February 2012 Quikbook.com Unveils Enhanced Website Redesign and Booking Experience
New Site Helps Travelers Find the Hotel that's Best for Them Quickly and Easily
NEW YORK - February 8, 2012 - Quikbook.com (www.Quikbook.com), a leading hotel booking website featuring boutique and upscale independent hotels, today announced the launch of its newly designed website. The restyled website features boutique hotels in more than 75 cities and resort destinations throughout North America with enhanced functionality, clean aesthetics and a more seamless navigation experience.
For the past 24 years, independent travelers have turned to Quikbook.com, a completely unbiased hotel suggestion engine, to find the best boutique hotel accommodations at the lowest rates in America's most popular destinations. With the new website design, travelers not only save research time with easier navigation, but will enjoy a quick two-step booking process. The new site filters results more quickly and easily to help the customer find the hotel that best suits their needs in terms of budget, location preference and type of hotel.
When reviewing hotel profiles on Quikbook.com, the customer will benefit from the site's new hosted video tours offering a more in-depth look at select hotels. Additional hotel photos and detailed lists of amenities and services, along with verified customer reviews will further assist travelers in their booking experience. The new site's clutter-free design has no banner ads, or additional links toward other products or services, allowing Quikbook.com to focus solely on providing customers with outlet style pricing at their handpicked selection of boutique hotels.
To add flexibility for the typically busy traveler, Quikbook.com's unique policy of not charging any service fees, not requiring pre-payment and not charging penalty fees to change or cancel reservations, is essential for those who may experience delays or last minute cancellations associated with work schedules or weather conditions during travel.
"We utilized valuable customer feedback to enhance the booking experience with a website design that best matches our customers' preferences. The new Quikbook.com is easier and faster to navigate, ensuring our customers a seamless, enjoyable experience in selecting the hotel that's right for them," says Brian Hendricks, director of online marketing at Quikbook.com. "If you're looking for a time share in New Mexico, we can't help you; but if you're looking for a unique boutique hotel at a rate that's lower than anywhere else, we'll connect you to both quickly and easily with our new website."
To celebrate the launch of the new site, Quikbook is offering a "Free Stay Giveaway." One lucky winner will be selected at random, and their entire stay will be paid for by Quikbook. To participate, travelers must visit Quikbook.com and book any stay, at any hotel on the site by March 1, 2012.
June 2010New York Times
Booking agencies like Quikbook.com, which specializes in independent and boutique hotels in big cities — with some prices under $200 in Manhattan this summer — are also turning more to Twitter to spread the word about special rates.
Brian Hendricks, Quikbook’s marketing director, said that once or twice a month, he announces sales on Twitter and Facebook that don’t appear on Quikbook’s Web site until later in the day — or not at all if the discount applies to a limited number of rooms.
“Sometimes they sell out and we never put them on our Web site,” he said.
Although he was skeptical at first about using Twitter to entice customers to book hotel rooms, Mr. Hendricks has found that tweeting judiciously is the best strategy to reward loyal followers, and keep them from getting annoyed. “If they get a tweet from us, they know it’s going to be good,” he said. “We don’t inundate them with mediocre stuff.”
Quikbook has also joined the ranks of hotel agencies that are putting their own spin on Priceline’s blind booking model — without the bidding process.
With Quikbook’s “secret sale” collection, you don’t find out the name of the hotel until after you book. You just see the price (usually between $149 and $169 a night, Mr. Hendricks said), a detailed list of amenities and a description of where the hotel is located (for example, the “Eastside of Manhattan’s Murray Hill neighborhood”). The drawbacks are that you have to prepay and that reservations can’t be changed or refunded.
June 2010The Sun News
Quikbook.com is my go-to site for getting deals in NYC. I've used it for a decade. The two times I didn't, I regretted it.
June 2010ABC - Smart Money
Looking to save money on a hotel room? Check out Quikbook.com. This is a great site that finds unadvertised hotel deals. It lists hotel amenities, the proximity to shopping and entertainment and has comments from people who’ve stayed there before.
February 2010UK's Daily Telegraph
For the web savvy, it is easy to book...hotels in the US. You can go to Quikbook (www.quikbook.com) for competitive hotel rates (with a sensible cancellation policy).
November 2009Conde Nast Traveler
Las Vegas and Chicago: Hotels in these convention cities are ready to make a deal because they saw a steep decline in conference business at the same time a flood of new hotel rooms hit the market. Use Quikbook for the best rates at smaller properties...
