FRIDAY, JUNE 15: Some of you are probably familiar with www.Kayak.com, the website that allows you to search a multitude of web places in an effort to bring you the lowest airfare.
Now there is a new site that does the same thing for hotels, www.trivago.com.
As an example, I put in “Miami hotel” for this weekend. It brought up prices on over 360 hotels with most of them getting quotes from five or more other websites.
The Palms Hotel and Spa, brought up seven websites (Expedia, priceline.com, HotelsClub, Hotels.com, GetaRoom, Octopus.com and Preferred Hotel Group).
In the Palms case, the price ranged from $199 a night at Expedia, Priceline and Hotels.com up to $594 at GetaRoom.
The results highlight the lowest rate and make it easy to click on it to book your room.
Of course, it has all the options you would expect in being able to narrow down your search like maximum price, how many stars the hotel is, amenities and distance from where you want to be within the city.
I did the same experiment with Bermuda hotels.
The price difference on the Fairmont Hamilton princess ranged from $239 a night on booking.com to $526 on octopus.com. The Hamilton Princess was actually the least expensive hotel out of the Bermuda hotels listed.
The most expensive one for this Saturday was Rosewood Tucker’s Point coming in at $720 with an offer on Hotels.com with Cambridge Beaches next at $646 on the Preferred Hotels Group website (but it was also listed at $891 a night at Hotelsclub).
Newstead Belmont Hills prices ranged from $251 a night on Easy Click Travel to $657 a night on booking.com, which coupled with the Hamilton Fairmont example goes to show that one hotel website can be the cheapest on one resort and then bring in the most expensive price on the next one.
At the moment Trivago.com shows it looks at 39 different websites in trying to get the best deal for you, many I had never heard of.
Quite often, the majority of the websites will not pull in an offer.
It also does not search www.hotwire.com for the obvious reason is you have to put in a specific bid, but you could use Trivago.com to find the lowest price available then use Hotwire to see if you can get an even better deal on the same hotel.
Even though Hotwire does not reveal which hotel it is, quite often if you start clicking all the amenities that you want, you then can figure out if you have a specific hotel.
All in all, www.trivago.com should be a useful travel tool that you can use to help defray your vacation expenses.