Is booking a hotel room direct from the hotel’s own website the best way to get a cheap hotel deal in Thailand. Many travel forum contributors say it is. So I decided to do a few comparisons of my own to see if this advice really stands up.
Another recommendation by frequent visitors to Thailand is, use Agoda, they often beat the hotel’s own website room rates. So this is essentially a “hotel vs Agoda” experiment.
The booking dates are all for 20th June 2016, for 1 night, made 1 week in advance. The room types were identical, with or without breakfast on both the hotel website and Agoda. The final prices displayed are the “grand total” and include all taxes and fees.
For this experiment I selected a list of hotels (Central Pattaya Guest Friendly Hotels) already published on my blog. You will notice a few hotels do not have their own booking facility, some were unreliable, and some re-directed to Agoda or Booking.com.
The lowest price (Thai Baht) is highlighted yellow.
|HOTEL NAME||ROOM TYPE||AGODA PRICE||HOTEL PRICE|
|Lk Empress||Deluxe Sea View||3,325||3,500|
|Twin Palms Resort||Standard Double||1,308||1,850|
|Natural Beach Hotel||Standard||1,173.32||unreliable|
|Nautical Inn||Standard Pool View||1,325||unreliable|
|Tweet Tweet Nest||Superior||1,620||1,620|
|Wave Hotel||Two-Bedroom Suite||14,970||14,970|
|Tropicana Hotel||Superior Cabana||1,987.14||Booking.com 2,200|
|The Bayview||Deluxe Garden||2,200||2,200|
|Flipper Lodge||Superior City||1,200||1,200|
|Sea Me Spring Hotel||Me Deluxe||2,115||2,115|
|Sandy Spring Hotel||Standard||1,790||1,790|
|Sawasdee Sea View||Standard||820||747.84|
|Basaya Beach Hotel||Standard||1,260||1,287|
|Aya Boutique Hotel||Deluxe||1,981.44||2,064|
|Eastiny Place Hotel||Superior||825.30||950|
|The Stay Hotel||Superior||2,180||2,180|
|Eastiny Seven Hotel||Standard||830||1,250|
|The Whitehouse Condotel||Superior Double||1,309.71||1,350|
|The Privi Hotel||Deluxe Double||1,134||website not found|
|Page 10 Hotel||Superior King||2,036.82||2254.59|
|Sunshine Hotel & Residences||Standard||1,170||1,088.10|
|Season Five Hotel||Superior||2,200||2,200|
|Baraquda Mgallery Collection||King Bed Deluxe||3,177.90||3,176|
|Queen Pattaya Hotel||Standard||708.09||800|
|Flipper House Hotel||Standard||1,301.53||1,350|
|Intimate Hotel by Tim Boutique||Deluxe||1,588.66||1,727|
|Bay Breeze Hotel||Deluxe||1,360||1,700|
|Shooters Guesthouse||Standard||815.58||booking.com 2,000|
|LK Renaissance Hotel||Superior||1,917||2,000|
|The Siam Guest House||Standard Double||599||599|
|August Suites||Standard||1,322.46||no website|
|Centara Pattaya Hotel||Deluxe||1,525.39||1,588.95|
|Grand Bella Hotel||Superior||1,293.97||1,440|
|Bella Express Hotel||Standard||1,080||1,080|
|Honey Inn||Superior||825.30||by inquiry|
|247 Boutique Hotel||Superior||1,283||by inquiry|
|Areca Lodge Hotel||Standard||1,800||1,800|
|April Suites||Superior||1,039.08||hotel uses Agoda|
|At Mind Serviced Residence||Deluxe Studio||1,467.20||1,748|
|Centra Avenue Hotel||Premier Corner||1,667.93||1,741.96|
|LK Metropole Hotel||Standard With Balcony||1,725.30||1,800.00|
|Sawasdee Pattaya Hotel||Standard||698.61||686.74|
|Drunken Duck Guesthouse||Standard||851.04||no on-site booking|
|LK Royal Suite||Superior||1,917||1,800|
|Sutus Court||Standard||950||by request|
|R-Con Blue Ocean||Superior||688.05||1,500|
|Premier Inn||Double Room||1,300.59||1,300.59|
|Nova Gold Hotel||Superior||959.94||1,059|
|LK Royal Wing||Superior||1,725.30||1,800|
|Opey De Place||Standard||870||850|
|KTK Royal Residence||Superior||1,288.73||1,365|
|Amari Nova Suites||Studio||1,507||1,647|
|Centara Nova Hotel & Spa||Deluxe||1,487.61||1,412.40|
|Chaplin Inn||Standard Studio||660||unreliable|
The results for the 61 hotels displayed are as follows:
- 27 of the hotels were cheaper through Agoda.
- 15 of the hotels were the same price on Agoda and the hotel website.
- 7 of the hotels were cheaper through the hotel website
- 12 of the hotel prices could not be compared.
Advantages of using Agoda: As you can see, Agoda do beat the hotel website price in most cases. This is why many frequent visitors to Thailand prefer Agoda, and even if Agoda is more expensive than the hotel website price Agoda users will often gain the difference back by collecting Agoda points.
Advantages of using the hotel website: If you have a favorite hotel which you are going to use frequently, they sometimes have member discounts and special offers. You’re more likely to find these offered by the larger hotel chains.
Find hotel deals in Thailand: If you’re not loyal to any one hotel or booking site, you can save money by using HotelsCombined.com. After I finished comparing prices between the hotel sites and Agoda I quickly compared a few of the prices with HotelsCombined and found there was quite a few very good deals.
Compare and Compare again: To start your Thailand hotel search I recommend you browse hotels and rates with Agoda, simply because they offer more hotels in Thailand than any other single booking site, and the prices displayed are a good bench mark. Once you find a hotel you like in your price range, there’s a few things you can do to ensure you get the lowest rate, see below.
- Compare your chosen hotel rate with HotelsCombined.
- If you see a low rate on HotelsCombined, login or sign up to the booking site to see if there are any members discounts.
- Compare the rates on the hotel website.
It’s an easy way to find a hotel in your price range, and by comparing the rates on Agoda, HotelsCombined, and the hotel website it is pretty much assured you will find the lowest available rates.