Print

LIST: ONLINE HOTEL & ACCOMMODATION-ONLY WEBSITES

These are online accommodation agents, or directories and 'collections' specialising in hotel booking, villa, apartment and holiday home lettings.
Agoda.com Online hotel agency specialising in the Asia-Pacific region. Part of Priceline.com.
BookDirectRooms.com Small and medium-sized hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs, campsites, cottages and farms in the UK.
Cottages.com New identity for Cottages4you.com. 10,000+ holiday cottages in the UK.
Design Hotels German-based directory and reservations site specialising in designer hotels worldwide. Lots of stylish pics and trendy graphics.
Drake & Cavendish Luxury Hotels Excellent and intuitively easy-to-use directory of over 5,000 luxury hotels around the world with direct links, contact details, photos, and sometimes reviews, for each hotel.
Epoque Hotels Stylish collection of 200+ boutique hotels worldwide with simple online realtime booking & confirmation.
HomeAway One of the main players in the UK with over 250,000 properties worldwide
Hotel Direct Discounted hotels in London, Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Madrid, Rome, and a few other UK & Irish regional cities.
Hotelopia Hotelopia, part of the First Choice group, offers reduced-rate accommodation to both business and leisure travellers at over 25,000 properties, budget to 5-star, in over 900 destinations throughout Europe, North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia. Unlike many online agencies, Hotelopia doesn't keep customers at arms length. They have a call centre open for customer support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Hotels.com Part of the Expedia, Inc. group. They claim to be "the Internet's largest specialized provider of discount accommodations worldwide", with savings of up to 70%. Certainly, with a database of over 100,000 hotels worldwide, there's a lot of choice when you get the results back from a search. They say if a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com will match it, and they are not obsessed with online-only sales, you can phone them.
Hotels4U 200,000 hotels (beach resorts, city, ski, etc) in the UK & Europe and popular Mediterranean holiday destinations.
HotelsCombined Hotel price comparison site that searches more than thirty major travel sites at once, and they now have a nifty iPhone app.
HouseTrip starEuropean holiday apartment booking website launched in 2009. You can book a whole apartment or villa for the price of a hotel room, the way you would book a hotel, online and with a credit card. Guests pay securely at the time of booking and payment is only transferred to the host when the guests have started their stay.
i-escape Independent accommodation booking service focused on small hotels, guesthouses, retreats, eco-lodges, and private rental properties worldwide.
igluVillas.com Mediterranean villas specialist website. You can find and book villas online through the usual destination driven criteria, but they also categorise villas for families, villas for golfers, and rather usefully villas with other villas next door - for groups who want to stay close together but not in the same house. The site can also find nearby activities for particular villas, a spin-off function from the now closed igluActive website which instead of selling 'activity holidays' sold villas that happened to have canoeing or mountain-climbing, etc opportunities nearby.
Luxury Explorer Launched in July 05, they call themselves a "luxury travel portal" offering a portfolio of over 100 of "the world's finest independent luxury hotel and resorts". The website is stylish and simple to use, which is always a good sign.
Luxury Link Well established American luxury break specialist site, now (Oct 2013) launching a .co.uk presence priced in pounds over here.
Med Hotels Med Hotels was originally formed by two former Virgin travel executives who saw an increasing trend towards customers preferring to book hotels independently. Now it is a Hotels4U brand. It focuses on 3, 4 and 5-star resort hotels, villas or apartments around the Mediterranean.
One Off Places star One Off Places is a bit of a cross breed. On the face of it, it looks like a self-catering specialist with rentable apartments, villas, cabins, tents, wagons, houseboats, windmills and treehouses, but it also features B&B stays in Moroccan riads, French Chateaux and castles in Scotland. The common thread is that they are all individual, distinctive and ‘one-off’ style properties.
ParisHotels.com Online booking for 180 "charming" hotels in Paris.
PlacesToStay.com Online worldwide hotel reservations system based in Ireland selling hotels in over 5,000 destinations in 160 countries worldwide. Simple and effective to use, and with a telephone help desk. It's gone through a few changes since it started out in March 1999 as iRd-net.com. In June 2000 it took on the snappier identity of ClickandGoNow.com, which then became the less snappy, cnghotels.com!
