The Hotel Booking App That Will Change Everything!
I am an avid hotel-booking-app user. I regularly toggle between Hotel Tonight, Expedia, Travelocity, and Orbitz to hunt for rooms and deals when I travel. Sometimes I use them even when I don’t have travel plans as a way to decide where I want to go. I’m cheap!
I like to search Gogobot to browse by destination. I think Hipmunk offers a stellar user experience. I am not altogether unhappy with the app landscape right now, so I’m not necessarily in the market for a new hotel booking app, but I am always willing to try something new.
That’s why when I was approached by a friend who told me that a new hotel app would “be a game changer,” I was skeptical and wanted to try it out. My mind is rarely blown, but I like playing with new things.
So I downloaded Roomlia.
Roomlia co-founders Michael Reichartz and Jim Ferguson met while working at Expedia, and together they helped to build up the company’s global sales team. With Roomlia, they have tried to create an ideal user experience on both sides of the app — for users and hotels alike.
"We felt there was a need for consumers to have an app that made the shopping and booking experience better. Too many apps focus on same day only and many travelers can’t or won’t be that spontaneous. Apps that offered more booking dates felt very heavy and cumbersome to us, we wanted to ease that pain point for travelers," Reichartz said.
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Also, unlike most apps, Roomlia has no ties to a user’s credit card information. It passes the credit card data on to the hotel securely, which means that the user can handle booking changes directly with his or her hotel of choice, making it much easier on the traveler and the hotel.
After spending hours dealing with customer-service reps from various other booking apps and hotel managers who shook their heads sadly at me and told me their hands were tied when it came to pricing, this feature has me excited.
Then there is Roomlia’s “swipe to book” feature. They promise booking in two steps in two minutes.
Roomlia starts out by showing you cities and availability. You don’t fill anything out. You just see something that looks like this: