Next June I'm going to Thailand and looking for a good but reasonably priced hotel. I found a hotel and a price that was good but I'm not sure if I can trust the company (they give a good rate only in case of pre-payment). Did someone used who used sweetrate.com?
Given that noone replied, and i've never heard of it myself in my many holiday researches, maybe its safer not to?
asiarooms.com and hostelworld.com are very popular and have reasonably good reviews. For any website though, I always find a place, then google the actual hotel myself. I then compare the prices and take it from there.
If for eg, asiarooms is cheaper, i will then email or call the hotel to ask whether it is ok to book via that way and whether they do it often....
i'm paranoid but we can never be too careful!
Hi was going to use Asiarooms to book a hotel for Hong Kong. When I read through some of the agreement it made me a bit nervous. I ended up using Travelocity. I felt that even if it had the same agreement as far as providing credit card information etc that at least I know Travelocity is a reputable company. It's funny how "brands" seem to make us feel a bit more secure.
Good luck with your hotel booking and your trip.
I have used asiarooms several times and I can't fault it. Most recently I booked accomodation in Shanghai, and as someone else mentioned I checked the hotel website first. But asiarooms was 40% cheaper than the website! I asked the hotel why this was, and they told me that asiarooms actually buys a certain amount of rooms from the hotel, so they are free to charge whatever they like. I would definitely recommend this website if you are looking for the best deal, don't be put off having to pay up front, this is simply a condition of the arrangement.
I've used sweetrate.com for booking hotels before. Never had a problem with their service, though i've never used them for booking outside the U.S.
Always shop around for the best deals and make sure you are clear what you are getting. Some websites ask for all the money upfront, I would never ever do that, if I pay off my credit card monthly then I am loosing interest on that money, if I don't then I'm paying interest on that.
Many websites simply request 1 night as a deposit and the the balance perhaps a few weeks before arrival. I would check that and only use websites where you only pay 1 night initial deposit.
I also never use those that ask for credit card details before they can confirm whether a room is available or not.
Sorry never heard of that website you mentioned though I am familiar with many local ones in Thailand.
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 2, 2008, at 11:59 AM by Louissa ]