May 2009Toronto Star
Boutique bargains: Scout around online for hotels. We highly recommend Quikbook.com, which has many fine Big Apple boutique hotels for little apple prices. Best of all, unlike most sites, you don't have to pay for the hotel until you get there. On a recent search, Quikbook was offering the stylish midtown 6 Columbus Circle for $129 (U.S.) a night over Victoria Day weekend.
May 2009Budget Travel Magazine
Quikbook.com lists 200 NYC Hotels with rates reduced by up to 60 percent; a recent search turned up a room for $149 a night at the beaux arts Dylan Hotel.
November 2008Chicago Tribune
For booking hotels in bigger cities, check out Quikbook.com.
November 2008NBC’s New York
Quikbook.com has a number of under-$200 deals for New York, including $160 at the Desmond Tutu Center.
October 2008New York Magazine
Click for Deals: For quick reference when you’re ready to escape, check independent Websites that keep tabs on sales. The hotel discounter Quikbook.com has a Best Deals page that recently flagged a $199 rate at the Standard Hollywood (standardhotels.com) in L.A., valid through November 30.
May 2008Chicago Tribune
Rule No. 6: If you want an independent, use Quikbook.com
Most of the big hotel booking sites churn out the same rates in Midtown. And using the so-called opaque sites such as priceline.com is a sure way to get stuck with a room on the second floor—or, once, in my experience, the basement. For chains, use their own Web sites for the best deals. But Quikbook.com, a site that works with independent hotels, offers genuinely lower rates and a high degree of service and reliability. I use Quikbook.com at high-demand times.
May 2008Conde Nast Portfolio
Break the Hotel Chain
Hotel-rate rises have been fueled by our own reliance on the frequent-guest programs of the major worldwide hotel "families." We often don't look past the chains when we're seeking a hotel bargain—and they price accordingly. The solution? Check an independent site such as Quikbook.com. It offers discount rates from thousands of independent properties around the nation. Independents also offer another benefit: diversity. Unlike chain properties, each offers its own quirks and charm.
February 2008Washington Post
Quikbook.com: Specializes in boutique properties and deals at hotels that aren't filling up. The site features more than 1,000 hotels in more than 100 cities, and its interface is easy to use. Pick a city and a neighborhood (optional) and Quikbook.com turns up rates, such as $90 a night at Las Vegas's Luxor hotel (average rate is $120 to $140). Especially good deals are highlighted with the "Quikpick" tag. Check the hotel's location carefully: When we searched for a New York City hotel, Quikbook.com coughed up properties in Brooklyn -- true, it's in the city, but not where most visitors to New York want to stay.
June 2007Condé Nast's Portfolio Magazine
Hotel rates are surging around the nation, so I often consult Quikbook.com when I'm searching for a lodging bargain. The site offers terrific deals, mostly on boutique and independent hotels in major cities. Best feature: Most Quikbook.com rates do not require pre-payment. Make your reservations online and pay when you check in.
February 2007Washington Post's Best of the Web
If you're interested in quainter or more upscale lodging within the United States, try http://www.quikbook.com, which recently added shortcuts that allow users to search for smoke-free hotels and green hotels.
Quikbook.com... Offers more than 1,300 hotels in 75 destinations throughout North America, the Caribbean and in several European countries. New York, Florida and California hotels are a particular strength. Good for travelers who want a pretty sure deal in a high-quality property. One big plus is that with a few exceptions, guests reserve through Quikbook.com but pay the hotel directly at the end of the stay. Mid-February rate at South Seas hotel in Miami: $294. On the hotel's site: $326.29.
February 2007The Guardian
"One of the problems with booking hotels online is that you often have to pay up front. The great thing about quikbook.com, another US site worth considering, is that you have the option of paying for your hotel on departure. This gives you the opportunity to offset your expenditure across a couple of salary months, rather than just sticking it on your credit card. Paying for the hotel later will also save you more money if the value of sterling continues to rise."
