Location-based hotel booking app HotelTonight has raised an $8.6 million Series B round, according to a regulatory filing. The San Francisco-based company has an iPhone app that lets people discover and book discounted hotel rooms at boutique establishments.
Because HotelTonight targets hotel rooms would otherwise be empty, the app is a win for hoteliers and customers. Rather than cannibalizing the hotel market, by forcing hotels to compete on price, HotelTonight hopes to rope in last-minute hotel guests who might otherwise crash with friends.
In a recent interview with VentureBeat (see below), HotelTonight chief executive officer Sam Shank said his company aims to be the next billion-dollar company in the travel industry.
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