Travelling potentially de-stresses. Travellers seek not just to explore new places but a comfortable hotel stays too. With all services being available online, the hospitality sector is also trying to rope in the newest methods to book hotel rooms and reap the benefits of that. The mobile app development industry is witnessing business owners that are opting for app development for hotel booking. Such apps have become crucial for both – guests and hosts. They are not just limited to booking rooms in hotels, but also in guest houses, lodges; they also let local homeowners host the out-of-towners.
Evidently, for several reasons, hotel booking applications are trending and have created a buzz. Such applications have reduced the number of steps involved in reserving a place to stay. They are used because they offer convenience, security and cost-effectiveness. Let’s explore this in detail…
Selecting the type of app, you want Yes! There is more than meets the eyes… before you decide to opt for hotel app development, get to know the types of apps or platforms you can choose from. You need to set and prioritise your business needs and operate accordingly. The types are as follows:
Hotel chain apps – They provide a specific chain of hotels that allow users to book hotels belonging to that particular chain. A few examples of such applications are – Oyo, Marriott, etc.
Hotel aggregators – They make a list of all the hotels offering all kinds of stays and make the same available to the customers. Booking.com, hotels.com are some examples.
Online travel agencies – They cover the entire travel process, from booking tickets, to site tours, to accommodation, to meals, to rental cars, etc. They usually offer a package deal to customers.
Essential features Your application won’t be able to establish its motive without these must have features. They not only clearly state your aim, but also help engage users in an interactive manner. The easier, interactive and aesthetically pleasing a user would find your platform, the more it will be used. Let’s have a look at these features:
Login/ User Profile Without this a user won’t be able to make a booking. It isn’t just important for users to be able to make a profile on the app. It is equally important for the business owners too, to have details of the clients in their database, in order to avoid fraudulent bookings and experiences.
Accommodation details Now this one is important – the one piece of information that’s needed the most, post and pre booking. How else would a person know what they are paying for, unless accommodation details are clearly mentioned, right!! These details also help users to understand and differentiate between different kinds of rooms or stays available.
Room reservation & payment options What will a booking application be without a booking option! Make sure you have booking option available in your app. Along with that, allow guests to pick from different payment modes. Whether they want to make payment through net banking or debit or credit cards or using cash or e-wallets – it is up to them. The least you can offer is different kinds of methods to choose from.
Cancellation policy There shouldn’t be any confusion regarding the cancellation policy. Mention that clearly for different hotels and stays, so that guests can make or cancel bookings accordingly.
Offers, discounts and coupons Let users know about the ongoing discounts and offers through this feature. For users who travel on a regular basis, include coupons and points that can be redeemed by them later.
Additional features – book taxi, restaurant, holiday package etc Nowadays, applications that let you book are not limited to just rooms. They offer additional features like calling a cab or taxi, making reservations in a restaurant, offering holiday packages etc. Stay ahead in the game by proving something extra to the travellers that might make their travel experience a little more comfortable.
Ratings and reviews The ratings and reviews represent your brand and reflect on your seriousness and efficacy. Good reviews cast a great impression in the minds of users, especially new users who are a bit sceptical. They project your business in good light. Hearing about customer satisfaction from other customers helps build trust too. Hence, this one is a must have feature!
Development cost Giving a near correct estimate of the cost can be erroneous. Reason? Every app has different requirements, features, etc. Even applications of similar kinds, having a similar niche are quite different from each other. Hence, an exact figure cannot be given in this regard.
Although, a ballpark figure, rather a range, can be given. To develop a hotel booking application, it might cost somewhere between $3,000 to $15,000, depending on the features and developers you choose.
Concluding note… Tourism brings in business through travellers, who are on a look out for places to stay. Their preferences for such places can range from pocket friendly to luxurious stays. Provide avid travellers an option to explore amazing check-in options, through hotel booking app development.
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