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Kayak Now Offers Same-Day Hotel Booking on Its App (But It's Not as Fun)

June 25, 2012 at 11:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've been so caught up in the buzz over HotelTonight we didn't even realize that Kayak has also begun offering same-day bookings for hotels rooms via their mobile app.

The booking function du jour allows you to search hotels near you using the app's GPS function but whether or not you're getting a deal is still up in the air. Tnooz.com reports:

The Kayak take on same-day bookings is far lower-key than the others hitting the market. Users have an option to check for same-day availability, get results and are then either redirected to one of its partners for the booking or, in some cases, can book direct within the app itself.

We did a quick check for our current location near Santa Monica, Calif. and despite Kayak spelling Pacific Palisades wrong, the app also turned up some pretty poor options both brand-wise (Marriotts, Holiday Inns, nothing boutiquey) and price-wise. And some hotels are kind of far away. For example, the Loews Hollywood is a good 30-40 minutes away, even longer in traffic.

You could, however, compare the rates found on other booking sites as well as the hotel right there within the app so that's nice but nothing got our pulses racing like HotelTonight which offers a Beach Cities category for Los Angeles with several options in Santa Monica. (Hotel geeks like us have been known to just randomly check hotel rates on HotelTonight in different cities...just for fun.)

The one advantage that Kayak does have is that it features over 300,000 hotels on its app and it works for several cities in Europe. Not all of these will opt for the same-day booking function but it is a larger inventory to choose from. Still, there's room for a ton of improvement. Until then, we'll stick with HotelTonight.

Have you booked a hotel room for that night on either Kayak or HotelTonight? What was your experience like? Share it with the rest of us in comments below!

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