Those who have had their share of long layovers, delayed flights, arriving too early for check-inÊor even paying too much for a bedÊmight be interested in what HotelQuando.com offersÊweary travelers. The Brazilian hotel booking site has almost single-handedly changed the hotel game in its home country.
Thanks to this brainchild by Brazilian entrepreneurs Max Campos and Pedro Xavier, both business and leisure travelers now have the option to book shorter hotel stays by blocks of three, six, nine and twelve hours whenever they need them at a fraction of the regular nightly rate. This saves guests money as well as tedious hours waiting.
“Every time we travel a lot, we have situations when we need a hotel just for a few hours,” said Nicholas Ortegas, Sales and Marketing Manager for HotelQuando.com. “Sometimes, people, they don’t think of that possibility because there’s no such thing, so a lot of times we spend a lot of hours at the airport, at a restaurant. We arrive too early at a hotel, so we have to wait a lot of hours before check-in. A lot of situations like that made us think that we could create a new possibility.”
It also allows the company’s over 700 hotel partners to not only sell unsold rooms but also make extra revenue even at full capacity. This coming April, HotelQuando.com is opening its doors to the US market, and it’s expecting to sign at least 500 partner hotels all over the country by the end of the year.
HotelQuando.com is the first Latin American platform to book hotels by the hour.ÊThe websiteÊgives people the possibility to book a hotel room for less than the daily rate.
“The hotel market hasn’t changed in many, many years,” said Mr Ortegas.Ê”Ever since the hotel market started, people have been booking rooms by daily rates, and there’s also the day-use rate. But what we do is different. You can pick what time you want to check-in, and for how long you want to stay at the hotel. So if you need to stay at a hotel just for three hoursÑto take a shower, to rest before a flight, to extend your check out, or get an early check in, you can have all these possibilities right now.”
By Michelle Rae from TravelPulse