I've always tended to stay at hostels since they were so much cheaper than hotels. However, this time I thought I'd look into the cost of hotels in Malmo, Sweden and in Stockholm in case I could find a deal and BOY...did I!
I checked Expedia each and every day looking for deals and was surprised at my success. I got a 3 star hotel (that got great reviews) in Malmo for $280 CDN for 4 nights (includes an all you can eat breakfast). Best of all, I got 7 nights at the Hotel Berger Jarl in Stockholm for just over $500 CDN. That is actually cheaper than what I would have paid at the hostel for a twin room.
Libby, I'm glad you'll be staying in some nice places for a good price, particularly for Sweden!
I love finding deals like that. For example, in San Francisco just recently, I spent $38/night total for a nice hotel, but a hostel bed would have been $31. This was because I got some $50/night coupons from Expedia.
Another great deal was the Holiday Inn Ariel by Heathrow, which cost a total of 29 pounds via bidding on Priceline, and I was given an executive room. There is no hostel there, and I had this for one night before my morning flight.
On my September trip, I stayed at a hotel in central Derby that was probably a 2*, but quite acceptable, and the cost was 29 pounds per night including breakfast. There was no hostel nearby anyway. This was via RatesToGo.com .
That's just a few such deals, but it's definitely worth investigating this sort of thing. Of course it's even easier to find equivalent or cheaper prices to a hostel if there are two people traveling and staying in the same room, and I haven't even got into discussing those deals. (Well, I'll mention just one, which was getting a room with two double beds at the 5* Intercontinental in Bucharest for $50/USD per night through a special Intercontinental promotion.)
Will, how does one get a couplon from Expedia? I've seen where you can enter the informaiton but I didn't know how to get one.
The hotel I'll be staying at in Malmo is the Scandic St. Jorgen and TripAdvisor gives it good reviews. They also liked the Hotel Birger Jarl (that one is in the top 20 for Stockholm). The usual price is way out of my range but I actually got around $65 a night + tax (their taxes make Canada seem cheap!).
Originally I used Booking.com to find a pretty good price for a room in Stockholm at the Scandic Anglais. It was one of their cabin rooms (very tiny, no windows) but was about the only thing in my price range in that city. But I kept checking and checking Expedia and I hit the deal on Thursday.
Eagle: I fly out the 26th of March to Copenhagen (but staying across the water in Malmo) and then heading to Stockholm for a week and then Paris for a week.