Though online travel booking sites have become the norm for most travelers’ trip planning routines, there is a fair amount of variety from site to site. The term “you get what you pay for” rings all too true according for hospitality veteran Jacob Tomsky.

Tomsky’s worked in hotels for over a decade, doing everything from valeting to working the front desk. And while he offers up many secrets he’s observed about hotel operations over the years, he suggests aggregated online booking sites often are more money and leave the guest in a position to possibly get “walked.”

Below we’re going to look at how HotelsByDay avoids these online booking pitfalls.

‘You Get What You Pay For’

When travelers book hotels online, they are sorting mostly through price, and hotels know this. They know many travelers just want the cheapest price, and care less about the actual hotel  property where they’ll be staying. So when a traveler books an overnight room for a discounted rate, they can expect a lower quality room.

While some may think this is unfair, Tomsky suggests thinking about guests who paid full price or have been longstanding patrons of the hotel. Should they receive lower priority than a one-off customer who wants a cheap overnight stay? It makes sense to offer the higher quality rooms to the guests that have paid a higher premium.

However, when booking an intra-day stay with HotelsByDay, you don’t need to worry about falling into this guest segment. Since the hotel only offers select rooms for day stay guests, and those day stay rooms are only available through the HotelsByDay iOS or Android app, you can be sure you’re getting the most competitive price to quality ratio.

Getting “Walked”

Hotels overbook. Tomsky notes that the no-show rate for hotels hovers around 10%. Recognizing this, overbooking is a common business strategy for hotels to ensure full occupancy. If you’ve booked through an online booking site, and particularly for only single night stay, you might be on the short list for getting walked when the hotel hits capacity.

Getting walked isn’t end of the world, as hotels pay for alternate accommodations, but it can throw a wrench into your plans to factor in additional travel time and inconvenience. HotelsByDay avoids the dilemma by guaranteeing your day stay room upon booking.

With a select number of intra-day stay rooms available at each of our hotel partners; those common overbooking practices aren’t an issue.

The HotelsByDay Way

When travelers book their intra day stays through our mobile app, they’re booking a room at a quality hotel. Budget hotels, while cheaper than their four and five star equivalents, simply aren’t going to offer the same caliber of service. Hotel day stays give you the best of both worlds, with a premium hotel room and an affordable price point.

Book your intra day stay with an online booking platform that’s better than the rest. Have any questions? Send us an email at, or give us a call at: 1-(855)-925-2530 today!

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Yannis Moati

Founder at HotelsByDay
Yannis has a rich background of 15 years in travel, from guiding tours in Europe at a young age, to co-founding an exotic travel agency, and then directing a New York-based global tour operator company. Throughout his professional life, for both his clients and personal travels, Yannis had to always pull strings to get a more personalized hotel check-in or check-out times. Frustration turned to illumination, witnessing first-hand the important customer behavioral shifts of the ‘on-demand’ economy: something could be done in boosting hotel revenues by selling uncommitted inventory by day.