Whether it’s a luxury break, a much-needed holiday, a weekend jaunt or a flying business visit, booking your hotel is incredibly important – it can make or break your trip.
The trouble is, where do you start? Cost, availability, location… there’s much to consider. And what if you’ve left it all to the last minute?
Luckily, there are loads of apps to make your life easier. Research has shown that more and more people now book their rooms from a mobile device, but which one’s right for you?
Browse millions of hotels and flights all over the world and book your dream getaway in a couple of taps. Once you’re all booked-up, this useful little app will log your itinerary and alert you to important information such as flight delays and hotel check-out times. As an added extra, there are frequently lots of mobile-exclusive deals up for grabs.
The Booking.com app has a huge database of hotels to call upon, so you don’t have to worry about missing out on a great price. But one of the best features of this app is that once you’re all booked your confirmation is stored in the app.
That means you can forget about printing out bits of paper and taking them with you – just use the app when you arrive. What’s more, accessing the confirmation doesn’t even require an internet connection. It’s a nice touch that just makes travel that little bit easier.
Booking.com Tonight - iPhone (free)
This app is especially for the procrastinator. Left things to the last minute? Have no fear. Booking.com Tonight has an extensive directory of hotels that offer last-minute deals, and there are loads of filters to cater for all your requirements.
Laterooms is one of the big players in hotel booking sites, and has over 1.4 million hotel reviews to help you decide where to go.
The app has recently been redesigned, and Laterooms has listened to user feedback. Because they’ve responded to comments from real customers, you can be confident that you’re going to get an even better experience now.
In terms of technology and functionality, the ebookers app doesn’t offer anything different to their rivals. But it does invest in its users.
We’re talking heavy bonuses and loyalty plans to reward you for regular use, plus special coupons exclusive to the app and customer service that’s there for you 24 hours a day. If you’re a frequent traveler, this is well worth a look.
If you’re planning a trip and you want to stay somewhere interesting (like a castle, a boat, or even private island), this is the app for you.
Here, you’ll find over 600,000 listings in more than 34,000 cities. But Airbnb.com is about much more than bed and breakfast. This app is about finding a place to explore and building a holiday around the ideal space for you.
Here you’ll find deals for more than 100,000 hotels in 4,500 cities across the world.
Efficiency is the main draw here. Unlike most other apps, Last Minute Travel will list loads of rooms that aren’t available to book via the hotel’s website. So in a nutshell, you’ll be getting more choice by using the app.
So, with a plethora of apps at your fingertips to lend a helping hand, what are you waiting for? Booking that well-deserved break has never been easier. What’s more, with Three you can even use your phone abroad at no extra cost in 42 Feel At Home destinations – so you really can make the most of all those enticing last-minute deals.