There’s a new hotel booking site that’s worth your attention. The next time you’re looking for a good hotel rate, give GetARoom.com a try. This website has combined the best aspects of several popular travel search engines and improved on the technologies of popular sites like Hotwire and Priceline. The site was founded by the former CEO and President of Hotels.com, so these guys know what you want.
GetARoom.com delivers room rates with a three pronged approach.
#1 Each day flash sales are displayed on the homepage offering deeply discounted room rates in major cities. These sales are available for a limited time booking window. Today for instance, the luxury Henry VIII hotel in London can be booked for as low as $64.28 per night!
#2 Search for hotel rooms by specific city and dates. The rates you will see displayed are extremely competitive and on average are discounted 10-20% off standard room rates.
#3 This is the real winner! Find the hotel you wish to stay at and then phone GetARoom to book your reservation (800-468-3578 <800-hotels-8>). The reservation agent will make your reservation and will then query the hotel for an even better (unpublished) rate. These ‘phone only’ rates often reflect a further discount of 10-20% off published room rates – and at times can reach discounts up to 50% off. So unlike Priceline and Hotwire where you don’t know the name or exact location of the hotel, with GetARoom you select the exact hotel you wish to stay in and then get the deeply discounted unpublished room rate! Pretty great stuff.
I also appreciate being able to speak with a human being (refreshing change) and having someone to pose my questions to. Also refreshing is the fact that you don’t have to sign up for anything or register to receive rate quotes.
Reservations can be cancelled or changed with no penalty fee for published room rates. For unpublished rates there is a $25 administrative cancellation fee, unless the rate has otherwise been identified as a non-refundable rate. Generally speaking, the best room rates can be obtained by calling 14 to 21 days in advance of your stay. In most cases hotel points programs are honored for your stay. And GetARoom employes a number of unique accommodations including condos, managed apartment buildings and luxury suites in addition to standard hotels.
All in all, this is a great leap forward in the hotel reservation game. Give them a try the next time you’re in the market for a great room rate.