The very last room

post by : Harris Stéfanie

Have you ever been in a destination without having an accommodation booked? This can be stressful! With “the very last room”, you don’t need to worry anymore. You can look for a room on the same day and have several deals. Some even offer breakfast and late check-out. You can book between 8AM and 2AM for the same day.

The application was founded in 2011 by two French entrepreneurs: Nicolas Sallin and Sébastien Houzé. The last version was made in 2012. There are hotels categories between 2 and 5 stars. The offers are only for “here and now”; you cannot book in advance. In the beginning, 150 hotels had signed partnerships when the app was launched. Today, around 1500 hotels are partners (the number regularly evolves).

Example: We’ve read on a blog that a woman tested it:

-        Arrival in Montpellier at 10 AM

-        Room booked at 4 PM

-        Check-in at 7 PM

-        Late check-out: 2 PM the next day

Where it’s available: Major towns in France, including Aix-en-Provence, Grenoble, Marseille, Paris, Deauville, Biarritz, Annecy, Nice, Montpellier, Strasbourg, Nantes, Lyon, Lille, Bordeaux and other major European cities, such as Brussels, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, London, Lisbon, Geneva, Montreux

Advantages: the application is free and available on iOS and Android. There is also a website and they are present on Facebook too. The best characteristic is that prices change every 10 seconds. The longer you wait, the best deal you get. It’s possible to book several nights, but only from the day of the booking and for the same hotel. For the party lovers, you can have late check-out, until 2 PM and some hotels even include the breakfast. This is a good solutions for hoteliers to fill their remaining empty rooms.

Disadvantages: You must be connected to the Internet to use the app. You cannot book in advance. There is a risk of losing the room of you wait too long to book. Also, not every destination od available.

Application to Switzerland: We could create an app for Swiss alpine destinations, which struggle to fill their hotels. People could wait until the last minute to book their accommodation. This would not reassure the hoteliers, in the sense that they wouldn’t have many more bookings in advance. But it would allow people to easily book a room for the same day, later than they would have with a traditional booking system. People like waiting to see the weather. Hotels can try to fill the empty rooms with this system. The destinations could build partnerships with transport companies in order to offer discounts. Furthermore, we could expand this app to many more Swiss cities and other sectors, such as car rental and gastronomic restaurants.