Hotwire markets itself as a hotel booking site where you get steep discounts only by learning the hotel's name after you book. In Reality, every single Hot Rate Hotel can be easily named before you put in your credit card info. Here are all of the methods you need to reveal the real name of Hotwire hotels.
1. Use an existing Hotel Revealing Service
Why do the work when someone else already did it?
2. Book soon! The last person got the...
This is where Hotwire is almost telling you outright the name of the hotel. But not quite.
The hotel identified here is the name of the last hotel booked with the same star rating and area that you are looking at. If there is only one Hotwire hotel with that star rating in the area, then this will tell you the true hotel's name. I find it's usually correct 80% of the time so it gives you a good starting point. Verify if it is the correct hotel using the additional revealing methods.
3. Your Hot Rate hotel is guaranteed to be 1 of these 4
This is another way Hotwire is making it easy to guess the names of their hotels. All you have to do is eliminate the hotels that don't fit by comparing the TripAdvisor rating and hotel location.
Here's an example where we're trying to identify a 5-star Hot Rate Hotel in the Center Strip - T-Mobile Arena area with a 4.5 TripAdvisor Rating.
We have to eliminate three of the four hotels to identify this. First off, we can eliminate SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand because it has a 5 Tripadvisor Rating instead of 4.5. Now there are 3 hotels left. To further whittle the results down we have to look at a map. Google Maps is a useful tool here, or sometimes there is enough information on the Hotwire map itself. You want to find where each remaining hotel is located and determine if it is within the boundaries of the area you selected on Hotwire.
I've manually labeled the hotels on the map. the Vdara, Bellagio, and MGM Grand (which is already eliminated) are all situated outside of the Center Strip - T-Mobile Arena area. The only possible hotel this Hotwire Hot Rate could be is the Waldorf Astoria.Helpful-Tip: Browse hotwire.com on a PC or anything with a large display. The Hotwire app doesn't always show all the information mentioned in this guide and it can be cumbersome to use the app when you're trying to narrow down from several possible hotels
4. Compare the Hotel Ratings
Each Hot Rate hotel has rating information listed next to it. This information will match up 1:1 for “retail” hotels, or hotels that are sold at market rate and give their name up front. Since Hotwire lists retail hotels along with the Hot Rate hotels it's easy to scroll through the listings looking for matches. To make it easy you can do some filtering.
We want to Identify this hotel. To start we will select the area on the map where this hotel is located: Center Strip - Forum Shops.
You can also select the area from the drop down filter menu if you're having trouble finding it on the map.
Select the star rating of the mystery hotel in the drop down Hotel class menu. 4 Stars.
If you still have too many results, narrow down by amenities. This unknown hotel has Free parking and Bed choice. Ignore the Bed choice amenity since it doesn't match to retail hotels.
When I narrow down to just the hotels with Free parking I get the name of the hotel.
Notice that the Tripadvisor rating(4/5), Number of reviews(15923), and Expedia rating(4.2/5) are exactly the same. You can safely assume that this Hot Rate hotel is the Treasure Island, and you can get it for $16 cheaper a night.
Sometimes some of this information will be missing for the Hot Rate Hotel. There might be a TripAdvisor rating but not the number of reviews. If this happens you'll just have to make do with what you have.
5. Compare the Resort Fees
Unfortunately, many hotels these days are using resort fees to nickel and dime more money out of you. Fortunately, these fees need to be listed on Hotwire and can help you identify your hotel as they are often a unique number.
Just compare the dollar amount between what's listed on the Hot Rate page and any retail hotels you suspect might be a match. The resort fee listed on the Hotwire page is often rounded to the nearest dollar. As long as they're close, it's a good sign you have a match.
6. Look at How Far the Hotel is from Points of Interest
How far a hotel is from a point of interest helps narrow down where your hotel is located inside the designated Hotwire area. Find whatever Point of Interest is closest to your Hotel and look around it using Google Maps. Once you know what landmark your hotel is near it's easy to find matching hotels in that radius. I suppose you could pull out your compass and protractor and really triangulate the hotel, but usually this isn’t necessary.
Now you've found your hotel
If you followed this guide correctly then you surely know the name of your hotel already. Great job!
Even after you know your Hotwire hotel's name, proceed with caution. You can't call up Hotwire or any other booking agent and tell them how you identified a mystery hotel. They won't believe you. Price-matching is out of the question. Keep in mind Hotwire's cancellation policy is not very good. Don't book on Hotwire unless you're sure you can get there. Identifying Hotwire Hotels is great for when you want to stay somewhere at the last minute as you can almost always get cheaper than retail rates even when booking on the same day as your stay.
Remember that even though Hotwire has cheaper rates, you might still be able to get even cheaper long term rates through hotel rewards programs. If you're staying at a casino and intend to gamble, there's a good chance your room rate will be comped if you put down enough money at the tables. Credit cards can also have great rewards programs for hotels that can surpass Hotwire's discounts.