Published: June 3rd 2012February 6th 2012
[UPDATE] JUNE 3, 2012: WE WILL BE RUNNING A REVIEW SHORTLY REGARDING THIS COMPANY'S PUBLIC LAUNCH THIS WEEK.
Travel App Review - RoomSurge.com
Dan K.FROM FEB 6, 2012:
I took a first glimpse into travel start up RoomSurge.com
today after receiving an invitation to test out their private beta. RoomSurge was launched into beta last January but since then its purpose, development process, team members, and everything had been shrouded in secrecy. All we knew was that it promised to "be the traveler's best friend." The private beta revealed their mission of "allowing guests to search millions of unsold rooms at discount prices." Upon copying and pasting the beta password, I was initially quite impressed. The app sported a striking yet clean and intuitive visually appealing interface - a rare fresh digression from what I'm used to seeing in our current popular cluttered hotel booking apps. The interface was very easy to navigate; I got to what I was looking for in an average of 2 clicks. It was very fast and looks to have been built with the latest CSS3 and Jquery technologies.
I attach a screenshot here, with permission. Here's a rare peek, exclusive for our subscribers:
I typed in "New York, NY, USA" in the search box after some trial and error and initially failing to find New York hotels when inputting "NYC". They need some work done on their fuzzy search! But beyond that, the prices were pretty sweet. A stay at the Trump International yielded a result of $125/night and another hotel with very modern ammenities and building style was only $56....in a place like NEW YORK CITY.
I exited the page and typed in "Las Vegas." None found. I realized a disclaimer at the bottom of the page said that "Not all cities will be available during private beta testing." Fair enough.
I went back to the hotel page and revisited the New York page. I drilled it down to the Chelsea area, picked a hotel for 2 that was in the $50-90 range and that were also quite luxurious, entered the date for Februrary 14th, and clicked "Book." And there's the trip to New York with my fiance. I will be following up with RoomSurge when they launch to full public beta in upcoming months. Hopefully then, more options will be available and I can give you a more thorough review!
• Founded: 2011
• Founders/Board Members: Unknown
• Headquarters: New York, NY
• Type: Web Application
• Version: Private Beta
• Website: www.roomsurge.com