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      03.06.2011 15:25
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      An easy to use website, great for booking last minute hotel rooms, and good for hotel discounts.

      I have had to book two hotel rooms right at the last minute in the last few months. However, because I left booking so late the prices of rooms was ridiculously high. I tried going through different hotels' main webpages, then through firms I've tried before like Superbreak or Lastminute.com but the prices were still too high for me. Then my sister suggested this site called 'Laterooms.com'. She told me she was a frequent user of the website and that she had landed many great hotel room deals through the site.

      'Laterooms.com' is emblazoned with the message "Late rooms, cheap hotels, discount hotels and last minute hotel deals" when you first visit the main webpage. The site is very well designed with an easy to use search engine square at the top left corner of the main page. There is also a menu at the top of the website should you need to visit a more specific area of the web portal.

      The search engine is really easy to use. You can type in your desired location, postcode or attraction and then specify how many nights accommodation you need, how many people it's for and the date you wish to book in. The search engine automatically identifies what you type into the search boxes so if you type in something like 'Newcastle' a little list of possible destinations, for instance Newcastle Upon Tyne or Newcastle Under Lyme - will pop up as you type and you can choose to click down to the corrrect destination. The search engine also gives you the option of looking at dates via a small calendar type chart so it's easy to read both the days of the week and the dates.

      Once you've pressed the 'search' button a list of possible hotel room vacancies appear on screen. You can then choose to list these in order of price, best discount, guest rating, star rating, name or distance. I am always on the lookout for the cheapest room so I usually list in order of price. It can list cheapest or most expensive first depending on your choice. The lay-out makes the page very easy to read.

      The list details the names of the hotels, their location, how far they are from your specified location, guest rating, star rating and also shows three dates and the prices per night. The dates it shows are the date you specified in the search engine plus the day before and after, incase you can be flexible.

      You can click on each individual hotel listing and it takes you to a separate page where you can learn more about the hotel. I find the information provided about the hotels to be very thorough. It includes a map and directions as well as photographs in some cases. Hotel facilities are outlined clearly as well as what each room type consists of and you even get a city guide for your location too. There is also a review section where Laterooms.com users can talk about their experiences at the hotel in question.

      On this page you are also provided with the room types available in the hotel and you can look through the list and then start to make your booking. It's a straight forward booking process. You just choose how many rooms you want then click on the 'proceed' button. This takes you to a page where you have to enter your personal details as well as your payment details. All major credit cards are accepted. However Laterooms.com do not take payment from you. The card is used to secure your booking only and you pay once you get to the hotel. After you book you receive a confirmation email which outlines the facts of your booking.

      As well as this straight forward booking system Laterooms.com also provide things like 'Secret Room' bookings. This is 4 and 5 star hotels which are available at a discounted price. Again the search engine system is simple to use but you aren't provided with the hotel name, hence the 'secret'.

      There are also other services like booking theatre tickets and car hire available through the site. They also have a special corporate section.

      I have found using laterooms.com to be a really quick, simple and pleasant experience. That's why after I used them once I was quick to return to the site when I needed a hotel room again. It really is so simple and the deals on offer are amazing. The reductions in price are actually astounding in some cases you can actually get hundreds of pounds off a room price! I like the fact that everything you need to know about the hotel is all in the same place. You don't have to go around searching for reviews or a decent map on another webpage - it's all provided at Laterooms.com.

      I like that I can also re-access my booking information if I provide my booking reference online. This puts me more at ease and allows me to trust the company.

      I do recommend this site as it's particularly wonderful for booking hotel rooms at the latest minute and still getting a good price. However, they are equally good for using when booking for future dates too.

      www.laterooms.com

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        08.04.2010 23:37
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        Fantastic site that has discounted prices

        I'm sure we've all been in the situation where we were supposed to book a room at a hotel for a business trip or for some other reason and forgotten to do it till the last minute. If that's the case you could do worse then checking this great idea for a website - Laterooms.com.

        It is a very simple concept and on this site you can search literally thousands of hotels for last minute discounted deals on rooms which is very handy. You can find great reductions on the price if you search around with up to seventy percent of more off some of the usual room rates. You don't have to leave it till the day before just because it's called late rooms. If you remember 2 weeks before then go on then as you will still find some good deals to be had.

        As well as hotels there are other types of accomodation on offer including Bed and Breakfast, pub rooms, chalets etc. There is a wide variety of rooms on offer for all needs. As a customer there is no charge for using this service and you can book online or over the phone and pay by credit card. You will never actually pay Late rooms themseleves, but instead pay the hotel on leaving. They are like the middle man in the process.

        The website is very easy to use and navigate through which is handy. There is a simple 'Find a Deal' search tool where you just enter a destination, an arrival date and the number of guests you are booking for. You are able to order the results generated by the distance from your destination, or by star rating or guest rating, whichever you prefer.

        When you click into a particular hotel on the site the information generated is very good in general. The majority will have maps and directions to the hotel and details of the facilities so you have everything at your disposal before making your choice. There are also comprehensive reviews on the places and guides to the cities where the rooms are located.

        All in all this is fantastic site for searching for rooms and has great details to help you make your selection.

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        28.10.2009 11:29
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        What is Laterooms?

        Laterooms.com is a simple concept. Sometimes even the best hoteliers struggle to let rooms - especially in a credit crunch. To get guests in and avoid having an empty place that resembles a graveyard rather than holiday accommodation, they let a certain number of rooms at reduced rates. After all, a cheap occupied room is better than an unlet room!

