Email notification from Hotel Room Alerts
Hotel Room Alerts founder, Dylan Loch, came up with the idea after trying to nab a certain room type at a hotel for a weekend getaway. He was constantly refreshing the hotel's online calendar before finally getting the room he wanted. But it took him a month.
"It was literally the biggest pain I've ever encountered," Loch said. "I thought there's got to be an easier way."
Drawing inspiration from the alert system he used in college (at Michigan State) which told students when spots opened up in certain classes, Loch started working with an engineer to develop a similar system for hotel rooms. And boom, Hotel Room Alerts was born.
The site officially launched last July but at the time, it was charging 99 cents per alert. However, Loch did away with the charge in late November and has made the alert system totally free. Since then, Loch said 500 people have signed up for room alerts. And we imagine that number is only going to go up now.
Currently, Hotel Room Alerts is working on reformatting the email notification that guests receive so that they will be able to see each individual room available and the room rates. Loch said they are also working on implementing a call-in service that will allow guests to talk to an actual booking agent. And of course, an all-important mobile app is in the works, launching in about four to six weeks.
We've honestly not been this excited about a hotel booking service since HotelTonight came out and we've already added it to our booking arsenal. It's weird, we're like, praying for a hotel to be sold-out just so we can activate Hotel Room Alerts.