In short, a secret hotel is an establishment, with vacant suites, that does not like to promote cut rates. In exchange for listing without stating their name, guests gain from up to 50% off their guest room when they book with Hotwire and as much as 35% when they book through Lastminute. As soon as you type in your dates and location, you’ll be shown the secret hotels with vacancies. You can then cross reference against each other by noting their star rating, their location as highlighted on Google Maps and their list of amenities in the description. Another helpful device is the Tripadvisor rating provided next to each property on Lastminute and Hotwire.
So although you can’t see the name of the hotel until you’ve booked it, the risk is reduced by the sheer number of facts divulged about each establishment. For instance, if you book a five star in Belgravia with an award winning restaurant, how risky can it be? Naturally some secret hotels have fewer details, so for some people this is more of a gamble.
Booking agent description: In the Paris suburb of Pluteaux, this modern 5-star hotel is found just west of the River Seine. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, this hotel is close to several public transport links giving you easy access Paris' top attractions. The stylish hotel boasts 2 restaurants, a chic bar, a gym and free wifi.
Location: La Defense, Paris
Hotel rating: 4.5 out of 1,043 reviews
Hotel facilities: 24-hour front desk, Adjoining rooms, Air Conditioning, ATM/Cash machine, Bell staff/porter, Concierge desk, Concierge floor, Currency Exchange, Doctor on call, Dry cleaning, Elevator/Lift, Express check-in, Express check-out, Wi Fi Connection, Lobby bar, Parking, Indoor parking, Safety deposit box, Shoe shine, Tour desk, Valet parking, Wi Fi, Restaurant, Non-smoking rooms, Accessible facilities, Room service, Security, 120 AC, 220 AC, Disco, Pets allowed, Private dining for groups
Room facilities: Data port, Fax machine, Coffee/tea facilities, 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: Business Center, Meeting Rooms, Overhead projector, translation services, Computer rental, Copier, Audio visual equipment, Business center, Cellular phone rental, Meeting facilities, Secretarial services