To summarise, a secret hotel is a property, with vacancies, that does not like to market reduced prices. In return for listing anonymously, guests save around 50% off their guest room when they book via Hotwire and as much as 35% when they book via Lastminute. As soon as you type in your dates and destination, you’ll be offered the secret hotels with vacant guest rooms. You can then cross reference against each other by checking their star rating, their location as highlighted on Google Maps and their list of facilities in the description. Another useful device is the Tripadvisor rating shown next to each establishment on Lastminute and Hotwire.
So despite the fact that you don’t know the name of the establishment till you’ve booked it, the gamble is decreased by the sheer amount of facts divulged about every establishment. For example, if you book a five star in Soho with an award winning restaurant, how awful can it be? Of course some secret hotels have fewer details, so for some people this is more of a gamble.
Booking agent description: This elegant 5-star hotel sits in the heart of Nice, a short walk from the Old Town and Nice train station. It's also a stone's throw from the Promenade des Anglais. You can relax in the indoor pool, unwind in the spa, enjoy a meal in the restaurant and soak up some sun out on the terrace. Meanwhile, the hotel's air-conditioned rooms come free wifi, a flat screen TV and a minibar.
Location: Nice, Nice
Hotel rating: 4 out of 843 reviews
Hotel facilities: Room Service, Air Conditioning, Car rental desk, City tours, Concierge, Currency Exchange, Dry cleaning, Elevator/Lift, Free newspaper, Lobby bar, Luggage room, Postal and fax service, Reception (24 hours), Safety deposit box, Shoe shine, Spa treatments, Well-being massage, Wellness area, Wi Fi
Room facilities: Air Conditioning, Cable television, Complimentary toiletries, Connecting Rooms, Daily housekeeping, En-Suite Bathroom, Flat screen LCD TV, Telephone, Wake-up calls, High speed internet connection, Hairdryer, Mini-bar, Safe, Private bathroom with bathtub
Accepted credit cards: American Express, Diners Club International, Mastercard, Visa
Hotel policies: Children welcome, Pets welcome
Childrens amenities: Babysitting
Disabled amenities: Accessible Rooms
Business amenities: Audio/Visual Equipment, Conference Rooms, Fax, Meeting Rooms, Photocopying