Review Hotel Tonight
Last minute room deals
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 04 Jul 2017, tested on HTC One S
Good deals and free credit, convenient interface, completely free
Similar prices to advance booking
Hotel Tonight for Android is a lastiminute hotel booking app that releases hotel rooms at 9am each day, at supposedly discount rates. You can book up to 5 nights. The app makes very efficient use of screen space, with full page photos of the hotels as you scroll through them. You can also view them all, with their prices on a map; which is extremely useful for choosing. You can even look at street view directly from within the app, to give you a better idea of exactly what the hotel and area are like.
The prices on Hotel Tonight are generally good deals, but we're not talking about ridiculous savings here. You can find the same rooms at least as cheap by booking them in advance, and comparing different sites using Trivago. I would personally always try to book in advance, to have the guarantee of a hotel that I like, at a reasonable price.
But we all know that plans can change at the last minute, and when they do, you really need to be able to book somewhere quickly. Ideally you want to be able to compare places and rates so you can make decision fast; but aren't just blindly booking the first place you find. This is when Hotel Tonight comes into its own. You can also get $25 free credit with various voucher codes, and $25 credit for each friend you invite who makes a booking. These are good incentives to try it out.
Sometimes the choices are quite limited in the app, because Hotel Tonight only select the best deals to release each day. This really handy for filtering down to good value. I've also found that rooms are sometimes available in this app when you can't find availability on other booking sites. I spend far too much time choosing between hotels when I do it in advance. Taking a chance on it sometimes would save a lot of time; though I'm still only going to book rooms last minute like this when I have to.