        Laterooms.com is a kind of portal for finding these deals, and there are bargains galore to be had on the site. I've used it three times, with a total saving of well over two hundred quid on stays taken in the high season. Off-season, you can save even more.

        How Does It Work?

        You simply enter the location you want to visit, your arrival date, the number of nights you want to stay, and the number of people per room, and the site pulls up the best deals. Results can be ordered by hotel name, distance from your chosen destination, star rating, guest rating or price.

        Once you've selected your ideal destination, you can proceed to book the accommodation online with a credit card in just a few clicks. You will then receive a confirmation email to set your mind at rest.

        You can also search for special offers (extras, free nights, larger discounts) and for deals linked to theatre tickets. There's even a place for corporate bookings. Like Lastminute.com, Laterooms.com is also doing 'secret' rooms: super-bargains, where you have to book a room in a hotel that wishes to remain anonymous, because they don't want cut-price rates advertised. You only discover the name of your accommodation after you've booked, though sometimes with a bit of clever sleuthing you can work it out anyway.

        Caveats

        Be careful to check the cancellation policy: this varies from establishment to establishment and some have terms and conditions that are quite stingy (e.g. no refund or alternative dates if you are unable to go away because you are unwell).

        You will need to check whether the hotel in question takes a deposit from your credit card: some do this! Also, bear in mind that you will need to pay on the same credit card that you have entered on the site when you reach your destination.

        An establishment being on laterooms.com is no guarantee of quality. There are some guest ratings on the site, but these aren't all that reliable. Cross-checking with tripadvisor is sensible.

        Also, bear in mind that you're unlikely to get the best room in the hotel on one of these deals: your accommodation might be slightly smaller than the penthouse suite. That said, you should still get the full five-star experience in a five-star hotel. Of the three trips I've made personally, I've had two bargainous stays in beautiful hotels, and one satisfactory (but not mindblowing) experience in a country inn.

        Web Design

        My only complaint with Laterooms.com is that their website is quite ugly. It's a bit messy and colourful and disorganized, which belies the truly professional system behind it!

        Overall conclusion

        Overall, this is a great place to get a travel bargain!

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          28.07.2009 15:38
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          A great website, especially if you have no prior knowledge about your destination

          When it comes to booking a place to stay there's literally hundreds of websites you can go through, however having used quite a few laterooms is always my first port of call.

          The main attraction for me is the ease of comparing your options. Most of the competitors will give you a similar list of places, however they are spread out across a number of pages and comparing them involves scrolling up and down, flicking between pages. Laterooms summaries the keys details in one line specifying price, distant from your chose location, average review score, and the star rating. This makes comparisons between places a lot easier and then you can just click into each place that meets your criteria to check the full details.

          Another benefit I've found with website is the speed at which it operates. Once I have my list of suitable places I can choose to filter it by price by clicking the link at the top if the column and the list is rearranged very quickly, something that seems to take the main competitors a lot longer, and as Iggy Pop says "time is money".

          In my opinion the prices are always reasonable, sure if you really want to go checking every website a couple of them might be a bit lower but we're talking pennies (from my experience anyway). I always book my accomodation at laterooms via quidco (the cashback site) which means you also can get a small portion of your cost reimbursed via the cashback company (eventually). Last time I check quidco were offering 5% of your total spend.

          As for the content, that seems fairly standard and similar to any of the competitors. I'm sure the hotel supplies all that information and so it doesn't differ much. It does provide a quick link to see the hotel on a map, however this is again a fairly standard feature these days.

          It has all the standard online account facilities allowing you to check your booking or reprint the confirmation should you use it, and all in all I think its an excellent website.

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            09.07.2009 11:12
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            Great website, will definitely be using again

            Laterooms.com is a website that allows you to book hotel rooms online. The site has literally thousands of rooms to choose from, from all over the world.

            The home page is quick to load and features a distinctive purple header, with a clean white design underneath, which makes it easy to read and thus easy to use.

            Your first port of call will probably be the search area that allows you to enter a location, arrival date, number of nights and number of guests. Once you've entered these details, Laterooms will search its database and display a table of results for you. These results can be ordered by name, star rating, location, guest rating and by price. These search results show also the price for the previous and next day of your stay, which is useful to know if you're flexible with your dates.

            Clicking on a hotel will take you to the information page which displays lots of useful info about the hotel including map and directions, facilities, photos, a lovely guest reviews section and a guide to the local area. There will also be a list of the types of room available (single, double, twin, family, etc) with the price clearly shown. If you're happy with the hotel, you can proceed to booking.

            Bookings are made online, with your credit card details taken to secure the room, you actually pay for the hotel upon arrival or checkout (depending on the hotel). The booking form is really easy to use and only takes a couple of minutes to complete. If you already have an account, you can log-in and retrieve your details from there. Once you're entered your details, simply click the Book Now button and your room will be reserved. You should receive email confirmation within a couple of minutes.

            I'm quite new to laterooms.com and I'm very impressed with it. The site is very easy to use, mainly due to its excellent design which does a great job of displaying a lot of information in a very user-friendly way.

            I'll definitely be using laterooms again, especially as you can get cashback from the likes of Quico and Topcashback.

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            09.06.2009 09:33

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            Great and so easy!!

            I am a New-ish customer of late rooms and I must state just how impressed I am with this website.

            To start I had to decided where I wanted to go, you can narrow down the searches by country, town date and number of people staying. Then you can choose your desired location and check the price aswell. There are also discounted rooms too - which is great for me at the moment with this credit crunch! You can also view pictures of the hotel you are looking to stay in, which gives you a better idea of the facilities. You can also read reviews from people that have used this service and stayed there previously.

