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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 31st Mar 11, 12:05 PM
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    New secret hotel site launches in UK
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    • 31st Mar 11, 12:05 PM
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    New secret hotel site launches in UK 31st Mar 11 at 12:05 PM

    This thread is specifically to feedback tips/successes on

    Hotwire secret hotels

    Click reply to discuss
    Last edited by MSE Jenny; 19-04-2011 at 1:08 PM.
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    • lfc84
    • By lfc84 31st Mar 11, 12:41 PM
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    Thanks, just saved me alot of money!
  • topmum
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    • 7th Apr 11, 11:44 PM
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    • 7th Apr 11, 11:44 PM
    I have just searched for a hotel in Hungary. On Hotwire it is £37 a night on the hotels own website it is £28!
    • budgetflyer
    • By budgetflyer 8th Apr 11, 7:30 AM
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    • #4
    • 8th Apr 11, 7:30 AM
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    • 8th Apr 11, 7:30 AM
    Yes Dubai's the same- dearer on hotwire. To be fair, they are not "secret hotels"
  • linuxsapien
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    • 20th Apr 11, 8:13 AM
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    • 20th Apr 11, 8:13 AM
    To be fair, its just some cute spy'ish way of getting rid of rooms. You'd be as-well just checking google for hotels where you are going and then look at reviews and pricing. Still, im sure some people will love the surprise aspect.

    For example, my GF and I have a night off, so I thought Id give it a go.. We now have a night in the Charles Rennie Mackintosh hotel for £39, not too bad for a hotel right at central station!
    • blindman
    • By blindman 20th Apr 11, 9:02 AM
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    • #6
    • 20th Apr 11, 9:02 AM
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    • 20th Apr 11, 9:02 AM

    This is not exactly New

    I wrote and article on How to Identify Hotwire hotels back in Feb 2008

    Hotwire have just revamped their site and made a "UK" one (which is the same as the US one!

    Better bargains usually found on Priceline TBHO
    • miss_edith
    • By miss_edith 20th Apr 11, 9:29 AM
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    • 20th Apr 11, 9:29 AM
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    • 20th Apr 11, 9:29 AM
    About 4 years ago I got a night in a Ramada hotel on International Drive for less than £20. They even gave me breakfast.
    But I second the Priceline vote - that was the only time I've found Hotwire to be the cheaper option.
  • tonymc
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    • 20th Apr 11, 2:24 PM
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    • 20th Apr 11, 2:24 PM
    We used Hotwire several months ago (before the UK site came around) and saved around 50% on 4 nights for our hotel in Boston. As Blindman notes in his guide, we used the website to identify the possible hotels - our choice had only two options, Sheraton or Hilton, both of which suited us, so we booked this and ended up at the Sheraton. Another advantage of Hotwire over Priceline is that the former allows you to add the number of people in the room so you should get sufficient beds - Priceline only guarantees room for two, and any additional guests/beds needs to be negotoated with the hotel which may incur additional charges.

    That said, for our New York stay, the number of hotels in any given area/star rating was too many (up to 10 hotels), and the Trip Advisor reports on those identified in betterbidding were variable. In this case, rather than go for the unknown until we had paid, we chose to book one of the hotels through which cost us approx £80 more (but bear in mind we did know which hotel we would get, and it also gets consistantly high ratings on Trip Advisor). However, also have a price match guarantee, so when they had the same hotel on offer a few months later, we rebooked and saved a further £200.
  • sueh6
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    • 22nd Apr 11, 8:30 PM
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    • 22nd Apr 11, 8:30 PM
    I've been trying for months to get a decent room at a decent price in Manchester on the 8th June as we're seeing Take That; prices have been massively inflated on the dates they're playing. Managed to get the Days Inn - City Centre - for £52 instead of £111. Have already tried Priceline, Lastminute, Laterooms etc but nothing under £100 which is within 10 minutes distance.

    Very happy
  • dmg24
    I've been trying for months to get a decent room at a decent price in Manchester on the 8th June as we're seeing Take That; prices have been massively inflated on the dates they're playing. Managed to get the Days Inn - City Centre - for £52 instead of £111. Have already tried Priceline, Lastminute, Laterooms etc but nothing under £100 which is within 10 minutes distance.

    Very happy
    Originally posted by sueh6
    PL had the Renaissance for around the same price. Did you use the NYOP feature?
  • gonemental
    Does anyone know whether you are able to contact your winning hotel and request a specific type of room?

    I should be able to save £25 per night booking with Hotwire (assuming the hotel is what I think it will be), but must have a twin room. Would I be able to request this after I have made the Hotwire booking?

    • ferf1223
    • By ferf1223 3rd Aug 11, 6:29 AM
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    What if I have special room/bed requests?

    If you have specific needs (e.g., number or type of beds), please contact the property directly after booking. While we cannot guarantee that they will be able to accommodate your request, our partners will do their best to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

    So if the room MUST have a twin room then you won't be able to guarantee that...unless the hotel has only twin rooms.
    • withabix
    • By withabix 3rd Aug 11, 7:03 AM
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    Most hotel search engines will deliver the same prices as Hotwire, or lower ones.

