#BookDirect with KeyStay Brighton!

Book directOwners & property managers across the globe are using the HASHTAG #bookdirect to help educate guests on the advantages of booking directly with owners and property managers to obtain the best price for bookings. 

There are many advantages in bypassing third-party channels to book directly with management companies and homeowners.

Both management companies and owners strive every single day to provide amazing experiences for guests. OTAs ( Online Travel Agencies )  like AirBnb Homeaway TripAdvisor etc and third party sites have made recent changes to their business models that are detrimental to BOTH  guests and vacation rental providers (including managers, owners, and hosts).

Did you know that Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and TripAdvisor add hundreds of dollars & pounds worth of fees to your booking total?

The best price isn’t on the OTAs: 

Unlike hotels, OTAs and aggregators (like Airbnb, Expedia, Booking.com, VRBO.com, HomeAway, TripAdvisor, and FlipKey) don’t have the best price for travelers. In fact, you can save hundreds by booking direct and booking local. 

How you may ask ? How can you #BookDirect?

You can usually find clues in the property listings on the online travel agency ( OTA) sites eg the Property name or the Property management name in the owner / manager details  visible on the listing.

It is always worth a Google search on the property name or right click the image to search Google by image you will see all the sites that use the image and find your way to the direct source of the property listing.  Just compare prices! You will be glad you did you can save £100’s !! and Dollars and Euro’s! 

Try local or regional listing sites Lots of owners have their own web pages or advertise on small local agency websites such as KeyStay who work very hard o answer guest queries on owners behalf.

You can search by area or name. Also, check for a local or regional “groups’ . You will find many owners on these groups and you can post what you are looking for or ask for recommendations.

Use StaySavr.com to unveil owner contact info on Homeaway. You can either use their new look up tool at http://www.staysavr.com/look/ or install the browser extension called “staysavr” on your desktop browser. It is available from http://www.staysavr.com . Once installed, you can visit Homeaway. Owners Direct & Travel Mob A reported 70% of the listings will now show the owner’s phone or email address and you can contact them directly!  Either option is a great way to save big $.

Use the major listing sites to search for properties you like.

Make note of the “name” the owner has given the property….like Parkers Pad or Upper North Street. Then go to Google and search for that name, chances are the owner has a website or a local agency that will allow you to book direct.

If you are using Google’s Chrome browser, simply right click on the main photo of the house and select “Search Google for image” to find that image on the web. There is a good chance the owner uses the same images on his own site.

When you book direct, you have direct contact with the manager or owner: When booking a vacation rental, peace of mind is important. Want to know if there is a stairgate, a garden, a grocery store close by, more in depth parking information? When you book direct, you can find out answers to many of these  questions and before you commit to booking.

Managers and owners have intimate knowledge about the local destination: They can direct you the best rental for your needs and send you to the best activities, restaurants, and area service providers.

If you have SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS, a manager or homeowner can help: Looking for help with your family’s special requests or help with pets? A manager or owner can work with you directly to help with any of your individual needs and give you these assurances before you commit to a booking.

During non-peak travel times, managers and owners have SPECIAL OFFERS available: From events and activities to special rates to onsite services, with direct communication with managers and owners, you get insider knowledge and the best LAST MINUTE DEALS & offers.

So remember to use the hashtag #BookDirect #Brighton @key_stay on Twitter to find your way to us !

Good Luck!

Love & best wishes from Jane of KeyStay Brighton !!

Happy searching

Things to do in Brighton in December

December 6th



Contact Details

Brighton Centre
Kings Road
East Sussex

Tel: +44 (0)844 847 1515

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If you need somewhere to stay in Brighton for a few nights mid week or a weekend, don’t forget to take a look at our Brighton accommodation via this link:  here

You can search by check in date to check out date.


Brighton Centre , Brighton and Hove

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Ticket Tariff
Admission £45.00 per ticket
Admission £35.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

Open All Year

* 6:30pm doors


Contact Details

Theatre Royal
New Road
East Sussex

Tel: +44 (0)844 8717650


One of the most popular films of all time comes to the stage in this dazzling new production of Miracle on 34th Street the Musical.

Kris Kringle takes on the non believers in all singing , all dancing, all snowing adaptation of this festival favourite. A white bearded gentleman claiming to be the real Santa claus brings about a genuine miracle on 34th Street, spreading joy throughout New York city.


Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton and Hove

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Ticket Tariff
Minimum of 1 Adult, 4 Tickets £60.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

01/12/2014 – 03/12/2014

* Opening times: Evening performances at 7.30pm with matinees at 1pm on Tuesday & Wednesday


Contact Details

Royal Pavilion
4/5 Pavilion Buildings
East Sussex

Tel: +44 (0)844 8472352

Click here to visit website


The South East’s most beautiful winter ice rink will open for its fifth year on November 8th to January 18 on the Royal Pavilion’s Eastern lawns in Brighton.

With the former Royal pleasure palace as backdrop, huge rink-side bar and restaurant and 40m terrace, the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink is beautifully lit at night and is a great choice for those wanting to skate in a beautiful setting and sit down to eat rinkside apres ice.

The 800 square metre rink has space for 250 skaters per session, with a beginners’ area, penguin skate aids and skate sizes from ‘just walking’ to adult. There’s no charge for spectating for those who prefer to sit and soak up the atmosphere in the stunning rinkside Bar & Kitchen, offering mouth-watering patisserie and festive toffee apples for a Christmas treat, a quick drink after work with the best view in the City or a full three-course meal with family and friends.

Ice skating tickets cost from £10 for adults (aged 12 and over) and £7 for juniors (children under 12) and the one-hour skate times run from 10am to 10.15pm daily. Club Rinkidinks (10am – 11am daily) offers children under 5 the chance to skate for free when accompanied onto the ice by an adult paying full price. There are also season tickets for those who want to learn to skate (check website for details) and great concessions for students. Box office is open from 9.30am to 9.45pm, but it is advisable to book tickets in advance.

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Contact Details

Various Venues
East Sussex


Christmas Artists Open Houses offers a chance for artists and makers to open their houses and studios, providing art lovers the opportunity to browse and buy original artwork direct from the artist. The Artists Open Houses festival is free for visitors and open to everyone.
Visitors can expect to see a wide range of art including jewellery, ceramics and textiles, paintings, sculpture, printmaking, photography and many other media whilst also having the opportunity to chat directly with the artists.

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