            The best part of latesrooms.com is just how easy this website is to use. You can find somewhere to stay within minutes. I have used this site a few times now and as I cannot afford to go abroad this year I will probably use this site again and get a cheap room somewhere!

            I would recommed you give it a chance. I think it is wonderful.

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            09.06.2009 09:13
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            A great site that I found easy to use

            These days I don't get to stay in hotels very often, so when I do I want it to be a bit of a treat and I want booking to be straight forward.

            I had come across laterooms before when googling accomodation in France last year, and when late last Thursday I decided that it would be really nice to stay away on Friday night I thought I would give the site a try. I have to say that my use of late rooms was a total success and I have added it to my very select favourites list on this basis. If you are looking for a late room the site does exactly what it says in my experience.

            Using the site:

            The site covers late rooms in the UK and abroad, we used it for a stay in this country.

            I found the search engine very simple to use, and actually for my needs far quicker than expedia which I have used extensively. You enter your destination, night, number of nights and number of people. For me the latter category was where the site stood out as being good.

            In my particular circumstances finding a room or cottage can be tricky - I have 2 children and some places can't or won't accomodate smaller children. On this site you just enter "2 adults + 2 children" (it goes up to 3 children and then 5 people, 6 people, 7 people). You then can search for a room and the site retains that information for subsequent searches.

            This is a boon for me personally as expedia drives me mad asking repeatedly for age of children and then displaying rooms with "exceeds maximum number of children". This site doesn't do that at all; the results are displayed clearly with price and availability for the various choices, and only rooms that can cater for you are offered.

            Everything is in table form - you can see clearly the name of the places, and then there are a few columns showing the price for the next few nights and whether booked or not for your needs - simple and crystal clear with no need for endless scrolling and clicking.

            If you are looking for a room for one person that option is also available, and you can also filter by price or special needs.

            The default setting is a radius of 10 miles from wherever you have chosen, but this can be expanded further if you can't see the deal you are looking for.
            In my particular circumstances I chose "Longleat" and had found somewhere suitable within 5 minutes, which was great as prior to this for this particular destination I had spent a couple of hours trying to find somewhere for that night with no success and rather a lot of waste of time emails to bed and breakfasts.


            Making your choice, savings, and delivery:


            When you find your room you select it, giver your details and a credit card purely to be used if you don't turn up - you pay the hotel directly.

            Once I had found somewhere that looked suitable, if a bit more luxurious than the kind of place I would normally go for (bad week), I checked reviews on www.tripadvisor.co.uk. Now here is where my need to get a good deal has made me a bit cheeky in difficult times - I have to confess to phoning the hotel I found to see if they could match the deal found on laterooms so that I didn't have to necessarily register with the site (sorry laterooms).

            The hotel I had selected would normally have been £285 for the night for a family room - the reasons why it would normally beyond by reach are self explanatory. I phoned the hotel, but they did not offer to match the deal of £165 so I decided to go ahead through late rooms. The hotel was a high end hotel in a country house, but there were cheaper options available, suffice to say that not being able to run to a family holiday this year we decided to treat ourselves.

            I registered with the site, booked and confirmed and within 5 minutes had email confirmation. Everything ran extremely smoothly and the hotel, which is another review, was excellent.

            When I got there I was on their system like any other guest, and might have felt smug about my £120 saving only it was still a major outlay and at least one of the other guests probably wasn't worried about money (lady with the £800 handbag, expensive car and ability to tut at the sight of well behaved children this is you). Suffice to say we really enjoyed staying somewhere that otherwise would have not been for us and the breakfast was the best I have eaten ever.

            Aftercare:

            Having registered I now have an account to keep track of any further bookings, savings, and can choose to have offers sent to me if I so wish. I also got a request via email for a review of the hotel to go on their database. Having looked at the site some more there are other options like "secret rooms" where you book a late deal in a 4*/5* hotel and then find which it is - for the brave only maybe. There are also cottages, city guides and latest savings.

            Overall:

            I was really impressed by this site, and found it professional, smooth and a good experience. I will definitely use it again and would be loathe to waste time trying to find somewhere via expedia again where, in my opinion, this site is much simpler and easier to use. The savings are good and I will definitely be using it again especially if we decide to go on an impromptu getaway to the coast or maybe in the future for a stay abroad, hopefully those times will come again! Highly recommended.

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              10.04.2009 22:25

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              I would recommend Laterooms.com to anyone

              Laterooms.com is a really good website if you know that you are going away somewhere, be it for a holiday or a business meeting, and you want to try and get a good accomodation deal.

              All that you have to do is enter the postcode or town/city name of the place that you are visiting, the dates that you want to stay there, and up comes all of the accomodation results. You are able to search through these by distance or price. If one takes your fancy, then you can make the reservation through the website. Usually you have to make some sort of deposit, or input your card details.

              I used this site back in 2007 when me and some friends had a weekend in Dublin. We found a fantastic deal on a hotel, saving at least £10 per night on our rooms, therefore saving us plenty of money to enjoy ourselves with.

              One word of warning though, this site does not bring up every hotel in the area that you are looking for, so it may still be worth looking around elsewhere.

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              27.01.2009 11:20
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              well worth having a look before you book

              I have been using laterooms.com for years, for almost as long as I have had a PC and I think it is a great site. Laterooms lets you narrow down your rooms by country, town date and number of people staying. It then displays rooms their rating the distance form your desired location and the price. Discounted rooms are displayed in orange with non discounted in blue. If you click onto the hotel, you get loads more information, such as facilities, pictures, a map and reviews.

