I love hotels. Oh my. There's little as nice as those clean, crisp sheets, and getting a hotel at a discount? Yes please!
Lastminute.com.au offer Secret Hotels whereby you select a destination, book it, pay, and then find out where you're going. My husband and I did this in the UK once, and ended up at a beachfront hotel with a fabulous view. The other upshot of Secret Hotel Sales is that they're running them because the hotel is quiet - when we arrived we were upgraded to their top suites. We paid less than budget hotel rates for an incredible weekend break.
The sale applies to selected hotels across Australia (starting from $88), NZ (starting from $58), Asia (starting from $47), Europe (starting from $60) and the USA (starting from $106). It's a fabulous way to throw some spontaneity into your week, or if you're travelling, to throw a destination you wouldn't necessarily have considered into the mix.
While the idea is quite fun, there are ways of finding out which hotel it's likely to be. Take for example the Secret Hotels Deal: 5* Luxury in central Perth... Wow! Secret King? from $135 offer. Googling that just brings you back to lastminute.com, so it's not much help. But if you look at the features - in this case: Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath, Bathrobes, Broadband, Desk, Hairdryer, Iron & ironing board, Mini bar, Non-smoking only, Opening windows, Pay-per-view movies, Radio, Satellite / Cable, Shower, Tea/Coffee Making, TV, Wireless / WiFi. - and copy that into Google along with the first bit, it brings up two possibilities for Perth, Hilton and Hyatt.
The cheapest option available on the Hyatt website is $600 for tonight, while on the Hilton option, which also opened on lastminute.com is $359.
Of course, this system is still subject to mistakes, but either way $210 is a better offer.
If you find the same hotel cheaper elsewhere within 24 hours of booking lastminute.com will price match. The only real down side is that you pay up front, so should you change your mind, or find the hotel wasn't where you thought or the description was misleading, there's not much you can do about it immediately.
Thanks to captainjack