if you do not get your visa on time - so use the experts!

    For Hotels throughout China at best rates: http://www.select-a-room.com/hotels/china/beijing

     

    Welcome to China!


    Aloha! Hotel News from Hawaii !

    Aloha from Hawaii! September/October hotel news direct from Hawaii!

    We have a few highlights to mention:

    Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa has completed their lobby area to include an entirely new arrival experience. New front desks, décor, lobby seating, flooring and updates to the façade and paint in the open courtyard further enhance guest’s experience.

    * Best in Class promotion (Reduced Rates), stay dates are now – 4/30/2013 includes daily breakfast for two • 5 night min for resort view category

    * Rates subject to stop sale Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa – Newly finished room renovations feature completely furniture, décor, and bathrooms. The guestroom’s fresh new look is reflective of the resort’s renowned Hawaiian Classic style of graceful elegance.

    • Best in Class promotion (Reduced Rates), stay dates are now – 3/31/2013 includes daily breakfast for two.

    • Available for all room categories

     

    The Ritz Carlton Kapalua Year

    • 5th night free rate plus daily breakfast for 2

    • Available in all room categories • Booking window Now – 12/18/13

    • Travel Dates 1/4/13 – 12/18/13

    • Extra Breakfast charges: children 5 and under free/Children 6-12 $15 plus tax daily/13 and older $32 plus tax per day already included in extra body fee.

    • Resort fee $25, tax inclusive, per day per room to be paid directly to the hotel.

    • Best In Class rates affective in Deluxe, Deluxe Ocean Front room categories

    • BIC rates are for travel dates – 4/1/13 – 3/31/14 Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

    • Travel periods 9/1/12 – 3/31/14

    • Room categories – Mountain/Garden, Pool View, Ocean View, Ocean Front • Reduced rates – plus bonus 20% off discount with stays 4 nights or longer.

    • $25 Resort fee payable locally Royal Hawaiian Best in Class promotion

    • Travel periods 9/15/12 – 3/31/13

    • Minimum length of stay 4 nights

     

    Makena Beach & Golf Course

    • Best In Class promotion – contract period 8/1/2012 – 3/31/2014 subject to Stop Sale.

    • Booking dates: 8/1/2012 – 3/31/2014

    • Reduced Rates/ Complementary room upgrade (based on availability at check-in)

    • Full Buffet Breakfast for 2, to be used daily at Café’ Kiowai

    • Room Categories – Scenic, POV, OV, OF, Ocean View Premium, POV Suite, OF Suite.

    • No Resort Fee! The Kahala Hotel & Resort

    • Best in class 4th night free promotion

    • Daily breakfast buffet for 2 at Plumeria Beach House or designated restaurant.

    • Booking window now – 3/31/22014

    • Travel Dates – now -3/31/2014

    • Valid room categories – Lanai Partial Ocean, Lanai Garden, Mountain Lanai, Mountain, Partial Ocean, Scenic • Beach Front Lanai, Ocean Front Lanai, Ocean Front, Ocean View Lanai, Dolphin Lanai Complimentary Amenities include:

    • Complimentary lei greeting and oshibori towel upon arrival

    • Complimentary use of our Resort Shopping and Dining Shuttle

    • Complimentary Internet in guestrooms and public areas

    • Complimentary 24 hour access to CHI Health & Energy Fitness Center

    • Thirty (30) minutes of free access to private workstation, each day in the Resort Business Center

    • Twice daily maid service, including nightly turndown

    • Complimentary morning newspaper

    • (2) complimentary bottles of water in room daily at turndown

    • Complimentary in-room coffee maker, as well as morning coffee at Plumeria Beach House restaurant foyer

    • Complimentary Hawaiian Cultural Classes

    • Complimentary introductory surfing lessons and stand up paddleboard clinics Courtyard Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach

    • Best in class promotion – Highly Reduced Rates

    • Travel Period : 1/3/13 – 3/31/2014

    • Booking Period : 8/31/2012 – 3/31/2014 Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa EXCULUSIVE Promotion: 8/31/12 – 3/31/14 Booking Window: Now – 3/31/14 Highly Reduced Rates – Room Categories: Waikiki View, POV, OV, Deluxe Ocean View Special Breakfast Offer Not offered during Holiday period

