A guide to Morocco’s most exciting cities

Morocco is home to some vibrant and bustling cities that are well worth exploring if you’ve got the time to travel around the country. The following are some of the best places to visit, but this is far from an exhaustive list!

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If you’re keen to learn about Morocco’s fascinating history, Fes is the place to come, as it’s considered to be a hotspot for traditional Moroccan culture. The city is home to one of the oldest universities in the world – the Karaouiyine mosque, which set up its teaching facilities in the 9th century.

Fes also has the distinction of being the oldest Moroccan imperial city, with the ramparts that protected the settlement, as well as the monumental gates that provided access, still intact. The monumental gates are particularly stunning, with these entrances decorated using blue and green glazed ceramic pieces. You also can’t leave Fes without experiencing its vast Medina, which comprises almost 1,000 narrow alleys, all lined with stalls and shops selling everything from jewellery to cabinets.


You can’t miss Rabat if you’re touring Morocco’s best cities, as it’s the capital and boasts a wealth of historical sites. Among them are the remains of a 12th century mosque that was designed to be large enough that the whole of Yaqub Al-Mansour’s army could pray there.

Many of Rabat’s most important monuments now house museums, with the Oudayas Palace home to the national museum, while one of the towers that guards the walls of the Oudayas Kasbah has been converted into three art galleries. The entire fortress quarter, where you’ll find these and other landmarks, is still surrounded by imposing walls topped with cannons. The main gate and its stunning carved wooden doors are among its most striking features.


Essaouira is a beautiful coastal city that’s well worth a visit on your holiday to Morocco – and it has much more than just a pretty beach to offer travellers. One of its most notable landmarks is the fortress that stands proudly looking out to sea. You can walk along the ramparts and visit the old artillery platform before heading into Essaouira’s medina.

The medina here is not as old as many of the others you can explore in Morocco, having been founded in the 18th century. However, what makes it particularly special is the coexistence of so many ethnic groups who have all been brought together due to the city’s status as a trading hub. Arabs, Amazighs, Europeans and Africans all live and work side-by-side within the medina.


The final city we’re going to talk about is Marrakech, which is a fascinating example of how an old Moroccan city has been expanded with a distinctly European influence. The period of French rule in the country – and the importance of Marrakech at this time – resulted in an entirely new and very different district (Gueliz) being developed alongside the traditional heart of Marrakech.

Among the old Moroccan sites you shouldn’t miss are the bustling medina – especially the Djemma el Fna square – the Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs and the Ben-Youssef medersa. In Gueliz, you’ll discover charming gardens (like the Marjorelle Gardens), luxury boutiques, quaint cafes and high-end restaurants. This makes Marrakech an excellent place to visit if you’re keen to see the old and new sides of Morocco in one place.


Cyprus and its cities

Cyprus is an island of many facets and if you’re intending to take a holiday there, it’s best to plan so that you can explore as many of them as possible. Tourists often forsake the cities in favour of those gorgeous sandy beaches and the rugged terrain that have given the island its status as a holiday paradise, but the major cities have just as much charm as the fishing villages on the outskirts. Good nightlife, plenty of cafes and culture in abundance, you can definitely expect to find all of these in the metropolises below. With flights to Cyprus with companies such as Monarch so cheap at the moment, why not book a weekend off and explore one of them?

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The city of Lefkosia is the capital and business centre of the island, and as such, you can expect a busy atmosphere as well as a thriving town centre. During the day, you’ll find plenty of places to sample that fine Cypriot coffee – Kafenio in Nikokleous and Raw in Themistokli Dervi are two of the finest recommendations – but you’ll also be treated to a rather exciting nightlife. For a unique evening experience, head to Plato’s. Tucked away inside an old house, it feels very much like a jazz joint and serves a huge variety of beers from all over the world. Dress appropriately, though.

Top of the list of cultural attractions is Buyuk Han, a stunning Ottoman-era construction where a local market still take place on a regular basis (check with your accommodation provider – they should be able to tell you when the market is on). Oddly enough, it’s also worth tracking down the local Debenhams for a first-class panoramic look at Lefkosia from the top floor. Don’t feel too self-conscious – everyone is doing it.


