How is the usage of the Euro in Eastern European countries where the Euro is not the official currency? (I'm particularly interested in Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary). For example:
Is the Euro accepted for purchases?
If a potential purchase (hotel, meals, etc) is quoted in both Euro and the local currency, would I save significantly more by paying with local currencies? (and how much more?)
The best way to get the local currency is probably ATM withdraw. However, if I already have a large quantity of Euros in cash, should I convert it to the local currency?
I've been in similar situations in Turkey where the Euro is widely accepted and goods/services would be quoted in both Euros and Turkish lira. I always used Liras but it was for a longer trip so I made a point of withdrawing from the ATM. This time, I'm in the Czech Republic and Hungary for only a few days and I'm wondering if it would be worth it to use the local currencies vs just paying with Euros directly.