Stayful, The Priceline For Boutique Motels, Comes To iOS
Stayful, the journey website launched final yr and based by business execs from Expedia and Inns.com, has now gone cellular with immediately’s debut of an iOS software. The brand new app permits vacationers to seek out the perfect charges at unbiased, boutique resorts 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 Resorts.com, whereas co-founder Shariq Minhas led engineering at Jigsaw, and labored for journey websites together with Expedia and Hotwire, giving the staff deep experience within the journey and lodge reserving market.
Stayful’s huge concept is to permit customers to barter for higher costs on unsold stock, by providing a platform that exhibits out there rooms and instructed 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 should 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, resorts, 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-prompt supply.
As well as, for vacationers preferring to remain in boutique lodges, Stayful can also be helpful for serving to them discover the best 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 presents 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 listing of options. Once you’re able to e-book, the app is built-in with Apple Pay to make checkout simpler. (Different cost choices are additionally out there, nevertheless.)
Stayful studies 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 reside on iTunes right here.