One of the many bonuses of being a flight attendant is the ability to hop on a plane on your day off and jet set to a new city. This obviously means you aren’t booking your hotel and activities months in advance like you would do for a normal vacation. Everything is planned last minute. One helpful app I am always telling my colleagues about is called Hotel Tonight. Set up an account and you can book last minute hotel deals. When I know I’m planning a trip I like to start browsing the available hotels in the area and get an idea of the price points. Sometimes they go up and sometimes they go down- but you can at least start getting an idea of what you’ll be spending.
I’ve used Hotel Tonight in 3 cities so far and every time I have been very surprised by the cost as well as the location. In Hawaii I booked the hotel the night before flying out and we stayed at the Aston Waikiki Beachside. We stayed directly across from the beach (right by the Duke statue if you’re familiar with Waikiki) for 3 nights and only paid $135 per night! Granted this hotel needed some updating but for the location the price was probably way too low!
This past February we went to Los Angeles and stayed at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel- yes the same hotel the cast of The Hills went to every weekend for the pool party. I was pleasantly surprised to see such a well-known hotel on the app. The location was an amazing spot to explore Hollywood. We were blocks away from the Runyon Canyon hike and right on the stars walk. The service at this hotel was exceptional and the pool parties were even better! We liked this hotel so much we decided to stay an extra evening and booked one more night on the app…. The hotel’s front desk couldn’t even match the amazing price we got on Hotel Tonight. The following weekend E! hosted the red carpet from the hotel’s pool!
This past weekend we went to Miami and used Hotel Tonight for the third time. I booked a room at the Nautilus, A Sixty Hotel in South Beach. I’ve been to Miami several times but always stayed in Miami Beach and never South Beach so I knew the exact location I was looking for when I explored the hotel options on the map. Again, this hotel was great! The poolside service was the best part- the staff made sure we had the perfect sunbeds for our days at the pool. I would definitely come back to this hotel.
Hotel Tonight lets you browse hotel options for about a week in advance of your stay… I always book 1 or 2 nights before going. Even if you’re just looking for a staycation in your own city I highly suggest checking out your options on Hotel Tonight. You can review hotels by looking on a map if you know the area you want to stay in which is how I tend to book things. You can also enter the code LMAZOR1 for $25 off your stay!