              The thing I like best about this site is the way the hotels are listed with a table of hotels and their prices on the days you want so it's quick and easy to compare. This is unlike some other sites where you have to click into the hotel to get the price or availability. Once you have selected the hotel you book it either online or via phone and get a reference.

              I have had a lot of bargains over the years using this site so would definitely recommend.

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              Well worth a look no matter how late you plan to book

              While looking to see if I could find a better deal for a hotel which may be more reliable with my booking than the Paragon was on my last visit to Birmingham, I decided to check out some of the hotel booking sites offered on the various cashback websites I use. One which appears on all of them was laterooms.com.
              So navigating to the site via the cashbacksite I am greeted by a fairly busy but easily negotiated home page. The bit which most interested me was the bright orange box on the right with a box for typing your destination, either postcode, town name or local attraction. Below this you can enter your arrival date, the number of nights you want a room and then the number of people you want to sleep in the room.

              So for my purposes, it was Birmingham, later this month and 2 people. The next page shows you a simple map of the area in the centre of the screen with 'Quick Search' options down the side. Given the desire to not spend too many of my vodka tokens I click on the 'Best Deals' tab but there are also 4&5 Star, Big Savers, Disabled Access, 10 Rooms or less, and budget beds.
              The results can be arranged in alphabetical order by hotel name, among other things. After name of the hotel is the distance it is from the chosen search option. The name of the location, the guest rating, the star rating, then the cost for the nights before and after the night you wish to start your stay on and that night.

              From this table you should be able to work out which is a good option for your planned hotel stay, for further details on the hotel simply click the hotels name in the list. This page allows you to read the comments other people have made on the standard of their stay in the hotel . Maps and directions, a full description of the hotels facilities, a photo galler, a brief city guide for the area the hotel is in and location reviews to go with this.
              From these details you should be able to choose a hotel that should meet your requirements, for me once again I went for the cheap and not so cheerful option, since once again my plan is to use the room for passing out after a hard afternoon/evening/nights partying. To book click the really difficult to find 'make a booking tab' where once again you are given a list of avaliable hotel room options.

              Interestingly the price for the room I booked yesterday has gone up by over £10 already! So I'm glad I booked it when I did now.
              Once you select which option and how many people (again) you can click proceed which takes you through to the payment page. At this point you need to give them the usual personal details, name, address, then the details of the person for whom the room is being booked (for example I've booked rooms for my boss through the site) then fill in card details to make the reservation, though your card wont be charged as you have to pay for the room on check out from the hotel itself.

              Once the card has been verified you are given a printable page with a booking reference, but this is emailled to you as well.
              Overall my experience booking online through this site has been good so far, unlike my previous attempts I have recieved a booking confirmation email. I fully understand my choice of hotel is about as grotty as the last one from looking at reviews but that isnt an issue for my purposes. The site is rather busy and does have a lot of information on it but if all you want is to check room avaliabilities its a very simple process.

              And the cashback site has the cashback tracked within 24 hours.

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              Genuine bargains to be had but nothing you can't / won't find on any similar web site

              Due to my work commitments, I seem to spend a large part of my life in hotel rooms. It has always been my mission in life to find decent hotel accommodation, without having to spend a fortune, but now that I have to maintain a fixed budget, it is even more imporant to me. Theoretically, as a corporate traveller, I should use the corporate travel agency but the fact of the matter is that there are cheaper / better value options out there and www.laterooms.com is one of them.

              WHAT IS LATEROOMS.COM ALL ABOUT?

              “The hotel industry late availability database”.

              Sounds good doesn’t it? This immediately conjures up images of a system similar to that adopted by high street travel agents, where hotel rooms will be slashed in price to make a quick sale. www.laterooms.com is now a fairly established player in the online travel industry and offers cut-price hotel accommodation across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. The word “database” is an appropriate description for this site, because it holds an enormous catalogue of hotels and guesthouses in a wide range of destinations and resorts. The site is affiliated with www.latelet.com who specialise in cottages, villas and other holiday homes and with www.latecabins.com who deal with cruises.

              NAVIGATION

              First impressions of the web site have always been disappointing for me – a bland design, complemented with a lacklustre colour scheme certainly doesn’t inspire the visitor. That aside, the home page is free from flashy graphics, annoying pop-ups and lurid advertisements to distract you, and there is a lot to be said for keeping things simple. There are five separate drop-down menus presented on the home page, presenting the various geographical categories in five separate languages (which could probably more easily be facilitated via a simple menu with language options).

              Once you have selected a country, you will then be presented with a listings screen, which shows typical deals available in the country of your choice. One of the things that I like most about this site is that it is tightly focused on providing users with information. The layout is logical and simple, and the few advertisements shown relate directly to the matter in hand – hotel accommodation. Hence, we are not taunted with unwanted links to an online gaming site, or an advert for Britannia music. Advertising doesn’t have to be a nuisance if it is well-managed and relevant. Compared to other sites (such as lastminute.com) information is far more easily viewed at a glance because the listings are far more concise. You can browse far more hotels on one screen on this site than you can on most others.

              I would argue that the font size used to display the details of the hotels is too small, but this could easily be rectified. Nonetheless, on the whole, navigation around the site is simple, intuitive and fast.

