Rome - Hundreds of holidaymakers struck lucky when they chanced upon a very special offer - a mistake in a hotel booking system which offered a romantic four-star weekend in Italy's lagoon city of Venice for 1 cent.
The offer, a tiny fraction of the Crowne Plaza Quarto D'Altino's normal rate of up to €150 a night, was quickly withdrawn when staff realised the mistake, Italian state TV reported.
In just a few hours, some 1 400 nights had been booked under the tariff, costing an estimated €90 000 for the hotel, part of the Intercontinental Hotels Group, the world's largest chain, media reported.
Staff at the hotel, some 25km outside Venice, declined to comment. A spokesperson for Intercontinental Hotels Group was not immediately available.