Anyone that has traveled around Asia knows that you don’t have to look far to find good quality, cheap accommodations. In any tourist area you can find typical hostel rooms for $3 top-notch 5 star luxury hotels from $100.
Any budget minded traveler knows that it is easy to compare hotel prices on comparison websites like Kayak, HotelsCombined, etc. But if you are traveling in Asia, Australia and New Zealand you should check out the Hotel Quickly app that lets you book last-minute stays at heavily discounted rates.
Currently Hotel Quickly offers last minute room deals in Asia and Oceania, but is set to expand to the USA and other parts of the world in the near future. Right now you can book stays in: Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Macau, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.
I have noticed that there are some great deals on the app, but it is still always a good deal to double check that you are getting the best rate by doing a quick search on Kayak. It is definitely possible to get a steal on some top-tier hotels in Asia when they discount them enough.
Get the Hotel Quickly App:
Earn Free Hotel Quickly Credits
I wrote an article a while back about earning free stays from Hotel Quickly using promo codes and in the past they have offered up to $56 in free credits just for signing up. After earning the credits a few months ago, I finally put them to good use this past week for a four night stay in Cambodia.
A cool part about Hotel Quickly is that once you register using a referral code, you earn $15 in free credits, and then you can invite friends, family, and fellow travelers to register with your code and you will also earn $15 once they book a stay using the app. This may not sound like a lot, but in Asia it can go a long way considering a decent hotel may only run around $30 per night.
Right now you can get an easy $15 by registering using a referral code. You can also try to use some various promo codes that are still around. After you have an account you can tweet or send your friends and family an invite code to earn more credits, also feel free to add your code in the comments for other people to use!
These are the Hotel Quickly promo codes that I used and may still be valid:
- Code RANDY for $15 (New customer only)
- Code HQAWARDS for $5
- Code 7HEAVENHOTEL for $25 Credit (Hong Kong hotels only)
- Code SNYBPB for $11
- Code SHOFF for $10 (New customer only)
- Code SURVYAY for an additional 5% OFF
- Code USANDUS for $26 (US hotels only) – Although there are no US Hotels in the app, it might be added in future
This is very similar to earning free rides with Uber rideshare service, which is currently offering $30 in free Uber credit for just signing up.
My Experience Using Hotel Quickly
I booked my first stay using Hotel Quickly at the Frangipani Hotel II in Siem Reap, Cambodia for $32 per night. On Trip Advisor the hotel has an 84% rating and is ranked #116 of 323 B&Bs and Inns in Siem Reap.
I made my four night reservation through Hotel Quickly on the day of my stay and only had to pay $15 to cover the taxes and fees. The credits in my account were automatically applied to my stay. Booking was super easy, and once you add a credit card to your account you don’t have to reenter it every time you book, so it only takes a few clicks to lock-in a room.
Overall the hotel is a solid little boutique hotel in a great locations within Siem Reap. The service is good, rooms clean, and breakfast is decent. For a hotel that normally runs $32 per night this compares to a private room at some hotels or hostels along Pub Street in Siem Reap that start at ~$10 night and with possibly no AC.
The whole stay only cost me $15, or about $3.75 per night out-of-pocket. Not bad for having a spacious clean private room, my own bathroom and shower, AC, nice pool, and free breakfast every morning. Plus, the Frangipani Hotel is only a quick 10 minute jaunt from the main nightlight found on Pub Street and the Old Market within Siem Reap, so it’s still very convenient.
How to Book Stays Using Hotel Quickly
Hotel Quickly has a super user friendly interface and like other last minute hotel booking apps. The app securely stores your payment information, so you don’t have to pull out your credit card each time. All you have to do is choose a hotel room and you will received a confirmation email within a few minutes. The hotel also receive an email with your reservation details, but you should also keep your email just in case of a mix up.
To get started all you need to do is create an account by first have to downloading the app on your tablet, iPad or smartphone. One drawback is that you cannot access your account or book reservations using a computer.
After you log in, start redeeming Hotel Quickly promo codes by first selecting the Credits menu, then click on “redeem” and enter the promo codes one at a time. After they’ve been entered they will automatically be applied to your account if the promo is still valid and will used whenever you make a reservation for a country that is valid under the promo code. Promo codes do expire, so be sure to take note of the expiration date so you make a booking before they are lost.
Once you’ve entered the promo codes and have credits in your account, you can start browsing hotels and make reservations. Choose the country you would like to browse and then select the city. You’ll get last-minute booking deals of all the hotels that are offered on Hotel Quickly for that specific day.
Some hotels show ratings on Hotel Quickly, but I have found it super useful to cross reference the hotel on Trip Advisor to see reviews and prices on the hotel. If you see a lower price offered on the same hotel or there are better ranked hotel for cheaper you may want to save your Hotel Quickly credits for a pricier location or hotel in the future. In any case the free credits could be use to cut the cost of a suite in an expensive hotel.
Once you find a room all you need to do is select it and book it. Your payment information is already stored and your credits will automatically be applied to your stay. What is also nice is that the full cost of the say is billed through Hotel Quickly, so you don’t have to provide payment at the hotel upon check out.
New Options and New Look
Until recently, reservations could only be booked through Hotel Quickly on the day of your prospective stay. While this is great if you truly are just looking for a last minute deal and your plans are fairly loose. On the other hand this limited the use of the app if you were traveling the entire day of the stay and did not have access to internet to make a booking. To solve that, Hotel Quickly now allows you to “Book Tomorrow” for both Android and iOS devices and still offers last minute deals.
You’ll also have the option to book stays longer than one night if the hotel has multiple night available at the same rate. For instance, on my recent stay I booked four nights at the last minute rate, but some other hotels only had one night availability.
The whole Hotel Quickly app also recently got a facelift and has a sleek new design. With the new look they added a few new features as well as more information explaining how the app works.
The Hotel Quickly app is a great tool to use when in search of cheap last minute hotel rooms in Asia and Oceania, and soon in other regions of the world. Whether you are traveling on a budget or looking for the the best luxury hotel for your next stay, it never hurts to double check what Hotel Quickly is offering within Asia.
Even better, if you have free Hotel Quickly credits you can put them towards your next reservation to save money or even get a free night! Overall I have so far had a good experience using the app and will plan on checking their room deals for future stays across Asia.