    • 50% off breakfast buffet daily for two (payable directly to the hotel)

    • 3 night minimum stay in Waikiki & Partial Ocean

     

    Upcoming Hawaii events

    • Honolulu Marathon – Hawaii’s Largest marathon drawing 20,00 – 25,00 participants. Race day is held every year on the second Sunday of December. The Course stretches from Aloha Stadium to Hawaii Kai. Visitors be warned – Roads and transportation will be limited. • Iron Man World Championship is held every year in Kailua Kona Hawaii on October 13 of every year. This Triathlon was started in 1981 and is considered the toughest of all the Iron man courses. The course stretches for 140.6 miles of barren lava rock. Travelers are warned of road closures and the high volume of triathletes during this week.

    • NFL PRO BOWL - The NFL is back in Hawaii for the 2013 Pro Bowl. The annual contest of the AFC and NFC's best will take place Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 at Aloha Stadium.

    • 30th Annual Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Billabong Pipe Master (Oahu) – 12/8/12 – 12/20/12 The Billabong Pipe Masters, the final stop of the Vans Triple Crown and the final event of the ASP Men’s World Tour, is the perfect venue for the culmination of both series. An iconic and historic wave, the Banzai Pipeline is often referred to as the best wave on the planet. Known for its perfect, heaving top-to-bottom barrels and its close proximity to shore, not only is it the perfect wave for those willing to charge, but also for the spectators on the beach.


    New: Sensational Restaurant Experience in St Petersburg Russia

    Dear guests

    Please note that we are delighted to suggest a new and exciting experience in St Petersburg - "Dans Le Noir" is a "Dark" restaurant in St Petersburg! This restaurant is a socially aware experience and staffed by blind personnel. Eating and drinking is done entirely in a blacked-out restaurant devoid of light. It is designed to enhance our sensory perceptions of the finest food and drink - check it out! Its based at the Sokos Palace Bridge Hotel - a superb 5 star spa hotel with excellent winter offers. Check it our here:

    http://www.select-a-room.com/hotel/russia/st-petersburg/sokos-hotel-palace-bridge

    Welcome to St Petersburg!

    Ekaterina - St Petersburg Office

     


    London 2012 - Olympic and Paralympic Games Availability and Lower Prices!

    As we get closer to the opening of the London 2012 Games, we are adding more availability to our site at ever better prices. Check out our avaailability - it is LIVE, and shows what we have at the moment of booking. Poweered by TUI, our London accommodation is second to none - great value and with instant availability! hotels have been overpriced and are now reducing prices to sell off rooms - fast!

    We have hotels in London and other host cities throughout the UK - and its a great time to book. Don't miss the Marathon on 5th (Ladies) 12 August (men)  in particular...and you don't need tickets!!

    Book now and don't miss the Greatest Show on Earth!

    Welcome to London

    the UK Team


    More London 2012 Availability - Go for Gold at Days Inn Waterloo London!

    Another great option for Olympic Games accommodation at London 2012 is Days inn Waterloo, London. With easy access to the city, the Olympic Village, stadium and much more, check out best pricing and availability by clicking on the link below.

    http://www.select-a-room.com/hotel/united-kingdom/london/days-hotel-waterloo

    Best value from the UK team!

    Welcome to London!


    London2012 - Olympic Games Hotels!

    Check out the superb new H10 4 star hotel in London's Waterloo - great location and great availability at sensible prices for the 2012 Olympic Games - check it out along with other great options for the Games of the Century!

    http://www.select-a-room.com/hotel/united-kingdom/london/h10-london-waterloo

    Welcome to London!

    The UK Team


    Russia - No Visa for World Cup 2018!

    Football World Cup 2018 fans having valid tickets for the event will require no visa to enter Russia. This was announced by the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin who promised to world cup’s visitors that they will be allowed to visit the country without obtaining visa. He further announced that Russian Government is considering allowing the football fans to travel within the country for free using their match tickets.

