RoomAuction opens its doors in US, an eBay-style bidding tool for hotel accommodation, has unveiled a US version just a year after its launch in the UK. enables consumers to haggle over the cost of a hotel room, bidding how much it is believed to be worth, without having to call the hotel and ask for a discount.

The website idea originated in 2003, and the system has been up and running at the Washbourne Court Hotel in the Cotswolds for more than a year. has also just been launched.

BCM Services, which runs the site, said it is trying to increase accommodation yields by offering quality rooms for reasonable prices, at a rate that satisfies the seller’s need to fill the room, and the buyer’s desire to pay as little as possible.

The website currently has 200 member hotels, including properties based in London, the Lake District, the Cotswolds and Cornwall.

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