If you’ve ever found yourself spending a long day touring a new city and wished you could only find a spot to rest your head for a hot minute and refuel, then rejoice, because a new app called Recharge will now let you rent hotel rooms by the minute.
As reported by Bloomberg, the app — which spent the past year testing its product in San Francisco — officially launched in New York City on Monday, allowing users the opportunity to rent rooms at hotels in the Big Apple for between $0.83 and $2 per minute. With tax included, that means it could cost a weary traveler as little as $20 to catch a 20-minute nap in the city that never sleeps.
According to TechCrunch, the idea behind Recharge goes beyond servicing siesta aficionados: Emmanuel Bamfo, the company’s co-founder and CEO, says he envisions the app as a way to allow busy business travelers the ability to pop into a hotel to freshen up before important meetings or as a way to allow commuters a comfortable place to wait out traffic.
“We have a lot of recurrent customers who use it several times a week, and sometimes even more than once in the same day,” Bamfo told TechCrunch. “The ultimate idea, is to provide a bed, bath and shower at the right price point, no matter where you are in the world.”
The service launched Monday at 16 different hotels throughout New York City, offering users the chance to book temporary stays at premiere hotels throughout the city like The Pierre.
According to Bamfo, the users that Recharge accrued over the past year of testing in San Francisco don’t view the service as a novelty; he told TechCrunch 75 percent of Recharge’s users have used the app more than once and stay, on average, for two hours at any given hotel.
“Imagine if you could only park your car for 24 hours, and that was just the only option,” Bamfo told Bloomberg. “All we’ve done is put a parking meter on some of the greatest hotels in the world and allowed travelers to decide on their clock when to come in and come out.”
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