    “I’d like to note that we’ve decided to let the fans with match tickets enter Russia without visas during the 2018 World Cup, furthermore, we’re now considering the possibility of allowing supporters with tickets to travel across the country for free during the event,” Vladimir Putin said on January 19, 2012 at Saint Petersburg.

    Furthermore, Putin said that it would be great idea if Russian flag carrier Aeroflot and a private airline Transaero offer free of cost flights between venues for the football spectators during world cup 2018.

    “I think that if we ask Aeroflot and Transaero to give you free tickets as an advertising consideration, they will not go broke,” he added.

    However, no airline has committed to provide free flights to the fans so far.

    Russia was chosen to host the football world cup 2018 and the matches of the tournament are set to be played at 14 stadiums across the country.

    Seeing that, Russia is the largest country in the worlds due to immense distance between cities, as football visitors are likely to face distant and very expensive journeys between the venues.

    Meanwhile, the president’s plan of free-travel is expected to ease football visitors concerns and it will encourage fans from around the world to watch the world cup matches in Russia.

    In the meantime, President of International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), Sepp Blatter termed Putin’s efforts as a tremendous step, and he admired the Russian government’s initiative to waive of complex and costly visa procedure for football fans.


    FREE Visa Support Letter for Russian Visa from Select-a-room.com!

    Stop Press: We are now able to offer FREE visa support letters for passengers booking hotels in Russia on Select-a-room.com - many hotels (and other sites) charge for this service, €100 per person for one Moscow hotel, and with us its totally free. Add a visa support letter to your hotel booking and book it online! Quick easy and secure - and its free! check site for full details and conditions - certain nationalities are not available.

    Russia made easy from Select-a-Room.com

    Welcome to Russia

    Ekaterina and the St PEtersburg Team!


    Information on Meal Basis At Discount Hotels on Select-a-room.com

    Some of our clients have recently asked us about the meal basis in the hotels we offer.

    When you run a search on Select-a-room.com we list the inclusions for each hotel.

    Bed and breakfast and room-only are pretty clear; Half-Board means that we include evening meal, bed and breakfast. Full Board means 3 meals daily - breakfast lunch and dinner are included. All inclusive means all 3 meals plus drinks - this applies to many of our resort hotels.

    All prices are per room and not per person and include taxes unless specified on the search.

    Note: a small number of hotels in Russia and Ukraine charge a small booking fee - also specified when you book.

    Any questions - just ask! We are here to help!


    Select-a-Room.com Experiences Rapid Growth in Hotel Bookings in 2011 !

    Select-a-room.com has seen massive growth in hotel bookings wirldwide in the first 2 weeks of January 2011 - recording an increase of over 400% from the same period in 2010!

    Director Steven Penney says "the growth in bookings is down to the great prices secured by our large volumes and strong contracting, a user-friendly booking engine and a great team of experienced customer service staff who give personal atention to the needs of each and every client".

    Welcome to our world of discount hotels - worldwide!

    Select-a-room.com Customer Service Team

     


    New Feature - Hotel Descriptions in Over 50 Languages on Select-a-room.com

    We are pleased to advise that we have added a new tool on our Select-a-room.com hotel home-pages to translate descriptions into over 50 new languages - we hope it helps our customers to find the right hotel!


    Following The Ashes in Australia? Don't Miss New Zealand While Down under!

    If you are following the England cricket team to Australia on the forthcoming Ashes Tour and a southern summer of spectacular matches, don't miss out on a hop over to New Zealand - we have fabulous hotels in Auckland and Wellington, preparing for the Rugby World Cup - superb hotels with big savings!

    For hotels in Australia - we have 168 discount hotels in Sydney - from Sydney to Perth, click here: http://www.select-a-room.com/hotels/australia/canberra

    For hotels in New Zealand - 45 discount hotels in Auckland, hotels in North and South Islands, click here: http://www.select-a-room.com/hotels/new-zealand/wellington

    Welcome to Down Under with Select-a-room.com