How to get a hotel room for a few hours or a day

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There are often occasions where you need a hotel room for a few hours or perhaps just during the daytime and not at night. This is often true if you are on a connecting flight and have a long layover. Another situation where it can be useful is if you have a long delay but it is not overnight. Much as the business class lounge is fun for a while, after a few hours it can lose its appeal.

One problem I often find is when you are flying back from the Far East or USA and have a late-night flight. It can be expensive to pay for another night in your hotel and often hotels won’t confirm late check out until the day. Even then it is rare to get beyond 2pm unless you have status with the hotel chain.

You could even have a “daycation”, enjoying the luxury facilities of a high-end hotel at a cheaper price such as the spa or swimming pool. A few years ago if you needed a day room, it generally involved trying to contact the hotels individually to find out of they did them. Now, there are several companies that can help with this problem.



Hilton T4 Heathrow, one of the hotels available for day use

You may not realise that you can book certain Hilton hotels for just the day. The rooms are usually available 9am-6pm but check when making your reservation. You just visit the Hilton website as usual, then enter the same check-in and check out times for your stay. It will show you the list of available hotels. Prices start from around £60. was founded in 2010. You can book via the website or use the app for iPhone or Android. It’s probably worth downloading to your phone if you are visiting the countries covered, so you are prepared in the event of a delay.

They cover hotels for different needs such as work, rest or relaxation. For example, the 5* Pestana Chelsea in London has a swimming pool and spa if you wanted to relax for the day. There is also a wide range of categories of hotels up to 5*. You can select different room types as well as morning, afternoon or all-day availabilities (e.g. 7am-1pm, 12pm-4pm or 11am-11pm). Day Use covers USA, UK, Europe, UAE, Australia, Brazil and Hong Kong. They now have 5 000 hotels across 25 countries.

You can make bookings at any time, even on the day. You don’t need a credit card to reserve most hotels as you pay at the hotel in many cases.  Those that operate this way are marked with to be paid at the hotel.  Some hotels require a credit card to guarantee the booking. Only the booking fees (from 2 to 7 euros) will be charged when the booking is made. The rest of the payment will have to be made directly at the hotel. However, if you fail to turn up or cancel, they won’t let you book with the hotel again without a credit card.

Dayuse also offer a best rate guarantee and show the average percentage off next to the hotel. 

You can find their website here.




Formally known as Between 9 and 5, Day rooms is a simpler website-only company. It offers day rooms with same day check-in and check-out between 8 AM and 7 PM in 2 to 5* hotels. They have a larger coverage than with hotels in over 50 countries including Europe, Thailand, USA, UAE, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Again you don’t need to pay in advance, payment is made at the hotel. You can book on the day as well as cancel until the last-minute too.

Day rooms offer rooms at most of the major brands such as Accor, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Kempinski, Marriott, NH Hotels, Radisson and Starwood as well as some boutique properties. None of their hotels require pre-payment. 

You can find their website here.


Hotels by day

This is slightly different in that they offer hotels for longer stays as well and some hotels require advance payment. You can sort between ones that require pre-payment and those that can be paid at the hotel to make it easier. Rooms that are pay at the hotel can be cancelled up until the day. 

The company offers hotel rooms for 3 to 12+ hours with early morning or late evening check-in, early or late afternoon check-out. Day stays can be booked on their website or app in such countries as the United Arab Emirates, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, India, Australia, and more.

It asks that you show up with proof of booking, ID and the credit card you used to book, although I wonder whether they would need that in reality at the hotel.

You can find their website here.


2 Comments on "How to get a hotel room for a few hours or a day"

  1. Do earn points for day room stays with Hilton?

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