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Can you really get a good deal on a nice hotel by making a reservation on the day you want to stay? According to a handful of apps where users can book discounted same-day hotel stays, the answer is absolutely yes. Same-day hotel booking apps are a growing phenomenon, said Dr. One Night is an example of a same-day booking app. Launched in lateit lets users make reservations in 19 cities in the U. S and 2 abroad-for a total of hotels starting at noon for stays that evening.
Many of the properties are independently owned such as The Boweryin New York City, and The Scarlet Huntingtonin San Francisco, and co-founder Jimmy Suh said that users can expect a savings of between 10 to 40 percent off the lowest listed nightly rate for that property. Also, the category of room which guests stay in is based on inventory. One of the biggest same-day booking apps is HotelTonightavailable in 1, cities and with a database of more than 50, properties. I recently tested the app out in New York City, where I live. HotelTonight debuted in in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco with the premise of offering attractive deals on same-day hotel bookings.
Co-founder and chief executive Sam Shank said that the company was targeting travelers who liked the idea of booking a last-minute hotel stay. Users can now book stays up to days in advance, but same-day reservations are still the most popular way to book. The app lists a diverse range of properties from value-minded hotels to exceptionally luxurious ones, and discounted rates are a key part of its appeal: Mr. Shank said rates average 16 percent off lowest published nightly rates and can be as much as 50 percent off.
Also, prices tend to drop the later in the day it gets. Shank said that HotelTonight benefits both users and the properties in its database. I used HotelTonight to take a spontaneous staycation with my husband, Mahir, at an upscale New York hotel. Before I booked, however, I tracked prices on the app for two weeks so that I could get an idea of when the best deals were to be had.
I could filter my search into three : lowest price affordable propertiestop deals values at popular hotels in my destination and most premium luxury accommodations. I definitely found this to be true. When I looked at the app on a weekday, however, a stay at some of these properties was more than twice as much. A room at The Pierre, a Taj Hotel, one of the properties on the app. I decided to book our mini-vacation for a Sunday night. I made my reservation at p.
We were greeted at the Pierre by a polite front desk employee. The airy space was elegantly decorated with dark wood furnishings and green tones; it overlooked ading buildings but had plenty of natural light.
The marble bathroom was small, but the toiletries from Molton Brown- a brand that I especially enjoy using- made up for the size. A room in Lotte New York Palace, one of the hotels available on the app. HotelTonight is easy to use and has a broad inventory of hotels available to book. Dandapani, from the Hotel Association of New York, is also a fan and said that he has used the app several times to reserve rooms in cities around the world. Now that I have tried it out in my hometown, I would use it again in other destinations, too.
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Hotel Tonight: A Test of the Same-Day Booking App