Comfort and calm just 250 metres from the beach

To summarise, a secret hotel is a property, with available suites, that does not care to advertise markdowns. In return for listing without stating their name, guests economise up to 50% off their room when they book through Hotwire and up to 35% when they book through Lastminute. After you select your dates and destination, you’ll be offered the secret hotels with available suites. You will then be able to cross reference against each other by noting their star rating, where they’re located as marked on Google Maps and their list of amenities in the description. Another handy tool is the Tripadvisor rating displayed next to every establishment on Lastminute and Hotwire.

So although you don’t know the name of the hotel until you’ve booked it, the gamble is diminished by the sheer quantity of facts divulged about each establishment. For instance, if you book a five star in Soho with an award winning bar, how risky can it be? Naturally some secret hotels have less details, so for some guests this is more of a gamble.

Booking agent description: Overlooking the Albert Gardens, with views of the Promenade de Anglais, this 4-star hotel is the ideal base for discovering Nices coastline and Old Town. A full continental breakfast is served each morning in the breakfast room. Wi-fi is available in the lobby, and rooms come with wired internet access, air conditioning, a minibar and a flatscreen TV. Suites offer balconies overlooking the gardens and the Mediterranean Sea. The hotel has four meeting rooms accommodating up to 250 guests.

Location: Nice, Nice

Hotel rating: 3 out of 326 reviews

Hotel facilities: Air Conditioning, Concierge, Laundry, Limousine Service, Parking, Reception (24 hours), Wi Fi

Room facilities: Air Conditioning, Bathrobe, Cable television, En-Suite Bathroom, Free Internet access, Telephone, Hairdryer, Mini-bar, Safe, Wifi in the lobby

Accepted credit cards: American Express, JCB, Mastercard, Visa

Hotel policies: Children welcome

Business amenities: Internet, Fax, Meeting Rooms, Overhead projector, Photocopying