If you’ve ever had to make a last-minute hotel booking the day before or on the day you catch your flight, you would know how stressful it can get. Especially when running on such busy schedules, looking for accommodation at the 11th hour would just be the last thing you need. These days, you can book a private jet the way you book an Uber, or even experience your destination before arriving – thanks to virtual reality. With smartphones revolutionising the way we travel, many hotel groups have come up with apps where you can get information on all their properties around the world – perfect for the savvy and modern traveller.

These hotel apps make last-minute booking a breeze, allowing you to easily book a room with the tap of a button, check-in seamlessly in a minute without waiting in line, and have a feel of the city before you even get there. Some apps boast additional features like playlists to get you into the mood or city guides by their top concierges. These hotel group apps aim to serve not just as hotel booking apps, but lifestyle ones as well.

(Main image credit: W Singapore Sentosa Cove; Featured image credit: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

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SPG: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

With the SPG app, you get access to the 1,200 hotels and resorts of Starwood’s award-winning loyalty program and explore its nine distinct hotel brands – Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Four Points by Sheraton, W Hotels, Aloft Hotels, The Luxury Collection, Le Méridien, Element Hotels, Westin Hotels & Resorts and St. Regis Hotels & Resorts.

You can book from all 11 Starwood hotel brands with cash or Starpoints and enjoy a seamless check-in experience with SPG keyless, which allows you to unlock your room from your phone.

Available on iTunes and GooglePlay.

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Intercontinental Hotel Group

Book and manage your hotel stays at Intercontinental Hotel Group’s (IHC) 5,000 hotels in over 100 countries with this app. The brands include InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, EVEN Hotels, HUALUXE Hotels & Resorts, and Kimpton Hotels.

With the app, you can conveniently manage every step of your stay – from communicating with the hotel and setting preferences, to transportation, dining and area attractions. The app also features guest reviews from fellow travellers so you can be more confident about booking the perfect hotel for your vacation.

Available on iTunes and GooglePlay.

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AccorHotels

AccorHotels has merged all its group apps into one. You can now access all its hotels (ibis, Novotel, Raffles, Fairmont, Swissôtel, Mercure, Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Suite Novotel, Adagio, ibis Styles, ibis budget, hotelF1, Mama Shelter, etc.) in one handy app.

Book among the group’s 4,100 hotels worldwide, check-in online, read TripAdvisor reviews to find the perfect hotel, and read AccorHotel’s city guides. The app will even send you a reminder 48 hours before you leave – so you’ll never mix up your dates again.

Available on iTunes and GooglePlay.

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Marriott International

Said to be “the perfect travel companion,” the newly updated Marriott International app was designed and developed for Marriott Rewards members, where you can book from over 4,400+ hotels and resorts from 18 brands in over 87 countries.

The app also allows Mobile Check-in and Check-out with room ready alerts, Mobile Requests and Chat, and Mobile Key – which allows you to go straight to your room at select locations.

Available on iTunes and GooglePlay.

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Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts

Shangri-La’s mobile app makes trip planning and managing your Golden Circle membership (the chain’s loyalty program) more convenient than ever before. The brand brings its website content onto the app, among others – including specials and location-based offers.

Book or view your room reservations at over 80 Shangri-La, Kerry, Traders hotels and Hotel Jen hotels, check your Golden Circle Award Points balance, and read or share travel tips with fellow Golden Circle members.

Available on iTunes and GooglePlay

Dewi Nurjuwita
Senior Writer
Dewi Nurjuwita is a travel and design writer who can be found exploring the streets of foreign cities with passport in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.