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2018 EU XI FEST HOTELS AND TIME

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so we have given this long enough and Edinburgh has the most votes and Brussels second . my concern with Edinburgh is cost of hotels , they are coming out  2 - 3 times more expensive than Brussels.

The travelling costs for most people would be the same for both destinations. Brussels would work out cheapest option. but overall costs would be higher for  Edinburgh . 

  i have set dates for June in this comparison

 Edinburgh  https://www.google.co.uk/search?client=firefox-b&dcr=0&q=hotels+edinburgh&npsic=0&rflfq=1&rlha=1&rlla=0&rlhsc=CiAI5sTi-K7mwb5VCOSJhoSrxNDE8wEImcDN-MmAjdWLAQ&rllag=55951691,-3190130,289&tbm=lcl&ved=0ahUKEwjMj7TC54bZAhVfGsAKHa4tDjYQtgMIQw&hotel_dates=2018-02-04,2018-02-05&tbs=lf_hd:-1,lf_ho:2,lrf:!1m4!1u13!2m2!13m1!1b1!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e6!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e4!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e5!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e9!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e8!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e10!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e2!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e1!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e3!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e7!2m1!1e13!2m7!1e17!4m2!17m1!1e3!4m2!17m1!1e8!2m1!1e2!2m1!1e19!2m1!1e4!2m31!1e10!4m2!11m1!1e6!4m2!11m1!1e4!4m2!11m1!1e5!4m2!11m1!1e9!4m2!11m1!1e8!4m2!11m1!1e10!4m2!11m1!1e2!4m2!11m1!1e1!4m2!11m1!1e3!4m2!11m1!1e7!2m21!1e7!4m4!7m3!1m1!1u150!3sGBP!4m4!7m3!1m1!1u200!3sGBP!4m4!7m3!1m1!1u250!3sGBP!4m4!7m3!1m1!1u300!3sGBP!3sIAE,lf:1,lf_ui:6&rldoc=1#rlfi=hd:2018-06-14,2018-06-17;si:;mv:!1m3!1d8971.059293066104!2d-3.1992785925903036!3d55.948711348238774!3m2!1i1483!2i771!4f13.1

 

Brussels

https://www.google.co.uk/search?client=firefox-b&dcr=0&q=hotels+brussels&npsic=0&rflfq=1&rlha=1&rlla=0&rlhsc=CiAIkvS9-Pngn6cxCMP2u4Lx27HPswEIqN7YxPPV4frmAQ&rllag=50846529,4346438,829&tbm=lcl&ved=0ahUKEwjp_t7054bZAhVBKsAKHZ1JBfgQtgMISQ&hotel_dates=2018-06-14,2018-06-17&tbs=lf_hd:-1,lf_ho:2,lrf:!1m4!1u13!2m2!13m1!1b1!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e6!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e4!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e5!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e9!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e10!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e2!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e1!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e3!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e7!2m1!1e13!2m7!1e17!4m2!17m1!1e3!4m2!17m1!1e8!2m1!1e2!2m1!1e19!2m1!1e4!2m28!1e10!4m2!11m1!1e6!4m2!11m1!1e4!4m2!11m1!1e5!4m2!11m1!1e9!4m2!11m1!1e10!4m2!11m1!1e2!4m2!11m1!1e1!4m2!11m1!1e3!4m2!11m1!1e7!2m21!1e7!4m4!7m3!1m1!1u75!3sGBP!4m4!7m3!1m1!1u100!3sGBP!4m4!7m3!1m1!1u125!3sGBP!4m4!7m3!1m1!1u175!3sGBP!3sIAE,lf:1,lf_ui:6&rldoc=1#rlfi=hd:2018-06-14,2018-06-17;si:14790827083273466722;mv:!1m3!1d10117.014385758013!2d4.35784313488773!3d50.842051830469984!3m2!1i1500!2i771!4f13.1

 

i have phoned round a couple of hotels and there is not much availability in Edinburgh at the lower priced hotels in June ( and i don't mean cheap 1 or  2 star ) .

if we can come up with a date and hotel choices for both locations we  decide from there .

