Same-day hotel-booking service HotelTonight has announced that it’s now available in Germany and Switzerland, its ninth and tenth countries, and is now available in more than eighty cities globally.
We first covered HotelTonight way back in early 2011, when it launched initially for iPhones. It then hit Android shortly after, before being rolled out for iPads early last year, which geared it up nicely for its first tentative steps outside of the US market, first in Toronto and then London in June 2012. Oh, and it also recently secured a $23 million Series C investment, led by US Venture Partners with continued participation from Accel Partners, Battery Ventures and First Round Capital – this took its total funding to more than $35m.
Four million strong
To coincide with this latest launch, HotelTonight has also revealed the app has been downloaded more than four million times across all platforms. The last major reported milestone was back in August, as it checked in to ten new cities across the US and UK, when it announced it had sailed past three million downloads, just after it had secured its first acquisition, which is impressive work for such a young company. But then, that’s where $35m funding comes in useful.
In terms of its Germany and Switzerland launch, the startup has partnered with hotels in Berlin, Munich, Zurich and Geneva, with Hamburg joining in early February.
Just to recap, HotelTonight is aimed at the last-minute market, letting you book same-day hotel rooms starting at 12pm on the day for up to 70% less in more than 85 cities across North America and Europe. Oh, and the company curates the hotels itself before including them on its platform, so this isn’t like another TripAdvisor. Another key differentiator is that it works on mobile only, so it’s very much aimed at those already in transit.
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