To summarise, a secret hotel is a hotel, with vacancies, that does not like to promote cut rates. In exchange for listing anonymously, customers save around 50% off their suite when they book with Hotwire and around 35% when they book via Lastminute. As soon as you choose your dates and location, you’ll be offered the secret hotels with availability. You can then check them 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 useful device is the Tripadvisor rating shown next to each hotel on Lastminute and Hotwire.
So despite the fact that you don’t know the name of the establishment until you’ve booked it, the risk is lessened by the sheer amount of facts provided about every establishment. For instance, if you book a five star in Soho with a critically acclaimed bar, how bad can it be? Naturally some listings have fewer details, so for some this is more of a gamble.
Booking agent description: This smart 3-star hotel is close to Munichs central station, and ideally located for taking in the sights of the city centre. Designed with a sense of striking and individual style, the hotel has a colouful restaurant and provides free wifi access in its comfortable lobby. The en suite rooms come with flat screen TVs, free wifi and complimentary toiletries.
Location: Maintrain Station, Munich
Hotel rating: 3.5 out of 470 reviews
Hotel facilities: Elevator/Lift, Free newspaper, Night Porter, Parking, PC for guests in the lobby, Reception (24 hours), Reception desk, Safety deposit box, Shoe shine, Wi Fi, Free internet in the lobby, Cyber corners with free Internet 24 hrs, Gay Friendly
Room facilities: Cable television, Complimentary toiletries, Daily housekeeping, Duvets, En-Suite Bathroom, Free Internet access, Telephone, Television, Wake-up calls, High speed internet connection, Work Desk, Pay TV, Heating, Hairdryer (on request), Wifi in the lobby
Accepted credit cards: American Express, EC, Eurocard, Mastercard, Visa
Hotel policies: Children welcome, Pets welcome (extra charge), Smoking not permitted
Business amenities: Fax, Fax service, PC for Guests, Photocopying