Pros / Agoda will send you notifications if the pricing of your hotel changes.
Cons / You can’t rent cars through this service.
Verdict / Agoda isn’t as complete a booking service as others, but it’s among the best at finding low prices.
Agoda is a hotel booking service owned by Booking Holdings, which also owns Booking.com and Priceline.com. If you’re strictly looking for hotels, this is one of the best services. It has good search features and offers secret deals with heavy discounts.
Like most of the booking services, Agoda lets you sort search results to find the lowest price or the most highly rated hotels for your target dates. You can also look at the secret deals that Agoda selects for you. These are highly discounted rates, sometimes as high as 4 percent, at hotels that remain anonymous until you book a stay. If you’re looking for the best deal, this is a good place to start.
You can filter your results, so only hotels that fall within a certain price range or have certain amenities are displayed within the results. This is also where you can remove certain types of accommodations, so if you’re not interested in hotels or resorts, you can exclude them from the search. Agoda includes hostels and apartments in its results. If you’re traveling by yourself, a hostel is usually cheaper than a motel if you don’t mind sharing rooms with fellow travelers.
You can filter your results by neighborhood or use the map view to see where your hotel is and how far it is from landmarks and attractions. Agoda doesn’t include landmarks and attractions in its filters, which is something we found useful in other services.
Agoda has some features that are uncommon among these booking sites. One that stands out is the option to get emails if the price changes on a hotel you’re thinking about booking. This can help you get the best price if you’re planning a trip far enough in the future to price-watch. Agoda also has price matching, and will reimburse you the difference between what you pay and a lower price you find.
This is a good service for booking hotels, but not as useful for vacation planning as others we reviewed. You can search for flights through Agoda and it will aggregate results, though you’ll have to book through the carrier and not through Agoda. You can’t purchase a flight and hotel package through this service, something other services offer and can be a way to save on your travel.
Agoda is a hotel booking service that has helpful options for finding the best hotel to fit your needs. It’s great for finding hotels, but not for complete travel planning because you can’t bundle flights and cars together with your lodgings.