The best apps for booking a hotel

Take a look at these top hotel booking apps for Android and iPhone.

Finding and checking in to a hotel has never been easier. Image credit: PeopleImages/iStock
Finding and checking in to a hotel has never been easier. Image credit: PeopleImages/iStock

Hotel booking apps for your iPhone or Android can help you reserve the room you want, keep track of your rewards points, and connect with concierges to plan details of your trip.

Individual hotel chains offer handy apps that connect you to your membership rewards, while apps connected to booking websites make it easy to compare different hotel options. Adding one of these hotel apps, along with these essential travel apps for travelers, will to make your next trip a breeze.

Hotel chain apps

Marriott Bonvoy – access 6,000+ properties

If you’re a Marriott Rewards member, this Marriott booking app is a must-have on your phone. It leads you straight to the lowest rate at Marriott, Starwood, Ritz-Carlton, and other related hotels, while keeping track of your rewards points.

Use it to make reservations, check-in before you arrive, and request items you want to be stocked in your room. Plan ahead and save time with access to the concierges’ shopping and dining recommendations.

Redeem points for bookings via the app and keep your eyes open for online alerts that let you check in as soon as your room is ready, even if you haven’t arrived at your hotel yet.

Available on iOS and Android

Hilton Honors – an entire family of hotels in one app

Hilton Honors members can book from more than 5,000 hotels — including Hilton family offerings such as DoubleTree, Hilton Garden Inn, Conrad, Embassy Suites — using this handy app.

Digital check-in with the Hilton Honors app. Image credit: Hilton
Digital check-in with the Hilton Honors app. Image credit: Hilton

If you have a favorite room, go ahead and select it (and ask for extra pillows while you’re at it). Transferring your Honors points to book is easy, with no blackout dates to affect your booking. You can even check in and unlock your room door via the app.

Available on iOS and Android

Hyatt – plenty of perks

World of Hyatt rewards program members can use the Hyatt app to book a room at 700 hotels around the world. You can check-in and check-out via the app, or order items sent to your room.

Redeeming free nights earned with rewards points is simple, and the app often offers discounted rates as well.

Hyatt has packed its app with lots of handy features for travelers, including the ability to make restaurant reservations..

Available on iOS and Android

Hotel booking site apps

Late Rooms – when you need a room tonight

The Late Rooms app is one of several that connects you to available rooms at the last minute. It’s especially appropriate if you’re traveling to the UK, as it features more UK rooms than any other app. Yes, you can also book rooms when you’re not in a last-minute rush — up to a year in advance, in fact.

Available on iOS and Android

HotelsCombined – an aggregator app with almost a million rooms

HotelsCombined also gives you last-minute access to available rooms, providing best-price guarantees, as it compares prices from all the major travel sites. It’s easy to search through more than 800,000 rooms in the app with handy filtering options to help find the perfect room for you.

Lots of photos and user reviews and ratings are available to help you make your choice.

Available on iOS and Android

One Night – last-minute boutique hotels

When you need a room fast, but you’re selective about where you stay, the One Night app can help you find the trendiest hotels with available space in some of the hippest cities in the U.S.

A downside if you have a longer trip in mind is that you can only book for a maximum of two nights and access hours are limited between 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Check-in is immediate once you’ve booked. The app also feeds you advice about your destination to help you decide how to spend your time.

Available on iOS and Android

Trivago – More than just hotels

The Trivago app lets you book not just hotel rooms, but also bed-and-breakfast inns as well as smaller motels — and yes, you can use it at the last minute. Use Trivago to compare prices on up to 1.8 million rooms around the world. Trivago also lets you search for a room based on your budget as well as your destination.

Available on iOS and Android

Book a hotel while you're on the road with these handy apps. Image credit: Deagreez/iStock
Book a hotel while you’re on the road with these handy apps. Image credit: Deagreez/iStock

Travelocity – flights and cars as well

The full-service Travelocity hotel booking app connects you to more than 300,000 hotels as well as rental cars and airline flights.

Hotel reviews provide the information you need to make a smart choice, or you can opt to reserve a mystery hotel at a large discount through the app’s “top secret hotels” feature. Travelocity also offers to refund the difference between the prices it quotes and any lower prices on other online platforms up to two days before your scheduled check-in date.

Available on iOS and Android

Expedia – full service and discounts, too

As with Travelocity, the Expedia app lets you plan your entire trip at once, booking flights, hotels, and rental cars from a single app.

When you book your hotel room through the app, you can take advantage of a tidy 30 percent discount. And you don’t have to worry if your plans change, because Expedia doesn’t charge cancellation fees on hotel bookings.

Available on iOS and Android

Kayak – The whole trip in one app

The Kayak app is designed to let you plan your entire trip from the palm of your hand. You can book your hotel, your flights, and your rental car as the app searches hundreds of platforms to find you the lowest prices, with special discounts available only within the app. Late bookings are easy, and you can connect to tours as well, if that’s your vacationing style.

Available on iOS and Android

Whether you’re looking for a last-minute place to crash or you’re planning ahead to book a sustainable hotel, these handy apps bring a sense of ease to your travel plans. Make the final leg of your journey just as simple and book a reliable Blacklane car service to get you to your hotel in comfort and style.