              FINDING A ROOM

              Once you have selected the country of your choice, you can then carry out a more detailed search for the exact location that you require. You can input the name of a town or city or you can select one of the pre-fixed regions shown in the drop down menu – a link to an online map is also provided to help you find what you want. You select an arrival date – which can be up to three weeks before the actual date – the number of nights required (a maximum of seven), and how many people need the room (1 adult, 2 adults, 2 adults + 1 child etc).

              There are two main problems with this method of searching. Firstly, without the ability to select a specific postcode, finding a hotel in a rural or out of town location can take time. If you are looking for hotels in London, then you’ll have no problem. If you’re looking for a country village, you might not have the same luck. Secondly, the 7 night limit means that a 14 day break will need to be booked in two hits – what if the first 7 nights are available but the second seven aren’t? This is particularly problematic if you’re trying to book a 14 night holiday. It is clear that the emphasis for users of this site is more likely to be for guests who want a few nights at short notice, rather than people who are booking a major holiday.

              The listings clearly demonstrate what it is that you are looking at. The name of the hotel is displayed followed by a more detailed location description (for some cities, such as London, you get the postcode). The hotel’s rating will then be displayed, followed by availability for the three nights following the arrival date that you selected. Where the hotel has an available room, the offered rate will be displayed under the relevant date heading. If you see a room that you like the look of, you can click the details link to get more information about the hotel in question.

              HOTELS – RANGE AND AVAILABILITY

              The site contains rooms in a variety of standards of hotels – there is a good cross-section of prices and rating according to your destination. For example, select Newcastle for arrival on June 3rd and there are 31 different hotels listed, ranging from 2 ** up to 4 **, and with prices ranging from £39 per night up to £120 per night. Most of the major hotel chains are represented, such as Thistle, Hilton and Novotel, as well as smaller, private hotels. The Travelodge and Premier Travel Inn chains are generally NOT represented as they never discount their rates.

              One thing you always need to bear in mind is that the price shown is the starting price. According to the conditions of your visit, the price you are ultimately offered may not be the same as that shown on the main listings page. The rates shown are per room – not per person – but the minimum price may refer to a room that sleeps only one person. You will need to drill down into the detailed listings to find a quote for the room that matches your requirement.

              BOOKING YOUR ROOM – THE LATEROOMS PROCESS

              There are there main ways that you can book a room through the site.

              Some hotels will have a link, which, when clicked, provides the telephone contact details, and you simply book direct over the telephone. You’ll need to quote laterooms.com to get the rate advertised. Other hotels will direct you to an online booking link. In these instances, the online booking is generally facilitated via the hotel’s own web site. The drawback here is that the rate you secure will often not match that advertised on laterooms.com. Thirdly, you can be directed to the laterooms call centre to book with them.

              EXAMINING THE MYTHS

              At first glance, the site appears to hold some extremely lucrative deals – when you examine the detailed listings, you are first presented with the standard price and then the discounted price, and discounts of 50% are not rare. Don’t be so easily fooled though – regular visitors will probably recognise the site for what it is.

              Firstly, if anyone believes that these hotels are actually slashing their prices, then they are heavily mistaken. The same list of hotels will always appear, regardless of when you want to travel, and the prices will fluctuate wildly, based on seasonal variations. Given that rooms will be advertised up to three weeks in advance, the concept of clearance prices is simply not valid. The site is actually a portal for hotels to advertise special offers, that are allocated to a fixed number of rooms.

              The evidence is simple to find. When I tried to book a room in Jury’s, London, I first telephoned the hotel to find out what the minimum rate was and what rooms were available. The answer was plenty of rooms at £162. Laterooms.com advertised rooms for the same night at £115. I contacted the hotel again and asked for the laterooms.com discount – and was advised that there were no rooms left in the hotel. Two calls, in as many minutes, with two very different answers. My faith that this site is a genuine clearance sale is therefore grossly undermined. You should also bear in mind that none of the hotels are obliged to offer you the laterooms.com discount. The information contained in the web site is updated and maintained by the hotels themselves – laterooms.com has no control over this. If you therefore contact the hotel, and they refuse to offer you the rate advertised, then the web site will not get involved.

              How late is late? I often need to book a hotel room for the same day. Many hotels will not accept laterooms.com reservations after 6 p.m. Strangely enough, the hotel will offer you a room at full price – but will be unable to offer the laterooms.com price, because you haven’t given enough notice. The bottom line is this – laterooms.com is a sales gimmick, which is dressed up to be something it’s not. You can secure equally good discounts (if not better) by dealing with travel agencies, who have more buying power and much more scope to offer the real, last minute deals.

              Another pitfall that I have found when using the site is that the cancellation policy tends to be very harsh. I found a nice hotel in London reduced from £185 to £115 (woohoo!) but then had to cancel the day before. The cancellation policy was 48 hours notice - and so I ended up having to pay the £115 anyway. Always check this first - if they don't do same day cancellations (time allowing) I would tell them to sling their hook.

              That’s not to say that www.laterooms.com is a complete waste of time – there are some good discounts theoretically available. I suspect that the smaller hotels will be more flexible with rates, as they cannot afford to renege on rates advertised on the site, and will be keen to retain your business. Nonetheless, to take advantage, you actually need to have plenty of time to book (which kind of defeats the object of a last minute web site). I use laterooms.com as a bargaining tool. If I tell my travel agent that laterooms.com has a certain rate, then they will ensure that rate is matched – or even better, beaten.

