If you are reading this blog, you are probably booking at least some of your hotels online and are looking to pay the lowest price for the hotel you want.
There are plenty of booking sites promising you the lowest price, including the hotel’s own website.
To make sure you really get the best price, you can compare multiple sites on your own.
Or you can go to a comparison site.
I have reviewed Trivago before.
At the same time, I also researching Hotels Combined.
Read on to find out what it is about, how it works and concerns you.
It promises to search across multiple booking sites, taking more than 5 Million deals into account, all in one easy search.
They also offer a best price guarantee should you find a better deal elsewhere and proudly display their Excellent 9.4 rating on Trust Pilot!
While it is hard to verify the number of sites or hotels they search, I did try to validate the Trust Pilot rating – and they fell way short of their own advertising.
The current rating is only 7.6 – a big gap from the advertised 9.4 rating, not a good start into the review!
How Does It Work?
Hotels Combined welcomes you with a typical hotel booking screen, allowing you to enter the destination. travel dates and number of people traveling.
You can expand it for an advanced search, including criteria like the price, star rating, property type or guest rating!
I like that you can select multiple categories for each, for example 3 and 4- star ratings for hotels and motels!
The site returns the list of available hotels and tools for you to sort the list of hotels, modify the display or further filter the list of hotels available.
You can sort the hotels by price, star or guest rating, distance from a place or sight or by traveller type – all of these are pretty standard.
A useful and easy tool is to switch the price display between taxes included and excluded, making it easy to see upfront what you have to pay.
For each of the hotels on the list, you will see a few pictures, the lowest available price, the prices for different rooms on different sites, as well as the guest rating!
Unfortunately, the price displayed is for the full stay, with no price per night visible.
At least the lowest available price is featured – different from Trip Advisor which shows the price at a recommended site.
Sometimes with a better price from a different site hiding in the details!
You can click through to a full list of available sites and room prices.
Or you can click through to the details of the guest rating.
You can see detailed ratings for the room, cleanliness, location, service as well as dining and facilities.
You can also see how different guests evaluate the hotel, for example singles, couples or families!
There are unfortunately no detailed reviews available like on other sites, so you do not know why people don’t like a property, making it hard to tell how relevant the ratings are to your own needs!
Once you pick your hotel and deal, you click through to the partner site to complete your booking.
It is important to note that Hotels Combined does not allow to book directly on their site, avoiding the conflict of interest Trip Advisor has!
The downside is that Hotels Combined does not have any responsibility for the actual hotel booking, so you will have to deal with the hotel and booking site directly.
How Does This Concern Me?
Hotels Combined gives you easy access to a large number of sites in one easy search.
There are a lot of options to filter and sort. I like the ability to include the taxes and fees, making your search more transparent.
Rather than hiding them till the last step of the search.
Especially helpful in unfamiliar locations that might have high taxes and fees!
One of the downsides are the limited reviews – they are neither verified, nor provide detail like on Trip Advisor or are from different sources.
Such as Trivago, making it likely that I will look at other sites to pick the right hotel for me.
While Hotels Combined ties its best price guarantee to include the hotel’s own website, there is no easy way to see the price on the hotel’s own site –
With many hotel chains know offering special prices, that is a big miss, making it necessary to check yet another site before booking.
Just like Trivago or Trip Advisor, it is a good first stop to start your hotel search.