In short, a secret hotel is a property, with vacant rooms, that does not like to promote markdowns. In exchange for listing anonymously, customers economise up to 50% off their suite when they book via Hotwire and up to 35% when they book via Lastminute. As soon as you type in your dates and destination, you’ll be shown the secret hotels with vacancies. You will then be able to check them against each other by noting their star rating, their location as highlighted on Google Maps and their list of facilities in the description. Another useful tool is the Tripadvisor rating displayed next to each establishment on Lastminute and Hotwire.
So although you don’t know the name of the property till you’ve booked it, the risk is minimised by the sheer amount of facts revealed about each one. For example, if you book a 5 star in Chelsea with an award winning restaurant, how wrong can you go? Of course some secret hotels have less details, so for some this is more of a gamble.
Booking agent description: Standing in the heart of bustling Vaugirard, Paris' 15th arrondissement, this modern 4-star hotel provides real convenience, with excellent Metro links and the incredible Eiffel Tower just a short walk away. Every room has a private bathroom, TV and free wifi. Sample the fine choice of restaurants on the nearby Boulevard de Grenelle.
Location: Eiffel Tower, Paris
Hotel rating: 3.5 out of 275 reviews
Hotel facilities: Room Service
Room facilities: Air Conditioning, Radio, Cable television, City Map, Complimentary toiletries, Connecting Rooms, Double-glazed windows, Duvets, En-Suite Bathroom, Flat screen LCD TV, Free Internet access, Telephone, Television, Wake-up calls, High speed internet connection, Work Desk, Hairdryer, Mini-bar, Iron and ironing board, Heating, Kettle, Free safe box with laptop capacity
Accepted credit cards: American Express, Carte Bleue, Diners Club International, JCB, Maestro, Mastercard, Switch, Visa, Visa Electron
Hotel policies: Small pets welcome (extra charge)