Somehow we don't think the Eventi hotel in Chelsea is going for $88 on Hotwire. Gotta guess again!
This app follows its online model of booking deals based on hotel rates and not the actual hotel. When you start, you choose your desired location, select your dates and room specifics, and then Hotwire will show hotels grouped according to distance and rate ranges. Once you pick the rate, view the specific location and info, you can book. We like the ability to sort at the bottom by "price" "rating" "distance" and "value". That quickly can eliminate hotels which details you aren't interested in at all.
The catch--you don't know which specific hotel it is until you purchase. Oh sure, they say the 3-star hotel room in Chelsea-Madison Square Garden for $88 may be a Wingate Inn by Wyndham, Doubletree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, or "other brand-name or independent hotels", which for control freaks might be irritating as hell not to know. But for the footloose and fancy free, they may not care that with tax, etc the $115.06 is worth a shot in the dark. But for more expensive hotels, say the $270 SoHo deal we saw? We're thinking you'd like to know exactly what you're getting in to. But maybe that's just us.
The Hotwire app is available for free from the U.S. and Canada App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or via www.iTunes.com/AppStore.
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