Like most people, I’m not one to pass up a good deal, and one place to find the lowest hotel prices comes with the most risk: mystery hotel sites.
Hotwire and Priceline are both great resources for booking your next vacation or staycation, but knowing how the sites work and how you can make them work for you can be the difference between roughing it several miles out of town in a 1 star motel or sitting pretty 2 blocks from your destination in a 5 star luxury room – for the same price. These sites offer incredibly low rates in exchange for not knowing the name or exact location of the hotel beforehand. Sounds scary? It can be, but it can also be amazing.
How do I know? I’ve been using these sites for years to book short stays, business trips, and even full vacations. My best trip was $22/night at a 4.5 star hotel in Charleston, SC! Let me teach you my ways.
Have any other tips for finding secret hotels and super low rates? Leave them in the comments!