Hotel Booking at the 11th Hour

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Next up, the Warwick: Less than a mile away, four stars and under $200 a night. The three-star Time hotel, about a mile away, came in at $175. The famous Hotel Elysee was the same distance and priced at $255 and four-and-a-half stars. Last, the Kimberly Hotel, four stars and $349 per night.

The Winner

All in – location, star rating and price – the best deal for me was at 6 Columbus at $245, the price I got on Hotel Tonight.

The Fine Print

Keep in mind this is the deal that worked best for me in this particular scenario. Hotel Tonight did have its cons: You can't book until noon the same day while I could start shopping early in the morning on every other app. Plus, it gave me far fewer choices: nine in total. As a comparison, Booking.com had 345 to choose from. And while Hotel Tonight is great in a big city like New York, it doesn't have options in more remote locations, making it a less-than-ideal options for a road trip.

Finally, last-minute hotel booking last-minute isn't for everyone. If you've got to stay at a certain hotel for a wedding or family reunion, you probably don't want to take a chance. But if you find yourself stuck at the airport or wanting to turn a night out into an overnight out, these new apps are the perfect way to book from your phone.

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