on Mar 19, 2012 @ 11:39 am


I have never used hotwire for hotel bookings and I was just wondering if anyone had experience with it? I am looking for the cheapest deal, and this seems to be the way to go.  Just one night.


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Hotwire is good on Mar 19, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

Good morning! I LOVE hotwire. It is not great if you are looking to get a specific hotel, either for location or reward points. If you are flexible about what hotel brand you stay in you can get a lot of great deals. The more research you do into the hotels in the area and the more you narrow your search the better results you will have. Also check out they have some good deals too.

Ali de Bold
I use it all the time on Mar 19, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

It's pretty great! I've been using it for years and it's 100% legit. I recently booked a trip to NYC with my girlfriends and the hotel turned out to be the W for something like $230/night - an amazing deal.

If you are looking for luxury hotels I recommend Luxury Link. Also really great deals but you bid so it's not instant to find out if you got the place or not. I just tried for something yesterday so I'll let you guys know how it goes!

ooooooooh! on Mar 19, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

Thanks ladies! That makes me feel better lol

Definitely want to hear how luxury link works out, it'd be cool to surprise my friend with a nice stay!

Thumbs up on Mar 19, 2012 @ 01:59 pm

I also have booked with hotwire and have had only positive experiences. The only thing I have been a little disappointed to discover is that the discount is not always All That. I always comparison shop during and after purchase and generally discover that I only saved maybe 10% over what I might have gotten through the usual channels. In most cases, it's totally worth it (e.g. hotels), but in others (e.g. flights) it's worth more to me to know exactly what I'm buying than to save $10 or whatever.

I always make sure to check the other deal sites like Expedia and Travelocity, but the last time I really saved a boatload was by booking through the vendor directly. We were flying to Europe with the family and Hotwire quoted me around $4000, Travelocity around $3600, and Lufthansa (major German airline comparable to British Airways) came in at a stunning $3300 (AND I could then see my flight and connection times before I paid). Just goes to show that it pays to look thoroughly!

Ali de Bold
Luxury Link - be careful with babies on Mar 20, 2012 @ 09:44 am

Ok so I've had my first experience with them (after hearing good things from others) and here's what happened. When you make either a booking or a bid on Luxury Link, you have to wait a couple of days to find out if you were accepted. I made a booking on Sunday and then yesterday was talking to the hotel, The Farmhouse Inn in Napa, who confirmed my reservation. The price was about $267/night. But then as we were talking I asked if they could arrange a crib and that changed everything. They said they couldn't accommodate a baby in that room (fire code reasons) and that babies can generally be a problem for other guests so they don't have a lot of children at the resort. Babies was the real issue here. After hours of waiting to see what they could do for us, they called me back and said they couldn't honor the reservation we had booked, but that they could offer us a larger room that we would have to pay additionally for. And by additional, they meant $480/night. At this point the deal resembled nothing like we had booked. All of this for a little guy who can't even walk.

I contacted Luxury Link and they said it was uncommon for infants to be a problem at these types of hotels - regardless of the fact it was a 2 person package because the assumption is that a baby under 2 does not count as a 3rd person. In fact in any other hotel I have booked for us, has always been booked as 2 people and then requested a crib which has never been a problem - regardless of the caliber of hotel.

Luxury Link tried to help me find another package but the reviews on the other hotels didn't measure up to the one we originally booked so we didn't make another booking.

Needless to say I am quite disappointed by the experience. I'm not sure it is Luxury Link's fault since they can't control if the hotel chooses to honor the deal or not, but I do think that if babies are not allowed at a resort or if they can't be accommodated in certain packages, that should be clearly indicated somewhere in the package details by simply saying 'adults only'.

As for the Farmhouse Inn, I think they handled the situation poorly. From reviews of this hotel on TripAdvisor, others have stayed there with babies without a problem.

So the moral of the story is, if it is just two adults, I'm sure you could have a great experience booking through them. If you have an infant traveling with you, it could go either way.

Awww on Mar 20, 2012 @ 10:30 am

That was an absolutely poor way of Farmhouse Inn to handle the situation and I agree that somewhere they should have specified Adults Only if that was the case. Brutal. Great tip and information on Luxury Link though, I had never heard about it until this post...I will check it out for sure and see how it goes. I have been seeing many ads on tv for and always wondered if anyone I know had tried it out. Glad to hear it is a reliable resource. I will definitely check that out the next time I go to make a booking as well. :)

Oh dear... on Mar 20, 2012 @ 11:20 am

How very un-professional of this Inn... the whole idea of staying somewhere else is to be worry free and then they made it so difficult for you.

Unheard of really, we were always able to request a crib where ever we went, and I just didn't stay somewhere that specified no children. This place didn't specify, so that's just horrid service.

As for the Luxury Link... sounds good, and it only makes me think I will try them more since it seems as though they attempted to help Ali out with the problem as best they could.

I will be booking through hotwire as I am just looking for a one night gig, but I feel good about it since everyone seems to have a good experience.


What I do on Mar 20, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

I have 3 kids, and most people don't realize that many hotels do not technically allow a family of 5 to stay in one room (unless it's 2 bedrooms living room with a hide-a-bed suite). This is due to maximum occupancy and fire code and crappity crap that makes no sense when you think about how every restaurant and club can cram people in to hilt whereas a single-room or 1BR living room suite has far more room for those 5 people. I think it's a racket to force larger families to book 2 rooms, but rules are rules :/

We quickly realized that (a) the front desk upon check-in never cares about one extra person and has ALWAYS honored our request for extra linens or a crib or whatever, and (b) that the websites are set up for 4 people (or 2, depending on the room and whatnot) so you have to make the reservation as if there were only that many travelers.

Bending the rules? Yeah, I'll admit that. But I have never bent it more than just our one extra person. I know some teens and young adults go away for spring break, make a reservation for 2 ppl and then bring a minivan loaded with friends. That is different.

I cannot believe the Inn gave you a line about how it's not really for kids. That is just incredibly uncool. Welcome to the world of family-haters, my friend. There are a ton of family friendly resorts out there, and if a hotel wants to restrict their clientele then they need to be crystal clear about that instead of making you feel like a classless jerk because you wanted to bring your infant to their classy etablissement. Puhleaze.

I have a ? on Mar 20, 2012 @ 01:24 pm

Can be used anywhere, or is it just for the U.S.?

Ali de Bold
Hotwire on Mar 20, 2012 @ 05:11 pm

Thanks for your opinions, guys! To their credit I got an email from the hotel today that suggested some other places nearby but we booked something else.
As for Takoda's question about Hotwire, it is for pretty much anywhere. They don't have every city in the world but they do have most major ones.

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