It’s time for another episode of Cribs, the TechCrunch TV series that takes you inside the hallowed gates of the tech industry’s hottest companies to get a first-hand look at what they’re really like.
This time, we headed to the shiny new San Francisco headquarters of HotelTonight, the company that makes the popular mobile apps for booking same-day hotel rooms at discounted prices. HotelTonight is very choosy about the hotels it offers on its platform, showing deals only from higher-end places with strong reviews and good design. Being that the company’s staff is on a first-name basis with some of the most gorgeous hotels in the world, HotelTonight had a pretty high bar to meet when it came to designing its own digs.
As you’ll see in the video embedded above, HotelTonight’s new office does not disappoint. Taking cues from some of the top properties available on its app, such as the hipster hotspot Ace Hotels, HotelTonight has created a very cool space that’s a cut above the typical startup scene, with sophisticated furniture and amazing art. They’ve also kept it funky, with some very eclectic elements — I never thought I’d bang a real gong and play a round of cornhole within the same ten minute period, but somehow it all works out at HT HQ.
And a real perk is the company’s fully-stocked bar with a view of the iconic Powell Street cable car turnaround, which would give many real hotel bars a run for its money. Pro tip: If you ever find yourself at HotelTonight, don’t turn down an offer to have a drink mixed by CEO Sam Shank. That man can make a mean martini.