To summarise, a secret hotel is a hotel, with vacant guest rooms, that does not want to advertise discounted prices. In exchange for listing without stating their name, customers save around 50% off their room when they book through Hotwire and as much as 35% when they book through Lastminute. As soon as you choose your dates and destination, you’ll be provided with the secret hotels with available suites. You will then be able to check them against each other by noting their star rating, where they’re located as highlighted on Google Maps and their list of amenities in the description. Another helpful tool is the Tripadvisor rating shown next to every hotel on Lastminute and Hotwire.
So despite the fact that you don’t know the name of the property till you’ve booked it, the gamble is lowered by the sheer number of facts revealed about every hotel. For instance, if you book a five star in Knightsbridge with a critically acclaimed restaurant, how bad can it be? Naturally some secret hotels have fewer details, so for some this is more of a risk.
Booking agent description: Just east of central Paris, in the suburb of Bagnolet, this modern 4-star hotel is found close to Parc Jean Moulin. Along with a restaurant and bar, this hotel offers a fitness centre, including Turkish baths to relax in after a day of exploring Paris and the surrounding area.
Location: Pere Lachaise - Porte de Montreuil, Paris
Hotel rating: 3.5 out of 1,078 reviews
Hotel facilities: 24-hour front desk, Air Conditioning, Bell staff/porter, Bus parking, Car rental desk, Doctor on call, Dry cleaning, Elevator/Lift, Wi Fi Connection, Gift Shop, Ice machine, Lobby bar, Parking, Indoor parking, Safety deposit box, Wi Fi, Restaurant, Non-smoking rooms, Accessible facilities, Room service, Security, 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: Childrens play area
Business amenities: Business Center, Meeting Rooms, Overhead projector, Copier, Audio visual equipment, Business center, Meeting facilities, Secretarial services