Attention, last-minute travelers! This next bit of intelligence is just for you. Experts say if you need a hotel room ASAP, like for tonight, you don't need to frantically comb through online travel sites for deals. Instead, 2 new smartphone apps will do all the work for you in seconds.
The first app is called Hotel Tonight. It's free and finds discounts for same-day hotel bookings. You type in the city where you want to stay and it'll instantly generate a list of steeply-discounted hotel rooms for the night. Here's the big benefit: Most travel sites that offer same-day hotel booking don't reveal the name of the hotel or its location until you book it, but Hotel Tonight shows you the name, and the specific location. So you can make a better-informed decision before you click "buy."
The second smartphone app for last-minute hotel rooms is Room 77. It's also free. And will create a list of available hotel rooms in your city of choice. It also has a feature which lets you narrow your search. Say, if you want free Wi-Fi, free parking, or free hotel shuttles.