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Best hotel booking websites revealed

Booking.com and Hotels.com beaten to the top spot by Travelzoo

Little-known but much-loved travel deals website Travelzoo has seen off better-known rivals to be named best hotel-booking website, in a survey by Which? Travel.

Based on 3,400 user experiences on 14 hotel booking websites, Travelzoo gained an overall customer score of 80%. It was also the only website awarded four stars for value for money. This meant it was rated higher than rivals Booking.com and Hotels.com.

At the other end of the table, Lastminute.com finished bottom with a mediocre customer score of 61%. It gained just two stars for the transparency of fees and customer service.

Looking for the best deal on your next hotel stay? Find out which hotel comparison site had the best prices before you book.

Travelzoo: who are they?

You probably won’t be able to use Travelzoo to replace Booking.com, Expedia or Hotels.com, because it has a comparatively limited number of searchable properties. Instead holidaymakers come here for the deals. Each week Travelzoo emails its subscribers with the 20 best deals of the week. These can vary from an overnight stay in Cumbria to a 10-day tour of India.

Hotels pay to have their properties listed on Travelzoo, but its four-star rating for value for money shows users clearly felt the deals were genuine. The site is membership only, but free to join.

Lastminute.com: rated worst hotel booking site

In contrast, Lastminute.com – which also offers curated holiday deals – came bottom after mustering just two stars for customer service. Users also felt it wasn’t transparent enough about fees, either being charged more than the price first quoted or facing extra fees at checkout.

Want to know how big players Booking.com and Hotels.com fared in our survey? You can also see how Airbnb stacked up against rivals Owners Direct and HomeAway with the full results of our best and worst hotel booking sites.

The cheapest hotel comparison websites

While Booking.com, Hotels.com and Expedia might be where you end up booking your hotel, many of us first find ourselves on hotel comparison websites like TripAdvisor, Trivago and Kayak. These websites allow you to compare prices side by side, and save you trawling the market for the best deals.

But which consistently offers the cheapest price? To find out we pitted the five most popular aggregators against each other.

Not only did one site offer the lowest rate in eight out of 10 hotel searches, it also achieved the highest overall score from customers. Find out which it was with our best and worst comparison sites.

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