On January 30, 2011, I booked a 4-night stay at the Beaubourg for July, six months in advance. To my surprise, I discovered that a "hold" for what appears to be the entire stay, $735.98, was placed on my VISA card the same day. While it's reasonable for a hotel to place a one-night "hold" on a guest's credit card to guarantee payment, I think doing this nearly six months in advance is out of line. Furthermore, the hotel insists they only charged me 135 euros. Regardless, the amount of the pending charge or "hold" for Hotel Beaubourg appears on my statement as $735. I made the reservation through Booking.com. Complaining to them did no good. Booking.com insisted that I send them a copy of my bank statement (!) to prove that the "hold" is truly for $735 rather than 135 euros. Yesterday, I emailed a copy of the transaction as it appears on my online VISA statement, and the response from Booking.com was that they didn't get what they asked for (the statement), so they couldn't help me. I canceled this reservation on February 2, so I hope this pending charge drops off after the close of the current VISA billing cycle. In the meantime, however, $735 in credit is not available to me, and my VISA balance looks substantially higher than it really is. The hotel gets very good reviews, and Booking.com has worked well for me in the past, so I hope this poor experience is an exception. I suggest watching very closely how much the hotel "holds", and for how long in advance, as it will affect your credit card balance and available credit until you actually check in if you reserve several months in advance, as I did.