Today I’m going to teach you how to know your Hotwire hotel before booking.
When booking a trip in North America, I always like to check prices on Hotwire first. I have had great success with Hotwire in the past and used it to book hotels in popular destinations such as San Francisco, Niagara Falls, Chicago and New York City.
For the Labour Day weekend, my fiancé and I drove down to Pittsburgh to explore the city and surrounding area. We managed to score a great deal on Hotwire and correctly predict the hotel before we booked.
We stayed at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel for $128 per night (regularly $315 per night) — that’s almost 60% off the hotel’s rate!
When it comes to booking a hotel through Hotwire, there are three essential tips I always follow:
- Stick to 3-Star properties and above
- Stick to recommendations that are 80% and above
- Use TripAdvisor to guesstimate which hotel you’ll receive
This helps ensure that I get the best value and also gives me a good idea of what hotel I will receive before booking.
1. Stick to 3-Star properties and above
Hotwire works best when you book hotel properties that are 3 stars or higher.
In my experience they have been known to inflate the star rating slightly higher (1/2 – 1 star higher). For example, a 3-star hotel on Hotwire may actually be a 2.5 star hotel, and a 4-star hotel may actually be a 3.5 star hotel.
This is not always the case, but it’s something to keep in mind before booking.
I usually try to book a 4 or 5-star hotel, or what my budget will allow.
While I have only booked hotels through Hotwire in Canada and the USA, I highly recommend sticking to 4-star properties (or higher) when booking hotels abroad as the star system and standards may vary slightly.
2. Stick to recommendations that are 80% and above
While I have booked hotels with recommendations lower than this before, I would stick to properties with an 80%+ recommendation to ensure the best satisfaction.
The recommendation rating will tell you how many Hotwire customers would recommend this hotel. In this case, out of 892 reviews, 90% of Hotwire customers would recommend this property.
It always gives you a breakdown of how the hotel was rated based on: overall satisfaction, condition of the hotel, quality of service, room comfort, room cleanliness, and location of hotel.
Generally speaking, the higher the number of customer reviews, the more confident I feel about the accuracy of the recommendation rating.
When a recommendation rating is not available, check to see if they offer a TripAdvisor rating. Together with the Hotwire recommendation rating, this will provide a good indicator of whether or not the hotel is worth booking.
3. Guesstimate which hotel you will receive
Even though Hotwire is an opaque booking site, which means you will not know the name of the property until after you book, there are still a few ways to guesstimate which hotel you will receive.
In this case, the hotel rate is $308 and the Hotwire rate is $187 per night.
While a little tedious at times, my favourite method is to consult with TripAdvisor.
To do this, simply type in the name of the city you wish to visit and select your dates.
If you know the area of the hotel, you can narrow down your results.
Upfront I look for three things:
- the hotel’s star rating
- the hotel’s TripAdvisor rating
- the price of the hotel
The TripAdvisor rating of 4/5 points and 2000+ reviews matches the information on Hotwire.
The hotel star rating is 4 stars, which also matches the information on Hotwire, and it’s $309 per night for the selected dates.
(Sometimes the price per night is a dollar or two off, but usually it matches the rate found on Hotwire).
Two last things I recommend checking before you decide to book is:
- to compare the hotel location with Hotwire’s location
- and the hotel amenities
The red dot shows the location of the Westin Harbour Castle which is located within the Hotwire highlighted area.
Hotel amenities can be compared directly on the hotel’s website, which in this case match the ones shown on Hotwire.
This provides of list of winning hotels that compare with the information shared on Hotwire: star rating, amenities, location, etc.
Personally, I prefer the TripAdvisor method and have had good success with that in the past.
I can’t promise that you will always know the exact hotel before booking, but with this tips, I have been able to correctly predict my hotel 99% of the time.
Here’s a quick recap of how to know your Hotwire hotel before booking:
- Check the original rate per night (as shown on the Hotwire website). In this case, it was $308 per night
- Search for hotels on TripAdvisor (using the same city and dates of course).
- Find the hotel showing the same original rate per night (as shown on Hotwire — this is $308 per night).
- Compare the hotel’s star rating, location and amenities on TripAdvisor (to make sure that it matches the same information as shown on Hotwire)
- Check to make sure the TripAdvisor rating matches the rating shown on Hotwire
If everything matches up, then there’s a good chance you’ll receive this hotel after booking. This is not a scientific method by any means, but I have been able to accurately predict my hotel 99% of the time using these steps.
Over to you — have you ever booked a hotel through Hotwire?
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