Edited by EDD THE DUCK

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I've taken a look around Brussels hotels first, since it's closer.

I will list the affordable yet not crappy hotels I could find. I have included a few hotels I don't think are the best fit but could be a good backup for late bookers (or the seriously budgetarily handicapped). I'm assuming shacking up two to a room (each their own bed, though!) for pricing and breakfast included because it's cheap almost everywhere and Belgians tend to have a rather French/Italian attitude to people fucking up food (i.e. violence), so even the hotel breakfast buffet should be fine.

For your convenience, I have whipped my magic wand out, and pulled this handy map of Brussles city centre out of my arse which shows the five hotels I've listed -  so you can see where they all are, and where the public transport options are.
r5Vrwnj.png

 

1. The insanely named http://www.husapresidentpark.com/rooms-en.html Husa president park hotel is the furthest outside the city center in this list (so far, I'm typing this while digging up hotels) but it looks pretty decent, got a big lounge/bar area we can all wait for anyone who happens to have a heart attack, it's 5 minutes walk from the North station from where a train ride into the city center is also 5 minutes, or we can walk the whole stretch in about 20 minutes. The kicker is, it's got the total budget price, but includes things like, rooms you might like and breakfast included.
2 adults in a twin room, 70€ p night (35€ per idiot per night)

2. Be Manos, this is more in the city centre. It looks a bit modern, and apparently has a decent lounge/bar where we can all wait forthe guy having the heart attack.
120 pnight for 2ppl room, breakfast included. (60€ p night per idiot)
https://www.hotelspecials.be/hotels/be_manos.html?arrival_date=2018-06-15&nights=2&units=1&adults=2&children=0

3. There's a hotel for the blind in the city center which is reasonably priced and has rooms for three people, two or one. Why is it a hotel for the blind you ask? Well, http://www.hotel-mozart.be/  you go on to that website, and tell me honestly if you think whomever devised that colour scheme has functioning eyeballs. It does have a lounge/lobby arrangement and at least one bar I can see, but if we have to wait for someone to finish having their heart attack in there we're all going to be blind I fear.
2ppl room: 80 pnight w/ breakfast (40 per idiot)
3ppl room: 115 pnight w/ breakfast (just under 40 per idiot)

4. Bit less affordable, but you needn't wear sunglasses indoors:: https://www.hotelspecials.be/hotels/leopold_hotel_brussels_eu/fotos.html?arrival_date=2018-06-15&nights=2&units=1&adults=2#tabs was obviously made by someone who does have working eyeballs, but is also an accountant, judging by the amount of beige. (official website https://www.hotel-leopold.be is a symphony in the colour of OAP cybernetics)
The Economy rooms they offer are a bit misnamed because they're single person rooms which become around 80€ per night.
The Twin rooms are looking around 100€ p night, so that's 50€ per idiot per night. According to the booking sites this includes breakfast.
NOTE: Double rooms are cheaper then Twin rooms, but they require you really really like the person you're sharing with, because there will be touching under the blankets.
Also: no heart attacks in this one, it looks too boring for that sort of thing.

5. Cheap, no breakfast, no service, and I think I'm right in saying, no bar.
https://www.hotelspecials.be/hotels/easyhotel_brussels_city_center.html?arrival_date=2018-06-15&nights=2&units=1&adults=2
That would be the easyHotel(s) in Brussels. If you want to attend and have no money, and can be arsed to go out to acquire breakfast yourself, the rooms look clean and functional, and at €60 p night for 2 adults in their own beds, (30€ pnight per idiot) it's the budget-conscious idiot's... well not dream, really, but it's within reach of your budget, whoever you are.

This last one is deffo not where I see most of us staying if there are other options, but it's the only genuinely cheap hotel in Brussels I've found where the reviews don't include words like "cleanliness issue" or "odd smell", or there's mention of being "only 30 minutes from Brussels" which, in the tiny country of Belgium, means the hotel might be in France or Holland.
 

