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How to book deeply discounted last minute hotels

Last minute bookings are supposed to be cheaper, aren’t they. While it is not always the case with the big booking portals, with HotelTonight app you can book with substantial discount up to 7 days in advance.

A Great App for Saving Money

Sometimes I need to book a hotel accommodation really fast (for the same day or in next few days). In situations like this, with AirBnB you are out of luck because it takes some time to book the stay.

Actually, booking at the last moment is a great thing. I like that sense of excitement when I go places on a very short notice. As a customer, you are in a good position, too. There is (almost) always an unsold inventory of hotel rooms waiting for a guest that can have them at rock bottom price.

Hotel Tonight is an app that works only on mobiles. It is a great app for saving money, actually. Since its start back in 2011 it established itself as a go to solution for easy booking hotels at great last-minute rates. You can get hotel for tonight, tomorrow and next week.

When hotels have unsold rooms, they simply load them on the app, which means you get incredible deals. Hotels benefit from selling excess stock at the last minute while users get a great deal making the exchange mutually beneficial. Hotel Tonight preaches “plan less, live more” and give their users the tools to live spontaneously while helping hotels sell their unused rooms.

I have used the app many different times to book last minute stays. I have found that their prices are the lowest around most of the times. Over the past couple of years Hotel Tonight has improved the user experience by making the app much more visual. All of the information you need to know about the hotel you are looking at is easily accessible. Also, the addition of high resolution photos has really made a difference when browsing through properties.

Simple Booking Process

Using the Hotel Tonight app is simple. After the initial process of signing up, you will be presented with hotels in your area. If you need to book for a different city, simply click the building icon which will take you to the search screen.

From there click one of the popular cities or type in the area you are looking for. Currently Hotel Tonight lists rooms in hundreds of cities located across many countries.

After selecting your city, you will be presented with a list of hotels. You will notice at the top that you can set which dates you are looking for. Stays can be searched up to 7 days before hand. When changing the days and amount of nights, the available hotels and prices will change based on availability and rates.

The home screen

Search by the city

When looking at hotel listings, you may notice that each hotel has a description such as “Hip” or “Luxe”. Hotel Tonight actually uses seven different descriptions to describe available hotels.

High_Roller_Badge

An over-the-top, tricked-out suite or penthouse for VIPs and high rollers.

crash_pad

A budget hostel or inn without many amenities, for those nights you don't need 'em.

charming

A hotel, B&B or guest house that's quaint, intimate and delightful.

basic

A modest hotel with limited extras, perfect for when you need a place to lay your head.

solid

A comfortable, reliable hotel with all the gotta-have-em amenities.

hip

A stylish, sometimes quirky hot spot that's as popular with in-the-know locals as it is with travelers.

luxe

An upscale hotel with stellar service, lavish amenities and serious comfort

You can also pull up the map from the bottom to see where all of the hotels are located around the city.

Hotels in the area

Hotel pricing screen

Once you choose a hotel, you will be taken to that properties page. This page displays a photo which can be tapped to bring up an entire photo gallery. Scroll down and you will find all of the information regarding the hotel. You never have to go to another tab or leave that section.

Among the information Hotel Tonight provides, is a map, list of amenities and information regarding ancillary fees. They also list the hotel’s main selling points under the “Why We Like It” section. This quick synopsis often proves to be helpful when you are looking at a lot of properties.

Hotel overview

Amenities

As you scroll through the listing, you will notice the “Book Now” bar on the bottom of the screen. At any point you can click this to go to the booking screen. On the booking screen you will see a breakdown of the room rate, taxes and fees and the total rate. If you have any credits, they will be applied towards your total here. Once you are ready to book, enter your credit card or PayPal information and the room is yours!

Guarantees

Hotel Tonight does not guarantee a specific room type. The rooms you book are guaranteed to fit at least two adults. While you may be able to bring more people, the hotel has the option to charge you extra and there is no guarantee that they will have a room to accommodate them.

All bookings are non-refundable which makes sense given the last minute nature of the app. Hotel Tonight does have a best price guarantee though. If you find a lower publicly available rate that matches up, they will give you the difference in the form of Hotel Tonight credits. I have usually found their rates to be quite a bit lower than other sites, so this hasn’t been an issue for me.

After checking out, Hotel Tonight will prompt you to leave feedback regarding the property. Hotel Tonight uses this information to give each hotel a rating. I don’t know if they only choose good hotels or the rating system is flawed, but I rarely ever see a rating below 90%. In my opinion it is hard to determine how accurate the rating system is, so I recommend seeking out reviews elsewhere before booking, as they don’t provide enough information regarding their rating process.

From time to time Hotel Tonight comes out with new promo codes for existing users as well. You can redeem the promo codes from the “Credits” section of the app. Right now there aren’t any that I can find, but it is a good idea to be on the lookout for them. Free money after all is a good thing.

Free Money and Promotions

Hotel Tonight is available on iOS, Android & Windows Phone.

New members who download the app will receive $25 after using the code: MMIHALIK4 when signing up.

(Please note that is our referral code. You receive $25 when signing up and I receive a $25 credit after you complete your first stay.)

Promotional code for $25 free credit

Watch this space

Conclusion

I have booked several hotels over the past couple of years with the Hotel Tonight app. The app itself is visually beautiful and continues to improve with every update. It gives you an abundance of information about the hotels along with excellent, low rates. Now that they have added the ability to book up to 7 days in advance, things are even better.

If you are the person who micromanages and plans everything in advance then this app isn’t for you. On the other hand if you like to be flexible or you find yourself in need of a last minute room, this app should become a stable tool in your travel arsenal.

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