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This was the last stop on our Honeymoon trip and it was wonderful. The room was lovely and the view was incredible! We enjoyed sitting...
- Eric and Marissa
An Absolute beautiful few days here at Birds of a Feather! Thank you for the accomodations and hospitality. We've enjoy Victoria and...
- Colleen, Carol and Sharon
"A very pleasant stay for our 25th anniversary! Good food, lovely room & excellant service! Thanks so much."     
- Brad & Donna
We had a wonderful time visiting you lovely city of Victoria. Thank you for your hospitality and delicious breakfasts! Hatley Castle...
- Tommy and Terri
Only here for 1 night, but bed was great! and breakfast was fabulous. Enjoyed the lighthouse even in the rain. Drove out to Sooke and...
- John and Martie
This is a wonderful place to stay. We hiked in Goldstream Park and the Coast Trail in East Sooke. Also enjoyed the water ferry ballet...
- Priscilla & Lee Perry
What a pleasure to genuinely feel like a welcomed guest! Many thanks for the tasty food (ice cream waffles rock!! ) the insider's...
- Maggie Meier & Rick Piwowarczy
Wonderful room and facilities in a gorgeous location. Everything has been thought of. Fantastic breakfast and thank you for the menu...
- Mike & Weddy
We came to Victoria for our anniversary. The B&B was our last stop. We had a great time in Victoria. The B&B is a great...
- Carol
Thanks very much for having us for the great breaky. Very much enjoyed our week with you. With our youngest daughter now on the island...
- Jackie and Peter

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Book Direct Hotel versus OTA Hotel Bookings

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Book Direct vs. OTA Bookings FAQ

  1. Are Direct Booking prices cheaper than booking through an OTA?

    Here at Birds of a Feather our direct booking prices are up to 20% cheaper than Booking directly with us because we're not paying up to 20% commission for your reservation through the OTA.

    Travelers used to book hotels through these sites because their prices seemed to be so much cheaper. But now, you can get the same deal, and often a better one, booking directly with a hotel, especially a small independant hotel. Plus, you also get better customer service if you book directly through the hotel.

    Use the rate check "RATE CHECK" tool on our Direct Booking "Book Now" link to compare Direct Booking versus OTA pricing to compare for yourself.
     

  2. What are OTAs?

    Online Travel Agencies such as Expedia and its host of companies such as Hotels.com, Booking.com, and Agoda. pass themselves off as Hotel "partners"
     

  3. Besides cheaper price and better customer service what are other diiferences?

    Cancelation policies vary. Book Direct with us and receive a 30 day cancelation window for stays beyond 1 day. All of our OTA reservations are prepaid non-refundable.

    Deal directly with a human at the hotel. Small hotels that are not part of a chain do not use an offshore call center.
     

  4. Is Airbnb an OTA?

    No and they only charge the hotel between 3% and 5% commission.

    No breakfast with AirBnB yet similar pricing to Direct Bookings which do include a full course hot breakfast.

    Guest pays AirBnB service fee of between 5% - 15%. The cheaper the total reservation the higher the service fee.
     

  5. I found a hotel on an OTA. How do I book direct?

    Google the hotel / B&B name and check out their web site, or calk or email them direct. Ask what their Direct Booking price is. Occassionally staff will not offer you a better Direct Booking price in which case they deserve to pay the some 20% OTA commission for not passing on the Direct Booking saving to you.

 

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