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Best Smart-Phone Hotel Apps

Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts App

Manage Your Points: N/A
Book/Check In: Room availability only.
Concierge Service: N/A
City Guides/Directions: N/A
Notes: Straightforward and user-friendly; also includes excellent video of hotels and rooms; available for iPhones.

Langham Touch

Manage Your Points: N/A
Book/Check In: Connects to booking hotline.
Concierge Service: Room service; wake-up calls; restaurant reservations.
City Guides/Directions: Voice-enabled travel phrases in local language.
Notes: Visually appealing, but too big to download without wireless, a bit of an inconvenience; available only for iPhones.

Hilton Hotels App

Manage Your Points: Check Hilton HHonors account; book reward stays.
Book/Check In: Check-in for gold and diamond HHonors members.
Concierge Service: Order food and/or services to be ready upon arrival.
City Guides/Directions: N/A
Notes: Easy-to-use; finds hotels near you using GPS, as well as featured special deals; available only for iPhones.

GoSLSHotel for SLS

Manage Your Points: N/A
Book/Check In: Check-in only.
Concierge Service: Super-specific recommendations.
City Guides/Directions: Compact guide to Los Angeles.
Notes: Not technically an app, but rather a mobile-optimized website for any smart phone.

Omni Hotels App

Manage Your Points: Access Select Guest loyalty program.
Book/Check In: Check-in only.
Concierge Service: N/A
City Guides/Directions: N/A
Notes: Available for the iPhone and, soon, BlackBerry and Android.

Choice Hotels Locator App

Manage Your Points: N/A
Book/Check In: Booking only.
Concierge Service: N/A
City Guides/Directions: Directions to and from the hotel.
Notes: Uses GPS to find hotels, check rates, and book; available for the BlackBerry, iPhone, and soon, Android.

Digital Concierge for Shutters on the Beach and Casa del Mar, in Santa Monica, California

Manage Your Points: N/A
Book/Check In: N/A
Concierge Service: Restaurant and spa reservations, transportation, room service, etc.
City Guides/Directions: Shopping guide; directions to the hotel.
Notes: Not an app, but a mobile-optimized website for Android, Blackberry, iPhone, and Palm phones; most useful for post-check-in needs. Go to runtriz.com/shutters.

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