It’s all about the culture in Lemesos. The second largest city in Cyprus is an immensely popular tourist destination for many reasons, but the plethora of historical attractions is certainly a huge draw. Highlights to see include the Grand Mosque in the old Turkish quarter, the archaeological museum and, of course, Lemesos’ very own medieval castle. Constructed in the 14th century, this imposing structure has impressed and enthralled the city’s visitors since the day it was completed.


Our third city destination is the metropolis of Larnaca. Don’t be fooled by the concrete jungle feel offered by the circular steel towers here – there’s still plenty of beauty to be unearthed. If you have a choice, come here during the winter months. You won’t be disappointed – the nearby Salt Lake fills with water and plays host to flocks of beautiful flamingos.

But there’s plenty to do in the summer as well – be sure to visit the Ayios Lazarus, and dive down to the wreck of the Zenobia if you get the opportunity.


Our final destination is Paphos, which more than holds its own against its fellow cities. Must-visit locations include the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, the Ayios Neophytos monastery and – particularly if you’re a wildlife fan – the Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station, which is every bit as wonderful as it sounds. Paphos is also coastal and, as such, has some of the best beaches in Cyprus. Head to St George with a beach towel and a good book for some serene coastline.


Upgrade Your Dinner Experience

Creating an extravagant dining experience in your home does not require you to be an interior designer. Many people think they need to spend big money to have an fancy dining experience, but with a few small changes you will feel like you are dining at a nice restaurant. When you enjoy your home for what it is supposed to be, you will feel much happier about the place. Use you imagination when decorating and get some candles out to set the atmosphere. If there is a dish you really want to have then check out Youtube to learn how to cook it. there is no excuse anymore for not being able to cook or come up with creative ideas for your home. It is all online!


Kitchen Clear-Out

If you think you are going to have an elegant setting in an untidy kitchen, you are dreaming. Before you do anything else you should have a major clean out of your kitchen and discard everything that no longer serves a purpose. There may even be things that are normally left around but could be put in the garage or stored in a closet to free up some space and give you more room to upgrade your dining experience. Consider being brutal and making your kitchen a place you really want to relax in.

Table Decorations

The factor which contributes the most to your dining experience apart from the food will be the decor. There should be a fresh clean table cloth with some decorative tablemats laid out and a centrepiece to bring it all together. For the centre piece you can use flowers, potpourri, plants and candles. A simple idea like placing tea-light candles in a ramequin of coffee beans gives an elegant feel while creating a soft aroma. You don’t want to overdo the decorations when it comes to the table. Remember that you have to fit all of the plates and food out as well.



The food you eat will contribute greatly to how you feel about your dining experience. Are you planning to cook easy to eat, fresh and light meals or sticky pork ribs that will have everybody at the table covered in sauce? The food should make you feel like you are eating in a high class restaurant. Keep it simple and look online for recipes and ideas. Mediterranean food is excellent for dinner parties as it incorporates many servings of small tapas which can be prepared in advance.



Have you ever been to a nice restaurant that has the lights on full blast at night? I doubt it! Lighting should accentuate certain places and pieces around the room and this is the same for creating an ambient environment in your own home. Have some candles on the table as part of the decorations and in strategic locations around the room, such as under pictures or on candle holder stands. It does not have to be a full candle-light affair as a nice lampshade will do a perfect job of lighting the room also. Have fun with making your home an enjoyable place to dine.




3 Easy Steps to Make Your Living Room More Opulent

You living room is where you go to relax and unwind after a hard days work. You want it to be as comfortable and welcoming as possible so you can just thrown off your shoes and chill out.

The decor and ambiance of the room will determine whether it is going to make you fell relaxed or even more stressed. Making a room seem more opulent doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. You can create a lush, luxurious feel using inexpensive materials if you choose carefully selected colours and textures. Soft cushions, candle light and a nice fragrance will make all the difference. Your imagination is the key element here and you should go online and check out some ideas for doing up your living room.


Comfort in you living room begins with having it tidy. We all enjoy a room so much more when it is clean and clutter free. Decorate the room according to your tastes and experiment with what makes you feel at home. Your living room should be your space to relax so spend a little time doing it up to your desired taste. Get some cushions and pillar candles to set the mood for your room. Shop at local markets to find opulent cushion covers to put on your couch and maybe even a rug or throw to pull it all together. Markets are a great place to find deals on items to fancy up your house with wood carvings, paintings, ornaments, and fabrics.



