Hotel Tonight: I am obsessed with this last minute hotel booking app

I am normally not one to shameless promote a product especially for free, and since I never get paid for these kinds of things, you can bet your bottom dollars that if I am writing a blog about this, it’s because of sheer positive experience from using the app and I want to spread the gospel.

My best friend and I have been doing quite a bit of traveling back and forth between the Bay Area and Sacramento quite frequently due to work. Sometimes we have both have back to back meetings in one city of the next, so was just easier to stay out at the Bay overnight and get to our early meetings next day without having to drive all the way back to Sacramento.  We usually try to plan our meetings together so we can go to the city together and hang out in the same hotel room together. It’s a lot like spending the night at your friend’s house but grown up style. I guess that’s the perk of being relatively independent and having somewhat seniority and flexibility with our work (she’s an ED and I am a CD).  My BFF and I have been booking traditionally with sites like Kayak, Priceline, and Hotel.com. I found out about this new app call Hotel Tonight through a friend almost a year ago, actually maybe even longer than that — downloaded it but never booked through them, finally I wanted to try it out. Pretty much what it does is give you last minute hotel deals in your city of your choice. So if you’re in say, San Francisco, last minute trip, during a weekday, and have absolute no preference on where you stay as long it isn’t a shit hole (meaning 3 stars and above, checked out and lived in by real people, have good insider intel about the hotel, not just a shitty picture, etc), you’ll love the app.

First time signup: $25 0ff  for Hotel Tonight code: KLAU59

Normally we would stay at a Kimpton, Mariott or Hilton because we want to accumulate points or what not, but the rooms in a big city like San Francisco gets up to $300 a night easy on a last minute weeknight and sometimes it’s hard to justify that even on one’s expense reports, especially if you just walk up to the place and book it last minute.  The traditional hotel booking system punishes the user for booking last minute deals. On Hotel Tonight, it’s the opposite.  It actually rewards the user for booking last minute. 

Last week we stayed at the Petite Auberge near Union Square.  It was an awesome experience.  If it wasn’t for Hotel Tonight, we wouldn’t have discovered this awesome French style B&B that offered free breakfast, and $30 Valet Parking, which is UNHEARD of in the city.  The rooms were super cute, bedding was luxurious, and no funny smells. The normal rate of valet parking in the city is anywhere between $45-$60.  The best part of all this was the rooms were a little more than $120 a night on Hotel tonight, and if I had booked it on Priceline or something like that, it would have been closer to $200.  The fact it has awesome breakfast for free till 10 on the weekdays is even more amazing. Did I mention we have a fireplace in every single room? It was pretty awesome.  Pics below!

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The hotel room! It might not be the best lighting, but the room is SUPER cute and quaint. The fireplace turns on with a switch on the wall!!!!

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Breakfast buffet – Frittata and sausages

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Hotel Auberge had super cute patio, too bad it was a bit too nippy to stay outside, but the inside area was just as cute.

I highly recommend the app if you’re looking to book last minute deals! I had such an awesome experience, and this whole experimenting with different hotels and being open to new places and adventurous was definitely one of the highlights of rolling the dice with this.  And if you want $25 off on your first hotel booking through the app, here’s the code: KLAU59, so you can enjoy your hotel tonight! (see what I did there, so clever, har har har… ok I am done).

Hotel Tonight app discount code for $25 off: KLAU59
(new sign-ups only)

 

 

 

 

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My review on American Giant’s “best sweatshirt ever made” + 15% off code

American Giant, Snapfront sweatshirt $79Herald as the “best hoodie/sweatshirt ever made” or if you prefer, “the greatest hoodie known to man”, the internet has catapulted American Giant, a proud everything-made-in-the-USA apparel company into something of an internet super-stardom.  Demands begin pouring in and within days of when Slate first published an article about the product in 2012, their inventory was completely depleted. It’s design and production methodology has been compared to the likes of Apple, and when production was so far behind the demand, that customers had to wait months for the sweaters to go back in stock.  So what is this internet phenomenon that has been dubbed the “best hoodie ever made”?  A company that cut-out the middleman altogether, wanted to make quality products without the ridiculous high price tags. With its fancy preshrink 12.4 oz cotton and clever stitching aside, the price tag of the sweater still costs a pretty penny ($89).  Hefty enough to make me pause a little and think about when’s the last time I paid that much for a piece of clothing… wait, nevermind.

