App stores are full of apps that do the same thing. Travel websites all find the same fares. Every destination in the country looks like where you came from (except for the palm trees and sandy beaches in San Diego). Is there a better way to find a place to stay when you travel than wasting time scouring a dozen websites for a deal?
The Better Way Bellhop
About all I remember from taking history classes in the U.S. is that Thomas Marshall, Woodrow Wilson’s vice-president said, ‘What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar.’
I was so naive that I didn’t know what a cigar was and didn’t have enough imagination to know something once only cost 5-cents.
The digital age has broadened by horizons a bit and one aspect that has changed dramatically is how we handle our travel needs.
Once there was a time when we told a travel agent where we wanted to go and when, and they did all the work. For a fee.
These days, we do all the work and pay all the fees. That’s the American Way, I guess. My latest travel tool is called Bellhop, a misnamed app if there ever was one.
Bellhop finds, books, and manages hotel arrangements on your Mac. It’s a single app but works with TravelNow, Expedia, Hotels.com, and TripAdvisor to give you plenty of choices of hotel accommodations in a broad range of prices.
Bellhop’s sidebar controls let you search for hotels by destination, rating, amenities, reviews, and rates.
It works pretty much like any good travel site does in your browser window, but you don’t need to learn multiple sites, as Bellhop does the search for you.
Hotels can be bookmarked or shared with hotels. Search by hotel chain if you like. Sort through the guest reviews.
In other words, Bellhop is like a do-it-yourself travel agent, where you look for the hotel reservations instead of having someone else do the work.
Bellhop? Concierge, maybe. Agent, for sure. Bellhop works as you’d expect and it’s not difficult to use.
It’s a standalone app that does what using multiple websites would do. Find and book hotel reservations from a single source, rather than bounce between a dozen websites to get a better deal.
The app’s icon is clever, the functionality is good, but the name is just wrong.