              FINAL VERDICT

              This site is well laid out, easily navigated and very user friendly – it just isn’t quite what it purports to be. www.laterooms.com operates via a system of hype. Casual, or occasional users will log on and will see a feast of supposed treats before their very eyes – this is clearly a Eutopian view. My advice would be to shop further around. Refer to the hotel’s own websites, refer to laterooms.com and refer to your travel agent – and between the three of them, negotiate a price that you are prepared to pay. If you really can leave it to the last minute, you’ll be surprised what discounts you can still obtain.

              Overall, I have decided to recommend the site though, because the discounts (if you get them) are considerable.

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                An online search and booking facility for hotels all around the world.

                Late Rooms, founded in 1999, is an online hotel booking facility which allows you to search for multiple hotel vacancies in one area at a single time. It covers every country in the developed world including the whole of the EU and all popular holiday resorts too. They pride themselves on offering greatly discounted rooms as no hotel wants to be left with empty rooms and so as time depletes hotels often discount their rooms drastically rather than be faced with empty rooms for the night. Unlike most hotel booking sites Late Rooms actually states that it does not charge a booking fee and so saves you paying the middle man.

                The website's homepage offers you a simple drop down menu containing all the countries it covers to choose from. The EU countries are listed at the top with all over countries being below in alphabetical order. There's also an option further down on the page to take you direct to "Popular City Breaks" if you need a bit of inspiration before you book. You can also search for hotels based on airport nearness and seaside resorts too.

                Once you've selected your country you're taken to another page which lists all the hotels in that country along with their exact location, their star rating, how many a room sleeps and prices for the forthcoming 3 nights. At the top of the page there's fortunately a search option which asks you to enter the specific town or region you're interested in visiting as well as your date of visit, number of nights you want to stay and how many people are travelling. As you can imagine this will extensively cut down the list of hotels and make it much more relevant to your particular search.

                When you've found a hotel that suits you on star rating and price you can click on either the hotel name for more details or the "details" button. This will take you to a new page with exact pricing information on depending on the types of room on offer (single/double, with breakfast/without breakfast) as well as a description of the hotel.

                Once you've found a hotel to suit your needs to can click on the "book it" button which will then give you the option to book by telephone or online. If you choose the former you're given a number to call with a reference number to make your call quicker. By choosing the book online option you'll be asked to confirm your arrival date, number of nights and number of people staying. Next step is paying for your room which is done by filling in the usual details and then payment details (all normal cards are accepted but are used only to reserve the room, money is not actually deducted). Once you've completed the booking they send you a confirmation email with a code in to take to the hotel with you and that's all there is to it.

                I personally find this site very convenient to use as it allows me to search all hotels in a certain area in one easy step. If you know the exact town you wish to stay in you can have a hotel booked within about 10 minutes using this site. By accessing one site you can gain a list of anything from 10 to 500 hotels for one town and be informed of the star rating and prices all on one page. I honestly don't think I've come across another site so compact. The only problem I've found is that if you're looking for a hotel near an airport you'll be presented with a list of about 10-40 but without clicking on the "details" button you won't be told the exact distance from the airport.

                The one thing that does let the site down in my opinion is the attractiveness of the pages. The homepage is rather dull looking and overloaded with information which all seems to be crammed in. It's a cream colour with light brown writing which I'm sure you'll agree isn't too pleasing on the eye and certainly doesn't entice me to go any further on the site! The pages that list all the relevant hotels for one area appear to be rather crammed once again with too much text in too little space. The whole appearance of the site is rather old fashioned; I think a revamp is in order!

                I've used Late Rooms about 5-10 times for personal use and about 30-40 times for booking in company business trips over the past 2 years and in all that time have only ever encountered one problem reservation. Unfortunately when a member of staff arrived at the hotel they had no knowledge of her booking but luckily managed to squeeze her in. My advice to anyone using this site in the future would therefore be to ring ahead beforehand and check they do actually have a copy of your booking in the hotel. I did however follow up the complaint with Late Rooms staff who were most apologetic and offered me a further discount on my next booking within 48 hours of contacting them so I've certainly no qualms with the customer service provided by the site. The cancellation policy is similar to that of many other hotels, 24 hours notice is required and you will not be charged for the booking.

                If you're someone who does love to get the cheapest price I'd recommend this site to you. It may be worthwhile to check out the hotel price directly but Late Rooms do pride themselves on offering up to 70% off the normal price and can be great if you're looking a late booking. I've saved anything from £5 to £40 a night by booking through them in the past so next time you need a hotel in a hurry, try them.

