Awesome Luxury Auction Deals That Go Cheap and a 4 Night Paris Hotel Stay Giveaway!

Luxury Travel Diary, a high-end travel blog with great reviews based in the UK, has a bunch of travel auctions — some about to close, others extend into October — and there look to be some real bargains. Many of these are great auctions, without enough bidders, so the items go for way less than they should.

They wanted to highlight some of these, and offered to help organize a giveaway of a 4 night hotel stay in Paris for readers of this blog. Details on how to comment on this post to win below.

Since Hyatt Gold Passport elite benefits generally are provided even on stays that do not earn elite credit, I love that there are auctions ending at Hyatt properties in Palm Springs, Goa, Shanghai, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Kuala Lumpur, Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Singapore and Jakarta.

Not to mention all the great non-chain properties. For instance, as of this writing 4 nights in the Maldives are going for less than US$650. 5 nights in the Cook Islands — ending in mere days — are going for under $200 (checked yesterday). 3 nights on Maui with auction ending Saturday is pricing at $130 as I type.

Check them out…

The giveaway:

Prize: 4 nights in Paris at Hotel Eugene en Ville in a superior room with private terrace including buffet breakfast. The winner can redeem subject to availability between November 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016 (excluding December 31, January 19-24, February 14).

Hotel Eugene

While I haven’t stayed there I certainly would, it appears that three quarters of guests rate the property as very good or excellent on TripAdvisor and it would mean getting away from the chains and indulging in a more boutique contemporary experience for the City of Light. (That said my next stay in Paris will be at a chain because.. points.)

To enter: leave a comment on this post with your favorite item up for auction at Luxury Travel Diary, or why you would choose to stay at Hotel Eugene en Ville over other hotels in Paris. You may enter two times if you wish and answer those two questions one time each in separate comments.

Contest deadline and drawing winner: Entries close Friday, October 30 at Noon eastern. I will draw winner with the assistance of

The fine print: For avoidance of doubt I have no affiliation with either Luxury Travel Diary or Hotel Eugene en Ville. I will put the winner in touch with the prize provier for booking. They are solely responsible for providing prize to winner. All decisions made in the course of running this giveaway are final and unappealable and your entry signifies your acceptance of these terms. The goal here is to make readers aware of a pretty cool auction opportunity, and to give away a stay in Paris. So please don’t make it hard on me for doing so!

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  1. i would like to stay in Hotel Eugene en Ville in Paris because i am marrying next and honeymoon in Paris the city of love sounds great

  2. My favourite auction is the Maledives because i have already booked a flight and still was looking for a hotel

  3. Paris is the most beautiful city in Europe, especially its architecture. The Hotel Eugene en Ville portrays the French style in a unique atmosphere.

  4. the private terrace alone is worth the stay at Hotel Eugene en Ville. How often do you get a chance for a private terrace in the heart of a beautiful city. It be amazing to check it out.

  5. The private patio is perfect for a relaxing vacation in Paris!

    I think the 3 nights at a luxury villa in Aix En Provence, France would be lovely, too. It’s such a charming town.

  6. My favorite is 5 nights at Niramaya Resort & Spa in Queensland, Australia. It looks awesome and would be such a gift to the soul.

  7. Definitely the 5 Night African Bush Sense Near Pretoria, South Africa, never been to the continent and would love to go on a safari! Crazy to think they have giraffes and lions roaming around over there, being from the western world.

  8. My favorite auction item is, 7 Nights at the Zoe Seaside Resort In Messinia, Greece. It sounds like a marvelous retreat. Giving the bargain price, I’m seriously considering bidding on it!

  9. The hotel in Paris looks fabulous. I haven’t been to Paris since my college years. Back then I had a Parisian boyfriend and visited often. But… that relationship didn’t end well. Now that years have passed and I’m married (to someone else), it would be great to revisit the City of Light from a different perspective and leave old baggage behind. Maybe I’ll have some bon chance and win the giveaway!

  10. I guess there’s something wrong with me that I found the 2 hour stay at Minute Suites to be exciting, but that’s what happens to those lowly enough to not have lounge access at airports. Since I fly AA, the DFW and Philly locations are a plus!

  11. My favorite item up for auction has to be the 7 nights stay in a French ski chalet. House looks gorgeous!

  12. I would like to stay at Hotel Eugene because I’ve never been to France and it looks luxurious! Great website by the way.

  13. I’d stay at Hotel Eugene en Ville because it looks stylish, has great reviews, and has a fabulous location.

  14. My favorite auction item at is the 5 nights at Boutique Hotel Adriatic in Rovinj, Croatia. I love Croatia — it’s a lovely country full of lovely people!

  15. My favorite auction item is the 7 nights for 8 people in Rhodes, Greece – that would be great for a family vacation!

  16. My favorite item up for auction at Luxury Travel Diary is Half Day Paris For You Highlights Walking Tour For 4

  17. Excellent resource for online travel shopping addicts! Palm Springs should get ready for me — Indian Wells resort seems just the ticket.

  18. Hotel Eugene would be a great change from the normal chain hotel experience. Especially in a great city like Paris

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