I love the simplicity of the free HotelPal app for Android. It's no fuss and all function. Simply touch the app's icon on your phone screen, and the travel app immediately pops up names of hotels with reservations close to your current location. A quick tap of a tab, and you can filter these results by price and distance. While I don't condone using your smartphone while driving, this app almost makes it too easy to book a hotel while driving around an unknown city — just watch out for those ruthless cabbies!
Of course, you can easily change location, check-in, check-out and edit the number of guests with another easy tap. And, you can alternate currency with a quick edit in the app settings.
Each listing has just enough information about each hotel and several photos to get an idea of what your hotel stay would be like. And the best part: From what I could tell from my searches, the rates from HotelPal were almost always lower than if you went directly to the hotel's website to make a reservation. For instance, I looked up a hotel I'm interested in staying at in Portland, Ore., and the rate on HotelPal was almost 40 percent less than the rate posted on the hotel's website for the same date and room. I'm definitely using HotelPal to book my next weekend getaway!
Between the easy-to-use interface and great deals, HotelPal is a must-have and free travel app for Android owners.