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I am a pretty frugal guy and am loathe to pay for … well… anything.  Still, I recognize that not everyone is like me, so I thought I’d share a little bit about hotel day rooms, and talk about 3 times when hotel day rooms can make some sense

What are hotel day rooms?

The idea of a hotel day room is for people that need a hotel room during the day.  Now, if you’re like me, you may have a preconceived notion about what a “hotel by the hour” is used for, and that is NOT what hotel day rooms are for (ya perv!) 😀

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Hotel day rooms are rooms at hotels during the day (duh!).  For hotels, hotel day rooms make sense because during the day, in the time between check out and check in there are often empty rooms, generating no revenue.

For consumers, there are usually 3 times when hotel day rooms can make sense

Business travelers with an early flight

For a business traveler flying in for say a 2pm meeting but arriving in town on the early flight (9 a.m.).  Hotel day rooms can offer a chance to shower, get something to eat, relax and prepare.  Unless you have airport lounge access, you may not be able to adequately prepare for an afternoon meeting


Hotel day rooms can also make sense if you want to take a staycation at a fancy hotel.  Rather than book a full night stay at a hotel, you might book a hotel day room, and take advantage of the hotel amenities during the day

Family trip to the city

Similarly, hotel day rooms can be an option for families wanting to travel into the city.  I know that whenever we travel, we usually have a ton of kid and baby “stuff” along with us, and that gets bulky when you’re out seeing the sights.  We’re dreading the day when my youngest gives up a stroller because it provides so much easy carry space!

When you’ve got a busy day ahead, it can make sense to have a central place to drop off your stuff, and potentially come back for an afternoon nap (for families that still have nappers), and a cheaper place to have lunch (especially if you have a hotel with a full kitchen).

How to find hotel day rooms

There are a couple of sites out there that offer hotel day rooms.

How much do hotel day rooms cost?

Hotel day rooms are a little pricier than I would probably be willing to pay, in most cases.  Here is an example from for New York City, which seemed to have the best prices of the ones I checked.



It would be a great feature if some of these hotel day rooms were offered with POINTS!

As a bonus, Hotels By Day gave me a 10% off coupon for any hotel day rooms booked through their site: HBD10off – should get you 10% off.  (I was not compensated by them or anyone for writing this post)

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