SOURCE: HotelTonight

HotelTonight

April 21, 2015 12:00 ET

HotelTonight Uncovers the Best Last Minute Destinations for Spring Getaways

Shoulder Season Deals Can Deliver up to 45% off for Spontaneous Travelers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 21, 2015) -  Missed out on Spring Break, but still in need of a travel fix? HotelTonight has got you covered. The leading last minute hotel booking app has analyzed its rate data on thousands of destinations and uncovered cities that offer the best last minute value for "shoulder season" -- between Spring Break and Memorial Day (the unofficial start of summer travel season) -- to help make the most of the great weather without breaking the bank.

"Some of the best deals of the year are last minute hotel bookings available right now as rates are significantly below this time last year, and this trend continues through the Memorial Day holiday," said Sam Shank, co-founder and CEO of HotelTonight. "We typically see the most significant savings available within 24 hours of check in, so spur-of-the-moment travelers can embrace serendipity and save big on great rooms and hotels that we hand-pick for style and quality."

Sunny California appeals to travelers with many different interests, and HotelTonight rate data shows that Golden State destinations are hot this spring and prices have fallen compared to last year. Cities up and down the state are showing great value for last minute this spring and travelers looking to escape to California can find the best deals in the following cities:

  • Sonoma, HT rates average $156/night, $95 less than last year
  • Palm Springs, HT rates are an average of $166/night, $52 less than last year
  • Napa Valley, HT rates are an average of $171/night, $44 less than last year
  • San Diego, HT rates are an average of $133/night, $28 less than last year

For those interested in more urban destinations, great last minute deals abound in major metropolitan areas all across the U.S. HotelTonight found that rates are lower than last spring in several cities, which makes for a perfect getaway:

  • Las Vegas, HT rates are an average of $108/night, $97 less than last year
  • London, HT rates are an average of $144/night, $85 less than last year
  • New York City, HT rates are an average of $151/night, $37 less than last year
  • Seattle, HT rates are an average of $152/night, $16 less

Travelers tired of the long winter and looking for sun and sand can find fantastic deals in beach destinations. Even areas not typically known for being inexpensive, like Hawaii and Florida, have top-notch offers for last minute and same day hotel rooms. While Mexico spots were touted as great value by other travel sites this spring, HotelTonight found that several US destinations have excellent rates, including:

  • Fort Lauderdale, HT rates are an average of $178/night, $140 less than last year
  • Kauai, HT rates are an average $139/night, $113 less than last year
  • Florida Keys, HT rates are an average $273/night, $30 less than last year
  • Laguna Beach, HT rates are an average of $137/night, $24 less than last year

How HotelTonight Works

  • Book rooms on HotelTonight for tonight or up to a week out, at over 15,000 hotels in more than 500 destinations across the globe.
  • Hotel rooms can be easily booked via the app in less than 10 seconds -- just three taps and a swipe from app launch to completed booking.
  • All hotels are hand-picked by the HotelTonight team, given a style category (like Basic, Hip or Luxe) and illustrated by mobile-optimized hotel photos.
  • As the check-in date approaches and rooms remain unsold, hotels drop their rates. HotelTonight plays matchmaker between these hotels and guests who are looking for a great deal at a great hotel.
  •  HotelTonight also offers exclusive, localized rates that are customized to a specific city or neighborhood, offering even greater discounts to spur spontaneous adventures.

Methodology

To compile the list, HotelTonight combed through pricing data added by hotel partners and compared insights from March 2014 to March 2015 to determine which destinations provided the best value and included the biggest discount for travelers. Pricing includes HotelTonight's proprietary Localized Offers, which offer significant discounts up to 40 percent better than any other travel site.

About HotelTonight

Founded in 2010, HotelTonight is a mobile app for booking hand-selected hotels at exclusively low prices, from tonight to up to 7 days in advance. HotelTonight helps consumers plan less and live more, by offering incredible convenience and amazing value at hotels vetted by the HT team. For hotels, HotelTonight is a strategic partner for filling rooms that would otherwise remain empty. HotelTonight is currently available in more than 500 destinations across the globe. Based in San Francisco, California, HotelTonight is backed by top venture firms including Coatue Management, GGV Capital, U.S. Venture Partners, Accel Partners, Battery Ventures and First Round Capital and leading travel-industry pioneers. Visit www.hoteltonight.com for more information and to download the free app.