How far ahead to reserve lodging in Switzerland?

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JackDuggan
JackDuggan
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Sep 12, 2018 - 11:42 PM

I am planning to travel to Switzerland for about two weeks in July next year. As I was looking at lodging options, booking.com, Airbnb etc. I was surprised to see that there are places that are already booked for the time I will be there. I already made plane reservations as I found a deal I didn't think I'd beat between now and next summer, so I know my dates and I could probably plan the whole trip out now. Do most people make lodging reservations nine or ten months out from a summer trip to Switzerland? For my last few trips I started planning and reserving in January or February.

Lucas
Lucas
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Sep 13, 2018 - 7:19 AM in reply to JackDuggan

Hi JackDuggan and welcome to MySwissAlps!

Some people return to the same hotel or lodge year after year and book their room for next year at time of check out this year. I would be surprised that any hotel is totally sold out for July already.

Do note, that hotels only release a set number of rooms to each booking aggregator so if booking. com has no rooms, other companies may still have rooms available. Hotelscombined.com for example.

If your flights are booked and your dates are set then I'd go ahead and feel free to book rooms now (especially if you aren't booking non-refundable rooms).

I'm sure you'll find rooms available in January though if you want to wait.

Arno
Arno
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Sep 13, 2018 - 8:46 AM

Hi Jack,

In case you didn't already, you can browse our manually selected hotels here: www.myswissalps.com/ho tels.

jatinsmehta
jatinsmehta
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Sep 14, 2018 - 6:24 AM

Hi Jack,

I am going in August 2019 & I have already booked all my rooms. Direct booking is bit less as compared to any hotels booking portal.

andrew
andrew
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Sep 15, 2018 - 12:17 PM

I second jatinsmehta. It's always worth contacting hotels direct as they can usually match and often beat the prices of the agencies. I also have a theory, born out in practice, that direct bookers are treated better by the hotels: better rooms; better seats in the restaurant; better service from reception.

Swiss hotels also have quite late cancellation deadlines without penalty. Sometimes they'll take a card number as deposit but sometimes not even that. Direct bookers are trusted too.

Andrew

JackDuggan
JackDuggan
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Sep 17, 2018 - 6:19 PM

Thank you very much for the replies and advice. I, too, try to book directly; often after finding dates and prices from consolidator web sites.

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