I can do it cheaper!!

This seems to be my motto of late – particularly when it comes to travel. Well, I feel like I need to share a new site I found today – agoda.com. Especially since it was my crowing about that Air France deal that sent several people I know to Paris. I’ve been looking for a hotel ever since that post. Through all eleventy-jillion hotels, B&Bs and apartments in Paris.

Normally, vacation apartments are the way to go for us. In Paris, they have a nasty habit of leaving the oven out of holiday rentals – at least in the price category I look at. And if you don’t have a functional kitchen, why bother with a whole apartment? So I chucked that idea. Then I went searching for B&Bs; more like B&Bust. Finally I gave up and started sifting through hotel listings. And got stuck doing so for a good couple of weeks.

I just can’t stay in a fleabag hotel. I’m simply too old for that crap. Last time I went to Paris, it was kind of last-minute and I ended up staying in a dormitory hostel situation. I felt like an idiot and slept with my wallet tucked into my pants. So I figured we had earned a stay in a decent place, but I was only able to find exorbitant or scuzzy – nothing inbetween. Kayak, my aggregator of choice, pointed me toward Agoda with several listings for hotels that I had seen before and coveted but for the prices. We ended up booking a hotel through Agoda right across from the Île de la Cité for about 40% off of the rack rate!

A warning about using Agoda: it’s not as nicely arranged and easily searchable as many of the other sites (Kayak, Hotels.com, Venere, etc.), so I did have to go through a good 10+ pages of results. Hopefully, they will slicken up the site features after the enormous traffic spike you’re all going to cause by running right over there!

But, you know, no obligation or anything…

6 thoughts on “I can do it cheaper!!”

  1. Mom

    I like the word slicken. It certainly makes sense. Slickify sounds a little evil.
    Keep checking out those deals. Given the state of the economy, the travel industry needs you. Maybe you’re discovering a calling.
    Rose

  2. Laura Chesters

    Dear Sarah,

    I’m very glad to see that we were able to offer you a suitable hotel for a good price for your Paris trip.

    As Production Manager here at Agoda I am responsible for the design and layout and it is always very useful for me to hear comments from real users about their experiences using the site.

    If you have the time it would be very helpful to know some more details about what you found to be unusual or difficult to use on our site as compared to the competitors you mention. I would certainly take your comments into account when working on the next version of Agoda.

    Please feel free to drop me an email at your convenience. Enjoy your Paris trip!

    Kind Regards,

    Laura Chesters

    Production Manager
    Agoda Services Company Limited

  3. Mom

    She didn’t suggest that she would slicken it up though. But maybe you can suggest it nicely.

  4. NewWrldYankee

    How amazing that they actually commented on this post! But I am definitely going to check out this site, and possible post about it next week, as its all about saving money then. I love theme weeks, because it always seem like problems always creep up in multiples, eh? Thanks for the tip, Sarah. Don’t worry, will def pay you a finder’s fee with some link love back to you!

  5. Sarah

    @Rose: I e-mailed her about the slickening. Although I used slightly more professional (and less outright made-up) terminology.

    @Laura: In case you’re watching your feed reader (if I’m even on it), I sent my suggestions to you. Thanks for noticing our blog! I think Agoda has serious potential.

    @NWY: I know, right?! Getting noticed by a travel site is quite a rush. I e-mailed her back, but not until Friday when we got back, so she might not have seen the message. Plus, by then, many of the points I wanted to make about features I find user friendly had totally vanished. A good vacation will do that to you, I suppose.

  6. Laura Chesters

    Hi Sarah,

    How strange, I am in discussions about your comments as we speak! Both points you made were very helpful indeed. We are looking into auto-fill options and will test this against our drop-downs in a future version of our search box.

    Your second comment about being unable to right click the select button to open the hotel details in a new tab/window is even more interesting, since I wasn’t aware this was the case. I am chasing this up with our IT department and hope to have this fixed ASAP.

    This just goes to show how useful user comments can be so many thanks again and do keep them coming if you remember any more.

    Glad you had a good vacation.

    All best,

    Laura
    http://www.agoda.com

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