If you’ve ever planned a trip, you know what it’s like to spend hours and hours searching for a hotel. Not all hotels are created equal, so it can be very difficult to find the right place to stay. With so many choices, prices and so many hotel search sites, it can be impossible to know if you are really getting the best deal. That is where DealAngel comes in. As the first hotel “find” engine, the site promises the highest value for your money across the whole market.
DealAngel works like a stock broker for the stock market for hotels: it keeps tracks of the price changes in the hotel market to calculate the fair market rate for each hotel on each day. DealAngel compares criteria such as location, features and star value as well as part pricing. Then the site compares the price to its fair market rate to come up with those priced significantly below their value. For example, if a room on any given night would normally cost $300 and it’s only $150, that’s a great deal. However, someone who is searching primarily based on price may not factor the value in.
The screenshot above is of hotel prices in Las Vegas in June. As you can see, DealAngel gives each hotel a grade based on how good of a deal the price is based on guest reviews, stars and amenities. You can also sort hotels from low to high prices, stars and guest reviews to find the perfect hotel at the right price.
The tool is most useful for those looking for a quality hotel of great value in destinations where there are a number of competing hotels, such as Las Vegas, New York, Miami or San Francisco. DealAngel is a great idea, but the site is competing with online travel agencies, deal sites like Groupon and Google hotel search. And one could argue that consumers may not care so much about value. If a hotel is cheap and decent, will that be enough, or are guests willing to pay for more value?
What do you think, will you use DealAngel next time you book a hotel? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!