This week’s roundup of travel startups looks at a two hotel services, one of which is available in just one U.S. city and another which gives users information with no opportunity to act.
And focusing on very specific markets, there is a local discovery app based in London’s trendy Shoreditch neighborhood and a website that wants to help Indonesians explore Indonesia. As for tackling the broader problem, one app is making a public database for the speeds of public Wi-Fi.
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» Beeline is the HotelTonight for restaurant and nightlife reservations. Every day starting at noon, users can buy priority entry into popular restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. The service launched last week in Boston.
SkiftTake: The startup positions itself as an OpenTable competitor by offering to get users into usually booked restaurants at their preferred reservation time. We’re excited to see how this startup — a mix of local, last-minute, premium deals — grows.
» TheSuitest is a hotel search engine that uses a comprehensive set of data to compare the size, amenities, view, and quality of luxury hotel rooms. The website’s ‘deal grade’ lets users know if they’re getting a good deal and its ‘hotel time machine’ predicts future rates and availability.
SkiftTake: The sheer amount of detailed data on each hotel room is impressive to the point of being overwhelming for the average guest. Making the data actionable with on-site hotel booking would likely bring TheSuitest to the next level.
» SpeedSpot is an iOS app that helps users find the fastest Wi-Fi hotspot in a city. Users test the speed of Wi-Fi networks in hotels, cafes, and restaurants and share the results down to the megabit per second.
SkitTake: Hotels are increasingly opening their common areas and lounge spaces to guests and the local community. And visitors are constantly in search of public Wi-Fi making the app a useful tool in any city.
» Hype! is a London-based mobile app that shows users what’s going on around them. It includes events, people, venues, art, local information, weather and real time news. Hype! was chosen to participate in Seedcamp Week London this fall.
SkiftTake: There’s still room for improvement in the local discovery sector and large companies are ready to buy the startups that get it right. The app is only live in London’s trendy Shoreditch neighborhood, but a successful experience at Seedcamp Week would probably put it in Brooklyn next.
» TripTrus is a local adventure and leisure trip marketplace in Indonesia. Travelers can search tours based on their budget, trip length, and destination. TripTrus offers tour operators a simple customer management platform to create trips and attract customers. The startup launched in beta in July 2013.
SkiftTake: The local startup caters to Indonesians looking to travel within Indonesia. It’s niche focus and flexible trip options gives it the potential to quickly eclipse English-language websites that came before it.
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Photo credit: SpeedSpot is an iOS app that helps users find the fastest Wi-Fi hotspot in a city. Screenshot / SpeedSpot