Lighting in your living room should have more than one option. You want it to be bright during the day and warm and inviting in the evening. Choose candles to create an atmosphere where you just want to cuddle up on the couch and watch a movie or read a book. Find some coloured lampshades or make your own to generate a red or orange glow in the room to add to the warm feel. Different lighting in a room can make such a difference to how you feel about the place. It is amazing how a few candles can change a room. There are lots of stylish candle holders available ranging huge to ones that only hold one tea-light candle.



Deploying the right fragrances throughout you house and especially you living room will make a huge difference to how you feel when you sit down. Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years to calm the senses and ease the mind and body. Try out lavender, jasmine and sandlewood to see which you like best. There are hundreds of different fragrances to choose from and no doubt you will find one that you love. Light the scented candle when you come in from work so that the fragrance has time to fill the room for when you sit down to relax. Good quality scented candles are a better choice here than room sprays as they add more to the ambiance of the room and don’t have the chemical undertones.


Sydney: Attractions You Can’t Afford to Miss!

Sydney is one of the largest cities in Australia. In fact, it is the most populous city too, and a major tourist attraction in the world. People living in Sydney are commonly referred to as Sydney-siders and comprise both international and cosmopolitan populace.

When visiting Sydney for the first time, you will definitely fall in love with the modern landscape because of its captivating beauty. You can also enjoy walking along the lovely beaches, admiring the view of the clear blue ocean waters and enjoying the cool breeze! It is definitely a great place to go for vacation and break away from the usual hectic life, so let’s take a look at some of the top attractions you can’t afford to miss in this amazing city.

Sydney Opera House

One of the places you simply cannot afford to miss is the famous Opera House. It is one of the most popular performing venues around the globe, and it is situated on Bennelong Point, Sydney Harbor. It has a roof with shell structures, spherical in shape and very pleasing on the eye. These shell structures are set upon an immense podium and are surrounded by terrace areas that are used as pedestrian concourses.

It also has five theaters which are the Concert Hall, Drama Theater, Opera Theater, Playhouse and Studio Theater. To get a better view from the outside, you can take a exciting boat ride around the Opera house, which will also give you a view of some of the surrounding islands.

White Rabbit Gallery

Another spectacular place to visit in Sydney is the White Rabbit Gallery. This gallery is based in the city and is considered the home of contemporary Chinese art. It is located in the suburb of Chippendale, however, apart from Chinese art, the gallery has a tea house, a shop and a library, all at one spot.

The reception is very inviting and welcoming, and hanging up on the ceiling are traditional Chinese birdcages, which brings out a touch of exceptional character to the tea house. The artworks are also very eye catching and give an assortment of approaches, with some works revolving on social issues like environmental conservation.

New South Wales Art Gallery

The Art Gallery New South Wales (AGNSW) is another amazing place to visit in Sydney. It is the top art museum and the most important gallery in the New South Wales and Sydney as a whole, and it is also one of the leading cultural establishments in Australia. The gallery holds important collected works of Australian, Asian and European art and offers visitors almost forty exhibitions per year.

Sydney Harbor Bridge

The Sydney Harbor Bridge is one of the iconic feature of Sydney and is a must visit place for tourists. It is a steel-through arch-bridge that cuts across Sydney Harbor and carries pedestrian, bicycle, vehicular and rail traffic between the central business district of Sydney and the North shore. The bridge offers an exceptional view of Sydney and with the Opera House nearby, and it has been nicknamed ‘The Coat-hanger’ because of its arch-based shape.

Have fun visiting these marvellous attractions. Visiting them all might get expensive, so make sure you save all the money you can before you go.


A Fairytale Wedding Destination

Many celebrities along with couples choose to get married in a tropical paradise. Statistically one couple every single week in a year will want their dream wedding and their destination was the tropical Whitsundays. This information is reference as to keep a blog profile so it can be easy and quick to use by people wanting a fairytale style wedding.

A Fairytale Wedding Destination

A Fairytale Wedding Destination

A Dream Wedding

Girls from a young age dream of the fairytale wedding. As well as wanting knights in shining armor to sweep them off their feet so why not plan that wedding only dreams are made of at the most romantic place in the world. A famous author by the name of Ralph Emerson quoted, “Life is a journey, not a destination,” was only partially correct. The destination for the perfect wedding day along with the perfect weather is always what the bride and groom is looking for. Of course a bit of romance, relaxing after an emotional day and letting their hair down is also on their minds. People like celebrity race car driver Grant Denyer or Ben Southall gave their brides-to-be that fairytale wedding.

