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HotelTonight Overview

San Francisco, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Travel & Tourism
Unknown / Non-Applicable
HotelTonight makes it remarkably easy to book great hotels at amazing last-minute rates on your mobile device for tonight, tomorrow and next week. When hotels have unsold rooms they load them onto the app, which means incredible deals. We screen every hotel featured and only ... Read more

Mission: To make people feel more alive by delivering the unexpected.

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HotelTonight – Why Work For Us?


We built HotelTonight because we believe in a life less planned. In a life rich in experiences, not things. In the endless possibilities of the night ahead, and the night after that. We know that one ten-second decision can completely change the course of your day, in the best possible way.

So we make it remarkably easy to book great hotels at amazing last-minute rates on your mobile device, for tonight, tomorrow and next week. When hotels have unsold rooms, they load them on the app, which means you get incredible deals. We screen every hotel featured, and only work with ones you'll love. By booking on HotelTonight you get the flexibility to play it by ear, while knowing you'll get a great price and a great place to stay.

Give us ten seconds and we'll get you a great deal at your soon-to-be favorite hotel. And we'll turn an average night into a 'tonight' you'll always remember.



HotelTonight is a pioneer in mobile commerce. Our team is passionate about delivering a flawless customer experience as we play matchmaker between great hotels with unsold rooms and the on-the-go people who want to book them. Every day, we're accomplishing our mission of making people feel more alive by delivering the unexpected.

We set aggressive goals and work hard to crush them, but we make time to decompress, whether it's a ping pong throw down or hosting an impromptu happy hour at our hotel-inspired full bar. If you like an environment that rewards great ideas, initiative and hard work – contributing to products that will be seen and used by millions – then we want to work with you.

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A travel-obsessed serial entrepreneur, Sam previously founded and was CEO of, a travel deals search engine, and was CEO of, a hotel reviews site. SideStep acquired and Sam stayed on as VP of business development until its fortunate acquisition by Kayak. Sam also worked in comparison shopping at Excite, CNET and NexTag. Not at all surprisingly, he was an assistant to Wes Craven on the film Scream. He HotelTonights at the Ace New York.




The office’s music police chief, Jared oversees supplier relations and operations. He previously was VP of corporate development at online-video production and distribution pioneer TurnHere. He also helped launch the hotel business at and served as general manager of the company’s brand. Before he realized life was supposed to be enjoyable, he worked in corporate finance and investment banking at Credit Suisse First Boston and Budget Group, Inc. He HotelTonights at the Hollywood Roosevelt.




A master in the art of proper espresso preparation, Chris built HotelTonight’s first iOS app and backend systems, and continues to drive architecture and strategic technology. He was previously CTO of DealBase and prior to that, architect and senior computer scientist at Adobe Systems. He has led many engineering teams, been involved with several startups, and done a variety of consulting. He HotelTonights at Hotel Zetta in San Francisco.




A builder of technology and teams that deliver innovative mobile experiences since before mobile was cool, Mac was previously Director of Engineering for Core Technology at Autodesk. He also managed and architected mobile services at Adobe and Macromedia. Realizing early on that he was not going to make the PGA Tour, he earned his coding stripes at various startups and companies developing connected services in gaming, mobile, aerospace and telecom. He HotelTonights at the W in San Francisco.



An avid cyclist and champagne backpacker who has roamed through 5 of the continents, Tony focuses on driving profitable growth at HotelTonight. He previously was the Senior Director of Finance, Strategy and Corporate Development at StubHub, an eBay Company and prior to that an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan. Tony started out his career as an officer in the Australian Army getting a taste of alternate lodging whilst on operations in Africa, East Timor and the Middle East. He HotelTonights at Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma.



An avid snowboarder and runner, but not at the same time, Ray is responsible for brand, communications, customer acquisition and customer retention. Ray was previously CMO at StubHub, acquired by eBay in 2007, and led search marketing at Esurance, which was acquired by Allstate in 2011. He was named “40 Under 40” by Sports Business Journal in 2013. He began his career in the late nineties with early stage Internet start-ups in the Action Sports and Health and Fitness verticals. He HotelTonights at h2 Hotel in Healdsburg.


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    - The people are really what make HotelTonight such a great place to be. From the top down, everyone is respected and loved. In my tenure I've seen people come and go into the company, but still maintain great relationships with each other. In fact, some of my closest friends are from my time at HT. Every startup strives to attain this, and even with its size and ups & downs, HotelTonight has been able to create a great place to work. People love coming to work everyday and it's very contagious.
    - HotelTonight invests in its employees with perks & etc but also by pushing its employees to their potential and sometimes out of their comfort zone. I've seen people gain responsibilities and autonomy quickly and really create a name for themselves in the space.
    - Even though I'm no longer with HT, I have countless people tell me how much they love using the app. It's great to build something so many people love.
    - Obviously the bar!


    - Work life balance does take a toll sometimes, however, working with friends makes this much more palatable.

    Advice to Management

    - Keep hiring amazing people.
    - Continue to be open, honest and transparent with your team

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HotelTonight Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at HotelTonight (San Francisco, CA).


    The recruiter emailed me to arrange a chat with the director of mobile engineering. I thought it was a bit strange that there wasn't a recruiter call first. I didn't make it to onsite since they wanted someone more senior; that's fine, but the rejection email was kind of harsh.

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HotelTonight Awards & Accolades

  • The 2017 Wealthfront Career-Launching Companies List, Wealthfront, 2017
  • Mobile Sites & Apps Travel (handheld devices), Webby Awards Nominee, 2016
  • Best On-Demand Service, Crunchies Awards, 2015
  • Mobile Sites & Apps Travel (handheld devices), Webby Awards Nominee, 2015
  • Mobile Sites & Apps Travel (handheld devices), Webby Awards Nominee, 2014
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