For those of you who haven’t used it yet, HotelTonight allows users to book same-day hotel rooms from their smartphones, at discounted rates — useful if you end up staying out late at one of the Disrupt parties. Or, if you’re not quite comfortable waiting until the very last minute, the company added a seven-day reservation system last fall.
HotelTonight was founded in 2010 and has become my go-to hotel booking app, not just because of the available rooms and prices, but also because of its beautiful, easy-to-use mobile interface. And it’s attracted significant venture backing, raising a $45 million round back in 2013, plus an investment from former Starwood Hotels CEO Barry Sternlicht.
Before co-founding HotelTonight, CEO Sam Shank led travel search engine DealBase. He’s also an angel investor who’s backed startups including campsite search engine Hipcamp. And as you can see from the photo above, Shank was on-stage at the Crunchies last month, where HotelTonight took home the award for best on-demand service (I’m the stressed-out looking Asian guy behind him).
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