I like to think I know my hotels and rarely leave hotel bookings to chance. So it is with a little trepidation that I am on my way to Miami with only four nights out of seven booked in advance. When I say advance I mean a week ago. A couple of reasons, rates are high but I also wanted to try Hotel Tonight. Hotel Tonight is an app for last minute hotel deals where you can book rooms for tonight, tomorrow or next week. Basically the hotels give Hotel Tonight their unsold rooms which results in better rates for last minute deals.
So how did I go about it? I looked at the hotels I wanted to stay in, for example The Nautilus, Thompson, Met by Como, Casa Claridges (the app categorises into Hip, Luxe, Solid etc if you need a guide) and the Nautilus was coming up with the best rates so I booked that for the first four nights. It was very easy to book and pay for using the app and the receipt is also easily accessible. I checked the rate directly on the hotel website and I have indeed saved money. So hopefully all will now go smoothly on check in and I don't have to be worried about booking the other three nights later this week. Nothing like a little spontaneity...I will update you.
I would definitely recommend this app, so easy to use. I booked the Metropolitan Como literally as I was staying in Miami so a couple of nights before checking in. I saved about £100 a night on the rate quoted on their website so it really was worth it. Of course, leaving it late you can run the risk of not getting the hotel you want but if you have a couple of alternatives planned in advance then it should all work out.
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