AH Awards 2014: Best Travel App Of The Year


Preparing to go on holiday or on a business trip can often be a stressful experience. As well as making sure to have everything packed and taken care of, comes the added pressure of finding somewhere to stay. A bad hotel or room can ruin even the best of experiences and places. As a result, the need for a good and reliable booking service is one of the most important factors when planning a trip. Here is our pick of the best of the android travel apps available.

Winner: Airbnb

airbnbAirbnb needs little introduction. If you have not used the service then you have at least heard of it. Airbnb changed the idea of what it means to rent a room and offers users the ability to rent homes (or rooms) directly from the owners. If big corporate hotels and chains are not your style, then with the Airbnb app it does not have to be that way. From a small room to an entire villa or house, you can find exactly what you are looking for. The Airbnb android app offers users an easy way to find their perfect place to stay. The app is extremely well designed and has an almost magazine feel to the listings. Not to mention it is functional too. The Airbnb android app allows users to book their stay, but also offers more personal additional features like directly contacting the owners and the ability to ask questions or make requests. Not to mention if you are someone who owns a property and wants to rent it out, then the app is just as useful, offering owners the ability to list their place, answer questions and provide a more hands-on approach to their service. Overall, the Airbnb app is a must-have for anyone who likes to travel and looking for a truly customizable booking service. If you do not already own the app then it can be downloaded now from the Play Store.


Runner Up: Hotel Tonight

hotel tonightHotel Tonight for Android is a great little app and allows for super fast hotel bookings. This is one of the many unique selling points for Hotel Tonight. The developers claim you can book a room in less than ten seconds and in all honestly, that's not an unrealistic claim. You can literally book a hotel within a few taps and then their now-infamous 'swipe'. In addition to super fast bookings, the Hotel Tonight App provides good value for money. The company is able to achieve this by offering users very last minute deals on rooms. As they are last minute deals, they are able to secure better prices from hotels and pass the savings on to the customer. Not forgetting, that as well as cheap prices and quick bookings the app is also highly customizable to help you get the best-suited type of room. This includes the ability to choose by theme or category and even from handpicked choices by the editors. If you are looking for a room within the next seven days then you should be using this app. If you haven't tried Hotel Tonight yet, then you the app is available to download now from the Play Store.

Honorable Mention: Agoda


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John has been writing about and reviewing tech products since 2014 after making the transition from writing about and reviewing airlines. With a background in Psychology, John has a particular interest in the science and future of the industry. Besides adopting the Managing Editor role at AH John also covers much of the news surrounding audio and visual tech, including cord-cutting, the state of Pay-TV, and Android TV. Contact him at [email protected]

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