HotelQuickly Offers Last-Minute Rooms in Asia Via a Smartphone App (Hmm, Sound Familiar?)
HotelTonight hasn't yet conquered Asia but when it does, it may have a little competition from HotelQuickly.
Launched in March, the smartphone app works very much like HotelTonight--guests can book seriously last-minute rooms up until 4am for that same night. And like HotelTonight the app only lets you access hotel room rates for that day, starting at noon--you can't book a room the day before or the week before. It's also only available through a smartphone app store--either iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.
We checked today for the options in Siem Reap and two hotels pulled up--one for $100 USD and another for just $30. (Some cities also have just one hotel listed.) If you can't decide between the options, HotelQuickly tells you to shake your phone which will then make your selection automatically. You can also earn credits for recommending friends to HotelQuickly, which is something that HotelTonight has done from the beginning.
Right now, HotelQuickly is operating in Australia's big cities (Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne) along with Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Siem Reap and cities in New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. You can read through their FAQs if you still need a little help understanding how the app works. We also just discovered another app that's doing the same thing for Asia called, CheckInTonight, which does most of the same cities at HotelQuickly, with the exception of Australia and New Zealand.
While we almost got swayed by the good-looking HQ founders, we probably won't give up our loyalty to HotelTonight when they expand into Asia. We're more familiar with that product and we trust their hotel partnerships. Plus, they typically offer more than one or two hotels. But if HQ is consistently beating HT's prices then we ultimately we'll have to go with the best deal. That's just business!