In short, a secret hotel is an establishment, with vacant suites, that does not wish to advertise reduced prices. In return for listing anonymously, customers save as much as 50% off their guest room when they book via Hotwire and around 35% when they book with Lastminute. After you type in your dates and location, you’ll be given the secret hotels with vacant guest rooms. You will then be able to cross reference against each other by looking at their star rating, where they’re located as highlighted on Google Maps and their list of features in the description. Another practical tool is the Tripadvisor rating shown next to each establishment on Lastminute and Hotwire.
So whilst you don’t know the name of the hotel until you’ve booked it, the risk is reduced by the sheer number of facts revealed about every establishment. For example, if you book a five star in Chelsea with an award winning spa, how risky can it be? Naturally some listings have less details, so for some this is more of a gamble.
Booking agent description: This modern 4-star hotel is found in the heart of the city, near Gare de Lyons station. Meals and snacks are available in the restaurant and bar, and you can relax in the fitness centre and indoor pool. The en-suite rooms come with free wifi, HDTV and bathroom with free toiletries.
Location: Gare de Lyon, Paris
Hotel rating: 4 out of 1,735 reviews
Hotel facilities: 24-hour front desk, Adjoining rooms, Air Conditioning, Concierge desk, Doctor on call, Dry cleaning, Elevator/Lift, Lobby bar, Parking, Indoor parking, Safety deposit box, Shoe shine, Tour desk, Wi Fi, Restaurant, Children programs, Accessible facilities, Room service, Security, Multilingual staff, 220 AC, Pets allowed, Private dining for groups
Accepted credit cards: American Express, Diners Club International, EC, Mastercard, Visa
Hotel policies: Pets welcome, Smoking not permitted
Childrens amenities: Babysitting, Childrens play area, Play station
Business amenities: Meeting Rooms, Overhead projector, Copier, Audio visual equipment, Business center, Meeting facilities