Destination Whitehaven Beach

Couples will find that the Whitsunday paradise have everything to make that fairytale wedding come true. The journey will begin by flying over the azure waters of the Great Barrier Reef to Whitehead Beach.  Couples today want something different besides a church wedding in the city where they grew up and to make new memories. Whitehead Beach offers a place where all dreams of a perfect wedding can take place. Now take a detour to a place considered to be the most romantic in the world where couples say their wedding vows.  It is not far from the Great Barrier Reef and it is known as the Heart Reef.  The next place that is known for having a wedding ceremony is by taking vows on board or on land at the sailing club.

Fairytale Wedding Planning

The Whitsunday area has plenty of professional wedding planners, places to pick exotic floral for the bridal bouquets, hair and makeup salons, fine dining at elegant restaurants, rent the bridal party attire including men’s suits along with world class photographers to choose from on the special day. Of course, the bridal party can choose from a professional company that can plan the complete wedding to give them the fairytale story wedding. All they have to do is be there and the rest is done by the company. The reason Whitehaven Beach and the Whitsundays area is known to be the place to have that dream wedding is simple; the natural beauty of the landscape, the tropical climate, the privacy and the romantic atmosphere. This has been proven by a survey that was done recently by the Whitsunday Marketing and Development Board showing that 60 percent of the couples came from long distances just to have that dream or fairytale wedding.  Since, the happy couple is already here to have that dream wedding then they won’t have to go far for the honeymoon. They can find many places to have the honeymoon retreat with relaxing and taking that special time as being that new spouse. The fairytale wedding will be only dreams and memories of a life time.


Beaches beyond Bangkok: Ko Samet and Cha-am

By Melissa Reichwage

The capital city of Bangkok can be a dirty, dizzying attack on one’s senses. That’s why a trip to one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities is best paired with a visit to one of Thailand’s famous beaches. Most tourists trek far to the south to revel in white sand and turquoise waters, without realizing there are easily accessed, unspoiled beaches within 3 hours of the city. Skip Pattaya, a former fishing village, now overrun by the sex tourism industry, and instead hop on a bus down to beautiful Ko Samet or Cha-am.

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Ko Samet

Located 200 kilometers from Bangkok in the Gulf of Thailand, the T-shaped island of Ko Samet caters to both the low-key family-oriented vacationers as well as the rowdy nightlife crowd. Considering its proximity and popularity with locals and expats alike, Ko Samet is unexpectedly underdeveloped.


Unlike the more popular Ko Samui, Ko Tao, Ko Chang, and Phuket, this scenic island has no traffic, no high-rise buildings, and few paved roads. This is due in part to the fact that most of the island is part of a national park, protecting it from overzealous construction. Still, there are plenty of luxurious resorts and budget guesthouses to rest your head.


There are over ten pristine beaches to choose from on this small island, with the majority on the eastern side. If the pool and beach isn’t enough excitement for you, try scuba diving or rent a motorbike or 4-wheeler for approximately 500-1000 baht/day. The rough, unpaved interior road will lead you through thick jungle to stunning beaches and cliffs.


To get there: Take a mini-van from Victory Monument in Bangkok or a bus from Bangkok’s Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai) which leave frequently all days of the week, then catch a 30 minute ferry or speedboat from Ban Phe to the island. Alternatively book with an online travel agency such as:http://tucantravel.com/



King Rama VI made a wise choice in 1923 when he had his golden teakwood summer seaside getaway, known as Maruekhathaiyawan Palace, built near Cha-am. The unassuming Cha-am draws travelers in with wide, sandy beaches and clean, calm grey-blue water. Not only is Cha-am quieter and closer to Bangkok than the more popular Hua-Hin, but it’s also more affordable. The prices are some of the most affordable anywhere along the coast.


The backdrop here is completely different than that of Ko Samet, with many soaring buildings dotting the coastline. The main beach town is at the intersection of Naranthip Road with Ruamijt Road, which runs parallel to the beach. Here there are local festivities at the town’s main pier and many excellent seafood restaurants.


