On sale through August -- Europe!

July 28, 1996|By Barbara Shea | Barbara Shea,NEWSDAY

Florida and the Caribbean aren't the only places on sale during the summer. There's also Europe in August.

That's when residents of major cities head for the hills and beaches, leaving many hotels -- particularly top-end ones -- with rooms to spare. So they cut prices, guarantee rates in U.S. dollars and pile on the frills.

Here are some examples, good until Sept. 1 or beyond. Some prices could fluctuate with currencies and availability.

London's Westbury Hotel offers an even exchange rate -- one British pound equals $1 -- on all rooms. This represents a 34-percent savings per night for American travelers. Prices start at about $165 per couple daily. For information, call Forte Hotels at (800) 225-5843.

Sofitel guarantees Summer Sale rates of $119, $139 and $159 per couple at 51 European hotels -- representing savings of up to $155 a room. All include daily buffet breakfasts, service charges and government taxes (state and city taxes may apply at some).

One child under 12 often can share the parents' room free; one child 12 and over pays $50 daily (both get breakfast). Call (800) SOFITEL.

Jolly Hotels has extra savings at three properties in Brussels, Belgium, and in Paris. In Brussels, daily room rates are $119 per couple at the Jolly Hotel Atlanta and $140 at the Jolly Hotel du Grand Sablon; both include buffet breakfast, taxes, service and a gift.

The Hotel Lotti in Paris has a four-night package with breakfast, champagne, dinner for two and a half-day city tour for $477 per person, double. Call (800) 247-1277.

Hilton International is offering 30 percent off rates through its Summer World of Savings program. Couples can stay in Paris for $157 daily, Athens for $133 and Istanbul, Turkey, for $69 (two-night minimum, tax and service extra). At most hotels, weekend breakfasts are on the house, and children stay free in parents' room. Bookings must be made three days in advance. Call (800) HILTONS.

Inter-Continental Hotels and Resorts has discounts of up to 50 percent guaranteed in dollars on advance bookings at 57 deluxe and first-class properties in 42 European cities through its Summer Spectacular program. Rates at many hotels are lower than last year. For Inter-Continental's 50th anniversary, Summer Spectacular guests also receive one $50 certificate per room, good toward a stay of two nights or more from October through next March at any of 177 Inter-Continental, Forum and Forum Global Partner Hotels and Resorts worldwide. Call (800) 327-0200.

The 11 Radisson Edwardian Hotels' Simply London plan guarantees rates starting at $152 per couple daily, including full English breakfast, taxes and service for stays of two nights or more. Call (800) 333-3333.

Pub Date: 7/28/96

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