AMSTERDAM — has admitted to listing a New York hotel multiple times under different star ratings to see if it would impact customers’ booking habits, reports MoneySavingExpert News.

The hotel-booking site advertised the Hudson Hotel, under slightly different names, as a three-star and a four-star property with different prices as part of an experiment gauging the effect of star ratings on bookings and customer experience. claims the test was a one-off test at the request of the hotel. However, Morgans Hotel Group, which owns the Hudson Hotel, says the test was not meant to involve different prices — only different ratings.


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