NEW YORK, - Around the globe, hotels are under pressure to replace lost ancillary revenues and to find new sources of untapped income. New travel technology company HotelsByDay is offering U.S. hotels a simple solution for making flexible, intra-day hotel stays available to mobile travelers in top U.S. markets. For the first time, business and leisure travelers can quickly book an intra-day stay to work remotely while on a business trip, refresh after a long flight, enjoy a daycation in a luxury hotel or to simply upgrade from the crowded coffee shop to a business class experience. Intra-day rooms can be booked via mobile apps for Android and iPhone or through the website HotelsByDay.com.
Founded by an experienced team of hotel and travel technology leaders, HotelsByDay has uncovered a sharing economy opportunity that benefits the hospitality industry by marketing clean, empty rooms to mobile travelers. Defined as the time between early check-outs and late check-ins, the intra-day segment is an estimated $20 billion global market. In the U.S. alone, 23 percent of hotel rooms are empty each night, and 11 percent more are available for intra-day bookings due to early check-outs/late check-ins. That results in 34 percent of all U.S. hotel rooms being available for intra-day stays.
The HotelsByDay app, available for Android and iPhone, offers a sleek and easy way to find and instantly book intra-day stays in 3-, 4- and 5-star hotels in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Intra-day stays will become available in Los Angeles, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Atlanta in March, with San Francisco, Boston, and Charlotte soon after. The app uses geo-location to display intra-day rooms based on the user’s location. The easy-to-book interface means a last minute reservation is only seconds away. Users can browse hotels by time available, location, amenities and price.
HotelsByDay allows each hotel to control the amount of rooms they assign to the platform, and the timeframes for which they will accept arrivals. Hotels combine this new availability and match it to a growing market of travelers who are looking at alternatives to the typical 3pm check-in. Intra-day stays are generally morning, mid-day or afternoon and range from four hours to eight hours depending on hotel availability. Travelers also have the option of booking up to two months in advance via the app or website.
Jeffrey Osborne, CEO of Intelligent Hotels, and adjunct professor at NYU-School of Professional Studies rallies behind the model of HotelsByDay. “I see this model as a crushing blow to the concept of perishable inventory. There are very few ways in today's business climate to effect new sources of untapped revenue. By partnering with HotelsByDay, hotels can proactively address distressed inventory and missed sales opportunities, while also hyper-elevating ADR and RevPAR.”
“Prior to HotelsByDay, there was not an easy or affordable way to book an upscale hotel for less than a day,” said HotelsByDay co-founder Yannis Moati. “Younger travelers want spontaneity and instant access to last-minute bookings via their mobile device. The HotelsByDay app offers a sleek and easy way to peruse and find a hotel tailored to each individual traveler's needs, from free WiFi and a spacious desk to a posh rooftop pool and bar.”
Top use cases include:
Business Travelers in need of a quiet, private room to:
- Work remotely from on a business trip
- Participate in a conference call in a secure environment
- Prepare for a presentation
- Recover and refresh from a red-eye flight
- Work or nap while waiting for a late night flight
- Work in between meetings
- Shower and change after a run while on the road
Leisure Travelers and Day Trippers:
- Family travelers in need of a quiet room for kids to nap or simply downtime
- Shoppers in need of a place to rest and/or store purchases
- Eventcationers in the city for a concert, gala, or sporting event who need a place to freshen up and change
- Cruisers needing a place to rest pre- and post-cruise
- Place to rest while waiting out a long layover
- Oasis for a staycation
HotelsByDay is the first travel technology company to alleviate the pains of travel by making intra-day hotel stays available in top U.S. markets. Defined as the time between early check-outs and late check-ins, intra-day rooms can be booked via apps for Android and iPhone or online at HotelsByDay.com. At launch, the site offers intra-day rooms in 3-, 4-, and 5- star hotels in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.. New hotels and cities will be added every month. HotelsByDay was founded by an experienced team of luxury hotel and travel technology leaders and is based in New York City. For more information, visit HotelsByDay.com.
For more information about HotelsByDay or to schedule an interview with a founder, please contact Kellie Pelletier, firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-514-5851. Screenshots of the app and website can be accessed via Dropbox.