Those last-minute hotel booking apps on your smartphone can be more than just a convenience when a super-storm like Sandy blows into town.
On Monday night when winds and flooding hit hardest in New York City, hotels were still available on sites such as Hotel Tonight and Priceline -- and prices weren't out of this world.
Hotel Tonight showed rooms that could be booked as late as 2 a.m. Tuesday (today) for $259 a night at the Affinia Manhattan, $249 at the Wyndham Garden and $295 at The Surrey. Priceline too showed nightly rates of $227 at the Flatiron Hotel and $230 at the Hilton Garden Inn New York West 35th Street.
There were more options too. Hotel Tonight starts offering rooms at noon each day; Priceline offers same-day rooms from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.
Sam Shank, chief executive officer of San Francisco-based Hotel Tonight, said Monday evening that New York City hotels were impacted by accommodating not just stranded vacation and business travelers but staff members too.