There are a number of local and internationally recognized hotels including the Sheraton, the Regent (formerly Holliday Inn Resort Regent Beach), and Novotel. While Cha-am sees far more Thai tourists than foreigners, it is prepared to cater to all. In addition to beach activities such as jet skiing and banana boat riding, there are wildlife parks, temples, and over five excellent golf courses. However, avid scuba divers are likely to be left disappointed by the clarity of the water and the marine life here.


To get there: Trains leave from Hualamphong Station in Bangkok to both Hua Hin and Cha-am several times daily. Mini-vans depart from Bangkok’s Southern Terminal (Sai Tai), Victory Monument, and Mo Chit about every hour for 160 baht or for about 2000 baht you can take a taxi directly to Cha-am.


Melissa Reichwage is currently living in Colombia and has traveled extensively in North and South America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Australia. With a Master’s in Public Health, focusing on Global Health and Development, she will continue exploring and learning about solutions available to overcome the pressing issues of our time.

Save up Miles for a Trip to East Africa

Traveling can be one of the most rewarding undertakings in which a person can engage. Most people tend to try and stay with the familiar when they start to plan their travels. The United States is the leading destination for Americans, Europe is the leading destination for Europeans, and so on. By getting out of one’s comfort zone, travel can really expand his or her cultural awareness and understanding of the world.

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Go To East Africa

Traveling to out-of-the-way places can be a great way to get some great excitement into one’s life. One of the coolest places to get a unique experience is East Africa. The nations that make up the former British East Africa are Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. These nations have a beautiful landscape and amazing wildlife. There are many national parks that African nationals and those from abroad can enjoy. These parks maintain impressive populations of exotic animals that are not seen in the wild very often.

Amboseli National Park

One of the most impressive national parks in Africa is Amboseli National Park which sits on the Kenyan side of the Kenya/Tanzania border. This park is most noted for its large population of African elephants. It is not unusual to see 25 to 50 elephants gathered around at one time within the confines of Amboseli. Another prominent feature of the park is its location. It is set at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. This mountain rises over 19,000 feet above sea level and is Africa’s tallest mountain. Kilimanjaro is one of the few places on the equator that has a snow cap. Additional wildlife that is on display at Amboseli includes lions, zebras, and cape buffaloes.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Another nice visit in East Africa is the Lake Nakuru National Park that is located in Nakuru, Kenya. This park is not quite as impressive as Amboseli, and there are no elephants. Nonetheless, there are many different species of African wildlife on display. Gazelles and wildebeests are common as are hippos and rhinos. A nice high view of the park below can be had at Baboon Cliff, named for the animal that inhabits it. In addition to the lake, the most prominent feature of Lake Nakuru is the large population of pink flamingos that reside around the lake.

Serengeti National Park

One of the most famous national parks in all of East Africa is the Serengeti National Park. This park is located on the Tanzanian side of the Kenya/Tanzania border. The Serengeti Plain is best known for the large animal migrations that take place on an annual basis. Planning a trip for the migrations will make a vacation more rewarding.

Getting to East Africa

Getting to East Africa might seem out of reach for many people, but it can be done. There are a number of airlines that allow people to earn frequent flyer miles. These can be accumulated over time, and many people will be able to earn a free flight to one of the major airports in Africa. These trips should be considered a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and those who are able to get up enough miles to fly for free will want to find lodgings that are in the national parks themselves. These hotels and lodges make the perfect spot to start out a game drive in the early morning or late afternoon when the animals are most active.


Gabriel Obadia is a freelance blogger who writes about making a film dvd for Video Express and Montreal concerts for Shots and Stars.


De-cluttering your House: Make a Profit Spring-cleaning

We all have that drawer or cupboard in the house that we’re scared to open because its contents might spill out. There’s the bookcase crammed with books that haven’t been read since your kindle arrived, and the stacks of DVD’s that are burned on your laptop. But the prospect of sorting through all this old clutter is daunting. So instead, look at every item as a potential few dollars, because someone somewhere is willing to pay for that old mobile phone or CD collection.


Break it down.

Usually, your clutter is never as chaotic as you think. All the old tools are in the shed, unwanted toys in the kids’ toy boxes, old kitchen appliances in some dusty kitchen cupboard. Assign a few hours one evening when you’re free and chose the most cluttered place. Once you have this area sorted, and it won’t take as long as you think, all those little junk drawers and cluttered corners won’t seem like a big deal.

