Last-minute hotel booking app HotelTonight released an update Tuesday, that expands the service into more countries, and allows users to give hotel stays as gifts.
HotelTonight works with hotels in more than 70 different locations around the globe, offering last-minute deals on hotel rooms. In every applicable city, the app offers three different hotel deals each night, categorizing each by the type of experience such as luxe, basic or trendy you might have in a specific hotel. Unlike other discount hotel services, rooms can be booked until 2 a.m.
Much like buying a gift card for a loved one, HotelTonight credits can be purchased from its app or website starting Tuesday, and given to others to purchase hotel stays while traveling. Customers are given a unique promo code that can be redeemed via the company's iPhone or Android apps.
Shank said that the feature was one the company had wanted to build for some time, and was actually created by a few HotelTonight developers during a company hackathon.
In addition to adding gifting to the app, HotelTonight expanded its operations further into Europe. The company is now offering its first last-minute hotel deals in Paris, Nice, Brussels and Amsterdam.
“One of the great things about Europe is its distinct hotel inventory,” Shank said. Notable hotels that now participate in the service include Amsterdam's Banks Mansion and Paris' Le Burgundy. Each hotel has a number of mobile-optimized pictures displayed in its listing that were taken by HotelTonight.
“The app looks great and sounds great.” Shank said. “We put in the same level of curation and craftsmanship as we put in our app the first time.”