In short, a secret hotel is a hotel or resort, with available rooms, that does not care to publicise cut prices. In return for listing without stating their name, guests gain from up to 50% off their guest room when they book through Hotwire and around 35% when they book through Lastminute. After you select your dates and city, you’ll be offered the secret hotels with available suites. You will then be able to check them against each other by looking at their star rating, where they’re situated as highlighted on Google Maps and their list of services in the description. Another helpful device is the Tripadvisor rating provided next to each property on Lastminute and Hotwire.
So despite the fact that you don’t know the name of the establishment until you’ve booked it, the risk is lessened by the sheer number of facts divulged about every hotel. For instance, if you book a 5 star in Bloomsbury with an award winning restaurant, how wrong can you go? Naturally some listings have less details, so for some this is more of a risk.
Booking agent description: Based in the traditionally Parisian surroundings of the 17th arrondissement, close to the business district of La Defense and the Paris Convention Centre, this modern 4-star hotel is designed with an eye for the cool and contemporary, from its well-equipped fitness centre through to its comfortable, air conditioned rooms, each with a private bathroom. The rest of the city is also easy to explore, with great transport links nearby.
Location: Arc de Triomphe - Porte Maillot, Paris
Hotel rating: 3.5 out of 2,399 reviews
Hotel facilities: Room Service, Air Conditioning, Car rental desk, Concierge, Currency Exchange, Free newspaper, Gift Shop, Laundry, Library, Limousine Service, Luggage room, Night Porter, Parking, Reception desk, Tour desk, Valet parking, Wi Fi
Room facilities: Air Conditioning, Cable television, En-Suite Bathroom, Telephone, Telephone, Television, Work Desk, Hairdryer, Mini-bar
Accepted credit cards: American Express, Carte Bleue, Delta, Diners Club International, Eurocard, JCB, Mastercard, Visa, Visa Electron
Hotel policies: Children welcome, Pets not permitted, Smoking permitted in designated guest rooms
Childrens amenities: Babysitting, Cots / Cribs
Disabled amenities: Accessible Rooms
Business amenities: Audio/Visual Equipment, Banqueting Centre, Business Centre, Business facilities, Conference Centre, Conference Rooms, Digital Lines, Fax, Meeting Rooms, Modem Access, Overhead projector, Photocopying, Printer, Secreterial Service, video conferencing