Cheap Hotels – Comparing Hotel Prices of Trivago vs Marriott.com

Trivago is a well known website that can be used to find cheap hotels from different sources.  Trivago is owned by Expedia which puts Trivago into a bit of a compromising position.  Trivago is supposed to be a completely independent hotel comparison tool, but it’s owner, Expedia Group, also owns a number of the hotel booking sites listed on Trivago (for instance Hotels.com, Expedia, Venere etc). But let’s put that aside and see where we can get cheap hotel pricing.

When you do a search for a hotel on Trivago, it compares hotel booking site pricing with the prices offered on the hotel chain websites, like marriott.com, hilton.com, hyatt.com and starwoodhotels.com. I’ve recently been using Trivago to see how to get cheap hotels by comparing hotel prices offered on Trivago vs the prices you can get on Marriott.com. Let’s look at the Trivago vs Marriott.com cheap hotels results.

Trivago search result showing both Marriott website and booking site prices

Here are some recent data points comparing hotel prices on Trivago (hotel booking sites) vs the Marriott.com website for hotels in San Francisco taken on April 24 via Trivago.

Trivago vs Marriott short term hotel price comparison (booking up to a week in advance – in this case April 30)

  • JWMarriott San Francisco – Marriott.com at $439 vs best booking site Expedia at $439
  • San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf – Marriott.com at $359 vs best booking site Booking.com at $299
  • San Francisco Marriott Marquis – Marriott.com at $439, not available on booking sites

Trivago vs Marriott medium term hotel price comparison (booking up to a month in advance – in this case May 23)

  • JWMarriott San Francisco – Marriott.com at $589 vs best booking site Expedia at $569
  • San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf – Marriott.com at $379 vs best booking site Hotels.com at $449
  • Courtyard by Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf – Marriott.com at $299 vs best booking site Hotels.com at $309

Trivago vs Marriott long term hotel price comparison (booking more than a month in advance – in this case June 12)

  • JWMarriott San Francisco – Marriott.com at $599 vs best booking site Expedia at $629
  • San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf – Marriott.com at $379 vs TravelUp at $466
  • San Francisco Marriott Marquis – Marriott.com at $534, not available on booking sites

Here are some recent data points comparing hotel prices found on Trivago (hotel booking sites) vs the Marriott.com website for hotels in Manhattan taken on April 26 via Trivago.

Booking more than a month in advance (for May 27)

  • Ritz Carlton Central Park – Marriott.com at $828 vs best booking site Expedia at $845
  • New York Marriott Marquis – Marriott.com at $220 vs best booking site Expedia at $224
  • Courtyard Manhattan Times Square – Marriott.com @ $202 vs best booking site Expedia at $206

Of the twelve cases above, Marriott.com has the cheapest hotel prices in ten cases. In addition, the price quotes on Trivago for marriott.com do not include the Marriott Rewards Member Rate which is available to Marriott Rewards members on Marriott.com.  The Rewards Member Rate appears to be about $10 lower than the Marriott.com rate available to the general public. So in the “Trivago (hotel booking sites) vs Marriott.com” cheap hotels price comparison, it looks like the marriott.com hotel website is the clear winner.

Overall it looks like Marriott has decided they want people to book on their site (this way they don’t have to pay commission to someone like Expedia). If you are looking for cheap hotels, I would make sure you check the hotel website price before booking anything on your favourite hotel booking site like Expedia or Booking.com.

We’ve also published a similar cheap hotels price comparison for the Hilton website.  Let us know where you find the best prices.

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