If you want to find a hotel room, but you don’t have the time or the inclination to search around dozens of websites, there’s one comparison site that certainly merits a visit, a site that consistently returns the best deals, that site is Hotels Combined.
There are of course many other comparison sites out there, such as Trivago, Kayak and Travelsupermarket, but each of them has proved to be inconsistent, in as much as they have consistently returned mixed results.
In general, all of the comparison sites promise to find you the best price, but if you take them at their word, you may well end up paying over the odds. We found differences of up to 45% between the sites for the same hotel on the exact same dates. Because our research has categorically confirmed that no single site always produces the best prices, we have concluded that if you have the time, you should check multiple sites before buying.
The other thing you should be aware of is sometimes one comparison site will tell you all rooms have sold out, while other sites will tell you they are available. The only site we found that never returned “sold out”, when rooms were available elsewhere, was Hotels Combined.
A question often asked by people when they are looking for accommodation is, can I get a lower price by going directly to a specific hotel website?
Given that hotels have to pay reservation sites as much as 20% to 25% commission, it seems obvious that it should be cheaper to book directly with the hotel, especially as many of them claim to offer a best price guarantee. However, upon further research, we found this not to be the case. Of the hotels we checked, we found that booking directly with the hotel costs between 20% & 50% more than booking through the comparison sites!
The bottom line is, if you are in a hurry, the best place to find both availability and the cheapest price is Hotels Combined. However, if you have the time and the inclination, you should check several comparison sites to make sure you are getting the best deal possible.
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