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Jill Stone

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Stay Your Way: Apps for Your Next Trip

in: Technology Travel and Hospitality

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As a big fan of apps, I am always on the lookout for the new and noteworthy. Here is a collection of apps that can help you to better customize your next stay away.

If you want to stay in a home, but wish the experience was more like a hotel stay, check out Oasis. It’s uniqueness lies in the fact that is takes hotel perks like in person check-in and check-out, fresh linens and toiletries, and on-demand concierge services, but brings these to a reservation in a home. They currently book in over 25 destinations from Austin to Trancoso.

One:Night “offers same-day stays at more than a dozen luxury hotels in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, and Austin, Texas.” The hotels will divulge their list of available rooms, boasting “unbeatable” pricing, each day at 3pm. The rooms are open for that same evening to satisfy the most spontaneous of stays.

Have you ever needed a room for just a few hours? Maybe you want to freshen up after a red-eye or need a nap during a long lay over. With dayuse, find a hotel room for the day at up to 75% off the overnight price.

I heard a rumor that in the case of a last-minute trip cancellation, a room can be sold with Roomer. As well, it provides those last-minute planners the opportunity to check out some unique hotel deals from those who are unable to use them.

Ever booked a place only to find the neighborhood less than ideal for you? TripHappy is a site that allows users to comb through worldwide neighborhoods and find the area that most fits their needs, based on personal preferences.

For a street view of a neighborhood, check out the user-generated photos on Streetography. Make sure the Airbnb about to be booked is in a spot that is makes sense for you.

Ever wish for a contact that could share the hip, unexpected, off-the-beaten-path places to check out on a trip. If guidebooks are too mainstream, download a Cool Cousin to discover local curated sites.

Another locally curated guide is Sidekix, which promotes “the fun way to find your way.” Learn the best route to take for a shopping spree, best local coffee houses, etc.

Enjoy staying your way, Meeting Planner!

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