Modern 4-star hotel just outside Paris Charles de Gaulle airport

To summarise, a secret hotel is a property, with vacant rooms, that does not like to publicise markdowns. In return for listing without stating their name, guests save as much as 50% off their guest room when they book through Hotwire and as much as 35% when they book with Lastminute. Once you select your dates and city, you’ll be shown the secret hotels with available rooms. You can then check them against each other by checking their star rating, their location as marked on Google Maps and their list of services in the description. Another helpful tool is the Tripadvisor rating displayed next to each property on Lastminute and Hotwire.

So although you can’t see the name of the property till you’ve booked it, the gamble is lessened by the sheer number of facts divulged about every hotel. For example, if you book a five star in Belgravia with an award winning restaurant, how risky can it be? Of course some listings have fewer details, so for some people this is more of a gamble.

Booking agent description: A short ride on the free shuttle from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, this modern 4-star hotel in Roissy-en-France is at your service round the clock: there's a 24-hour fitness centre and business centre, breakfast from 6am and a 24-hour pantry where you can grab snacks, meals and drinks to enjoy in your room. All suites have free wi-fi, videos and music, a flatscreen satellite TV, a fridge, a microwave, a kettle and an en-suite, plus a queen bed and either a single sofa bed or twin beds.

Location: Airport Roissy (CDG), Paris

Hotel rating: 3.5 out of 441 reviews

Hotel facilities: 24-hour front desk, Adjoining rooms, Bus parking, Car rental desk, Currency Exchange, Doctor on call, Dry cleaning, Elevator/Lift, Free airport transfers, Lobby bar, Parking, Indoor parking, Tour desk, Children programs, Accessible facilities, Outdoor parking, Security, 220 AC, Food and beverage outlets, Pets allowed

Room facilities: Data port, Fax machine, Internet Access

Accepted credit cards: American Express, Diners Club International, EC, Mastercard, Visa

Hotel policies: Pets welcome, Smoking not permitted

Childrens amenities: Babysitting, Childrens play area

Business amenities: Copier, Business center, Meeting facilities, Secretarial services