What comes to your mind when you are planning to go for holidays or outing??
Yes, Hotel Booking!!!!
To make our stay more comfortable and safe, it is important to book a right hotel. That is why; hotel booking apps have become popular these days.
Booking hotel via apps has become easy, abrupt, and gratifying. And today building a hotel booking app has become a lot more economical and profitable. It is expected that the global market volume of online hotel bookings will be exceeding $174 million by 2022.
Besides hotel booking, many apps also allow its users to even book a restaurant, taxi, flight, package holidays and more. Thus, your app can play a role of both a hotel booking app as well as a travel app.
So, if you are looking to develop an online hotel booking app, but have no idea about how to proceed, no need to worry as here we will be taking you for a tour to essentialities of hotel booking technology.
Benefits of Hotel booking app:
- To Customers: It’s a one stop solution for customers and they get many benefits like easy bookings, discounts, efficiency, reliability, best value for money and more.
- To Hotels: Hotels can be benefited as they can have direct reach out, automation, brand promise, customer loyalty, promotions, etc.
- To Travel Agents: It can be beneficial to travel agents because app allows for new market exploration, unleash creative spirit, user engagement, and brand recognition.
- To app owners: App business owners get to seek endless benefits ranging from user engagement, user variety, multiple revenue streams, etc.
Hotel booking app features
- Search: The users will look for hotels and their search parameter will include- Destination (City or Address), Price range (Low to High and High to low), Number of persons (Adults and Kids), Date (Check-in and Checkout) and accommodation types.
- Booking and Cancellation: After the user has booked the hotel, he/she is taken to the payment gateway to make the payment using debit/credit cards, PayPal, etc. If users want to cancel their bookings, the hotel booking services give them the option to do so until the last 24 hours.
- View Accommodation: Before selecting a hotel, users can always have a snapshot of the accommodation. Such apps can always offer an overview, pool view, photo gallery, room status and much more.
- User Account: Here, user information is stored, such as their booking history, their wish list, discounts and offers, language selected, etc.
- Hotel account: This feature includes information related to hotel like, available rooms, prices, information about offers, deals, and discounts.
- Payment Gateway: After selecting the accommodation, users can make in-app payments using various payment modes available with the app.
- Hotel Information: All the information related to the hotel can be found within the app.
- Notifications and Alerts: Instant app alerts can be sent to the users regarding their bookings, check-in or checkouts, discounts, offers, etc.
- Instant Chat Option: In case of any query, offers, reservation confirmation or to convey any requirements during the stay, users can avail the apps inbuilt chat option.
- Online Receipt: As soon as users make an online payment for their accommodation, they are sent an online receipt on their registered mobile numbers which they can show at the hotel reception on their arrival.
- Room cost forecast: To book hotels and flights at a cheaper cost, users can have a cost forecast and can plan their trips accordingly.
- Travel assistant: With the help of Chatbots, Google assistants, Messenger, users can have the best customer experience 24/7.
- Language and currency converter: This feature easily converts the language and currency based on the user location.
- Analytics dashboard: By using this feature, admin can have access to the user dashboard, hotel dashboard and flights dashboard in order to make real-time decisions.
- Places nearby: Users can easily search the nearby tourist destinations, restaurants, movie theaters, malls, etc. using the location tracking features.
- Cab booking: With the help of third party integration, users can easily book taxis and cabs during their travel.
- Trip planner: With the help of a personalized trip planner, users can plan their entire trip easily.
- Hotel comparison: This feature of the app gives users complete freedom in comparing the hotels within the app and select one as per their requirements.
How much does it cost to develop a Hotel Booking Mobile App?
The cost of developing a Hotel booking mobile app development depends on its size & complexity. Besides this, the location of the developers and the number of hours consumed in the app creation play a crucial role in deciding over the app development cost. However, a feature rich mobile application can cost you around $3000 to $5000.