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Hotels are slashing rates to entice customers. If you know where to look, itís possible to grab five-star places at a fraction of the cost.
This is a full checklist of one-off promotions. For a step-by-step guide to permanently getting the cheapest hotel prices, see the Cheap Hotels guide. Also check out Cheap Train & Coach Deals and Cheap Days Out.
If you're looking for budget accommodation, there are about 100,000 Travelodge* 'saver' rooms available for £25 or less for stays between Sun 1 Mar and Sun 31 May.
The discounted rooms - which are non-refundable - are randomly spread throughout its 500+ hotels across all dates, so it could take a bit of patience to find a bargain room. This isn't a sale as such, it's Travelodge's normal 'saver' rate. These rooms exclude Northern Ireland hotels and London hotels and are for the room only - breakfast and other extras aren’t included.
There’s no deadline on booking, but rooms are limited so get in there quick to get the best price as when the ‘saver’ rooms are gone, they’re gone.
How good is this promotion?
We found the £25 or less spring rooms are usually away from city centre locations, but we did find a few examples of cheap rooms in central spots, but these tended to be on Sundays.
If you find a hotel room that costs more, check if there’s a cheaper room at a Travelodge further away from the city centre.
There are no specific excluded dates, but the rooms are spread across its 500+ hotels on various dates, so it's pot luck if the date and hotel you want has a cheap room. You may need to be flexible to get the best deal. Bear in mind, these rooms are non-refundable once booked.
Don't assume these are the cheapest rooms around, go on Trivago* to check if hotel brokers are offering cheaper Travelodge rooms and you may also find a totally different hotel that's cheaper.
Premier Inn has around 50,000 spring rooms from £35 a night (or from £69 in central London) for stays between Fri 27 Feb and Fri 20 Mar. Approximately 60% of the rooms will be £35 exactly.
This isn't really a sale, it's a promotion which highlights Premier Inn's cheapest hotels with its normal 'Premier Saver'' rate. This rate means you must pay upfront and you can't get a refund or make any changes once booked. Plus these are room-only bookings, so you don't get any extras like brekkie. The promotion's on till all the rooms are sold, so get in there sharpish if you want one.
The 50,000 rooms will be randomly spread across selected hotels in the 650+-branch hotel chain and across selected dates in the promotion, so you're going to have to route around to find the cheap rooms.
Here's some rooms we found for £35 in central city spots.
Plus we found rooms in central London too for £69.
You may need to be flexible to get the cheap rooms. Plus even if they look like a great price, they may not be the cheapest around. Go on Trivago* to check if hotel brokers are offering cheaper Premier Inn rooms and you may also find a totally different hotel that's cheaper.
If you're looking to book a holiday, we’ve got a code to get you 10% off UK and worldwide stays. This may not make it the cheapest around, so see our guide below on how to make the most of the code and get the best price.
Ebookers.com 10% off
Enter the code WINTER10EBK online at Ebookers.com* to get 10% off hotel stays until the end of this year, including hotels already on sale. You have until 11.59pm on Mon 30 Mar to book.
It works on 55,000+ hotels worldwide, though Bangkok hotels and big chains are excluded, such as Novotel, Hilton and Travelodge - see a full list of excluded hotels. The discount excludes taxes (can be as much as 10%-20% of the total price). There's no minimum spend.
How to use the codes most effectively
Step 1. Check the price
If you know which hotel you want to stay at, go to Ebookers.com* and check the price. Also ensure your hotel's not on the list of excluded chains. If you don't have a hotel in mind, it's worth browsing TripAdvisor*.
Step 2. Do a quick comparison
Once you've found the price for your hotel, do a quick comparison on Trivago*. Provided the room isn't more than 10% cheaper elsewhere compared to Ebookers.com, you can save with the code.
Read the full Cheap Hotels guide for lots of price-cutting techniques.
Step 3: If it's cheapest, enter the code
To get the discount, enter the code at the checkout. The code's only valid on hotels where you pay upfront in full. The code will only work on hotel bookings (eg, you can't get a hotel that's part of a hotel + flight or holiday package).
Important: Usually with these types of websites, once booked, your stay may be non-refundable so make sure you check. You may have to pay a city tax on arrival in some countries.
If you're not a member already, sign up for free to Secret Escapes via a special link on VoucherCodes* to get £25 free credit to spend towards a hotel stay. This is an ongoing offer and the minimum spend is £100. Existing members won't be able to get this offer.
Secret Escapes specialises in luxury hotels and it says it has 'members-only rates'. Don't assume you'll be getting the best price though, even with the £25 discount. Go on Trivago* to check you can't get your stay cheaper elsewhere, plus check reviews on TripAdvisor*. We've noticed you can be pay an up to £20 booking fee with Secret Escapes so find out the absolute total before price comparing.
An example of a decent saving we found is on a two-night stay for two from Sun 29 Mar - Tue 31 Mar at Walton Hall, Warwickshire, costing £204 with breakfast and dinner on one night (usually £219 without £25 discounted). When we looked on Trivago the next cheapest we found on Mon 2 Feb for the same stay is £259 through SuperBreak.
We haven't had confirmation from Secret Escapes on whether the credit works on all hotels, but from what we can see it does. We’ll update you here when we know more.
Before spending, use Martin's Mantras. If you answer 'NO' to any, Don't buy!
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