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Best site to book Canada hotels?

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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
Hi everyone, going to Canada for 4 weeks in the summer with my girlfriend. We'll be spending 8 days in Toronto, a week in Vancouver, 8 days on Vancouver island then 5 days in Toronto again. Looking to spend no more than £350/week accommodation and it's becoming a nightmare trawling through all the sites. Have found decent enough places through a combination of travelsupermarket.com and ebookers but just wondering if there's any sites that are really good for getting cheap hotels out there. Or even if it'd be worthwhile checking out self-catering places for the duration?

For Toronto I want to be as close to Downtown as possible, as with Victoria (Vancouver Island), and downtown Vancouver.

Thanks for any help :-)
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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
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#1
Have you tried Expedia? We got our Las Vegas hotel through there and they were the cheapest we found. :)
#2
Thanks for the reply, I tried a search on expedia there but it's a bit more expensive than the prices travelsupermarket was coming up with. Thanks though :)
#3
Hotwire.com is good for hotels in Toronto - you dont know which hotel you will be staying in but you do know the area and standard of the hotel - the prices are very good.
#4
You could always try:

www.priceline.co.uk & www.hotwire.com

I would recommend you read up at www.betterbidding.com first to learn about the bidding zones for Priceline and also the amenities that give away the likely hotel on hotwire. It is a bit risky but we booked 8 hotels across the US last year and were not disappointed with a single one.

We booked Sheraton Falls View last year when we went to Niagara Falls through Hotwire and got it for £180 US Dollars for 2 nights. I am sure they will do other desitinations in Canada as well though
#5
That's great, thanks very much for the help. Not too clued-up on priceline but I'll try hotwire, thanks!
#6
Can I just ask, would it be advisable to go through the stress and hassle of using priceline, are the prices really that much better than hotwire? thanks
#7
phoenix_af;7494550
Can I just ask, would it be advisable to go through the stress and hassle of using priceline, are the prices really that much better than hotwire? thanks


Best way to do a comparison I find is to use the calendar of wins here http://www.betterbidding.com/index.php?autocom=custom&page=calendar at better bidding.

Pick a 14 day range (but for 2009) for your trip and then select Canda Hotwire from the drop down and hit submit, this will bring back the wins people have posted for last year and give you the price they paid and hotel. Then do the same again but choose Canada Priceline and compare the hotels and prices.

I looked at 24th June as an example date and found teh following wins on Hotwire:

[COLOR=#222222]4.5* Banff Rimrock Resort Hotel[/COLOR] - $146

[COLOR=#222222]4* Vancouver (Downtown Entertainment) Terminal City Club Tower[/COLOR] - $109

[COLOR=#222222]5* Vancouver (Downtown West) The Sutton Place Hotel[/COLOR] - $131

[COLOR=#222222]4.5* Victoria (Downtown) Grand Pacific[/COLOR] - $132

[COLOR=#222222]3* Winnipeg (downtown) Holiday Inn[/COLOR] - $64


When comparing the Priceline list I found:

[COLOR=#222222]4* Halifax Westin Nova Scotian[/COLOR] - $67

[COLOR=#222222]4* Montreal (Downtown) Sheraton Le Centre[/COLOR] - $61

[COLOR=#222222]4* St Catharines-Niagara (Niagara Falls) Sheraton on the Falls[/COLOR] - $60

[COLOR=#222222]4* St Catharines-Niagara (Niagara Falls) Sheraton on the Falls[/COLOR] - $75

[COLOR=#222222]3.5* Vancouver (Downtown) Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites[/COLOR] - $60

[COLOR=#222222]4* Vancouver (Downtown) Hyatt Regency[/COLOR] - $70


Now the hotels won are all over canada but you can see that for a 4*/4.5* hotel the winning bids on priceline were on average $67 a night and Hotwire was $129 a night. I know the Hotwire ones were 4.5* but the star rating is down to each site.

Therefore for this particular day Priceline average prices were much more competitive. However there is a risk with Priceline to get those prices as you are bidding on zones which can contain many hotels and you are not guaranteed your choice and you have to go with whichever hotel accepts your bid (card is charged immediatley and then you are shwon the hotel you have won). Hotwire is less risky as whilst the names are not shown you can use the betterbidding forums to understand what the likely hotel is as people post what they were when they booked and also many are worked out using teh amenities.

For Canda Hotwire this is probably the section on betterbidding you want to use to research the amentities:
http://www.betterbidding.com/index.php?showtopic=92

And for Priceline this link:
http://www.betterbidding.com/index.php?showtopic=98

But I would also browse the forums as well, the people that run this site are very friendly and helpful so if you are really stuck join up for free and ask for their help in getting what you want and they will make recommendations and guide you as much as they can.

Hope all that helps.

p.s all prices quoted on thsi site are exclusive of taxes so remember to factor this in to your bidding price.
#8
Thank you so much for going to all the effort of explaining that to me, I really do apprecite it. I found it difficult to understand but now I completely get it.

I agree with it being a risk for the hotels as you may be given one that you're not as keen on, I will speak to my girlfriend and hopefully decide on whether to use priceline or hotwire, both sites I had been unfamiliar with before now.

Thanks again, you've helped me so much! :-)
#9
phoenix_af;7494988
Thank you so much for going to all the effort of explaining that to me, I really do apprecite it. I found it difficult to understand but now I completely get it.

I agree with it being a risk for the hotels as you may be given one that you're not as keen on, I will speak to my girlfriend and hopefully decide on whether to use priceline or hotwire, both sites I had been unfamiliar with before now.

Thanks again, you've helped me so much! :-)


A pleasure, feel free to PM me whenever you are looking if you get stuck and I will help as much as I can. Hope you have a great holiday and get some quality bargains on the hotel front however you decide to book.
#10
Two more questions though, with priceline there doesn't seem to be an option to select the number of people that will be staying, is it just a given that you're paying for the room and it'll probably suit 2 people?

Also I know in Canada they charge 13% tax for hotels, is this included in the taxes paid on priceline or is this likely to be additional?

Thanks again :-D
#11
phoenix_af;7495271
One more question though, with priceline there doesn't seem to be an option to select the number of people that will be staying, is it just a given that you're paying for the room and it'll probably suit 2 people?

Thanks again :-D


Yes priceline rooms assume double occupancy in either a twin or double room but tbh we were always given a double/queen/king in our US hotels :)

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