As You Stay App Review: Book A Hotel By The Hour

As You Stay App Review: A Hotel Booking App that Lets You Book Anytime Day or Night

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?

 

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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.

 

Price Comparisons

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

 

Gatsby Hotel

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

 

Final Thoughts 

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. 

Author: Danielle Desir

Danielle Desir is a Travel Finance Strategist that uses her financial background and knack for financial planning to empower those who want to travel afford travel and excel in their personal finances. She shares creative planning strategies, saving tips, cheap flight deals and even talks about her student loan repayment journey. Her financial expertise has taken her across the globe to over 22 countries and 3 continents (and counting), all while paying off her student loans, saving for a house, owning a home, and working full-time.

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