December 20, 2006Money Magazine at CNNMoney.com
Last August, I was looking for a room in Chicago in October (I was running in a marathon). I searched several sites, and at Quikbook.com I found a room at Kimpton's Hotel Allegro -- it turned out to be 1 1/2 miles from the starting line. Even better, the Quikbook.com rate ($184 a night) was $20 cheaper than the hotel's group rate, which was no longer being offered. Full Article
May 7, 2006Washington Post
Check the online discounters. Quikbook.com ( http://www.quikbook.com/ ), one of the most reliable booking agencies with NYC rooms, is where the Park South offer popped up. Like most of the rooms on Quikbook, that rate was well below the $259 quoted on the hotel's own Web site. One of the virtues of Quikbook.com is that, with the exception of a small number of prepaid rooms, bills are settled at checkout (no fee is charged for booking and none for canceling, as long as reservations are voided at least 24 hours in advance). Full Article
January 20, 2006CNN/Money.com
Do your hotel homework: Hotel prices in big cities are out of control this year. The average room in New York City costs almost $200 a night, up 10 percent since this time last year, according to Smith Travel Research. Rooms also are getting expensive in Miami and Washington, D.C., where rates are up 12 percent. This summer, you'll want to make sure you do your homework. Check out www.quickbook.com. You'll be able to find special deals, read about other people's experiences and check out what the hotel has to offer, like its proximity to shopping or transportation. Full Article
January 18, 2006USA Today's Hotel Hot Sheet
Quikbook's best-rate offer changed to 3 days. Internet booking site Quikbook.com just upped the ante in the stakes of "why book here" on the Web. The company has extended its "best-rate guarantee" to 72 hours after booking. Most hotel sites and online booking agents (Orbitz, Hotels.com, etc..) offer a refund or matching price if you find a lower rate on the same room at the same hotel, but that offer generally expires after just 24 hours. Quikbook.com also has one of the better cancellation policies on the Web, charging nothing if it's a "pay when you get there" hotel. For pre-paid reservations, cancellation fees run just $10 for changes made four or more days before arrival, and $35 for changes made after that. Other sites may charge a full night's rate. Quikbook.com only sells hotels so you don't have a lot of airfare and car rental stuff to wade through, but it doesn't have quite the depth of other booking sites. For Las Vegas, Quikbook.com shows just 47 hotels, compared to Hotels.com's. But it does have a good inventory of mid-to-upper range properties, and now it has one of the Web's most consumer-friendly price guarantees. Full Article
December 14, 2005BoingBoing.net
I ended up booking a great room at an impossibly sold-out upscale hipster property -- at a really nice discount off the rack rate. I'm absolutely planning to use them again.
I haven't done this before, but wanted to share a personal anecdote involving one of Boing Boing's sponsors --Quikbook.com Recently, I needed to find a hotel room in a *totally* sold out city at the last minute. I had no luck with the travel websites and bucket shops I usually turn to for hotel booking. Just when it looked like a $900/night janitor's closet at the Podunk Craquehaus was my only option, I remembered the Quikbook.com ad on Boing Boing. I clicked tentatively, ended up booking a great room at an impossibly sold-out upscale hipster property -- at a really nice discount off the rack rate. I'm absolutely planning to use them again. Also, Quikbook.com smells nice and has great hair.
Quikbook.com (www.quikbook.com/shortcuts.asp), the hotel booking search engine also provides a great service that allows you to find which hotels in a particular US city offers complimentary WiFi service.
The International Herald Tribune
"...www.quikbook.com, one of the best hotel booking sites in the United States"
May 2005In Style Magazine
"For a well-edited selection of big-city boutique hotels, often at 60% off, consider Quikbook.com."
December 14, 2005Woman's Day Magazine - May, 2005
"Quikbook.com is a dream come true..."
[Quikbook.com] rates hotels itself, providing an unbiased list. You can read feedback from other customers, too.
December 2004Chicago Tribune
Quikbook.com offered "the best overall average hotel prices in a series of test searches."
Quikbook.com combines quantity (searches yield impressive listings), a Web site which is intuitive for beginners, detailed information and photographs, and, most importantly, the best overall average hotel prices in a series of test searches.
September 2004Laptop Magazine
With Quikbook.com, "...we were dealing with pros who knew the hotel business inside and out."
"The best feature...is Shortcuts."
Booking a Room Online
How We Tested
The test case was to book a hotel room in New York City for a two-night, midweek business trip. We decided that the magic number was a three-star property at around $150, which is a very modest amount to spend on lodging in Manhattan.
This site is about hotels and nothing but hotels. Quikbook.com provides a feedback forum for each hotel that can prove illuminating. We especially liked the hotel map feature on the homepage, which can be very helpful if you’re interested in a specific destination.
