In short, a secret hotel is a property, with available guest rooms, that does not want to advertise discounted prices. In exchange for listing anonymously, customers save around 50% off their guest room when they book with Hotwire and up to 35% when they book through Lastminute. Once you pick your dates and city, you’ll be provided with the secret hotels with available guest rooms. You will then be able to cross reference against each other by checking their star rating, where they’re situated as marked on Google Maps and their list of amenities in the description. Another helpful device is the Tripadvisor rating provided next to every hotel on Lastminute and Hotwire.
So although you can’t see the name of the establishment until you’ve booked it, the risk is diminished by the sheer amount of facts divulged about every one. For instance, if you book a five star in Chelsea with an award winning restaurant, how risky can it be? Of course some listings have less details, so for some guests this is more of a gamble.
Booking agent description: This modern 4-star hotel, in the heart of the city, is an ideal base for sightseeing in Paris. You can go shopping on nearby Rue de Rivoli and you'll find The Louvre Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral, only a short walk away. There's a fitness centre onsite and you can enjoy meals and drinks in the restaurant and lounge bar.
Location: Louvre - Chatelet, Paris
Hotel rating: 4 out of 2,276 reviews
Hotel facilities: 24-hour front desk, Air Conditioning, Bell staff/porter, Car rental desk, Currency Exchange, Doctor on call, Elevator/Lift, Ice machine, Lobby bar, Parking, Indoor parking, Wi Fi, Restaurant, Non-smoking rooms, Children programs, Accessible facilities, Room service, Security, Multilingual staff, 220 AC, Pets allowed, Private dining for groups
Room facilities: Data port, Fax machine, Games console, Internet Access
Accepted credit cards: American Express, Diners Club International, EC, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
Hotel policies: Pets welcome, Smoking not permitted
Childrens amenities: Babysitting, Childrens play area
Business amenities: Meeting Rooms, translation services, Computer rental, Copier, Audio visual equipment, Business center, Meeting facilities