To summarise, a secret hotel is an establishment, with vacant guest rooms, that does not wish to market reduced rates. In exchange for listing anonymously, guests gain from up to 50% off their room when they book via Hotwire and up to 35% when they book through Lastminute. After you pick your dates and destination, you’ll be given the secret hotels with vacancies. You will then be able to check them against each other by looking at their star rating, where they’re located as highlighted on Google Maps and their list of facilities in the description. Another useful device is the Tripadvisor rating displayed next to each property on Lastminute and Hotwire.
So despite the fact that you can’t see the name of the property till you’ve booked it, the risk is reduced by the sheer quantity of facts divulged about each one. For instance, if you book a five star in Soho with a critically acclaimed spa, how risky can it be? Of course some listings have less details, so for some people this is more of a risk.
Booking agent description: This classic 4-star hotel sits in central Nice, with the beach only a few minutes' walk away. Stay here to enjoy the outdoor pool, rooftop terrace, and bar with panoramic sea views. There's a restaurant on-site for your meals ad free wifi throughout the hotel to keep you connected. You'll also enjoy air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TV and en-suite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries.
Location: Nice, Nice
Hotel rating: 3.5 out of 367 reviews
Hotel facilities: Room Service, Air Conditioning, Air-conditioning in public areas, Elevator/Lift, Lobby bar, Luggage room, Reception (24 hours), Safety Deposit Boxes, Wi Fi, Gay Friendly
Room facilities: Air Conditioning, Cable television, En-Suite Bathroom, Free Internet access, Telephone, High speed internet connection, Hairdryer, Mini-bar, Pay-per-view movies
Accepted credit cards: American Express, Carte Bleue, Diners Club International, Eurocard, JCB, Mastercard, Visa, Visa Electron
Hotel policies: Small pets welcome (extra charge)
Childrens amenities: Cot on request
Disabled amenities: Accessible Rooms
Business amenities: Internet, Conference Rooms, Fax, Meeting Rooms, Photocopying