Mrs. Tech and I postponed our Valentine’s Day in-town weekend getaway due to a complete babysitting catastrophe. We eventually decided to call in our raincheck this past weekend and planned a nice weekend out on the town to celebrate Black Marriage Day 2013.
Our plan was to drop off the kids early Saturday morning/afternoon, pack an overnight bag and head into the city to chill out for the night. Maybe do some shopping and get all jazzed up to pay too much for some food we’ve never heard of and hang people trying too hard to impress each other. There are a ton of swanky hotels down in Atlanta, but my wallet isn’t quite ready to #BallSoHard “You see, the way my bank account is set up…”.
The folks of Hotel Tonight were nice enough to sent me some credits to try out their “same-day deals on hand-picked hotels” service to see if I could do just that: Find a nice deal on a fly hotel for Saturday night.
The day started off late (as usual), but I did manage to also get the “Mistress” cleaned up and looking nice while Mrs. Tech dropped the kids off at Granny Tech’s house. After I got back from the car wash (just in case you though I was cheating on my wife), it was time to open up the Hotel Tonight app on my iPad and try my luck at finding a hotel deal on such short notice.
The way Hotel Tonight works is everyday at 12 noon, they release hotel deals that you can book for one to five nights. The hotels are scoped out by Hotel Tonight staff in-person, versus just spitting out general results based on location and availability. I’m assuming the hotels would gladly offer deep discounts to Hotel Tonight users because the rooms would otherwise to unbooked – Rather get some money than no money at all.
The app is available for iOS and Android devices. I must say, the Hotel iPad experience is one of the slickest app experiences period – They layout alone is persuasive enough to make you want to book a room. I mentioned that Hotel Tonight vets the hotels personally, so in addition to listing locations, maps, and contact information, amenities, and why they choose the hotel, they also include high-res images that show off very flattering details of its hotels. The images on the iPad version do a good job of showing you what you’re in for before you book.
Hotel Tonight also has their own rating system that goes from “Basic” to “Ballin” (their words, not mine) that will also give you the lowdown on the hotel. After browsing the app and getting a look at all the nice hotels, price was the las thing on my mind, but just to give you an idea of the type of deal I got – I ended up booking at the “Luxe” Georgia Terrance Hotel in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, right across the street from the Fox Theater. The regular rate was $205, but was listed on Hotel Tonight for $140, so I booked it with the quickness by tracing the bed at the bottom of the screen with my finger to confirm (another nice touch). We packed up our stuff, did some shopping at the uber-bougie Mall in Buckhead on the way downtown and checked in.
The check-in process was super smooth. Hotel Tonight sent over all my information. All the Hotel needed was my credit card (just in case we ran up a hefty room service bill) and we were on our way. The room was pretty big – two bedroom, living room, kitchen and washer/dryer. WiFi was free (but I always bring my own) and it has one restaurant and two bars just in case we didn’t want to leave the property.
Mrs. Tech and I decided to step out and hit up a upscale restaurant with hard to recognize menu items and not a lot of selection…but the food and drinks were good though.
After that it was back to the hotel to…relax without any worries. The next morning, we shared what was possibly the most expensive omlet and hashbrowns known to man and watched Law and Order reruns before checking out.
Overall, we got a chance to relax and
remember what it was like without little monsters enjoy each other’s company “if only for one night”. The Georgian Terrace is one of those hotels that will definitely go on my “we have to stay here everytime we need to getaway for a short time” list.
One of these days, my wallet will be able to book it at full price. Until then, anytime I can make an excuse to book a hotel in midtown Atlanta, or anywhere on a whim, I will make sure to consult Hotel Tonight to get a real overview, and a nice discount.
Pro Tip: Be sure to use the code “tgaines7” to get $25 off your first booking with Hotel Tonight – You’re welcome.