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 Hipmunk.com and through our iOS and Android apps. Your perfect hotel is even fewer clicks away!


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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


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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


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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!

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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 www.mrandmrssmith.com/shop 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

New: Walk Score Heatmap and Hotel Sort

It’s official! Now, when searching for hotels, you can layer a unique Walk Score heatmap over your search results highlighting the neighborhood hotspots for walkability. Walk Score measures how easy it is to get from one location (in this case a hotel) to amenities such as grocery stores, shopping, restaurants, coffee shops, banks, parks, schools, entertainment and libraries. Check out how they do it here.

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Hipmunk is one of the first companies applying this to travel planning, because we understand that when visiting a new city, for business or pleasure, travelers want to find hotels near coffee shops, restaurants, and parks where they can hold meetings and kill downtime. Or, many want to find a hotel where they know they can walk to entertainment, restaurants and bars at night.

Here’s how to find the Walk Score of hotels on Hipmunk:

You’ll first notice the new addition to the heatmap lineup—the walking person at the far right side of the bar:

When you click the icon, the Walk Score heatmap overlays on the map below:

This gives you a quick view of the neighborhoods that have a large density of walkable amenities.

When this heatmap is active, the hotels listed on the left will automatically be sorted by individual Walk Score:

And, when you click the hotel listing on the left or its marker on the map, more details on the hotel will pop up. Clicking on the “Neighborhood” tab within the details box will show all heatmap scores, including Walk Score:

 

What are the amenities / businesses you like to have near your hotels?

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