To summarise, a secret hotel is a hotel or resort, with available suites, that does not want to promote markdowns. In exchange for listing without stating their name, guests profit from around 50% off their room when they book via Hotwire and up to 35% when they book with Lastminute. Once you select your dates and location, you’ll be provided with the secret hotels with vacant guest rooms. You can then cross reference against each other by looking at their star rating, where they’re situated as highlighted on Google Maps and their list of features in the description. Another practical tool is the Tripadvisor rating provided next to each property on Lastminute and Hotwire.
So despite the fact that you don’t know the name of the hotel till you’ve booked it, the risk is minimised by the sheer amount of facts divulged about each one. For example, if you book a five star in the Upper East Side with an award winning spa, how risky can it be? Of course some secret hotels are less detailed, so for some people this is more of a gamble.
Booking agent description: This contemporary 3-star hotel is found in Munichs new business district, with excellent local transport links providing easy access to the city centre. Cleanly designed, rooms come with flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, en suite bathrooms and minibars. During your stay you can start the day with the hotels tasty breakfast buffet, before catching the bus or S-Bahn into town.
Location: Munich-East, Munich
Hotel rating: 3.5 out of 212 reviews
Hotel facilities: Free newspaper, Wi Fi, Free internet in the lobby, Gay Friendly
Room facilities: Cable television, En-Suite Bathroom, Free Internet access, Safe with notebook plug, Telephone, Television, High speed internet connection, Work Desk, Work desk with lamp, Hairdryer, Mini-bar, Safe, Heating, Iron (on request), Free safe box with laptop capacity
Accepted credit cards: American Express, EC, Eurocard, Maestro, Mastercard, Visa
Hotel policies: Children welcome, Small pets welcome (extra charge), Smoking permitted in designated guest rooms
Childrens amenities: Cot on request, Crib on request, Extra bed, High Chairs
Disabled amenities: Accessible Rooms
Business amenities: Internet, Conference Rooms, Fax, Flipchart, Meeting Rooms, Overhead projector, sound equipment