Hotel Engine

A New Booking Experience

#BucketList Item No. 16 | Backpacking Across Europe
Inspired by @Anna_Herrmann
Typography by Leah Flores
Befriend locals. Speak different languages. Trek beyond the beaten trails. Use the miles you could earn with your Venture Card to keep your inner explorer exploring.


#BucketList Item No. 16 | Backpacking Across Europe

Inspired by @Anna_Herrmann

Typography by Leah Flores

Befriend locals. Speak different languages. Trek beyond the beaten trails. Use the miles you could earn with your Venture Card to keep your inner explorer exploring.

How a Members Only Hotel Site Will Change Your Booking Experience.

Members only travel sites are not a new concept, take a look at Jetsetter or SniqueAway, both sites offer a limited supply of hotel deals to members… But until now, not a single travel start-up has created a Costco like membership where the experience and prices are different from what you’re used to.

Here’s how a members only hotel site will benefit you.

Access exclusive members only rates.

Our members get to book at exclusive rates at thousands of hotels. We negotiate volume (corporate) rates and pass these discounts along to our members.

Get more rewards.

Want more rewards? Great, because we’re giving them to you.

Get 2% to 6% back on every trip you book. No blackout dates. No exceptions. The more you book, the more you earn.

You’ll appreciate how easy it is to earn, track, and redeem your points.

Easily find and book hotels.

Hotel sites are filled with ads and links that simply aren’t relevant to you.  And you don’t need to be bombarded with last-minute deals to Vegas when you’ve already booked your flight to NYC.

So, we’re taking a different approach… We deliver the information that you need to book at the location you’ve already decided on, and nothing more.

Our site is simpler, less cluttered, and easier to use than the competition.

Experience customer service the way it should be.

We hope you don’t need to call us, but if you do, we’re here, and we won’t disappoint.

We live, eat and breathe service.

When an issue arises, we fix it. We don’t believe in hidden fees or long waits.

With us, you get real people all the time.

How do you become a member, and how much does it cost?

Membership is free for select individuals and beta users.

The fastest route to membership is by signing up at

And to make things a little more exciting, the first 5,000 people to sign up get 500 free member points.  But, we’re nearing the 5,000 mark, so don’t miss out.

5 Hotel Booking Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

Finding hotels at a reasonable price can be tough. With hundreds of travel sites to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to start.

And if you’re not careful you’ll pay more than you need to for your next hotel stay.

Here’s a list of mistakes you should avoid.

1. Forgetting to ask about discounts at checkout:

Many hotels offer discounts to AAA members, students, alumni, senior citizens, military personnel etc. Ask if they offer these discounts before you book. You could save 10% or more by taking advantage of these deals.

2. Booking during peak season: 

Booking in the off season can save you up to 50%. Hotels offer better rates when there’s space to fill. It’s a win/win for both of you.

3. Not doing your research:

Travel site descriptions are not always accurate. Disclaimers on these sites say “may include inaccuracies”. It’s always good to read the reviews to make sure you get what you expect.

4. Paying “additional fees”: 

Some hotels sneak fees in wherever they can and before you know it you’re paying twenty bucks for pool towels. So, next time you wake up weak and dehydrated from last night’s festivities, beware of the $15 chilled water bottle taunting your headache.

5. Staying in expensive locations: 

Sure booking in the heart of a city is convenient, but you probably don’t realize how much you save by expanding your search just one mile. Rates go down drastically as you venture out.

Finding the perfect hotel doesn’t need to be an ordeal. At least that’s what we think, and that’s why we’re building our very own hotel booking site, Hotel Engine.

The site’s not finished yet, but you can sign up early right here. The first 5,000 to sign up will receive 500 free member points.

Can we really trust online hotel reviews?

You find the perfect hotel in a central location with the free WiFi, swimming pool and continental breakfast all at a great price. You think to yourself “What a deal!” But then you read the reviews… “horrible service” “awkward stench” and “fire station next door” and realize it’s not for you. For many of us, reviews dictate every decision we make about traveling. But just how much weight should we give them when considering our options?

Who writes reviews?

Think about when you left feedback on an experience. Chances are it was either out of this world fantastic or downright horrible. It’s important to keep this in mind when searching around. Simply meeting expectations will often not be recognized, so relying on reviews alone may not be your best bet.

How do I know what’s real?

A study by Gartner says that by 2014 10% of social media reviews will be fake. So how do you make the distinction? It’s not easy, but here are a few sure fire ways to tell if that review is fake:

  • Exclamation marks:Just how excited can you be?
  • Recently made accounts:Right after a bad review, how convenient.
  • Odd usernames:JonDoe is a little too generic, buddy.
  • Vague statements:How many adjectives can you fit in one sentence?
  • Similar language in multiple comments:Doubtful “modern ambiance” in the past 3 comments is coincidence.

Reviews are definitely worth taking into account and can be used as a reference for just about anything. But like most things on the internet, you should be cautious of anything that sounds too good to be true. Do your research and make sure you’re getting information from a credible source. It could make all the difference.

Learn more about trusting hotel reviews with this hotel review infographic.

5 Hotels Setting a New Standard for Design

Say goodbye to your standard lobby and traditional hotel room. Hotels are finding new ways to set themselves apart with design. Whether through interactive technology or an updated decor, hotels are realizing the importance of making their experience one of a kind.

Here are 5 hotels that are embracing design in a unique way.

Innovative Design: Four Seasons Hotel in Guangzhou, China

Step off the express elevator onto the 70th floor of Guangzhou’s International Finance Center and be greeted with a naturally lit 30 story atrium. The floor to ceiling windows create panoramic city views, especially from the 100th floor restaurant. As if the views weren’t enough, a collection of museum worthy sculptures and paintings by a who’s who list of artists adorn the hotel.

Lavish Design: Hotel Sofitel in Mumbai

A combination of luxurious French influence and Indian culture come together to form a unique but harmonious result. The two influences create an eclectic look of formal decadence and contemporary design like palace style windows and casual wood seating, all paired with the deep purples, maroons and golds of India.

Renovated Design: The James Royal Palm Hotel in Miami

The recently renovated hotel combines classic local architecture with updated design. The long but simple open lobby has a relaxing beach presence extending all the way to the beach itself. Guests can learn about the city through an interactive “Art Game” table where cubes placed in specific locations display images showcasing each place.

Green Design: Crosby Street Hotel in NY

Built with sustainable materials and energy-efficient technology, this hotel has set the standard of green luxury. Guests can escape the city with rural features like a rooftop garden filled with fruits and veggies and even a chicken coop. Enjoy both antique and chic decorations, all under a sun absorbing roof.

Affordable Design: CitizenM in Bankside, London

CitizenM incorporates sleek design at an affordable price. The decor and furniture might remind you of an IKEA show room, where you can appreciate modern design without stuffy elegance. An extended ground floor is fit for leisure or work with four complimentary Macs to use at your disposal.

Hotels like these listed above offer more than just a place to lay your head at night. They create an experience you will appreciate and remember for years to come.