Cheap Hotel Rates with Hotwire
We all love to travel and stay in hotels. From having our bed made for us and getting the newspaper delivered to our door, very few things in life compare to staying at a nice hotel. But nice hotels aren't cheap — unless you know how to find them.
I recently traveled to Boston and paid a dirt-cheap rate for a fancy hotel a five-minute walk from Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. How did I do it? I booked it through Hotwire.
I actually had booked a room with Hotels.com but then got an email two days before our trip that there was a "problem" with the reservation. So I called them up and found out that, sure enough, I did not have a room.
Frustrated, I decided to try one of the other hotel aggregators out there to find another hotel that wasn't too expensive.
I was in a bit of a panic — this was not the kind of surprise I had in mind for our anniversary weekend!
What is Hotwire?
Hotwire won't show you the name of the hotel until you've booked it, but it will show you the price and the approximate location.
I told Hotwire I wanted to be in the financial district and that I wanted to see the lowest possible rates. What I saw was a 4 1/2 star hotel available for just $149/night before taxes.
Was It Weird?
A little, but I got over it real quick after seeing the price and reading their ratings guide. And I found out that I was staying at the Langham, I did more sleuthing and it became real obvious what a great deal I got.
How Do They Do It?
They hide the names of the hotels because hotels don't want to advertise that they have such low prices for their rooms. It makes perfect sense.
So we get the benefit of a cheap room at a nice hotel, the hotel gets to sell their inventory without telling the world about the discount, and the people that paid $265 for the very same room can enjoy the fact that they can afford nice hotels more often than the rest of us.
Everyone's a winner!