To summarise, a secret hotel is a hotel or resort, with available rooms, that does not want to promote reduced rates. In return for listing anonymously, customers save around 50% off their guest room when they book through Hotwire and as much as 35% when they book via Lastminute. After you type in your dates and location, you’ll be provided with the secret hotels with vacant rooms. You will then be able to check them against each other by looking at their star rating, where they’re situated as marked on Google Maps and their list of services in the description. Another handy device is the Tripadvisor rating shown next to every property on Lastminute and Hotwire.
So whilst you don’t know the name of the property until you’ve booked it, the risk is lessened by the sheer amount of facts revealed about every property. For example, if you book a five star in Belgravia with a critically acclaimed spa, how awful can it be? Naturally some secret hotels have fewer details, so for some people this is more of a risk.
Booking agent description: This 4-star boutique hotel has a real sense of traditional style, and is close to Nice's famous beaches. Treat yourself in the morning at the hotels breakfast buffet, enjoy a drink in the cool loung bar and make use of the hotels free wifi. The colourful and modern rooms have air conditioning, flat screen TVs and minibars, as well as en suite bathrooms stocked with complimentary toiletries.
Location: Nice, Nice
Hotel rating: 4 out of 464 reviews
Hotel facilities: Room Service, Air Conditioning, Air-conditioning in public areas, Banqueting facilities, Club lounge, Dry cleaning, Elevator/Lift, Free newspaper, Laundry, Lobby bar, Luggage room, Indoor parking, Reception (24 hours), Reception desk, Safety deposit box, Terrace, Wi Fi, Free internet in the lobby, 24 hour concierge
Room facilities: Room Service, Air Conditioning, Bathrobe (on request), Cable television, Daily housekeeping, En-Suite Bathroom, Flat screen LCD TV, Coffee/tea facilities, Telephone, Wake-up calls, High speed internet connection, Work Desk, Work desk with lamp, Hairdryer, Mini-bar, Safe, Private bathroom with bath/shower, Heating, Kettle
Accepted credit cards: American Express, Carte Bleue, Diners Club International, Eurocard, JCB, Mastercard, Visa, Visa Electron
Hotel policies: Children welcome, Pets welcome (extra charge), Smoking not permitted
Business amenities: Conference Rooms