Rooms from $119 at Sofitel
Hotel Sofitel's annual "Summer Sale" offers guaranteed U.S. dollar rates at 51 hotels in 12 countries for occupancy between June 28 and September 1, 1996. Rates are $119, $139 or $159 per room, per night (single or double occupancy). Sale rates are available at Sofitel hotels in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, and Switzerland. Prices include breakfast, service charges and most taxes. Sofitel says some properties may have a limited number of rooms at these prices. Some hotels allow one child under age 12 to share the parent's room for free, with breakfast. Children over 12 pay $50, also including breakfast. These prices represent a substantial saving. The rack rate at the Sofitel Zürich, for example, is approximately $275. For reservations phone 800-763-4835.
Over 65 Discounts
Germany's InterCity Hotels, all of which are near major rail stations and can be booked in the U.S. through the Steigenberger Hotel group, offer a senior citizens rate of 95 DM ($63) single and 130 DM ($86) double inclusive of tax, service, breakfast, and a pass for the local transportation system. InterCity hotels are located in Augsburg, Erfurt, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Hamburg, Kassel, Kiel, Magedburg, Nürnberg, Rostock, Schwerin, Stuttgart, Weimar and Wuppertal. InterCity reservations: 800-223-5652.
Steigenberger Dollar Rates
The Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof in Frankfurt has completed renovation in time for its 120th year of operation. To celebrate, they are offering a rate, subject to availability, of 120 DM ($79) per person double occupancy (216 DM/$142 single). Single and double room guaranteed dollar rates at a sampling of other Steigenberger properties:
* Baden-Baden, Badhotel zum Hirsch - $79/129;
* Berlin, Sorat Hotel Spree-Bogen - $119/149;
* Cologne, Hotel Rheingold - $99/129;
* Frankfurt, Steigenberger Avance Airport - $129/179;
* Hamburg, Hotel Lindner Hamburg - $129/179;
* Heidelberg-Wiesloch, Hotel Palatin - $119/149;
* Nürnberg; Ramada Nürnberg Parkhotel - $99/139;
* Budapest, Thermal Hotel Helia - $109/129;
* Prague, Hotel Diplomat - $159/$179;
* Vienna, Parkhotel Schönbrunn - $119/159.
* Steigenberger reservations: 800-223-5652.
50% off on Hotels
The 1996 Entertainment Europe discount book offers 50% discounts at more than 750 hotels in 400 cities in 35 European countries. Cost per book is $40.00 Phone 800-445-4137 or write: Entertainment Travel Editions, 2125 Butterfield Road, Troy, Ml 48084.
New Czech Map
Michelin has a new map, Czech Republic/Slovak Republic. Within it are maps for both capitals (Prague and Bratislava). The legend is in several languages - English is one - and includes classified historic towns, outdoor museums, wooden churches in Slovak, plus symbols pointing out rest stops on highways, ski or spa stations, parks and camping. The scale is 1:600,000. Cost is $10