I stumbled on a little gem. I called up the 1800 number on the back of my card and asked if a specific hotel had a day rate (flying in on a red-eye and leaving that night). Needed a place to shower, nap and then explore the city. Surprisingly, he pulled up a rate and booked me into it. I called up the hotel earlier (not an english speaking native country and it was 4am local time, but the hotel tried to be accommodative but either did not understand day rate or could not see it). I wish the online site had better functionality on which cities and areas had day rates. The rate i found was slightly better than an advanced purchase night rate, but gave me the flexibility of not having to worry about a cancelled reservation and guaranteed a late or potentially very late checkout. The hotel benefits by having more usage of their space. My really awesome wish would be the flexible 24 hour benefit that starwood plats have, but this isn't too bad here.