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    Question What are your favorite European timeshares?

    Trying to find timeshares in Europe can be a challenge, if you're unfamiliar with the brand, location, etc.

    I've looked at many different European timeshares in RCI, SFX, DAE, and II, and find that I'm only familiar with a handful of them. Sometimes one will look good, but then the reviews are awful. Or the reviews are good, but it's too far from the bigger cities that I want to visit. Of course, they are also sparse in the exchange companies, making it difficult to get, regardless of the circumstances.

    I've only stayed at one timeshare in Europe....Marriott's Marbella. It was lovely, and I'd recommend staying there to anyone who'd like to visit the Costa del Sol. I've stayed in hotels for my other trips to Europe.

    I'd love to put together a European trip using timeshares, but so far, it seems very difficult to do. I'd hate to have to book two hotel rooms, since I'm planning on taking my DD on our next trip.

    Any advise/recommendations on various timeshares throughout Europe?

    Thanks for any input!
    Angela

    If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

    BTW, I'm still keeping track of how many times you annoy me.

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    Have you checked with Royal Holiday's big owner?

    Jya-Ning

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jya-Ning View Post
    Have you checked with Royal Holiday's big owner?

    Jya-Ning
    I have no experience with Royal Holiday. Does look like they have quite a few european locations, tho. Maybe some that have stayed at any of their european locations can chime in.

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    Apartamentos Plaza Basílica
    Madrid,Spain
    Studio From 9,300 credits Midweek (4 nights)
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    Studio From 18,600 credits All week (7 nights)
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    Citadines Bastille Gare de Lyon
    Paris,France
    Studio From 12,836 credits Midweek (4 nights)
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    Studio From 25,673 credits All week (7 nights)
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    Mayfair Residence
    Rome,Italy
    Junior Suite From 11,876 credits Midweek (4 nights)
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    Palazzo al Velabro
    Rome,Italy
    Reserve 4 nights and just pay for 3* at Palazzo al Velabro
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    St. Marks London
    London,United Kingdom
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    Citadines Ramblas Barcelona
    Barcelona,Spain
    Studio From 18,996 credits Midweek (4 nights)
    Studio From 19,005 credits Weekend (3 nights)
    Studio From 38,001 credits All week (7 nights)
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    Napoleon
    Paris,France
    Studio From 25,500 credits Midweek (4 nights)
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    Studio From 45,000 credits All week (7 nights)
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    Marina Dorada
    Costa del Sol,Spain
    Ambassador From 12,000 credits All week (7 nights)
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    Marina del Sol
    Costa del Sol,Spain
    Studio From 7,500 credits All week (7 nights)
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    Best Western Hotel Hungaria
    Budapest,Hungary
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    Hotel Duo Praga
    Prague,Czech Republic
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    Guitart Grand Passage
    Barcelona,Spain
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    La Molina Resort & SPA
    Girona,Spain
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    Guitart Central Park Resort & SPA
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    Citadines Kurfürstendamm Berlin
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    Angela

    If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

    BTW, I'm still keeping track of how many times you annoy me.

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    Spence was big owner (not sure if he still own it or not), and has post for Rome and Madrid

    http://www.timeshareforums.com/forum...rhc-italy.html

    http://www.timeshareforums.com/forum...34-madrid.html

    http://www.timeshareforums.com/forum...2120-rome.html

    I believe Hoc also visit some of the locations. There are some of the big owners and they used to be in Tug, so you maybe able to check it, but I kind forget the name now. Some of these are close to hotel business, so they up keep better.

    Royal Holiday does not own any of these European location, they sign a contract and get few units here and there for it. But it at least can be get in a consist way. And given enough lead time, it usually is not issue unless they change contract.

    I have yet to visit any of its European location, so can not help too much, But it used to have contract with Affinia Dumont in New York, Powel House at San Fransico. Both places are decent. Some of its outside city location in USA (which they signed contract too) can not be said that, especially if you have some issue with smoking.

    Jya-Ning

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    Thanks Jya-Ning!

