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Consider Booking a Top Secret Hotel If…

Over the past few months, I’ve booked four star hotels in Las Vegas for $32 per night, in Portland for $89 per night and in New York City for $212 per night – all through Travelocity’s Top Secret Hotels. This has become my first stop when I’m looking for a hotel deal – usually.

Being a Travelocity editor, you may expect me to unabashedly sing the praises of our product, but I realize hitting that buy button before you know the exact name of the hotel isn’t right for every single trip. While everyone’s comfort level is different, I’ve found the Top Secret Hotels offering helpful in a number of circumstances.

 

Consider booking a Top Secret Hotel if…

  • you’re looking for a hotel deal at the last minute
  • you’re road tripping and want affordable stops along the way
  • you’re more concerned about price than anything else
  • you’re going on a shorter trip
  • you’re headed to a popular destination with robust hotel offerings

 

Since launching Top Secret Hotels in March, the product has grown to cover most major cities in the country as well as many smaller destinations, but the most popular spots are Orlando, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas. The cities where the most significant savings have been found include:

  • New Orleans: 4.5-star, 65% savings
  • Tampa: 4-star hotel, 69% savings
  • Toronto: 4-star hotel, 62% savings
  • Fort Lauderdale: 4-star hotel, 55% savings
  • New York City: 4-star hotel, 50% savings
  • Orlando: 3-star hotel, 68% savings
  • Boston: 3-star hotel, 60% savings
  • Portland: 3-star hotel, 57% savings

More Quick Facts on Top Secret Hotels

  • Save up to 45% on 3-and 4-star hotels vs. branded Travelocity hotels
  • 1 in 10 who book save over 60% vs. branded Travelocity hotels
  • 60 – 65% of all Top Secret Hotels booked are 3-star; 30% are 4-star
  • Travelers choose Top Secret Hotels for shorter trips, average length of stay is 1.72 days, compared to 2 for branded hotels

Jennifer

My name: Jennifer Gaines, but my friends call me Gaines, Jenni-Dallas or just plain Jenn.

(Find me on Twitter @jenngaines)

Travel ambitions: It's my mission to visit each of the New 7 Wonders and to step foot on every continent before my next milestone birthday.

Greatest travel lesson learned: Find the local hangouts to experience the real, true culture of a place. During a trip to Europe, my friends and I spent several days with a French family in the small town of Vichy. We had a private party in their family-run creperie, feasting on cheese-stuffed crepes and sampling wine that we picked up in the Bordeaux region a few days earlier. Their English wasn’t much better than my French, which is limited to a few well-known phrases from Moulin Rouge and the question: Parlez-vous anglais? (I'm proud to say that I can spout this question off in several different languages, and luckily most Europeans do indeed speak English!) After a few bottles of wine, the language barrier was hardly noticeable (slurring actually sounds the same in French!), and we managed to swap stories about life in other places. What a slice of local flavor!

My most beloved place in the whole world is: My grandparents place in Texas. It’s a 10-acre oasis in between two sprawling cities: Dallas and Fort Worth. A creek runs through their enormous backyard, where Granddad built a deck over the water. The entire place is shrouded with all types of trees (mainly pecan), blocking the Texas sun in the summer. Dusk is the best time to sit on the deck, drink a glass of ice tea and watch baby raccoons from the spring litter surround their back porch as Gram feeds them bread (no lie!). There will be dozens of raccoons eating on any given night. In the fall, my family gathers in the courtyard in front of their house for an annual “weenie roast.” Granddad lights the bonfire, and we roast dogs and s'mores. Yes, y’all, we’re from Texas!

Favorite way to get around: Well, I’m not much of a driver. I get lost easily and my tires have never come across a curb they didn’t want to get to know a little better. But, I do enjoy cruising around and listening to music. That said, I much rather explore a place by foot (with my iPod in tow) for a more intimate encounter.

View that took my breath away: Coming from Texas (where the view is wide but there’s not much to see), scenes from my new home of San Francisco never fail to amaze me. The city is a pedestrian’s dream, but don’t forget to turn around and look behind you as you meander through its neighborhoods. You won’t realize it, but you’ll be at the tip-top of a hill and the ocean will suddenly seem to be at eye level. Take a drive through the Presidio and over the Golden Gate Bridge where even more stunning views await!

Comments

Benidorm Weekend
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I have made a reservation at a hotel and paid the deposit by credit card. It is a non refundable deposit. Is there any way I can reclaim it?

Jennifer Gaines
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If they say it’s non-refundable, it’s probably non-refundable. If you booked through the hotel, I recommend calling and asking nicely, but don’t be surprised if the answer is no.

Susan Hoffman
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Love the tip but in a large city like NYC how can I narrow down the area?

Jennifer Gaines
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Susan, when you book a Top Secret Hotel, Travelocity tells you the neighborhood, the discounted rate and you can see some traveler reviews as well. In New York City, for example, you will know that you’re booking a 4-star hotel in Midtown Manhattan for $212 per night that gets a 4-smiley rating from travelers. In the traveler ratings, you can also see ratings for cleanliness, room quality, bed comfort, value, etc. Check it out!

Nathan Rodriguez Netbook
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Up to 70% savings on a four star hotel is a great deal, this Top Secret Hotels service looks very welcome when on a short budget.

Andreea
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I don’t get it..why is it called a secret hotel?

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