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                  As someone who has recently been doing a fair bit of work related travel, I became something of a regular visit to 'laterooms.com'. However, a large proportion of my travel has either been booked on my behalf, or located in central Manchester, from my experience the home of cheap and plentiful accommodation (except when Man U are playing at Old Trafford) I had major difficulties finding anything that beat the rates offered by the Britannia and Premier Lodge chains. However, an overnight trip to Blackburn in the middle of a cold January changed all that. I needed two rooms for one night at an affordable price to ensure I kept my budget down. I didn't know anyone in the area to recommend, and the booklet I had requested arrived on my desk two days after I got back, so where to from here? 'laterooms.com' of course. THE SITE The first thing you see when you visit the site is a welcome in 5 languages; * English * French * Spanish * Italian * German You can search for accommodation in 100 countries; this includes each of the British Isles constituents as an individual country, still nevertheless very comprehensive. Once you have selected your country choice, you simply press Go (or of course aller, ir, vai or start if it takes your fancy), but of course you could be presented with something you don't understand. Once you have decided on the country location of your choice, you will then be directed to a menu where you will be requested to input more specific information, including: * Town or region * Arrival date (this can be any time in the next 3 weeks) * No of nights you are staying * No of people the room is required for. Herein arose my first problem, I wanted two rooms to sleep one person for a single night, I don?t think my travelling companion?s fiancé would have been too pleased about us sharing. Once you press the search button, you w
                  ill be p resented with a range of outlets and the price per night, laterooms special rates are identified in orange. At the end of each row there is a 'details' link - this presents you with more information on what the rate covers and also shows you with the rack rate for the room - it is useful to bear in mind at this point, that primarily it is only the top of the range and very busy hotels who actually charge the rack rate, particularly at weekends when many hotels have lots of special offers, particularly out of high season, i.e. Jan - March and November and pre-Christmas December and if staying more than one night. Information on the actual hotel is very sketchy, ranging from listing strong points through to a couple of photos and a general description of the accommodation. TO BOOK From my search of Blackburn, I identified a 4* outlet where they were offering a room for £40 for the night. This seemed extraordinarily cheap, so following a visit to the company's website which established that the same room booked with them would cost me some £95 room only (ouch) sadly out of my subsistence rate, so it was back to laterooms.com to ensure that the room was still available (I say room because at that stage I could not confirm they actually had two rooms available). The actual booking will depend on the accommodation and can vary between: * Contacting laterooms.com on the telephone - 0161 831 3800 - you will be expected to quote an accommodation specific reference number * On-line * By e-mail, you submit the e-mail on the dedicated form and rumour has it the hotel will contact you to discuss your requirements. Being in work and very busy, the latter was my preferred option and then I just sat back and waited for the hotel to ring me, and I waited, and waited and carried on waiting. Two days passed still with no phone-call, it was time for action, so I reverted to more tra
                  ditio nal methods and contacted laterooms.com on the phone, who confirmed they had received my booking request and that it had been passed to the relevant outlet, they promised they would chase it up for me and someone would call. I furnished them with all the relevant telephone numbers and waited, and continued to wait, still no word. By this time I started to panic and really took the bull by the horns so to speak, and with less than a day to go rang the hotel directly, surprise, surprise, this was turning into something of a disaster with the prospect of sharing a car with my friend in the frozen north becoming a distinct possibility. However, true to her word the young lady did call me back and confirmed that they had my booking, they also apparently had my credit card details as confirmation (which is a little worrying as I can't recall supplying them at any stage - see what happens when senility sets in?) and had I have not chased up the reservation and booked elsewhere then I could have ended up getting walloped with charges for no-show?. Alternatively, had I arrived with no confirmation we could have ended up sleeping in the car, not a prospect I relished with an important meeting the next day. I was also assured by the receptionist that the rate included breakfast, this was getting better by the minute, as this was not stated on the laterooms.com website. It is worth noting also that laterooms.com have a disclaimer on their site: * The hotel has entered the rate displayed on the LateRooms system. If they fail to offer the rate, please take this up with the hotel directly?. So evidently they are like a central portal for hotels to advertise on. THE OUTCOME Well, I have to say that despite the hassle with confirming the booking, laterooms.com certainly came up trumps for us this time around; we arrived at this stunning hotel to be advised that our accommodation was being upgraded
                  to a suit e free of charge. The hotel had a full complement of leisure facilities that sadly, this time, I didn?t get to try out, a very nice and popular restaurant, which sadly wasn't a la carte and would have cost me my whole days subsistence allowance, though they did reluctantly admit to having a bar menu which served superb and really good value for money food, (we felt like the poor relations) and upon arrival we discovered that brekkie wasn't included, but as it was the hotels mistake, they included it for free anyway. The hotel was full the night we stayed, not sure if everyone booked through laterooms.com but I must admit I was just more than a little bit surprised that they needed to advertise through the site in the first place. WOULD I USE THE SITE AGAIN? As I have historically, I will continue to check their site and if they offered something that looked too good to be true, then I would certainly give the site a second chance, although I would ensure next time that the entire process would be completed the same day. WOULD I RECOMMEND THEM? I would certainly say pay them a visit, but if you are on a budget, don't take what they say as absolute gospel, check all your options first, from other websites, to the hotel websites, to the hotel itself. Then after all that 'laterooms.com's' rate looks too good to be true and they can accommodate you then it probably isn't TGTBT - so book it, we certainly came up trumps. Sue

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                    I have used Laterooms.com on 4 seperate occasions over the last year, and have been very satisfied with the service I've recieved. On arriving at the website, we are greeted by an opening page that asks you to select which country you reside in. On choosing the UK, the page reloads, and the opening page for the UK hotel late bookings database opens. The site is very fast to load, with no broken links. The front page has a menu on the left, with the following options to choose from: Search hotel by name, Big Savers, Best Deals, Budget Beds, 4/5* Hotels, Disabled Access. Towards the bottom of the page are a selection of ' Typical deals ', available to book at present. There is a search facility at the top of the page, allowing you to search for last minute accommodation by town or region, with an option to search by date and number of adults wishing to use the room. I have previously found this search facility very good, and use it in preference to the side menus. The site has a good database of hotels, varying from budget 1* to the more expensive 5* places. The great thing about it is the fact that you can often get 5* accommodation, booked at the very last minute, for the price of your average 1*. The more flexible you are with dates and the area you want to visit, the more likely you are to find a real bargain. The site doesn't provide a great deal of information about each hotel, other than its * rating, number of rooms and general facilities. There will usually be a link to the hotels own website when available, so I have made my hotel choices by choosing one with the correct price and rating, then hopping over to the hotel website for more details, ( will open in a seperate window ) then back to Laterooms to use the ' Book Now ' link....this is what makes it cheaper, after all. **Example** In September I wanted to take my wife away for some romance, but being a bit of a
                    cheapskate I didn't want to pay full price. I left the search terms as open as possible, instead of a specific town I searched ' South East '. Because I was booking it as a surprise for the wife, I was open as to which night we actually booked, as long as it was during the weekend. I managed to get a Superior Double Jacuzzi room at The Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton, including breakfast, for £70 for the Friday night, which worked out at around half price. Impressed? My wife was! ( Shhh...don't tell her how much it cost! ) **Booking** When you have chosen your room, it depends which hotel you have chosen as to whether or not you can book online, those that accept online bookings have a relevant link to proceed to the booking form, otherwise a telephone number is provided. All of the bookings require a credit card, usually debited on your arrival at the hotel. Personally, I have always found it best to telephone the hotel direct, even if your room has been reserved online, as it saves any mix ups later. Hope this has been of some use...

