This past week, San Francisco-based Airbnb acquired HotelTonight, which could dramatically increase the fluidity of travel and get rid of potential hiccups.
As a part of Airbnb’s mission to create an end-to-end travel platform, this move will allow meeting planners and attendees to book hotels last-minute with less hassle—whether it be weeks or days ahead. The booking service HotelTonight was created to make it easy to book last-minute hotels on the fly; the merging of these two brands will expand Airbnb’s reach.
When Airbnb homes aren’t open to guests, people can now book last-minute stays on the quick at boutique and independent hotels. With this acquisition, planners and attendees will be given more options to choose from if they need to book a same-day hotel.
The room-sharing company claims to have seen an increasing number of boutique and independent hotels borrow inspiration from the uniquely personal ethos many of their hosts experience in their home stays. Guests will be able to enjoy that home-like feeling at even more boutique hotels through Airbnb.
“Together, HotelTonight and Airbnb can give guests more choices, and the world’s best boutique and independent hotels a genuine partner to connect them to those guests,” said Sam Shank, co-founder and CEO of HotelTonight.
This acquisition occurred amid speculation about Airbnb and five other San Francisco-based tech companies going public within the next year.