How to Book Awesome Hotels Last Minute
Every time you travel, a huge priority is always booking somewhere cute and awesome to stay but for a bomb price… am I right?! It can be a bit stressful though with so many options out there now. Like, do I book directly with the hotel? Do I opt for location over price or vise versa? Do I do a hotel or an AirBnB? Do I use points? Do I want an experience or just somewhere to lay my head? Where will I get the best price?? And on and on and on…
Wellll, today I was chatting with a dear friend of mine about my fav way to book hotels. The first thing out of my mouth was, “ You HAVE to use Hotel Tonight!” Honestly, it’s the most fun way of booking hotels. Now it might not be everyone’s cup of tea because you do have to wait until relatively close to your check in time to book the best deal. Like I’m talking the night before or day of. Hoooowwwever, you can book in advance on the app but I typically find the deals are sweeter the closer you are to check in. This might be a tad stressful for some, BUT if you are willing to wait and live on the edge (crazy gal over here!), then you’ll score some awesome deals and get to stay in some really swanky places you might not typically get to stay. Some of my favorite hotels to date have come from Hotel Tonight bookings! One in particular was an old jail that was converted to a luxury boutique hotel and I definitely wouldn’t have been able to check in there if I didn’t get such a great deal on the app!
A couple of helpful hints & reasons to love Hotel Tonight:
I recommend waiting until the last minute to book (i.e. around the 1-2 days before or even day of!)— You WILL get better prices this way! The furtherest out I have booked on the app is 2 days, but I have a friend who scored a great deal today for a trip she’s going on in a month!
You get even more of a discount if you book while in the same city you will be staying in— for example, I was coming into Boston one night on an international flight and needed a hotel. I waited until I was on the ground in Boston to book because I knew that I would get a “geo discount” for booking while actually in Boston, as compared to booking 9 hours earlier in Copenhagen.
The app tells you ALL you need to know about the hotel in an easy scroll. There are photos, reviews, directions with how many minutes your Uber ride will be, the type of bath products offered (LOVE THIS!), a list of amenities, map of location & on and on. Easy peasy!
You can search a list of deals OR search a map if location is your top priority.
The app lets you set up a watch to stay updated with changes for hotels in a set city on a set night(s).
There’s a fun option to swipe to unlock a special hidden deal— the kicker: you only have 15 minutes to book it!
The key to using Hotel Tonight is that you have to be OPEN. Open to location, open to waiting until the last minute to book, open to the actual hotel (everything is better with an open mind anyways!). It truly makes travel spontaneous and even more FUN! Every time I have used Hotel Tonight, I have been beyond happy with my experience! It’s totally worth it and gives your trip that adventure feeling! Give it a go on your next trip and let me know what you think in the comments!