By Terry Trucco
Call it the daycation.
You arrive at your hotel in the morning and check in. After ordering room service, you take a bubble bath then curl up in a big bed to read a book, watch a movie, nap. Maybe you visit the fitness center or duck out for a stroll around the city. In a pinch you do some work (quiet surroundings, sturdy desk chair). By the time afternoon check-out occurs, you’re relaxed and ready to go home.
That’s the idea, or one of them, behind Hotels by Day, a new website and mobile app for iPhones and Androids that serves up hotel rooms in a novel time frame — between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., the sweet spot when rooms sit unoccupied after early check-out guests depart and before late check ins arrive for the night.
The bet is that there’s an untapped market for day stays that cost a fraction of what you’d pay for a night at a hotel in a city or near an airport. “Hotels haven’t focused on this segment, but we know it exists,” said Hotels by Day founder and CEO Yannis Moati in a phone chat, adding that he saw the potential for day stays during his years as a tour operator. (more…)