New York City: Mobile travel startup, WeHostels, is announcing today that it’s launching a new version of its mobile apps, now offering a wide range of hotels with exclusive discounts as part of their booking options. Until today, WeHostels offered hostels, bed & breakfasts and other types of alternative accommodations.
In late 2013, the company was acquired by StudentUniverse, the leading online travel agency for students and youth. Thanks to the support of the new organization, WeHostels has been able to expand its inventory to include more than 170,000 new hotels to its database, many of which will offer special discounts to WeHostels’ users.
WeHostels’ users will be able to easily filter within the app between hostels and hotels at more than 60,000 locations around the world. The apps will display results tailored to the user’s needs and preferences and will highlight the discounts on the hotels.
“Our users are young, budget-conscious travelers and they generally love to stay in hostels for their social aspect. Yet many users have expressed that they would love to also have the option to book a hotel when they need it. They love the seamless user experience that our apps offer and we want to be their one-stop shop for their trip planning” said WeHostels co-founder Diego Saez-Gil.
“With our partnership with StudentUniverse, we are now catering to a wider audience of students and young travelers. In fact we are processing six times the volume of bookings that we were processing this time last year. Having hotels as part of our offering will be of great value for our customers. This combination of hostel inventory and hotel deals is the perfect match for our young audience. Users will be able to book on-the-go, last-minute deals directly from their phones. ”
WeHostels is an award-winning mobile app to find and book hotels and hostels and discover destinations. The app lists more than 200,000 properties all over the world that users can book last minute. The company was named one of the “100 Brilliant Companies of the Year” by Entrepreneur Magazine and “Most Innovative Travel Startup” by PhoCusWright, and has been featured in the New York Times, CNN and Forbes. WeHostels is part of StudentUniverse and is headquartered in New York City.