Make Your Own Hotel Booking App to Win Over Guests

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Hotel booking is the first thing that crosses your mind when you’re planning holidays or a business trip. In order to make a journey safe and seamless, booking the right hotel is an important stage. This is why the popularity of hotel booking app is growing.

Hotel Booking App

Nowadays travelers tend to be more independent. And it’s a beneficial approach for holiday planning while it allows the travelers to be more independent and organize an incredible vacation. When planning a vacation, you can do everything online starting from drafting routes, buying tickets, and booking apartments.

And can you guess what all travelers have in common? Of course, a smartphone in a pocket. Taking into account this fact, it’s reasonable to provide the travelers with a quick and hassle-free access to the hotels via a mobile app for apartment booking.

Developing a native hotel booking app

In comparison to websites even with the greatest design, native hotel booking apps deliver a much better user experience and ease the process of searching and booking of hotel apartments. Google has found out that hotel-related searches from smartphones rose to 300 percent. In fact, lots of companies reported an increase in mobile queries and sales.

Regardless of the costs required to build a custom hotel-booking app, the game is worth the candles.

Taking into account the information mentioned above, the hotel booking app process might seem smooth and straightforward, and in fact, it is. But there are certain issues to cover in order to create a hotel booking app that can generate profits.

Before developing…

There are two types of hotel booking apps:

  • Beforehand hotel booking apps
  • Last-minute hotel booking apps

 Beforehand hotel booking apps

 Last-minute hotel booking apps

These apps are great when it comes to well-planned holidays and vacations. The apps allow booking beforehand picking up the hottest and cheapest deals. They become a powerful tool while planning spontaneous trips. Not every journey or business trip is planned beforehand. And last-minute booking apps are beneficial for hotel owners as well as travelers.
  • Expedia
  • Priceline
  • Cleartrip
  • Ixigo
  • Agoda
  • Triviago
  • Makemytrip
  • Travelocity
  • Yatra
  • HotelQuickly
  • Hotel Tonight
  • Hipmunk

These are classic types of booking apps. Feel free to change the way of mobile hotel booking. For example, Airbnb turned the idea of booking a hotel stay upside down by giving the travelers to immerse in a foreign culture and hire a local apartment instead of a hotel suite.

Another outstanding example of the app that changed the hotel booking world is Tripadvisor. Here travelers can find the most attractive places to go and read clear-eyed reviews of the other travelers.

Note, it’s better to start with developing a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). Here we have found out the must-use features for your hotel reservation app.

Key features to consider before developing a hotel booking app

Hotel search and booking

It’s needless to say that an app should be easy-to-use and navigate. The users aren’t fond of complicated UIs. It’s a great idea to place hotels with prices on the initial screen of the app. And other extra options may be packed in a tab bar or a drawer menu.

Another important feature to implement is a searching mechanisms with a set of filters to ease the search.

The important filters to develop:

  • Location
  • Price
  • Rating
  • Visitor reviews

User account

The user account will keep track of the past and future reservations, and lots of users appreciate this possibility. To make a process of signing up smooth and hassle-free, you can add the authorization via popular social media accounts Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Push notifications

Notifications can help you keep in touch with the users and notify about the upcoming deals and lowest prices. If you have any ads in the app, it’s important to keep your users active and engaged. Enable the user to choose what they want to track not to annoy them by continuous notifications:

  • Deal of the day/week/month
  • Special offers
  • Forthcoming events, etc.

Payment system

Integration of a payment gateway can greatly ease the process of hotel booking. It will allow the travelers to book and pay for their stay without leaving the app. But this feature is one of the most time-consuming features to build.

Each payment API required additional time to implement. Another major issue to cover is the security of transactions.

Photo gallery

Every guest pays special attention to the beauty of the apartments, especially in a beforehand hotel booking app. The gallery will allow highlighting of the most prominent amenities that are vital for a stay.

  • Suites offered
  • Bars and Restaurants
  • Wellness & Spa
  • Swimming pools
  • Beaches, etc.

In a nutshell, developing a hotel booking app is a lucrative business opportunity since the market demand is still growing. Start with building an MVP for your app to reduce the time and money required to build an app. With an MVP loaded with all basic features,  you can test the market before investing in a launch of a fully-functioning app.


Vishal Gaikar

Article by Vishal

Meet Vishal Gaikar, the tech wizard hailing from Pune, India, who's on a mission to decode the digital universe one blog post at a time. When he's not tinkering with gadgets or diving deep into the digital realm, you can find him concocting the perfect cup of chai or plotting his next adventure. Follow his tech escapades on Twitter and buckle up for a wild ride through the world of innovation and geekery!

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