Maybe you can relate but when it comes to travel planning, I’m not spontaneous. I’m actually the opposite. Before a trip, I try to plan as much as possible. This includes booking accommodations and creating detailed itineraries. But things don’t always go as planned. So expect the unexpected – missed flights, delays, jet lag and long layovers. The good news is that As You Stay can offset some of these frustrations by allowing travelers to book hotels by the hour.
As You Stay is shaking things up by eliminating the standard hotel check-in and check-out times. Instead, the app allows travelers to pay only for the hours they spend at a hotel. The app conveniently translates a nightly rate into a prorated and discounted hourly rate. No matter how early or how late, pre-book your stay! Why pay for a hotel room when you’re not using it?
As You Stay
As You Stay is a free member based app available on Android and iOS.
With As You Stay you become a member by going through a verification process. No sketchy folks or funny business allowed. Through the app, you can book a hotel for as little as one hour or for as long as 24 hours. Search and book hotels within 5 days of check-in.
For example, book through As You Stay if you need a hotel room for 4 hours to freshen up during a layer. Or use the app if you need a quick rest stop during a road trip.
Locations & Hotels
You can book hotel stays in nine cities across the U.S. including New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boston, Newark Airport, Downtown Miami, Miami Beach and New Jersey.
The app features boutique and independently owned hotels but you can also find large hotel chains like Hilton, Marriott and Club Carlson. The app partners with hotels and utilizes their unused inventory. Win-win for everyone!
Best To Use For
- Day trips and spontaneous trips
- Flight delays
- Long layovers and more
You can get $25 off your first booking when you use promo code TRAVELLERSCHECK and sign up here.
Book A Room Anytime
I recently used As You Stay to book a spontaneous weekend trip to New York City. A friend happened to be in town for the weekend so I used the app to book an impromptu stay at Row NYC Hotel, right in the center of Times Square!
The app has a simple and elegant interface. It uses powerful, cutting-edge technology to make booking easy. With a few clicks, I confirmed my reservation.
Choose a destination, select travel dates, time frame, and the number of guests.
I found 16 hotels near Grand Central Terminal in New York City. This included hotels near Herald Square, Time Square, NoMad, Central Park, the Lower East Side, Chelsea, Long Island City, Queens, and Newark. There were even hotels available near JFK and LaGuardia International Airport!
Filter by distance, price, and TripAdvisor rating.
Select a hotel and get more details like maps and amenities.
For more exclusive features, Christopher Rudder’s instructional video tells all: As You Stay App – Anytime Hotel Booking.
Confirmation Text Message
After I booked my stay, I received a text message stating that my booking was pending. It takes up to 15 minutes to confirm your stay. Once confirmed, I was all set!
Does As You Stay Help Save?
If you aren’t planning to stay during regular hotel hours (3 p.m. to 11 a.m.), consider booking through As You Stay to save money. Since the app continuously reviews hotel prices, expect fluctuations.
The app also offers rewards. The more you book, the more free hours you earn. Apply free hours to your next stay.
When comparing four hotels in New York City (with only one hour before check-in), As You Stay offered a discount on most stays. However, the listed price doesn’t include taxes, so remember to factor that in when calculating totals.
The following compares prices for a 13-hour stay and a regular 24-hour hotel stay.
Z Hotel NYC
Lowest Price on TripAdvisor: $149
As You Stay App: $135
Savings with As You Stay App: $14 or 9% discount
Cassa Hotel Times Square
Lowest Price on TripAdvisor: $167
As You Stay App: $151
Savings with As You Stay App: $16 or 9.5% discount
Hampton Inn JFK
Lowest Price on TripAdvisor: $154
As You Stay App: $132
Savings with As You Stay App: $22 or 14.2% discount
Lowest Price on TripAdvisor: $119
As You Stay App: $117
Savings with As You Stay App: $2 or 1.6% discount
In this case, since the discount is minimal, you can go either way. It might be worth it to book through a booking website instead of the app.
As You Stay Pros
- Easy to use
- Includes a brief description of hotel
- Hotel amenities
- Detailed maps
- Only pay for the hours you need
- Apple Pay available
- Referral and rewards program
As You Stay Cons
- You can’t select rooms when booking
- Hotel assigns room at check-in
- Facility fees may apply
- Desktop version not available
Overall, this app is extremely useful because it focuses on last-minute travel. Specifically, it caters to travelers who are looking to pay by the hour. Although the hotel rates are usually discounted, I’d recommend comparing to other booking websites for the best rates. In the future, I’d like to see a low rate money back guarantee. For example, if you find a cheaper price somewhere else, the app credits the difference.
Nevertheless, the app is easy to use and also helps travelers discover unique boutique hotels across the country.
Don’t forget to use the promo code TRAVELLERSCHECK for $25 off your first stay by signing up here.
This a collaborative post with As You Stay, all opinions are my own.
Danielle is a travel finance strategist, writer, speaker and podcaster. She paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in 4 years, bought a house at 27 and has traveled to 25 countries. She refuses to let her financial responsibilities hold her back from living life on her own terms.