That was boring, someone else do Edinburgh please.

Edited by DuckyofDeath123

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Oh yeah, don't go to that hotel Mozart website with your sound turned on. The person guilty of the interior design has apparently done the website as well.

 

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Yea I think we need some requirements around the hotel too.

It def needs to have a bar either in it or next door type thing. Every year a lot of us spend a decent amount of time hanging at it. And not even in a get shit face drunk type situation, it just becomes the nice spot we wind down at the end of a night with a few more drinks and socializing or while waiting for some to get ready for whatever we're doing that day.

Breakfast I think is an iffy one. So far every year I've seen some people do the hotel one and others go wonder to local places. I don't think it would be bad to have breakfast as an option but doesn't necessarily have to be included IF some decent places are walkable nearby unless the hotel one is really good somehow and not over priced.

 

Just my 2 cents. We also should start looking at some events or things we think we'd do too because that can help decide which hotels location wise within the city and if a few bucks more for one over another is worth it.

 

From my looking though I am in agreement with Edd. The one place did win by votes a little but cost does always impact who goes and how many folks can show. I think had it been a 50% difference in votes it would be one thing but we are talking under 10% which when you consider how many realistically go will prob be 1 or 2 people difference. The money we save can be used for bail money or hospital money for idiots that like to jump off buildings... Not gonna say any names lol...

 

Now just hurry up on the damn dates!! lol

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26 minutes ago, EDD THE DUCK said:

what time of year are we going  ?

October is a good deal cheaper than summer time If we find some indoors activities (just in case) it can work.
But, the reason it's cheaper is because all the fun stuff is shut. In Berlin we had the option of several outdoor drinking evenings, live music, walks etc. If it's pissing with rain, all that sort of fun goes away. Considering how cheap the hotels in Brussels are, I don't think the budget would be too hard there to do it in summer.

Summer likely will be more fun. If we can get a good group together in June or early September we will have better chances of having stuff to do. But I'd rather have a larger group and risk rain than have sun but be missing some key idiots.

 

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Hi, 

if you choose august then I would like to propose to you to visit the Edinburgh Tatoo starting from 03.08 - 17.08.2018. It is a big amazing event. For those who like pipe and drums it is a must.

Just to give you an idea what you can expect:

 

Here you get the ticktes

The Royal Edinburgh Military TATTOO 2017 (Full)  90min. To get the best overview

also do not miss The Highland Games here the calender for 2018

I got my kilt prepared for this watch photo :)

 

 

So and now hae a guid journey and remember ane leid is nivver eneuch ;)

 

Cya on server.

 

   

 

highland_games_ aberdeen.jpg

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If we are going to Brussels I suggest the Novotel Brussels Centre. I have stayed there many times and it is a good place. It has a lobby, a bar, and is very - very close to all of the bars, restaurants, etc. There is a grocery store close by and the church behind the hotel sells its own beer. I would call the price moderate. There are cheaper, but this has a great location and we can walk the best part of the city. Here is a link. I threw in the first weekend of August for an estimate of price. https://www.priceline.com/stay/search/details/376703/20180803/20180805/1?returnUrl=%2Fstay%2Fsearch%2Fhotels%2F3000035828%2F20180803%2F20180805%2F1%2F%3FsearchType%3DCITY%26page%3D1%26hotelName%3Dnovotel&qdp=119.67&qdpcurr=USD&gid=2273&pclnId=6B21EA0E00A8985CACEEF2355E20C6E0C57B6738AFF0A9A2D585173B6F71408E4B1ECF605A84F232EA2F7E8872FF9EC93B4C677F7B402D4836F233F897EFE1AC

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i can do an easy check for brussels if u guys want.

Its only a 1h30 min drive away from me. and there might be some nice stuff at the dates we are going for the exhibition hall, there's mini europa, a big swimming center, movie theater, great restaurants, atomium some great musea aswell to visit.

Idk for the more adventure stuff but  i can take a look aswell if needed.