Pierre & Vacances Pound sign Longstanding French accommodation specialist, Pierre Vacances, offering a huge range of apartments, chalets, holiday villages, hotels, and other accommodation in France (mostly), Spain and Italy.
RoomAuction.com Online auction service enabling customers to bid for and book rooms at hotels in popular locations such as the Lake District, Cotswolds, Cornwall and London for less than the standard rate. The site shows the standard rate for different types of rooms at featured hotels, and the customer offers the lower price they’re willing to pay and can 'haggle' with the hotelier. They have (April 05) more than 80 hotels signed up on an annual membership basis, with four to five new ones joining every week.
Roomorama starLaunched in Jan 2009, Roomorama is an online rental community and one-stop shop for short-term rentals with private owners of flats and houses.
Secret Escapes Pound sign Well known hotel & resort discount site. Secret Escapes is an exclusive members only travel club offering deals of up to 70% every week.
SelfCateringHols.com Online villa agency with properties in over 20 countries worldwide.
Skoosh.com Hotel booking site based on consumer reviews (2 bad reviews and they're dumped) with the moderate sized portfolio of properties concentrated in Europe and some in North America (mostly Canada).
Smoothhound Utilitarian website offering thousands of hotels, guest houses & B&Bs in the UK.
Snowbeds.com Accommodation only website for catered & self-catering ski chalets. Online catalogue of over 1300 self-catered and privately operated catered chalets and apartments in France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria
somewhere2stay.com Owned & operated by Cosmos Holidays. No frills holiday accommodation at low prices to the most popular leisure destinations in Europe. The database has approximately 2,000 hotels and apartments in the 3-5 star category in 30+ destinations.
Superbreak.com Online hotel directory for over 1,800 x 2-5 star hotels in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland (including over 200 in London). You can search for airports hotels and make Theatrebreak bookings. In 2001 they added 800 hotels in European cities.
TravHotels.com Simple to use hotel booking site covering most of the major city destinations worldwide. Online manifestation of Eurobookers, sister company to Eurobookers.
Unusual Hotels of the World A 'collection' of 120 bizarre and unusual places to stay around the world including treehouses, underwater lodges, caves, igloo’s and ice hotels, which you can book online.
VillaRenters.com Online villa agency with over 6,000 properties in France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Florida & other countries, but especially Mallorca & Tuscany.
VillaSeek.com Searcheable database of villas worldwide run by the publishers of Holiday Villas Magazine. Like most 'shop-window' site, bookings are made directly with the owners.
wotif.com Excellent marketplace website for hoteliers to dump their last minute 'distressed stock'. If you need a room in the next 14 days in pretty much any major city/country you care to name, you'll find plenty of tempting offers here, and what's more it's a really intuitive & simple website to use. Wotif is an Australian company founded in 2000, and expanding fast with offices around the world. Its portfolio includes over 6000 hotels, motels, apartments, resorts, guesthouses and bed & breakfasts in 32 countries.
Zleeping Hotels Selling over 30,000 hotels at more than 1500 destinations in over 120 countries. Focused on social media users with rewards for reviews.

Notes

  • Stay In Media have a set of sophisticated accommodation directories for the West Country: StayIn Devon, StayIn Cornwall, StayIn Somerset and StayIn Dorset feature, not only self-catering accommodation but also hotel and B&B options, plus suggestions for things to do in the area and news of local events.
  • TrustedHouseSitters.com is a global house sitting website offering people the opportunity to stay in some often luxurious homes free of charge around the globe. Basically, you care for owner's home and often pets while they are away in return for free accommodation. They have homes available in over 40 countries from chateaux in France, villas in Tuscany, apartments in NYC, townhouses on London, eco homes in Costa Rica, to beach homes in Thailand, etc. House sits can be anything from a weekend to over a year. You can view the current house sit opportunities available on the website but to apply you need to registered and to be the first to hear about the latest house sitting opportunities, you need to be signed up, which costs £19.

 

Someone missing?

You cannot submit a website for this list but you can suggest one for me to look at.

Sometimes a simple list works best for inspiration!

© 1999-2017 Travel-Lists.co.uk. All rights reserved.