Finding the best hotel deal online can be a time-consuming affair if you’re comparing the results of individual sites like Expedia, Travelocity or Hotels.com. Until recently, the solution to such tedium has been the website Kayak, which aggregates the results of multiple hotel search engines. But now Trivago—famous for its dishevelled pitchman—offers the same type of service. But which is the superior hotel booking site?
Filters: Kayak and Trivago both let you prioritize your search based on price range, proximity to downtown, star ratings, guest ratings, as well as the availability of amenities. Trivago, however, provides many more distinct filtering options ranging from wheelchair accessibility to towel service by the pool.
User experience: Trivago has a cleaner, more user-friendly design. It also allows you to simplify your filtering options without removing them entirely from the screen.
Search results: In several comparisons of major global urban centres, Trivago came ahead price-wise—typically, a $20 to $30 difference. In some cases, it found options, such as a four-star hotel within one km of Vancouver’s downtown, that Kayak didn’t provide. Trivago also doesn’t feature advertiser-sponsored search results.
Overall: While Trivago is marginally superior in sleuthing cheaper hotel deals, its streamlined design and user-friendliness make it our winner.