The best feature, though is the Shortcuts Quikbook.com offers for speeding up your searches based on very specific criteria. While we scrolled through Expedia, trying to find a hotel that wasn’t at the airport, Quikbook.com easily found a winner at $169, near Penn Station. It’s within a short walk of Midtown and a good choice for business travelers. At this price level, it represents good value.
Overall, we felt as if we were dealing with pros who knew the hotel business inside and out. Quikbook.com is a simple, well-designed site that permits you to see virtually everything you need to know at a glance.
LAPTOP EDITOR’S CHOICE: Quikbook
Our nod goes to a site dedicated to selling hotels and only hotels, Quikbook.com. It doesn’t serve up as many listings as its larger competitors or cover international locations, but it delivers great rates in the most popular business-traveler destinations in North America. It also has a Shortcut menu that lets you narrow your hotel search by everything from proximity to a convention center to high-speed Internet access.
March 2004SmartMoney Magazine
Quikbook.com "ranks #1 for low rates and ease of use."
Take Your Best Trip Ever
We went online and booked more than 800 imaginary trips over 30 consecutive days on 12 of the most popular Web sites…. Of course, we were after the best prices, but ease of use, navigability, customer service and quality of offers play a big part in the online booking experience, so we considered those factors as well.
Here's where you'll find the deepest discounts by booking online…. We much preferred Quikbook.com, which outdid all the other sites, including hotels.com. Bonus points: Quikbook.com's minimalist, uncluttered design is immensely easy to use. It took us just minutes to get $195 a night for three nights at New York's Soho Grand, while Expedia wanted $290 for the same room.
[In a head-to-head comparison with Hotels.com, SideStep, Expedia, Orbitz, LastMinute Travel, Travelocity and Cheap tickets] Quikbook.com found the best rate the most times, works better and has some classier properties.
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January 9, 2004Frommer's
"...Consumer Webwatch found that...Quikbook.com's performance at providing the lowest hotels was 'comfortably ahead' of other [similar] sites."
Consumer's Union Solves the Mystery: What Online Site is Cheaper
Of the non-opaque sites, Consumer WebWatch found that Quikbook.com (www.quikbook.com) was especially good for hotels. Quikbook.com's performance at providing the lowest hotel rates was "comfortably ahead" of other non-opaque sites, according to the Consumer's Union report. We agree; in the limited amount of cities Quikbook.com serves, we've generally found them to be a great resource for low hotel rates.
November 2, 2003New York Times
"Quikbook.com offered the most flexibility"
Canceling Rooms Gets Trickier
"Cancellation charges are more of an issue now than they were in the past," said Ray Vastola, president of Quikbook.com. "It's something the customer needs to be mindful of if they enter into an agreement where there is a fee if they have to cancel."
Quikbook.com charges customers $10 to change or cancel a prepaid reservation, but no fee for reservations that are not prepaid….
Most of Quikbook.com's competitors - including Hotels.com, Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity - typically charge $25 to change or cancel a hotel reservation, plus the hotel's penalty. (Rooms booked through Hotwire and Priceline cannot be changed or canceled.)
These booking sites have different cancellation policies depending on the hotel... For instance, I did a search for a two-night stay in Chicago at various Web sites, and came up with a $219-a-night rate at the [same hotel] at multiple sites…. Booking at the [hotel’s] site, there was a one-night penalty no matter how early you canceled, and a 100 percent penalty if you canceled within 48 hours of 4 p.m. the planned day of check-in. Expedia displayed nearly the same policy (the hour was different), plus its own $25 cancellation fee, and Orbitz had a similar policy, except that the full penalty kicked in if you canceled within 72 hours before noon of your arrival date.
But at Travelocity, you paid a one-night penalty (plus Travelocity's $25 fee) only if you canceled within two days of your planned check-in…and there was just the $25 penalty if you canceled earlier. Quikbook.com offered the most flexibility: you wouldn't pay any penalty if you canceled 24 hours before your arrival date (no stated time); after that, you'd pay a one-night fee….
September 8, 2003Frommers.com
"The brilliance of this promotion is that Quikbook.com is a place you should be shopping anyway."
The best kind of freebie is one you get for doing something you were going to do anyway. In the case of hotel discounter Quikbook.com, they’re giving away $15 L.L.Bean gift certificates to anyone who books and completes three hotel stays by December 31. There are no catches, no tricks, no hidden strings. Your hotel stays can be of any length, at Quikbook’s lowest rates, at any hotel. Stay six times, get two certificates; stay nine times, get three. Sure, a $15 gift certificate towards duck boots isn’t a free hotel night or flight to Fiji, but don’t look a free sweater in the…uh, weave.
