If you're looking for a simple way to book your next vacation, get on your smartphone. Thanks to a ton of simple-to-use, easy-to-navigate apps that do everything from book your flight to arrange your airport transfer and reserve your hotel room, arranging a vacation has never been so easy. Whether you want to book a budget break for the family or a luxury retreat for two, these are the 10 best hotel booking apps to help you do it.
10. Mr & Mrs Smith
The Mr & Mrs Smith app might not be the best place for bargain seekers, but if you're planning a special vacation where luxury is more important than budget, its carefully curated list of exclusive, ultra-luxurious properties is unlikely to disappoint. Simply pop in your dates and destination and the app will come back with a selection of suitable properties with a few lines about the price, style, and setting. Select the property that appeals to you most to bring up more information.
Booking a vacation can be stressful, but with the Agoda app, you can get your flights, airport transfer, and accommodation booked quickly, easily, and with zero hassle. Browse over 2 million properties across the world using convenient filters to narrow your search based on dates, guest details, payment options, price, star rating, rooms, and more besides. You can then sort the returned results using options like "Best Match" or "Secret Deals".
8. Hilton Honors
If you're a Hilton regular, the Hilton Honors app is about to make your life a whole lot easier. As well as letting you choose your exact room using a map of the property (ideal if you like being as far from the elevator as possible or prefer a room close to the pool), the app also comes with a host of very attractive features such as a digital key that lets you lock and unlock the door to your room, mobile check-in and check out for when you want to skip the front desk, the option to track and manage your Hilton rewards, and a bunch of exclusive promotions and discounts.
If something happens and you find yourself in a strange city with no one to call and nowhere to stay, simply download HotelTonight and find a bed for the night in no time. Ideal for those times you arrive at a hotel to find your room double-booked, or miss your flight and need somewhere to stay until your connection the next day, the app gathers all the available hotel rooms in a city and offers them at a price that's often 50% less than retail. The app is simple to use and comes with the additional benefit of a loyalty program through which you can score even better prices than normal.
As tripsavvy.com explains, HotelsCombined is a metasearch engine that lets you compare listings from a range of travel agencies like Booking.com, Hotels.com, and Agoda, along with major hotel brands like Hilton and AccorHotels. The idea is that by comparing the same hotel from various sources, you'll be able to book it at the cheapest possible rate. Key features that help set it apart from the competition include a "Best Price Guarantee" that will refund the difference if you find the same hotel cheaper elsewhere, along with a comprehensive list of filters that lets you search according to amenities, star rating, price, type, and more.
In case you're not familiar with the name, Priceline is an online travel agency that boasts two quirky features: Pricebreakers and Express Deals. Use Pricebreakers, and you'll be shown three hotels in your destination city within your allocated price range. You won't get to know which hotel you'll be staying at until after the payment is complete, but considering you can save up to 50% of the retail price, it's a gamble worth taking. Express Deals works along similar lines, allowing you to set prices and a geographical perimeter, but keeping the name of the hotel to itself until the booking is confirmed. If all that sounds too risky, you can also use the app to reserve hotels the usual way, as well as book flights, rental cars, and cruises at retail pricing.
Named as one of the best hotel booking apps by allbestapps.net, the Trivago app let you quickly and easily compare millions of properties around the world from a huge range of booking sites like Hotels.com, AlphaRooms, LateRooms, Expedia, HotelTonight. Simply plug in a city, address or point of interest, and you'll be able to access dozens of suitable options at a great price within minutes.
If you've already checked out its website, you'll know that Hotels.com offers a mammoth range of properties in an equally mammoth number of countries and territories. Fortunately for those who like to make their hotel bookings on the go, the website is now supported by a handy app. Along with offering filters to help direct your search and the option to view and modify bookings, the app promises a free night for every 10 nights you book through it. Just be sure to use the app rather than the desktop version to redeem your free night to avoid getting slapped with a $5 fee.
Named one of the best hotel booking apps by moneycrashers.com, Expedia offers a vast array of properties across hundreds of countries and territories, along with the option to book flights, car rentals, tickets, tours, and other vacation-related things. Along with the standard services you'd get via the Expedia website (including plenty of very handy hotel reviews), the app comes with some additional benefits you won't find elsewhere, including app-only discounts of up to 30 % on hotels, or up to 43% if you bundle your hotel and flight into the same booking.
There can't be many people who haven't used their online website by now, but in case you prefer to arrange your vacations via your smartphone rather than your desktop, Booking.com also offers a very easy-to-use, intuitive app that will make booking your next B&B, hotel, or vacation rental a breeze. With millions of properties on offer, it's easy to find an option that meets your brief, regardless of whether it's in a tourist hotspot or the middle of nowhere. Additional features like the option to view any loyalty discounts you might be eligible for give it the edge on the competition.
Written by Dana Hanson
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