Three of the best apps to book a hotel room for a day stay – or even for just a few hours
Businesswomen who encounter long layovers when they fly or spend just 24 hours in a city on a work trip, can book luxury hotel rooms by the day, by the hour or even by the minute to rest, work and dine in quiet and comfortable surroundings.
HotelsByDay, Recharge and Dayuse are three such apps that provide travelers with the opportunity to book a hotel room and use a hotel’s amenities for as long as they desire during the day – at a moments notice and at affordable rates.
If a business traveler for example, touches down early in the morning at JFK and has several hours to spare before a lunchtime meeting, they can now spend time at nice hotel in the city. Here they can take a quick shower, change clothes, sleep, have a healthy breakfast or catch up on emails.
Similarly HotelsByDay, Recharge and Dayuse all cater to the ever increasing number of business travelers who want to enjoy a few hours downtime at the end of a hectic trip, or take a few hours out before their long flight home.
These travel tech companies also speak to urbanites who work remotely or even office workers who need somewhere pleasant to change in the evening before going out.
Since launching in early 2015 this product has become a leading provider of convenient day stays at hotels in the United States.
Via HotelsByDay users can book a ‘Morning, Midday or Afternoon’ stay at a luxury hotel and make their reservation any time between 10 am and 8 pm.
Stays can be booked in blocks of time which can last from between 4 to 8 hours.
This app works using search options and instantly displays hotel rooms available by location, booking times, cost and amenities.
Payment is taken on arrival at the hotel.
The HotelsByDay inventory includes value and luxury hotels (3, 4 and 5 stars) which post their daily availability at venues in cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and London.
Recharge is another favorite and easy-to-use hotel room booking app and was also released in 2015.
This product allows users to book even shorter hotel stays.Users pay for an exact amount of room occupancy time with costs ranging from $0.60 per minute – or $40 for an hour.
For just a few hours at a time they can work quietly in the hotel room of their choice, use the venue’s fitness center or simply switch off.
This app allows for greater flexibility and affords users a complete on-demand experience including instant booking.
Available for iPhone and Android and Recharge operates via a users location and so defines which luxury hotel rooms are available nearby. On opening this app a map view (just like Uber or Lyft) shows hotels that have rooms available.
After securing a hotel room users have 30 minutes to get to the hotel when a booking clock begins.
When they’re ready to vacate the hotel room, users simply click ‘Check Out’, the booking clock stops and payment is taken.
Hotels partnering with Recharge include the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. This app also has hotel room availability in New York City.
Otherwise, Dayuse is available via a dedicated website and mobile app (Android and iPhone), and also includes the services of a professional customer team.
The product works via a filter system whereby users input the city or area where they’re looking for a hotel room.
Inventory on Dayuse.com is wide and includes luxury hotels, boutique hotels and less expensive, 3 star venues. Accommodation is available for users to book rooms near airports, stations and in business districts.
Users can even enter the reason they need the hotel room and then chose the amount of time they’d like to spend there.
After a selection of hotel rooms are offered up, users can book the room of their choice and receive their confirmation instantly.
This product was released in 2010 and to date is available in over 20 countries and at around 4000 hotels.
Dayuse prides itself on being able to offer customers up to 75 % off hotel rooms that they book for daytime use. There’s also a focus on additional hotel amenity usage such as business and fitness centers and free Wi-Fi.
In NYC one of Dayuse’s main hotel partners is the Howard where a King Room can be booked from 8:00am to 4:00pm for $170.
Photography courtesy of Dayuse, Recharge & HotelsByDay