You’d Shop There Anyway
The brilliance of this promotion is that Quikbook.com is a place you should be shopping anyway. They often have the best rates for high-demand cities like New York and San Francisco…. The site also has a neat new feature in their ShortCuts page where you can see a list of hotels fulfilling any one of ten requirements, from historic hotels to pet-friendly hotels to places with high-speed Internet…. The ShortCuts list is…a good way to charge up your imagination.
February 2, 2003Los Angeles Times
"easy to navigate...customer service is remarkably strong"
This easy-to-navigate hotel site gives a prompt, complete list of prices. It has improved the way rates are displayed and expanded the number of cities it serves. Cancellation policies are fair, booking surcharges are nonexistent and customer service is remarkably strong.
2003, 2002, 2001Forbes.com
Quikbook.com named "Best of the Web"
Specializes in distressed inventory, or rooms that would otherwise go unsold. Choose from over 100 cities including Albuquerque, San Francisco and Vancouver. Rates at its network of more than 1,000 properties run from 20% to 60% off regular prices. A deluxe room at the famed Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles, for example, starts at $139 compared to $169 full price. Properties are accompanied by a "Q" rating, which reviews service and amenities. My Quikbook.com File provides tips on special deals via e-mail.
Best: Hotel descriptions come with detailed lists of room features and services.
May 2003Condé Nast Traveler
"its prices often…beat those of the 'bigger' sites"
Quikbook.com has been a favorite among business travelers for years because its staff personally checks out each hotel and the site lists only those that it feels are the best value. And while Quikbook.com has just a fraction of the number of hotels you’ll find on other sites and handles only North American listings, its prices often match or beat those of the ‘bigger’ sites. For higher priced cities such as New York and Orlando, Quikbook.com offers nonrefundable low-cost prepaid options. All other reservations can be changed or cancelled for a small refund, and so far the site charges no booking fees.
December 2002New York Daily News
"A savvy traveler's best resource..."
Quikbook.com is a savvy traveler's best resource for finding a great hotel in New York... There are no fees to join and no prepayment required for reservations, and the company does not charge to make changes or cancel existing reservations. Quikbook.com's consumer-friendly policies and low rates have helped it win numerous awards this year.
"...Reduced Rates on Some of the Swankier Rooms in the Big Apple"
The hotel reservations company, Quikbook.com, buys up blocks of discounted rooms and turns them into bargain opportunities for you. We're not kidding here. The hardest part is trying to pick just one, but the geniuses behind this site certainly go the distance with the assistance. They provide pictures of the properties and user reviews for starters. Plus they painstakingly detail absolutely everything you'll get in a specific room.
October 2002PC Magazine
"...check it out for a good deal on luxury accommodations."
This is the Web site of a long-respected booking service that has been selling discounted rates on upscale hotel rooms since 1988. ...Check it out for a good deal on luxury accommodations... We were able to choose from the best hotels…often [for] hundreds of dollars less than we would have paid elsewhere... Since the site doesn't handle anything but hotels...it's simple to use. The strongest feature is that Quikbook.com's staff visits and rates every hotel, so even if you can's see photos of everything, you benefit from a detailed and objective rating system. The site doesn't accept (or place) any advertising, which gives it a feel of independence. There's no fee to cancel reservations.
"Quikbook.com Dreams Up a Collection of Getaway Deals"
We have recommended Quikbook.com...before, and gladly do so again, especially for its new "Great Getaways" concept, in which they offer deep discounts on spa and golf resorts, family-friendly and trendy hotels, historic and five-star properties, as well as casinos and "the best" of Florida and California.
"Big-business-style buying power is a keystroke away."
Bargain-savvy business travelers can turn to online hotel booking sites like Quikbook.com…for help. [Such] hotel consolidators purchase room blocks from upscale hotels in many major cities at deep discounts and then pass part of the savings on to travelers…
"I have used [Quikbook.com] to great advantage…"
I avoid the best-known [hotel] consolidator…because it requires you to pay in advance and it rarely has the best prices. A much better bet: Quikbook.com, which I have used to great advantage over the years.
June 2002Condé Nast Traveler
"It's worth your while to see what Quikbook.com likes..."
This discounter checks out all the hotels it sells... If you don't know where you want to stay, it's worth your while to see what Quikbook.com likes – and its rates are often lower than those on other broker sites.
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