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On 2/3/2018 at 3:04 PM, DuckyofDeath123 said:

I've taken a look around Brussels hotels first, since it's closer.

I will list the affordable yet not crappy hotels I could find. I have included a few hotels I don't think are the best fit but could be a good backup for late bookers (or the seriously budgetarily handicapped). I'm assuming shacking up two to a room (each their own bed, though!) for pricing and breakfast included because it's cheap almost everywhere and Belgians tend to have a rather French/Italian attitude to people fucking up food (i.e. violence), so even the hotel breakfast buffet should be fine.

For your convenience, I have whipped my magic wand out, and pulled this handy map of Brussles city centre out of my arse which shows the five hotels I've listed -  so you can see where they all are, and where the public transport options are.
r5Vrwnj.png

 

1. The insanely named http://www.husapresidentpark.com/rooms-en.html Husa president park hotel is the furthest outside the city center in this list (so far, I'm typing this while digging up hotels) but it looks pretty decent, got a big lounge/bar area we can all wait for anyone who happens to have a heart attack, it's 5 minutes walk from the North station from where a train ride into the city center is also 5 minutes, or we can walk the whole stretch in about 20 minutes. The kicker is, it's got the total budget price, but includes things like, rooms you might like and breakfast included.
2 adults in a twin room, 70€ p night (35€ per idiot per night)

2. Be Manos, this is more in the city centre. It looks a bit modern, and apparently has a decent lounge/bar where we can all wait forthe guy having the heart attack.
120 pnight for 2ppl room, breakfast included. (60€ p night per idiot)
https://www.hotelspecials.be/hotels/be_manos.html?arrival_date=2018-06-15&nights=2&units=1&adults=2&children=0

3. There's a hotel for the blind in the city center which is reasonably priced and has rooms for three people, two or one. Why is it a hotel for the blind you ask? Well, http://www.hotel-mozart.be/  you go on to that website, and tell me honestly if you think whomever devised that colour scheme has functioning eyeballs. It does have a lounge/lobby arrangement and at least one bar I can see, but if we have to wait for someone to finish having their heart attack in there we're all going to be blind I fear.
2ppl room: 80 pnight w/ breakfast (40 per idiot)
3ppl room: 115 pnight w/ breakfast (just under 40 per idiot)

4. Bit less affordable, but you needn't wear sunglasses indoors:: https://www.hotelspecials.be/hotels/leopold_hotel_brussels_eu/fotos.html?arrival_date=2018-06-15&nights=2&units=1&adults=2#tabs was obviously made by someone who does have working eyeballs, but is also an accountant, judging by the amount of beige. (official website https://www.hotel-leopold.be is a symphony in the colour of OAP cybernetics)
The Economy rooms they offer are a bit misnamed because they're single person rooms which become around 80€ per night.
The Twin rooms are looking around 100€ p night, so that's 50€ per idiot per night. According to the booking sites this includes breakfast.
NOTE: Double rooms are cheaper then Twin rooms, but they require you really really like the person you're sharing with, because there will be touching under the blankets.
Also: no heart attacks in this one, it looks too boring for that sort of thing.

5. Cheap, no breakfast, no service, and I think I'm right in saying, no bar.
https://www.hotelspecials.be/hotels/easyhotel_brussels_city_center.html?arrival_date=2018-06-15&nights=2&units=1&adults=2
That would be the easyHotel(s) in Brussels. If you want to attend and have no money, and can be arsed to go out to acquire breakfast yourself, the rooms look clean and functional, and at €60 p night for 2 adults in their own beds, (30€ pnight per idiot) it's the budget-conscious idiot's... well not dream, really, but it's within reach of your budget, whoever you are.

This last one is deffo not where I see most of us staying if there are other options, but it's the only genuinely cheap hotel in Brussels I've found where the reviews don't include words like "cleanliness issue" or "odd smell", or there's mention of being "only 30 minutes from Brussels" which, in the tiny country of Belgium, means the hotel might be in France or Holland.
 

That was boring, someone else do Edinburgh please.

 

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