Stayful.com Launches the Only Bidding and Booking Site in the World for All Independent Boutique Hotels, Making it Easy for Travelers to Get the Best Prices
Hotel bidding and booking site opens to the public, now available in multiple cities across the U.S. so travelers can bid for stays at unique hotels at prices they love
Today Stayful.com, a new travel site focused on making it easier than ever to book stays at independent and boutique hotels, is publicly launching so that anyone can browse all boutique hotels in one place and book rooms at great prices. With Stayful, travelers no longer have to search through multiple websites and lists of ubiquitous chain hotels—now they can quickly discover unique hotels that fit their travel preferences and their price needs.
Stayful’s first-of-its-kind bidding system lets consumers choose what they want to pay and choose where they want to stay when they book up to 30 days in advance. They can directly offer a hotel a bid recommended by Stayful, a price the hotel is likely to accept and is even lower than the best rates online. When they make a bid, consumers can get an instant response directly from the hotel. Stayful also lists the best rates published anywhere online for each hotel, so travelers also have the option to secure that price immediately with the “Book Now” feature. During Stayful’s private beta, which opened to a limited number of users in July, customers booking through Stayful saw an average of 27 percent savings and as high as 42 percent compared to the lowest available rates online.
Stayful is able to give consumers significant savings through its bidding process because hotels almost always have rooms that go empty. On an average night, independent and boutique hotels can have 40 percent of their rooms go unfilled. By offering these rooms through Stayful, hotels can offer guests bigger savings than rates listed anywhere else when they book within the next 30 days.
“Finding the right hotel AND the best price can be a frustrating process, and travelers are currently researching 21 sites on average to try and book their trips,” said Stayful co-founder and CEO Cheryl Rosner. “Stayful puts travelers in control of the whole process, providing more exciting options from an array of independent and boutique hotels like The Standard, The Lodge at Torrey Pines and Public. We help travelers choose not only a great price but also the perfect hotel. Stayful is a fun, easy experience: we take the guesswork out of it for travelers, and hotels get great new guests. Everybody wins.”
Stayful is currently open for booking stays at independent boutique hotels in several major metropolitan areas: New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and San Diego, and will be opening up in four new cities by the end of the year: Seattle, New Orleans, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., for a total of 10 U.S. markets.
Stayful has already partnered directly with over 100 independent boutique hotels, offering travelers instant results when they bid for rooms. Stayful also gives travelers the ability to browse and book at a full inventory of every boutique and independent hotel available in a market. Even hotels not yet in the Stayful network can receive bids and then decide to join the network to get more bids in the future and offer great prices to more travelers.
Travelers can start booking and saving on independent boutique hotels at Stayful.com today.
Stayful is a real-time bidding service for booking rooms at independent boutique hotels. It offers travelers a way to quickly and easily negotiate the right prices for themselves and their budget, while also creating a unique travel experience to fit their tastes. Stayful also gives independent boutique hotels a solution that no other online booking service has offered in the past, by enabling them to fill their unsold inventory at fair booking rates.
Stayful was founded by Cheryl Rosner, formerly of TicketsNow, Expedia Corporate Travel and Hotels.com ; and Shariq Minhas, formerly of Jigsaw, Expedia and Hotwire.
Learn more at Stayful.com.
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