Mobile booking! Spontaneous travel! They’re the buzzwords for hoteliers far and wide these days, and have been for quite some time. But before you roll your eyes at yet another last-minute booking app, consider this: the most recent launch comes courtesy of The Standard hotel group, and for a limited time, it comes with the promise of $99 rooms.
One Night Standard, available now for free download on both the iTunes and Google Play stores, operates on the same principles as HotelTonight and its ilk: it’s better to sell your rooms cheaply than not sell them at all. Of course, buzzy hotels like The Standard (which has locations in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami) aren’t the likeliest to have unsold rooms—but on a recent search, we turned up results at all of the brand’s properties, including the option to extend our $99 rate for an extra night. Whether those rooms were standard doubles, garden rooms with patios, or palatial suites is anyone’s guess—all are available on the app, but you won’t know which room category you’ve booked until you arrive.
Even though its competitors allow for booking a few days out, One Night Standard operates on a more strict timeline: you can only reserve rooms on the same day you’re planning to check in, and booking becomes available at 3 PM. Since only five properties in three cities are available, you’d better cross your fingers and hope for good luck—or have an app like HotelTonight at the ready for backup. (We know what you’re thinking, and no: Standard Hotels aren’t available for last-minute booking on any of the competing apps.)
As for those $99 rooms? They’re only being offered until May 3, depending on availability, so act fast.
Nikki Ekstein is an Assistant Editor at Travel + Leisure. Find her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.