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Hotel after Tour

Want to stay in hotel in Vienna (Hotel Mailberger Hof) for one additional night after tour is over in June, 2020. Hotel website shows no availability for date requested. Have emailed hotel and no response in 2 weeks.

How far in advance can you book hotels in Europe? I hate to wait and not get a room.

Posted by
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You may be too early. Many hotels don't start booking till six or fewer months before the dates. Without knowing anything about your tour hotel, I think it's unrealistic to suppose that it's fully booked for next June. I suggest you check the hotel website periodically in the months ahead. You may also want to book a room now in another hotel, at a rate that lets you cancel without penalty, as insurance. This may be easier with a hotel in a big chain like Accor.

An e-mail to the RS tour department might help you find out why you haven't heard back from the hotel. In my limited experience, tour hotels try to accommodate guests who arrive earlier or stay later.

Posted by
1548 posts

I would call the hotel directly and ask. I wouldn’t want to wait until the last minute.

Which tour?

Posted by
239 posts

Hotel booking practices in Europe vary region by region, as well as the brand or affiliation of that particular hotel. As an example, we're likewise waiting on a Vienna hotel to open up their schedule following a Sep 2020 GAS Tour, to take a few extra days in that city before flying home. It looks like October (this year) is when those dates will become available. Conversely, we're leading into that tour with a few days in Bruges, and that B&B opened up their entire 2020 schedule this past February, allowing us to secure the nights we wanted far in advance.

As you're now ten months away from (Mailberger Hof) arrival date, would imagine they have those dates known -- whether they still have availability or not. Call the hotel directly, as opposed to waiting for email response, if staying at the same hotel is important to you. Otherwise there are other Wien hotels where you could arrange those extra nights (now) albeit requiring a move between the two facilities. We've done that in Paris (when tour hotel wasn't available), and it's not really that big of a deal to relocate. In fact, it gave us an excuse to get to know an entirely different neighborhood of boulevards, parks and shops. Good travels!