Essentially, a secret hotel is a property, with available rooms, that does not like to publicise markdowns. In return for listing without stating their name, guests profit from up to 50% off their guest room when they book through Hotwire and up to 35% when they book through Lastminute. As soon as you type in your dates and location, you’ll be offered the secret hotels with available rooms. You will then be able to check them against each other by noting their star rating, where they’re located as highlighted on Google Maps and their list of amenities in the description. Another handy device is the Tripadvisor rating provided next to every establishment on Lastminute and Hotwire.
So whilst you don’t know the name of the establishment till you’ve booked it, the gamble is reduced by the sheer number of facts provided about each property. For example, if you book a 5 star in Belgravia with an award winning spa, how bad can it be? Of course some listings have less details, so for some people this is more of a gamble.
Booking agent description: Nestled above the Promenade des Anglais, this 4-star hotel boasts stunning views of the city and the bay, situated moments from the Old Town and a short walk to Nice's Opera House. As well as private balconies, the rooms come equipped with a range of modern comforts including paid wi-fi access, satellite TV and luxury marble bathrooms. Lounge in the outdoor pool, keep in shape at the on-site gym and unwind in the sauna before freshening up for French cuisine at the elegant patio restaurant.
Location: Nice, Nice
Hotel rating: 4.5 out of 718 reviews
Hotel facilities: Room Service, Air Conditioning, Elevator/Lift, Luggage room, Parking, Private beach
Room facilities: Balcony/terrace, Cable television, City Map, Climate Control, Daily housekeeping, En-Suite Bathroom, sofa bed, Telephone, Wake-up calls, High speed internet connection, Hairdryer, Mini-bar, Make-up mirror, Safe, Private bathroom with bathtub, Heating
Accepted credit cards: American Express, Carte Bleue, Diners Club International, JCB, Maestro, Mastercard, Visa
Hotel policies: Children welcome, Pets not permitted