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A new booking website has launched with a rather interesting (and some—though not necessarily us—might call scandalous) platform: make hotels do all the hard work and bid for your reservation. Kinda has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?
We haven't tried the service ourselves, but recently stumbled upon an in-depth review of BackBid on this blog, and got all excited thinking about ways we can turn the tides in our favor on future reservations. Basically: BackBid combines the lowest-price-around benefits of blind booking sites like Priceline and Hotwire with the transparency of mobile booking app HotelTonight.
And while we remain staunch supporters of HT (after all, we relish any opportunity for some spontaneous last-minute hotel booking), this new kid on the block has us a little curious. If the ring opens up to allow hotels to fight over our reservations, things could get ugly fast.
But is that necessarily a bad thing?
Hump Day is here and we're feeling playfulplayful enough to challenge you to Guess The Hotel! This week we've got a snapshot of a very very comfy bed we snagged for a steal using the mobile hotel booking app HotelTonight. Of course we used the $25 sign-up bonus everyone gets for registering on HotelTonight, so the total was even cheaper really.
As always, the rules for Guess the Hotel are the same--we throw down some hints, you ante up your guesses and we do the reveal the following day (tomorrow). So cheers and good luck!
· It's in the center of a major US city enjoying a lot of hotel buzz currently
· Eco-friendliness is the name of the game. The hotel is certified LEED silver.
· The hotel's name kind of means "happy," and we were really happy about the free WiFi.
· We booked it via the HotelTonight app while in a cab from the airport to the place, for $69 plus $11 taxes/fees for a total of $80. Score.
Think you know what hotel we're hinting at? PUT YOUR GUESSES IN COMMENTS BELOW!
A new booking site is cashing in on the demand for an above-average hotel room view. Offering specific suites in 100 properties all over the world, The Most Perfect View was launched this month by 29-year-old Portguese entrepreneur Paulo Palha. The inspiration behind the company? EM Forster's Room With A View, of course. Though whether or not Julian Sands is included in any of the deals remains unclear (sadly, we're guessing not).
Rebel against a previous traumatizing anti-view experience and pick a view that's 'perfectly' suited to your tastes. From Ocean House in Rhode Island to the Shangri-La Tokyo, there is plenty to choose from—and hotels are browsable via an easy-to-use interactive map organized by cities or clickable criteria boxes like "by the water," "mountains," "urban," etc. When you arrive at the proper hotel page, scroll through high-res images to see just how "perfect" the view is. You like? You book!
Las Vegas is a city where last-minute hotel rooms are practically de rigueur so we're relieved to see that Hotel Tonight has finally added Sin City to their mobile booking app. No more stumbling up to the front desk drunk asking if there's a room for you and your Chippendale!
HotelTonight was thinking of folks in Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix when they added Las Vegas to their app since it's just a quick flight away but HotelTonight also says folks could use the app in this way:
The app also rescues travelers whose plans change at the last minute and visitors who realize after a long night that a great hotel room could be less expensive than a cab ride to the other end of the Strip.
Hmmm...the cabs in Vegas are notorious rip-offs but we're not so sure a hotel room on HotelTonight would be less than a cab ride to the other end of the Strip.
Nevertheless, rooms can be be booked on HotelTonight up until 2am which is certainly a life-saver when you've realized that crashing with six of your friends in one room was a bad idea.
Travelocity has been enabling guests to book hotel rooms on the go since 2008 when they first introduced their iPhone application. But with all the new apps on the mobile booking scene recently like Expedia and HotelTonight, Travelocity has upped the ante by adding their Top Secret Hotels service to the app.
Top Secret Hotels allow guests to book hotel rooms at steep discounts (up to 55 percent off) but without knowing the hotel name until after their credit card has been charged. We did this last year and stayed at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Vegas for just $57.
HotelTonight keeps getting better. We knew they would be adding Miami and Seattle to their list of cities this spring but we're really psyched about the option to lock in a low last-minute rate not just for tonight but for a few more nights as well.
The newest update to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch app now allows guests to extend their stay for up to four additional nights. Currently HotelTonight can be used to book rooms in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Boston, Washington DC, Miami and Seattle. And new users will get a $25 credit toward their first booking.
We've long expressed our dismay at hotel iPhone apps since they never seem to do much aside from letting you a book a room on your phone, as opposed to your computer or calling the hotel in person. But things have been looking up lately.
First, HotelTonight came on the scene offering a great way to get last-minute hotel rooms for a serious discount. And now, Expedia has a free iPhone and iPod app that will find you a hotel room within walking distance should you ever find yourself homeless for the night. The app will also include an interactive map, hotel ratings, reviews ported over from TripAdvisor, hotel photos, amenities and directions to the hotel.
We tried to download the app today but it won't be available for a few more weeks. However, it will be free and it will support 20 currencies worldwide.
It's true that HotelTonight, the book-a-room-right-now app that we've already fallen in love with, had us at hello. But the six-month-old mobile startup isn't slowing down to bask in our praise of its great last-minute deals and sign-up incentives. In fact, the iOS-only app is expanding, with South Beach and Seattle hotels coming online early next month, says CEO Sam Shank. Soon to follow? San Diego and, wait for it, Las Vegas, commonly regarded as the world capital of "Yeah, screw it, let's just book a hotel for the night."
When first we touched upon the new-ish HotelTonight iPhone app when it launched in December, we called the idea genius, and nothing has changed. In fact, HotelTonight has gotten way better, even if it's still only available on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
The quick rundown of what exactly HotelTonight does, is that it presents you with three discounted hotel options from noon each day to book for that night. You must download the app and join as a member to be able to book, but once you're in, you can score hotels rated from "Basic" to "Elegant" to "Hip" for what amounts to be serious savings.