Stayful, The Priceline For Boutique Lodges, Comes To iOS
Stayful, the journey website launched final yr and based by business execs from Expedia and Lodges.com, has now gone cellular with at this time’s debut of an iOS software. The brand new app permits vacationers to seek out one of the best charges at unbiased, boutique motels throughout the U.S. together with cities like New York, Chicago, Boston, L.A., San Francisco, Houston, Orlando, Miami, New Orleans, Savannah, Charleston, and extra.
As we beforehand reported on the time of Stayful’s seed spherical (the corporate raised $2.four million led by Canaan Companions), Stayful’s co-founder and CEO Cheryl Rosner beforehand served as president of Expedia Company Journey and Inns.com, whereas co-founder Shariq Minhas led engineering at Jigsaw, and labored for journey websites together with Expedia and Hotwire, giving the group deep experience within the journey and lodge reserving market.
Stayful’s massive concept is to permit customers to barter for higher costs on unsold stock, by providing a platform that exhibits out there rooms and recommended bids. The service works with quite a lot of unbiased motels to seek out empty spots after which algorithmically determines what a good worth can be for the room. However shoppers don’t need to go together with that worth – they will select to supply the lodge their very own lowball bid in the event that they select, and discover out instantly if their supply is accepted. This makes the service comparable, to some extent, to one thing like Priceline, which helps you to identify your personal costs for flights, lodges, and extra .
As a result of Stayful’s focus is on filling unsold stock, it solely books stays which are set to happen within the subsequent 30 days – although, clearly, the nearer it’s to your keep, the extra doubtless it’s that a lodge would take your decrease-than-instructed supply.
As well as, for vacationers preferring to remain in boutique inns, Stayful can also be helpful for serving to them discover the appropriate ones by describing them by themes – like hip, basic, child-pleasant, and so forth., plus providing descriptions and pictures of the venue.
The brand new software provides the identical function set that was beforehand discovered on-line, however in a extra handy format for final-minute bookings. Customers inform the app the place they’re going, when, what sort of worth vary they’re in search of, and what sort of lodge they need, and Stayful returns a curated record of strategies. Once you’re able to ebook, the app is built-in with Apple Pay to make checkout simpler. (Different cost choices are additionally obtainable, nevertheless.)
Stayful stories that its customers save a mean of 32% on their reservations. We’ve additionally requested the execs in the event that they’d share metrics referring to the service’s traction with clients since its launch on the internet final yr, and can replace with their responses shortly.
The brand new app is stay on iTunes right here.