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                      Excuse me a minute. Let me put my hat on. There! That's better. Why, you might well ask, am I putting on a hat to write this review? Is it sexy? No - not really. Is it a back-to-front baseball cap? Please! No! I'm 37! Am I going bald and need to keep my head warm? No - you're wrong there - just greying a bit - well, a lot. NO - you're all totally wrong. I've put my hat on so that I can doff it (I rather like that expression) to the rather entrepreneurial types at www.laterooms.com. They have very, very nearly got it very, very right. With the advent of the internet, we have all become very much more penny-pinching than ever before; it's out prerogative. We tend to eschew high street travel agents, probably quite rightly, and seek out our own bargain deals without wishing to line the pockets of the middle-man. We revel in minor triumphs, whereby we save money (often, heaps of it) by getting a decent deal off our own backs. www.laterooms.com really helps you to get that feeling of "YES! I've got a bargain". And it's a remarkably simple concept that I should have thought of myself. D'oh! No use crying over unopened milk, eh? I have a good friend who's an hotelier, so I know a little bit about the hotel industry. It's not exactly rocket science to work out that an empty hotel room has associated costs, yet earns nothing. Why has it taken so long for somebody to come up with the notion that "A cheap, but occupied, hotel room makes more money than an expensive un-occupied one"? Enter..........www.laterooms.com They have a pretty extensive database of hotels, mainly based in the UK. These hotels despair at holding unsold rooms with rack-rates that nobody's actually going to pay. Answer - sell them at a knock-down price through this web site. And it's quite a professional web site, I have to say! Everybody's happy! The hotelier sells the room an
                      d makes more than (s)he would for keeping the room empty. And you, the customer, get a room (and often, a very good one) for a very reasonable price indeed. It's laterooms..... So, quite simply, the later you book, the better deal you are likely to get. It stands to reason. However, you can book about 2-3 weeks in advance and still get a decent deal. How late you dare leave it is up to you - it depends on how important your booking is. If you NEED to be somewhere, book early. If you just fancy a dirty weekend away, leave it later. You'll probably get an even cheaper thrill! Did I REALLY say that? Sounds great! It is, to be honest. You get a full link-up to the hotel and, where it exists, its web site. You know what you're getting (unlike if you try to book with, say, priceline). You get a genuine quote for the room and you can decide whether to take it or leave it. Unlike priceline. They just work in very different ways. Must be a catch, surely! Well, only just. At present, having selected your great deal, you might be disappointed to find that there's only very rarely a "Click here to book your fantastic rate" button. Usually, it's just a 'phone number for the hotel. What? Yep! You have to shut down your internet connection (OK - so I'm not on ISDN), 'phone the hotel and claim the "laterooms rate" and pray that you aren't ridiculed as a sad cheapskate. That's what you expect, first time. You won't actually get treated that way! Personally, I love the impersonality of on-line booking and loathe having to 'phone them up. But then, I've got Amanda - and she's happy to do the talking. So - have you tried it out for real, Andrew? Tell us! Yes, I have indeed. We needed to visit Oxford for a bit of a re-union. We secured a deluxe room at the Four Pillars Oxford Spires hotel for £80, against an advertised rack rate of, I t
                      hink, £140. And it lived up to all our expectations. Well - most of them (see my other review on this establishment). Did it work? Yes, in a way. I got Amanda to call them. She's very good like that. She got through to reservations and quoted the laterooms code and cited the quoted rate...Pregnant pause....Slight embarrassment all round. (Glad it was her on the 'phone, and not me). It started to become clear that their receptionist hadn't heard of laterooms. Amanda - again, you have to understand that she's like this - insisted that they DID actually exist. She was asked to hang on. She did. She's pretty obliging when chasing a bargain (a true Scot, you inderstand). After a few minutes of manager-consultation, the rate was confirmed and the booking was made. As ever, my credit card was billed. I have SOME uses! Tickety-boo - a good evening's work! And we had a fantastic stay. Do they have a good variety of participating hotels? Oh yes. Definitely! Would you use them again? Oh yes - if I were not so totaly committed to Hilton and their absolutely fantastic Hhonors (sic) loyalty scheme. This web site is, in my very humble opinion well worth investigating if you're looking for very good accommodation at a really decent price. At the end of the day, everybody is happy. Who can say fairer than that? Nobody is being cheated - it's a fair deal done between two consenting adults - each of whom knows what they are offering. Highly recommended. I await, with great eagerness, the day that they fully incorporate on-line booking. It's starting to be available...... I hope you enjoyed this and hope that you're successful in finding at least a half-decent bargain. All the best! Go get a great deal! Enjoy! Andrew

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