    I read through the threads, and they were very helpful. I think I've actually read them before, but these days, who can remember? Lol. Anyway, they were a good refresher.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jya-Ning View Post
    Spence was big owner (not sure if he still own it or not), and has post for Rome and Madrid

    http://www.timeshareforums.com/forum...rhc-italy.html

    http://www.timeshareforums.com/forum...34-madrid.html

    http://www.timeshareforums.com/forum...2120-rome.html

    I believe Hoc also visit some of the locations. There are some of the big owners and they used to be in Tug, so you maybe able to check it, but I kind forget the name now. Some of these are close to hotel business, so they up keep better.

    Royal Holiday does not own any of these European location, they sign a contract and get few units here and there for it. But it at least can be get in a consist way. And given enough lead time, it usually is not issue unless they change contract.

    I have yet to visit any of its European location, so can not help too much, But it used to have contract with Affinia Dumont in New York, Powel House at San Fransico. Both places are decent. Some of its outside city location in USA (which they signed contract too) can not be said that, especially if you have some issue with smoking.

    Jya-Ning
    Angela

    If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

    BTW, I'm still keeping track of how many times you annoy me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtsieAng View Post
    I have no experience with Royal Holiday. Does look like they have quite a few european locations, tho. Maybe some that have stayed at any of their european locations can chime in.


    Citadines Bastille Gare de Lyon
    Paris,France

    Mayfair Residence
    Rome,Italy
    I have stayed at the Bastille location and the units are quite nice, but the building is near a hospital and so there is occasionally ambulance noise at all hours. The room is small, but functional and the unit I was in only had a foldout type futon (but off of the floor). This is what RHC calls a studio unit. We did not get to see a 1 bedroom unit at this location.

    I think all of the Citadines properties are similar in nature and are very well kept, but the Paris location is the only one where we have stayed.

    The Mayfair Residence is in a good location, but I have not stayed there yet. We stayed at the Domus Romano (on Quattro Fontaine), which is no longer available through RHC.

    RHC does change the units and locations quite frequently, so it is always interesting to see what the next year of locations will bring. The point totals for reservations also always seems to be increased every time a property is changed.
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    Thanks for the info. Interesting that RHC frequently changes locations. I'll have to try and keep on top of that. Seems Citadines is a great source for Europe. They are sometimes available through II as getaways, but at a higher cost than RHC. Good to know that the Mayfair is in a good location. One thing that I've noticed is that many of the timeshares are pretty far away from the main tourist sights.

    Quote Originally Posted by JROBIN View Post
    I have stayed at the Bastille location and the units are quite nice, but the building is near a hospital and so there is occasionally ambulance noise at all hours. The room is small, but functional and the unit I was in only had a foldout type futon (but off of the floor). This is what RHC calls a studio unit. We did not get to see a 1 bedroom unit at this location.

    I think all of the Citadines properties are similar in nature and are very well kept, but the Paris location is the only one where we have stayed.

    The Mayfair Residence is in a good location, but I have not stayed there yet. We stayed at the Domus Romano (on Quattro Fontaine), which is no longer available through RHC.

    RHC does change the units and locations quite frequently, so it is always interesting to see what the next year of locations will bring. The point totals for reservations also always seems to be increased every time a property is changed.
    Angela

    If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

    BTW, I'm still keeping track of how many times you annoy me.

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    Great topic. I suspect many of us will appreciate this info.

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    Which cities? City-only?

    One that comes to mind we enjoyed, generally undervisited by North Americans from what I can tell, is RCI's Feriecentret Ragaleje Klit in Denmark #2056. It's on a beautiful beach, close enough to Copenhagen that you can take the train in a couple of times during yr stay to visit its major sites (or drive, but we didn't, tho we used a car for further travel that week), + see other beautiful parts of Denmark. You can even take a ferry to Sweden for a day (we planned to, but ran out of time). The 2-BR units all have beautiful views, not fancy but very clean and comfortable, almost endless daylight in summer.

    Another maybe: Ferienclub Grundlsee (Mondi) #2578, you can visit Salzburg from there, but again it's more of a rural than urban timeshare.

    There are others I loved, but not near urban areas, rather in spectacular rural areas such as UK's Lake District, France's Dordogne, etc.

    Just got back from Perle Veneziane (Venice) where we landed a 3-BR, and had space to spare w/4 people. Not fancy but no complaints, other than the # of rainy days! But we finally got to witness and experience "Acqua Alta" ...

    Edited to add: if you're wondering what acqua alta is, here's our youtube:

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