The Spot Cosy Hostel, Cluj-Napoca, Romania‎

The Spot Cosy Hostel from Cluj(Romania) fascinates me with the the story behind. How the owner Sintimbrean Tudor had to hit always the road given it’s job situation, was being bored at staying at hotels, then a friend suggested him to try Hostel Costel and was fascinated with the concept, atmosphere and the rest is…

Billboard effect in hospitality – what does it mean for your hotel?

The ‘billboard effect’ is achieved by inserting/publishing your hotel property in as many booking portals as possible and available because you do not control where tourists will book but you prepare the ground so they can book with you directly because they saw you on an OTA in which they trust. Channel manager insight: being…

7 rooms and 0 overbookings – Challenge

The challenge: maintain a 7 rooms guest house open for sale in Bookingcom and Expedia at the same time and do not get overbookings while you have tourists coming from the street to book directly? As a home owner from Canada would describe it: there are many channel manager solutions out there, but I am…

Channel management and PMS penetration in Montenegro

Montenegro has 620.000 inhabitants and the capital sits at Podgorica. It is indeed  a small Balkan country with rugged mountains, medieval villages and a narrow strip of beaches along its Adriatic coastline. The Bay of Kotor, resembling a fjord, is dotted with coastal churches and fortified towns such as Kotor and Herceg Novi. Durmitor National…

8 Days Costa del Sol Resort – only 4.56€/person

Look at this great deal to be found on eBay-Germany. 8 days stay in 2 bedroom apartment for max. 6 persons in Crown Resorts on the beautiful Costa del Sol(located between Malaga and Marbella) The apartments have balconies and feature safes and complimentary newspapers. The apartments have access to high-speed chargeable internet access (WLAN). The…

Bedding sheets on Airbnb

Was never a person obsessed by cleanness. If a place looks organized and clean, I can sleep without any second thought. My wife is more conscious about germs and possible bacterias that are around. This was made obvious in our weekend trip when we decided to try out Airbnb. We rented a central room that…

Fair and Square hostel – Belgrade(Serbia)

You know that feeling: ‘something great will be released’ This was the subconscious sensation felt after speaking with Branko, the owner ofFair and Square Hostel: a brand new property that is from the beginning top rated when comes to: Style with help of super awesome design (interior and exterior) to have a complete overview, check…

Lodgix – Vacation Rental Management Software

Vacation Rental Management Software, featured by Lodgix is a cloud -based guest management and online booking software. I came across this platform some months ago and heard it has great acceptance and usage in the USA. What is your experience with them? It is a company founded in North Carolina and their interface seems really easy…

Starndard VS. derived rates inside Bookingcom

Let’s choose the platform that most bookings brings to any house in this world: bookingcom Also they are the online portal that offers most flexibility when setting up products/offers and packages for the end user. So you could have just one apartment and offer 12 or even 23 different rates(last minute deal, minimum stay, weekly…

How to register your property with Hotels4u

With direct access to over 30,000 hotels all over the world, Hotels4U.com is an independent website owned by the Thomas Cook Group plc that promises to take away the headache and remove the complications of booking a hotel, apartment, villa and even resort transfers anywhere in the world. Perfect for the independent traveler, Hotels4U.com allows…

HostelGeeks – the quest for the 5 star HoStel

‘5 Star Hostels’ Yes, you are right: there is no spelling mistake. Since 3rd of March there is a new premium website awarding HoStels to become 5 Star Hostels based on transparent criteria. These criteria are about great interior design and values like eco-friendliness, and sustainability. Every hostel can apply to become a 5 Star…