These New Travel Apps Let You Book Luxe Hotels By the Hour (Even Minute!)

updated May 3, 2019
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Ever had a way-too-early flight out of a city and think: Well there goes a perfectly good day at a beautiful hotel wasted. Or maybe you took the red eye in and are trapped in a city until that 3PM check in time without a place to shower, let alone wash your face. Wouldn’t it be really nice if you had the ability to book your stays based on time, instead of days—to really maximize the hours by the hotel pool? You’re officially in luck, because two new apps let you do just that.

Recharge lets you live the luxe hotel life, but only for however long you need it. Originally launched in San Francisco in 2016, Recharge is now expanding to Northern Cali and New York and that means instead of being limited to low-budget options (you know the creep motel ones), you can now pick a way better place like The Pierre or W in NYC, or The Westin or ALOFT in San Fran. You know, the types of places that actually have ROBES in them—talk about an upgrade.

Plus, you won’t be billed until after you check in (or 30 minutes after you book, if you haven’t checked in yet) and there’s no minimum time requirement. Need a nap? No problem. Have to tackle a slew of conference calls and PowerPoint presentations but don’t feel like battling the noise in a Starbucks? You’re set.

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As for the cost, that’s a positive as well. You only pay between $0.83-$2 per minute, on average in NYC, which could translate to a stay starting around $25, instead of $425. Um, best deal ever? We think so.

Recharge isn’t the only company taking advantage of unsold hotel occupancy though…HotelQuando is another app that lets you book rooms by blocks of three, six, nine, and twelve hours at a time, at discounted rates. They work with 600 hotel partners nationwide in Brazil and just launched in the U.S. this year, with an already established presence in Latin America.

We have a feeling it’s only a matter of time before other hotels see the light, because why spend another miserable hour and a half in an airport lounge when you could be hitting the mini bar, in a bed, during a Bravo marathon—albeit a short one.