Hipmunk’s Best Hotel Tips

Since it’s Hipmunk Hotel Month, we’re sharing some of our best hotel tips. We’ve asked our in-house hotel expert, Tom, to share some of his favorites. Here are 5 for this week!

  1. Room service can be expensive. Oftentimes, you can get the same food at a better price, by ordering your food to-go at the lobby
  2. Forget your phone charger? Ask the front desk – they often have a spare they’ll loan you
  3. When you check-in to your hotel, ask if it has a view. If it doesn’t, ask to upgrade without the additional fee. It never hurts to ask!
  4. Request to have your mini fridge empty, so you can easily store your own items
  5. Keep “green” by requesting that housekeeping does not wash your sheets every night. They’ll just make your bed instead!

Next week, we’ll have 5 more hotel tips for you! In the meantime, find the perfect hotel for your summer vacation on Hipmunk

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Hipmunk News: Book Hotels Directly on Hipmunk’s Website and Mobile App

We’re always trying to make travel planning faster and easier for you. Today, we’re happy to bring you direct hotel booking on and through our iOS and Android apps. Your perfect hotel is even fewer clicks away!

When conducting a hotel search, you will now see a “Book on Hipmunk” button for certain hotels, allowing you to purchase that hotel without leaving the site or app. With your Hipmunk account, you can securely save your billing information so you don’t have to enter information for each individual purchase. We’ll also keep track of all your upcoming hotel bookings across web and mobile in the “My Bookings” section of your account.

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Hotels on iOS


Hotels on Android

We’ve also added “Verified by Hipmunk” to hotel descriptions on web and mobile. When checking out a property, the Verified by Hipmunk section will show you Wifi prices, parking rates, and any additional charges such as resort fees. That way, you can be informed of additional costs before you book a hotel.

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Verified by Hipmunk on iOS


Verified by Hipmunk on Android

And yes, we called all these hotels to verify this information, so you don’t have to. You’re very welcome!

Check out the Hipmunk Flight and Hotel App for free!


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New: Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Availability and Free Blacksmith Membership

We are thrilled to have added Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels into the Hipmunk Hotel experience, offering you a broader range of hotels. Whether you’re jonesing for a weekend in Paris, an adventure in Morocco, or a getaway within your own city, Hipmunk and Smith Hotels has you covered with some of the hippest boutique hotels in some of the most interesting destinations around the world.

With more than 850 properties in their carefully curated hotel collection, Mr & Mrs Smith hotels are anonymously reviewed by tastemakers, like Stella McCartney and Cate Blanchett, who give their tongue-in-cheek, personal accounts of the stay.

If Mr & Mrs Smith had an animal mascot, we’re sure they’d be our British cousins, and just as cheeky as us:

You can find specific Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels through Hipmunk when available within a destination by clicking on the Chains button on the search results page:


Next, select Mr & Mrs Smith from the drop down menu:

We’ll automatically hide all other hotels in the list on the left and on the map, showing you just the unique, Smith properties:

To celebrate the launch, Mr & Mrs Smith is extending free BlackSmith membership (retail $30 annually) for all Hipmunk fans.  Anyone can tap into Smith’s in-the-know recommendations and book a hotel stay at the best possible rates, but BlackSmith members have access to added travel perks, including:

  • 2% back on every booking, to use on the next Smith stay;
  •   A gift on check-in, such as a complimentary bottle of champagne or free spa treatment;
  • Access to hundreds of exclusive hotel offers year-round;
  • Access to other exclusive member discounts from luxury brands and travel partners.

To redeem, visit the Mr & Mrs Smith shop at and add a BlackSmith membership to your basket. On checkout insert ‘hipmunk’ in the promotional code box and you will have a one-year complimentary BlackSmith membership.

Happy and hip travels!

- Jacqueline

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