A lot of old CDs, DVD’s and video games you have might be taking up unwanted space, but they could be valuable collectables. You probably cannot even use any of those Nintendo 64 games or relics from your first Playstation, but even though they don’t have cases or seem a bit tattered, there is still a market for old goods.
So after all these items have been sorted into groups of binned, keeping and selling, it is time to decide which is the best market place for selling your products. The most obvious solution is using the internet as a platform for selling, and there is no shortage of websites to sell on. It’s best however, to do a bit of research on the particular website, for there are niche websites designed for selling specific items. If you post products on these websites, they have a better chance of being seen than on more commercial websites where they are overlooked due to the sheer volume of products (maybe these websites could do with some de-cluttering).

Top Tips for Removing Household-Clutter

  • If its broken, bin it
  • If you can’t remember what it does, bin it
  • If it’s not broken, sell it
  • If it’s not yours and you don’t know how it got there, get rid of it!

When de-cluttering, don’t get distracted by old photos or things that stir up memories. You will probably be keeping these, so stay focused and put them in a box for later.
When you’re finished and have put all your nicely separated items in specific boxes, do not put them into the store closet to be dealt with later. Sort it out that da

De-clutter a small area when you find yourself bored with some time to spare. Don’t leave reorganising your house for your precious weekend, or you might not do it at all.

Try not to lose motivation. Remember why your started and think of that free space you wanted, or the extra cash you want for those new shoes.

Get online and start selling today. You will feel much better with a tidy, uncluttered house!

The Emergence of Secret Hotels

Secret hotels, sometimes known as the opaque channel, have rocketed in popularity in recent years. One operator, Hotwire has reported that hotel room bookings have doubled in the last year, in addition to 5,000 more hotels coming on board. In times of austerity and when fighting for a share of a market that Visit Britain has reported as worth £52bn in the UK alone, the potential for bargains is likely to accelerate this trend.

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What does it involve?

Essentially, you get discounts on hotel rooms in return for not initially knowing where you will be staying. There is a trade-off inherent with secret hotels, which means you accept some unknowns in return for receiving savings on the hotel price. And the savings can be very good – 45 to 50 percent in some cases. Once you have confirmed the booking all will be revealed however.

While it would seem that there is some uncertainty about whether the hotel will match your expectations regarding quality and location, in reality a lot of this uncertainty is taken out of the equation because the secret hotel websites indicate the general hotel locations and there are also quality indicators to refer to before you confirm, – the hotel’s star rating and other travellers’ ratings from TripAdvisor.

Once you have confirmed your booking, that’s it – it’s final, so don’t book thinking that you’ll just go ahead and cancel afterwards. The secret hotel websites have a price match guarantee, which means they will refund the difference of any cheaper offer you find for the same hotel. On the Secret Hotels website their partner Lastminute allows you 24 hours to find a better offer – you’ll need to send a screenshot of any competing offer to claim the price difference.

How it works

The savvy traveller selects their location and dates and searches on the secret hotel website. You will be presented with all the hotels that match your criteria and you can narrow this down further using criteria like the hotel star rating, Guest Review Rating (provided by TripAdvisor), Best Sellers and Price. You can also click for additional information, such as hotel and room facilities. Once you have made your choice you just complete the payment details and you’re booked in. At that stage you will find out the name of the hotel you will be staying in. All in all it’s pretty straightforward.

Why hotels might do it

It is often actually in a hotel’s interest to offer discounted rates. Remember that the vast majority of their costs are incurred before a guest has stepped foot inside the hotel. They have to pay upfront for rates, commercial mortgages, refurbishment, staffing etc., even if the building is empty. Therefore, taking in additional guests does not significantly increase costs, whereas every room that is left unfilled represents a lost opportunity to generate revenue. From the hotel’s perspective they are not losing money by offering discounts on empty rooms, they are gaining revenue from selling rooms that would otherwise have gone unused.

Anonymity can also be used to protect a hotel’s brand. The key feature of secret hotel websites is the anonymity until the point of purchase. While some hotels go down the route of offering sales or discounts on their own or third party sites, others feel that publicising this fact may harm their brand. The reason for this is that some customers value the exclusivity that high prices ensures while others may get irritated if they knew that the guest next door had checked in at half the cost. In this situation secret hotel websites come into their own – making the two ends meet by selling spare hotel rooms in a way that won’t impact on the hotel’s brand but at a good price for the customer. It is something of a win win for both hotel and guest.