So what makes the American Giant sweater so unique that it can claim the title for “World’s Best Hoodie”?  After reading a plethora of high-praising reviews, as an educated, single, working twenty-something female consumer with a pretty bad case of spending problem, I was hooked and I wanted to find out more.  After doing a little bit of research, and the internet has no shortage of info about this company — this company and it’s hero product, the heavyweight hoodie had been featured in media outlets such as Slate, Wired, Business Insider and even Bloomberg did a featurette. The product itself is something a cross between really nice cotton, clever stitching, and really great cuts — all of which are rare for regular sweaters.  I’ve dabbled in high-end stuff here and there as splurges to myself, but paying $90 for a sweatshirt? Well there’s a first time for everything.  It was a little hard because most of the high-price ticket items I’ve ever spent were designer leather goods, never a sweatshirt. The look of the product didn’t necessary appealed me, but from what I have read from reviews is that the sweatshirt seems to something that you can really “feel” the difference in. And I like good feelers 🙂 However, when I think of a hoodie/sweater, I think of Target or Walmart sweaters, $15 a pop at most, something one would wear on a lazy Sunday to lounge in and to hide that bloated belly during that time of the month or burrito baby, not this fanciness.

So today I placed my order on one of their newer designs, the baseball jacket and since it comes with free shipping and I found out that I can get 15% off, I thought hey why the heck not.  I picked this one because I can actually wear this to work and what not.

If you’re interested in this product and would also like to get 15% off, here is the coupon/link or just enter the code below to order from the American Giant website.

American Giant 15% off code:

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Note: This is not a paid advertisement nor is this my attempt at an “advertorial” whatever you call it.  I am using my own money to do this.   However, I am pretty excited about this purchase though, I’ll write a follow-up post once I received and can wear the product.

Update #1:  After placing an order for the sweatshirt, I quickly got my order within the week, even with the free shipping.   Upon unboxing the package, the well-packed sweatshirt looked very close to the product advertised on the website.  I quickly tried the sweater on and ran to the nearest mirror.  The first comfort reaction to the sweatshirt is that it’s actually very stiff.  This is no ordinary cotton blend sweaters that I am use to — in fact it almost feels like a well-worn version of a military jacket.  

The cut is flattering despite my 5’3 slightly overweight figure, and the sleeves fit my short stubby arms no problem.   The stitching and workmanship on the sweater is good, but not as impressive as some of the other folks have claimed online.   I’ve purchased other apparels at similar price with more impressive results to show for.    So far, I do enjoy the sweater — maybe because I am short and stubby (sorry for the reiterations), but it does crease quite a bit.  I had expected the sweater to be softer, so maybe with a few extra washes will help with breaking it in.  In terms of the styling, it’s definitely versatile and timeless enough to withstand the trends of fashion.  

At the end of the day, the product was made in the USA, and I do feel a bit better about my purchase because of that.  However. would I recommend the “World’s Best Hoodie” to my readers on WordPress? Only if you got a few extra Andrew Jacksons to burn and the bragging right to owning the most ridiculous and expensive sweatshirt ever.  

Update #2: I recently got their Essential Full Zip because I wanted something lighter/more accessible/softer, and OMG, it’s the best thing ever. Even at $79 a pop + the discount, it’s totally worth it.  Much better than the original jacket I had purchased last year (it was too stiff and thick, good for really cold weather but not as versatile as a result).  This is made of super fine/soft cotton — it’s one of those jackets that feels like you’ve worn for 20 years yet still in excellent condition.  Highly recommend if you are going to buy one to try American Giant!