Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. She also has a folder full of dog GIFs and uses them liberally on Twitter at @lhockenson.
The great thing about last minute hotel booking sites and discount platforms like Lastminute, Hotwire and Expedia is that you can get rock-bottom prices for hotels with good reputations. The only problem is that you have to leave the booking somewhat to fate — great deals often require that you book with “unpublished” or “secret” hotels that you won’t know until you book it.
If you’re iffy on booking a mystery hotel but can’t say no to the price, Whatthehotel promises to offer you the ability to peek at what you’re getting before you book.
The tool, which is currently in beta, is pretty simple: submit a form on the site with the URL to the booking page along with your email, and Whatthehotel will send you a reply within a few minutes to let you know what it has uncovered.
The only caveat seems to be that it will only read valid hotels found on Lastminute — so if you’re trying to sniff out a deal on Hotwire, it really doesn’t know how to read the link. Hopefully more hotels will be added overtime.
Additionally, Whatthehotel offers a newsletter service to help root out good hotel deals to different destinations.
But if you’re a frequent travelhacker or prefer to know what you’re getting for your money, it’s a neat little app to keep in your back pocket.
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