I’ve made it no secret that I’m a last-minute traveller. Sometimes my wanderlust will call me to go on a weekend adventure or take that amazing sale fare, around holidays it’s because I’m travelling with my family and decisions on when they can take time off work is made just days before departure, and other times accidents happen, like falling sick on the road, which sees me stop in one location for longer than expected.
Often what stops me chasing that next adventure in its tracks is the cost of accommodation. Why should you pay more for your getaway if you’re booking a room that was going to be unfilled?
With 14 million app download and in around 2000 destinations worldwide, it’s hard to not have heard the name HotelTonight. The company works with over 15,000 hotel to make sure their unfilled rooms are booked and that customers get the best price possible, often up to 70% off rack rate.
Scroll to the bottom to get $30 towards your next HotelTonight stay!
Much like The Como Melbourne, Ovolo Laneways has been on my ‘Melbourne Wish List’ pretty much since it opened. A Hong Kong-based luxury boutique hotel, Ovolo Laneways is one funky hotel, located on Little Burke Street (AKA: Chinatown). The hotels location is perfect. Near Spring Street’s cafes, hidden bars, and Parliament train station, a block from the theatre district and right next door to the Princess Theatre, and, of course, within walking distance to great food from every corner of the globe.
Click here for a full review of The Ovolo Laneways (available soon).
With the long weekend upon me, my wanderlust reappeared wanting an adventure, but my bank balance said to stay home and save for my forthcoming trip to Thailand. I decided to compromise and try something different – a stay-cation – but only if I could find a good price.
Logging into the HotelTonight app, it searched for hotels near my location – you can also set it for a different city – and listed my options. While I was tempted by the Lyall Hotel and Spa in South Yarra – yet another ‘Melbourne Wish List’ property – I wanted to be in the city to eat, perhaps drink, and explore the latest street art installations.
Choosing between the list or map view, I scrolled into search only the CBD. Being the AFL Grand Final long weekend only five choices were available, and the Ovolo Laneways was my first choice, and not only because of its price – just $129, down from $284.
For an app, HotelTonight provides you with a lot of information on the properties. Not only does it provide driving directions from your current location (if your mobiles ‘Location Services‘ are enabled), information about why they love the property, a full list of amenities, room details, and on-site dining options. There’s also a section on need to know information, such as check-in and check-out times, if the hotel is non-smoking and how many people can stay in the rooms. The app even tells you how the weather is looking in your destination – nice!
HotelTonight offers two other cool features to help decide on the property you’re booking. The first one is their Escape tab – found by clicking on the globe icon – that gives you inspiration for weekend escapes or overnight getaways within driving distance of your location. I found there were limited options under this tab currently – this may have also been because of the long weekend – but also could be because HotelTonight is still fairly new to the Australian market.
The Escape tab also lists popular properties in other cities in your country and popular cities around the world in case you feel like an International getaway!
Another feature I liked was that each property listed on the app will have a colourful tag listing ‘luxe’, ‘hip’, ‘solid’ or something similar. Scrolling through the Frequent Asked Question (FAQ) section of the app I found the explanation (pictured above) which told you what style of accommodation it was and what type of service to expect. From the city’s top ‘Luxe’ hotels to hostels, ‘Charming’ B&B’s to ‘High Roller’ penthouse suites – that colourful nav menu is an easy way to distinguish between each property category quickly.
Handy tip – the hotels listed as ‘Luxe’ seems to offer some incredible discounts on their standard room rates. The Lyall Hotel in South Yarra is a perfect example with rooms listed as $355 on their site. With HotelTonight, rooms are down to $129!
Booking is simple. Just click the button, input your credit card details (and the promo code found at the bottom of this post which will save you $30!), and you’ll receive a confirmation via. both the app and email.
When I arrived at the Ovolo Laneways, I had no issues checking in by simply giving my name, but I would recommend printing your confirmation or having the HotelTonight app handy just in case!
You will need to bring a credit card, debit card or – some hotels allow – cash deposit for any incidentals, and then you can head to your room and enjoy the room, with money left in your pocket to splurge on something fun!
Let me be frank, this is not the app for people who plan their travels months in advance. In fact, HotelTonight only offers options within 7-days, with the most options appearing within 1-3 days out from travel, and the best deals available after 3 pm on the day you want to travel. It’s all about planning less and living more!
Currently, HotelTonight is only available in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, with more cities being added soon.
I enjoyed my experience using HotelTonight. With an easy to use interface and seriously great rates, I’m already planning my next last-minute adventure, perhaps on a trip home to Adelaide or maybe Canberra when they launch there!
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HotelTonight provided me credit towards my stay at Ovolo Laneways.
All thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.