Most of Hong Kong's top hotel restaurants are fully booked for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, despite a slump earlier this month in traditionally lucrative festive bookings. Those who had waited until the last minute to celebrate the festive season will have a hard time finding a reservation for lunch or dinner. Hotels said the downturn had forced people to shop around for cheaper deals, holding back their bookings until last week. A Grand Hyatt spokeswoman said there had been a surge over the past three days. Today is almost fully booked, although there are still some places for lunch tomorrow in the Grand Ballroom or dinner in some restaurants. Island Shangri-La spokeswoman Kelly Sum said since the economic downturn and September 11 terrorist attacks in the US, there had been a slight decrease in business from Hong Kong residents, but Christmas bookings had picked up and demand was similar to previous years. Its Petrus restaurant was full but there was some seating in the Lobster Bar and Cyrano's. A spokesman for the Peninsula Hotel said functions for today and dinner tomorrow were sold out. There were only limited seats available for lunch tomorrow. The Marriott Hotel's Coffee Shop has no vacancies until the Saturday and the Lobby Lounge is also full. There is limited seating in the JW California and Man Ho restaurants. Marriott spokeswoman Therese Necio-Ortega said it had been forced to hold three Christmas dinner sittings in the cafe. 'People are looking for value this year. Things are not as showy or ostentatious, especially for companies and people who are more concerned about spending,' Ms Necio-Ortega said. 'They still want to have parties but are being more realistic - it's really the time to be cautious.'