Airbnb has agreed to acquire hotel-booking service HotelTonight.
According to HotelTonight, the company offers guests seamless, on-demand booking for boutique and independent hotels.
Brian Chesky, Airbnb co-founder, CEO and head of community, said: “A big part of building an end-to-end travel platform is serving every guest, whether they plan their trip a year or a day in advance. Working with the incredible team at HotelTonight, we will offer guests an unparalleled last-minute travel experience that provides unique, memorable hospitality on every trip, on any schedule, at any time.”
Sam Shank, HotelTonight co-founder and CEO, added: “We started HotelTonight because we knew people wanted a better way to book an amazing hotel room on-demand, and we are excited to join forces with Airbnb to bring this service to guests around the world. Together, HotelTonight and Airbnb can give guests more choices and the world’s best boutique and independent hotels a genuine partner to connect them with those guests.”
The acquisition of HotelTonight aims to accelerate Airbnb’s work to build an end-to-end travel platform that serves everyone including the availability of boutique hotels that helps ensure stays are available on-demand, particularly at the last minute. Meet demand from and for boutique hotels and support home hosts as boutique hotels are bringing in more guests to Airbnb.
The HotelTonight app and website will remain operating in their current state, however Shank will lead the company’s boutique hotel category when the acquisition is complete.