In summary, a secret hotel is an establishment, with vacancies, that does not wish to publicise markdowns. In exchange for listing without stating their name, customers gain from as much as 50% off their room when they book through Hotwire and as much as 35% when they book through Lastminute. As soon as you select your dates and city, you’ll be offered the secret hotels with available guest rooms. You can then cross reference against each other by noting their star rating, their location as highlighted on Google Maps and their list of features in the description. Another useful device is the Tripadvisor rating displayed next to every property on Lastminute and Hotwire.
So whilst you can’t see the name of the property until you’ve booked it, the risk is decreased by the sheer number of facts provided about every one. For example, if you book a 5 star in the Upper East Side with an award winning bar, how wrong can you go? Of course some listings are less detailed, so for some this is more of a gamble.
Booking agent description: This contemporary 4-star hotel is conveniently near Munichs central station and Theresienwiese - the home of Oktoberfest. The on-site spa is a great place to unwind, with a sauna, indoor heated pool and fully-stocked gym, and free wifi is available throughout the hotel. Among the comfortable facilities in your room are a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, air conditioning and a private bathroom with tub.
Location: Maintrain Station, Munich
Hotel rating: 4.5 out of 919 reviews
Hotel facilities: Room Service, Air Conditioning, Air-conditioning in public areas, Banqueting facilities, City tours, Concierge, Dry cleaning, Eco-Friendly, Elevator/Lift, Express check-in/check-out, Free newspaper, Garage, Gift Shop, Laundry, Limited parking, Lobby bar, Night Porter, Parking, Indoor parking, Parking on request, Porter, Postal and fax service, Reception (24 hours), Reception desk, Safety deposit box, Gift Shop, Spa treatments, Theatre reservations, Tour desk, Underground parking, Wi Fi, Free internet in the lobby, Gay Friendly
Room facilities: Air Conditioning, Alarm clock, Radio, Cable television, Climate Control, Complimentary toiletries, Daily housekeeping, Double-glazed windows, En-Suite Bathroom, Flat screen LCD TV, Free Internet access, Safe with notebook plug, Coffee/tea facilities, Telephone, telephone in bathroom, Television, Wake-up calls, High speed internet connection, Work Desk, Work desk with lamp, Modem Access, Hairdryer, Mini-bar, Make-up mirror, Safe, Plasma TV screen, Private bathroom with bathtub, Private bathroom with shower, Private bathroom with bath/shower, Heating, Iron (on request), Kettle, Wifi in the lobby
Accepted credit cards: American Express, Bancomat, Diners Club International, EC, Eurocard, JCB, Maestro, Mastercard, Visa
Hotel policies: Children welcome, Pets not permitted, Smoking not permitted
Childrens amenities: Cots / Cribs, Crib on request, High Chairs
Disabled amenities: Disabled parking, Accessible Rooms
Business amenities: Audio/Visual Equipment, Banqueting Centre, Internet, Business facilities, Conference Centre, Conference Rooms, Courier services, Fax, Fax service, Flipchart, Meeting Rooms, Modem Access, Overhead projector, PC for Guests, Photocopying, Printer, slide projector, sound equipment, TV, ADSL internet