    Skyscanner's hotel search engine is a good place to start, as it compares prices on various booking sites:

    Search using Skyscanner, close your browser, then go to your chosen hotel booking site VIA QUIDCO.

    If you use Hotwire, don't forget Quidco, because you will get another 8% back.

    Similar Quidco is available from most hotel booking sites.
    Last edited by withabix; 03-08-2011 at 7:06 AM.
    British Ex-pat in British Columbia!
  • gonemental
    I didn't know Skyscanner had a hotel search - thanks for that. Still, it didn't come up cheaper than Hotwire. Not being able to guarantee a certain type of room was a deal breaker for me. I'd rather pay the extra to be sure.

    Still, glad I found Hotwire. In combination with it looks like you can find some bargains. I'll keep it in mind for my next trip.

  • laineesurvey
    Hotwire 5 Star Hotel in Vancouver
    Discovered hotwire only today exists. At the last minute, I have had to book a hotel in downtown vancouver for one night when I fly in. As the reason why I have to stay here is not great, I decided to treat myself to a bit of luxury. I tried to discover the identity of the hotel but couldn't figure it out, I thought it was the 4 Seasons and thought the reviews are ok but I'm happy with it.

    The mystery hotel price was £113 (I went through quidco and got 10% cashback as well), so total cost will be £101.07- bargain.

    Low and behold my hotel was actually the Pan Pacific! On Last Minute this hotel is £175, on their own website it was $279 CA, so this was a true bargain, can't wait until next week now!!
    • littlereddevil
    • By littlereddevil 5th Sep 11, 2:20 PM
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    Looking for a hotel in Houston at the Galleria found 4* on Hotwire secret hotels for £50 a night INCL taxes. Went to the betterbidding site where someone thought it would be the WestinOaks ( which I really like ). Went ahead and tried it and yes it is the Westin Oaks. Great price at £400 for 8 nights in October. Less than what I won it for on Priceline last year. Betterbidding is an excellent site for checking things out
  • FizzerUK
    OMG!! I could not be happier... :)
    I was searching all over for a cheap hotel in London. So me and the GF could sightsee.
    Only found £40-£50 dumps, nearest was Zone 6 so travelling in would cost £15+ quid along with the hassle of getting to the tube.

    Managed to book 5 nights for £330 (£66 a night) including Taxes at the Hilton, Canary Wharf.

    I think it's a bargain..
    • RichyRich
    • By RichyRich 22nd Mar 12, 7:42 PM
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    Well done.

    Pl remember that Canary Wharf is primarily a business district - but it's really not far, by public transport, into Central London for sightseeing, etc.

    Nearest station to the Hilton is in fact South Quay (rather than Canary Wharf). Jump on the train one stop to Canary Wharf and change for a train to Tower Gateway and you're at the Tower of London in less than twenty minutes.

    From the Tower, take a bus 15 for a scenic trip through the City into Trafalgar Square via all the landmarks. Alternatively, you can get the commuter ferry (Thames Clipper) from Canary Wharf direct to Embankment. It costs about a fiver but is a scenic, if not particularly speedy, journey into town.

    Evenings - West India Quay is closeby where you're staying and has a range of reasonably priced restaurants and bars if you don't fancy heading into town every night.

    London is fantastic - just make sure you go with an idea of what you want to do before you go, otherwise you may end up wandering around rather aimlessly in some of the less inspiring parts!

    (If you'll be there over the weekend please note that the City (square mile) and Canary Wharf are quiet over these periods - in the City, for example, many pubs do not open on Saturday/Sunday. Don't confuse "the City" with "London" - there is plenty to do in London on the weekend, just not in the specific City!)
    I can't believe you've gone to so much effort to read this.
  • Kito
    Hotwire gaming the gamers??
    Has Hotwire developed a counter strategy to the gaming strategies described on this site?

    I just tried the technique of cross referencing the details of the blind hotel with those on the 'standard rate' section of the site. The original (crossed out) price, star rating and location were IDENTICAL one of the standard rate hotels. As well as this the basic description of facilities and Tripadvisor score/number of ratings corresponded. Based on this I went ahead and booked only to find out that the gamble had not paid off and the secret hotel was not the one I had hoped it was.

    Now I understand that this is an unexact science and gambles don't always pay off, also that I have got a good deal on the hotel we've ended up with, but a couple of things are bothering me.

    The fact that the quoted original price was EXACTLY the same as one of their standard priced hotels with the same details. Having looked a little closer I see that their disclaimer states that the crossed out price is a: "median published rate we've found on leading retail travel sites in the last 24-48 hours for the same neighborhood, star rating, and stay dates.".

    Should I believe that some algorithm just happened to throw up this convenient number or were they being very crafty? Any thoughts or advice would be received with interest!
  • kforshaw
    I managed to book the Hotel Clybaun, Galway as a secret hotel on Hotwire in early January for £44 for a short stay in late February for a sponsored skinny dip I attended.
    (The same description/ hotel the day after was £38 so kicked myself for that!)
    At the time, the same room was £89 on the website. I was more than pleased with the saving.
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