Hotel Tonight Review – A Great App for Saving Money
Today I am reviewing one of my favorite travel apps Hotel Tonight. I first heard about Hotel Tonight a couple of years ago when they were offering a pretty lucrative bonus of $50. (You can still get $25 in credit for signing up with promo code SCOOMER2. Find the full details towards the end of this review in the “Free Money” section.) I was able to use that money to for a Staycation here in Las Vegas. The process was simple and the stay smooth.
Since then I have used the app many different times to book last minute stays including several here in Las Vegas. I have found that their prices are often the lowest around. In September, 2014 Hotel Tonight added the ability to book hotels up to seven days in advance. Through the end of October, 2014 they are offering 10% back in Hotel Tonight credit when booking rooms in advance.
Up until last month, the premise of Hotel Tonight was simple. You fired up the app on the same day that you needed a hotel. While you can now book rooms up to seven days in advance, same day bookings are still the apps strong suit. Since hotels are trying to fill their rooms, Hotel Tonight often has deeply discounted rates that other online travel agents can’t match.
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-res photos has really made a difference when browsing through properties.
Booking A Hotel
Using the Hotel Tonight app is simple. After the initial process of signing up, you will be presented with hotels in your area when firing up the app. If you need to book for a different city, simply click the hourglass logo 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 well over a hundred cities located across more than 20 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.
You can also click the “View Map” button at the bottom to see where all of the hotels are located around the city.
When looking at hotel listings, you may notice that each hotel has a description such as “Solid” or “Luxe”. Hotel Tonight actually uses seven different descriptions to describe available hotels.
- Luxe – An upscale hotel with stellar service, lavish amenities and serous comfort, for when your feelin’ swanky.
- Hip – A stylish, sometimes quirky hot spot that’s as popular with in-the-know locals as it is with travelers.
- Solid – A comfortable, reliable hotel with all the gotta-have-em amenities.
- Basic – A modest hotel with limited extras, perfect for when you need a place to lay your head.
- Charming – A hotel, B&B or guest house that’s quaint, intimate and delightful.
- Crashpad – A budget hostel or inn without many amenities, for those nights you don’t need ’em.
- High Roller – An over-the-top, tricked-out suite or penthouse for VIPs and high rollers.
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 pertinent 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.
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, click “Select Card”, enter your credit card information and the room is yours!
A Few More Things
Hotel Tonight does not guarantee a specific room type. Additionally, the rooms you book are only 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.
Hotel Tonight is available on iOS, Android & Windows Phone. New members who download the app will receive $25 after using the code: SPCOOMER2 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.)
Everyone has a referral code that will give you $25 so feel free to use a friend’s or post yours in the comments. If you use our code, then we sincerely thank you for the support!
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.
I have booked several hotels over the past couple of years with the Hotel Tonight app. The app itself is beautiful and continues to improve with every update. It gives you an abundance of information about the hotels along with phenomenal 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 are someone like me who likes to be flexible or you find yourself in need of a last minute room, this app should become a tool in your travel arsenal.