In summary, a secret hotel is a hotel or resort, with vacant suites, that does not want to promote cut rates. In exchange for listing anonymously, guests gain from around 50% off their guest room when they book through Hotwire and around 35% when they book with Lastminute. After you pick your dates and location, you’ll be provided with the secret hotels with vacant rooms. You can then cross reference against each other by noting their star rating, where they’re located as highlighted on Google Maps and their list of facilities in the description. Another practical device is the Tripadvisor rating displayed next to each property on Lastminute and Hotwire.
So whilst you can’t see the name of the establishment until you’ve booked it, the risk is lessened by the sheer amount of facts provided about each establishment. For instance, if you book a 5 star in Belgravia with a critically acclaimed restaurant, how risky can it be? Of course some listings are less detailed, so for some people this is more of a gamble.
Booking agent description: On a quiet street near the historic and trendy La Marais district, this modern 4-star hotel is decorated in a colourful but classic style. The hotel offers free wifi access, a bar and fitness room, while its air conditioned rooms are fitted with satellite TV and private bathrooms.
Location: Marais, Paris
Hotel rating: 3.5 out of 356 reviews
Hotel facilities: Room Service, Air Conditioning, Airport transfers, City tours, Concierge, Laundry, Limousine Service, Lobby bar, Luggage room, Night Porter, Parking, Reception (24 hours), Safety Deposit Boxes, VIP services, Wi Fi
Room facilities: Air Conditioning, Cable television, Duvets, En-Suite Bathroom, Free Internet access, Telephone, Television, High speed internet connection, High speed internet connection, Hairdryer, Mini-bar, Pay TV, Safe, Free safe box with laptop capacity
Accepted credit cards: American Express, Carte Bleue, Diners Club International, Eurocard, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
Hotel policies: Children welcome, Pets welcome
Business amenities: Business Centre