Last updated: 11:00 AM ET, Thu June 11 2015

'Escape' with HotelTonight's New Feature

Hotel & Resort | Ryan Rudnansky | June 11, 2015

'Escape' with HotelTonight's New Feature

Major hotel booking app HotelTonight launched a new feature on Thursday called “Escape.”

Escape is designed to find the best travel deals for last-minute bookings or the weekend ahead, appeasing the spontaneous traveler in all of us. Built into the HotelTonight app (just swipe right when you open the app, or tap the globe tab), Escape displays a curated list of hotels in nearby destinations offering the best savings for that night or the upcoming weekend.

Book “Tonight” and view local deals instantly. For example, someone in San Francisco might see deals in nearby Marin, Sonoma or Napa counties, at rates up to 30 percent off.

Book “This Weekend” and find deals for the upcoming Friday through Sunday. For example, check out deals in Carmel, Santa Barbara or Portland if you’re in San Francisco, or find nearby deals in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. if you’re in New York.

“In this mobile era, people are becoming increasingly spontaneous in their travel habits,” said Sam Shank, co-founder and CEO of HotelTonight, via a release. “We see huge numbers of people using HotelTonight (HT) for spontaneous trips and weekend getaways – booked from a week ahead to minutes before arrival – and we wanted to make it even easier for them to discover the best spots with the best prices. Escape scours the universe of exclusive HT deals to find the absolute best getaway offers available on a mobile device, including hidden gems you might never have discovered otherwise.”

HotelTonight has also updated and expanded GeoRates, its location-specific discounts (formerly called “Rate Drop and “Bonus Rate”). GeoRates allows travelers to get up to 70 percent off already-discounted rates. And since the discounts target specific regions and times, hotels have a higher level of control and flexibility, as well as the ability to reach new local customers, while increasing occupancy.

Since GeoRates was introduced in January, HotelTonight has seen increased interest in the feature, according to a release. More than 25 percent of hotels in HotelTonight’s database are now offering localized offers. These deals account for one in five rooms currently booked on HotelTonight.

GeoRates will be green and indicated with a GEORATE logo in the app. Find GeoRates after noon when you are within a few miles of a hotel for same-day bookings (greater discounts after 6 p.m.). GeoRates can also be accessed at any time at various locations like airports, train stations and cities outside the hotel’s location.


HotelTonight features more than 15,000 hotels in more than 500 worldwide destinations. For more information on Escape, GeoRates or HotelTonight, visit



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