Hotwire Hotel Ratings
How can I find the type of place I'll stay before paying?
You will not find out the exact hotel where you'll be staying until you pay, but you can find out the types of services and amenities Hotwire hotel rankings give you, as well as typical hotels.
Although the Hotwire hotel ratings on this page track AAA auto club diamond ratings, be assured that Hotwire does move individual hotels up or down based on its customer feedback.
An overview of Hotwire's 1- to 5-star hotel ratings
5-star "Luxury" and 4.5-star "Deluxe"
Think of hotels where heads of state stay. Expect the utmost in superb service and amenities.
Very few hotels are ranked 4.5 or 5 stars. Few cities have even one of these. Many are independent members of the “Leading Hotels of the World” or the “Preferred Hotels” associations.
Five-star hotels are typically not chain ones, although you will encounter some Sutton Place, Pan Pacific, InterContinental hotels, and others.
For its 4.5-star ratings, Hotwire does use some chains like Hyatt Regency. However, not all Hyatt Regency hotels rate 4.5 stars, with some in the 3.5- and 4-star categories.
Think deluxe and stylish. You’ll find fine dining, extended room service hours, a concierge, and business centers.
You’ll usually enjoy the best locations for either business or resort activities.
Some typical 4-star Hotwire.com hotels include those operated by Swissôtel, Sonesta, Hyatt (without the Regency), Sheraton (most), Omni (many), Fairmont, Kimpton, Hilton (some), Marriott (many), and Pan Pacific.
Although 4 stars hotels are found mostly in large cities and in major resort areas, there are many more 4-star hotels than 4.5- and 5-star ones. You have a much better chance of receiving big discounts on 4-star hotels and resorts.
Many Hilton, Millennium, and Crown Plaza hotels are ranked 3.5 stars.
These bring you excellent restaurants and other amenities, as well as convenient locations.
Typical Hotwire hotel 3-star brands include Radisson, Holiday Inn, Wyndham, Courtyard, and Doubletree, Radisson, Hilton Garden Inn, and Hyatt Place.
These offer considerably more service and comfort than lower-ranked hotels. You’ll usually find a good restaurant and room service. When these hotels are near airports, flight crews often stay at these.
The best Hotwire discounts are offered on hotels with quality ratings of 3 to 4.5 stars.
At these limited-service hotels and motor inns, you’ll get more than just a room with a bed. You will often enjoy free Internet access, premium cable channels, and other perks. You may or may not have access to business and fitness centers. You are usually within walking distance of restaurants.
Typical 2.5 star brands used by Hotwire include Holiday Inn Express, Country Inn & Suites, and AmeriSuites.
These limited-service hotels and motor inns offer basic and sometimes small rooms with often a few extra perks, such as an ironing board or coffee maker plus frequently a complementary continental breakfast served in the lobby.
Typical names include La Quinta, Days Inn, and Comfort Inn.
Some of these limit public access to their lobbies at night for more security.
Because these and 1-star places are already not very expensive, Hotwire's percentage off is naturally less than on its higher star hotels.
To be listed with Hotwire, 1-star motels and hotels must be clean, but you should expect no frills whatsoever. Some limit public access to their lobbies at night.
Typical budget names include Best Value Inn, Super 8, and Econo Lodge.
Hotwire's savings add up
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You're guaranteed the best available rate—if you find a lower rate available to the general public for the same type of room, the same view, in the same hotel, and on the same dates, you'll be paid double the difference between the two prices.
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