In casually perusing the hotel listings which feature large photos of the hotels' rooms and public space, we were a little dismayed to see some predictable options on the list especially in the U.S. but we were enticed by the collection's international offerings. There were quite a few hotels abroad that we hadn't heard of and are now interested in seeking out.
Of course, to be financially viable, Kiwi has a booking component to its site, meaning you can learn about the hotel on Kiwi and then book your hotel stay straight from there. However for consumers and would-be hotel guests, browsing Kiwi's hotel collection, reviews and deals is completely free. No membership needed.
Kiwi's hotels also have a Kiwi Advantage meaning guests will get something when they arrive at the hotel just because they booked through Kiwi. Sometimes this is a complimentary room upgrade if available, other times it's a small welcome amenity.
Kiwi also has another elite membership level for Visa Signature cardholders featuring 701 hotel in 88 countries (and growing). For these special cardholders, when they book a hotel on Kiwi they get not only the best available room rate, but an automatic upgrade if available, complimentary breakfast, 3pm check-out, $25 food or beverage voucher and free in-room internet or valet parking.
Considering that all of those things are a la carte at luxury hotels, this is the best reason to give Kiwi a try when booking your next hotel (provided that you are a Visa Signature cardholder, of course.)
As for comparison shopping, we tried the Huntely Hotel in Santa Monica on Kiwi for the weekend of July 16 and found a deluxe city view room for $345 a night. On the hotel's website, the rate for that weekend was also $345. On Expedia, the rate was again, $345. Kiwi does promise the best room available whereas Expedia does not. Kiwi also promises a welcome amenity, something Expedia nor the hotel does not.
For a little extra attention, Kiwi would make sense. And as they say at Kiwi, "If it isnít in Kiwi, it isnít worth going to."
We'll be coming back frequently to Kiwi for comparison shopping and learning about new hotels but if you've booked through Kiwi or considering booking through Kiwi, let us know what you think you in comments below!