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mousey



Joined: 23 May 2017
Posts: 21

PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 9:22 am    Post subject: Booking / management system recommendations Reply with quote

Newbie to rentals!
What booking system do people use as doing it manually at the moment !!
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ianh100



Joined: 10 Jan 2013
Posts: 474
Location: Sherborne Dorset

PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, We use Pims and highly recommend it, I will send you a code.

It has helped us stay organised for sure
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sylvainbg



Joined: 24 Jan 2017
Posts: 66
Location: Írebro

PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am using HostAway as channel manager.
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Woz



Joined: 14 Nov 2016
Posts: 18
Location: Moreton in Marsh, Cotswolds

PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use 'Bookalet' now which imports all bookings made via other channels (including HA/OD, Booking.com, TA/HL, ABNB etc). It offers Stripe integration for payments and some great management features. Also has a good calendar and booking system to integrate with your own website.

I've also used 'freetobook' in the past, though the absence of calendar synchronisation into this system from third party booking sites is a serious flaw in its design, and its calendar and booking tools for embedding on your own website are clunky and confuse some guests.
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Peyre Blanque



Joined: 07 Aug 2011
Posts: 117
Location: Winslow, Bucks UK & Near Carcassonne

PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 3:12 pm    Post subject: PIMS Reply with quote

I guess this may depend on how many units you have.

We have a single unit and use PIMS lite: inexpensive, more than adequate and - best of all - superfast and easily understood response from Richard to all my dumb questions.

Highly reccommended
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SusanMay



Joined: 29 Jan 2012
Posts: 52
Location: Dorset

PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

I know that PIMS is much more than an availability calendar but I thought I'd have a quick look at it in action on Peyre Blanque's website and, looking on an iPad in portrait orientation, the months on the right-side side of the calendar have been cut off. I'd be grateful to know if it is possible to include the calendar in websites in a more responsive way at all?

Thanks (in advance),
Susan
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Hells Bells



Joined: 30 Apr 2005
Posts: 13118
Location: French Alps

PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Susan, the calendars are responsive, but perhaps that one has not done the fairly recent changes that were needed to the code.
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SusanMay



Joined: 29 Jan 2012
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Location: Dorset

PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to know, thanks
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Nemo



Joined: 14 Aug 2008
Posts: 7007
Location: Norfolk

PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another PIMS user here. Yes PIMS has been updated to responsive calendars and rate cards but I know many people haven't updated their websites since that change.
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Kgreen



Joined: 27 Feb 2017
Posts: 25
Location: Lavenham, Suffolk

PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holiday Live Booking, simple integration, looks great, super easy to navigate - automated e-mail confirmations etc.

https://www.holidaylivebooking.co.uk/index.php

You can view it on my site:

www.blacksmithscottagesuffolk.co.uk

Katie
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Zur Alten Weinkelter



Joined: 06 Aug 2011
Posts: 188
Location: Moselle Valley (Mosel) Deutschland

PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i think i have posted a question on another topic on LMH but i have often looked a booking/property management recommendations

however a lot of the software companies/packages offer more than i need at the moment
i do not really want to put a calendar on my main website i prefer to answer enquiries as get them
so really the site is used for information only

but i really want to sync all the other OTA /booking portal sites as trying to keep up updating them manually takes up a lot of time however both methods are open to errors

so looking for something really simple that i can access using my mobile phone or tablet as well as the main home /office computer

i would like to be able to put something in place for next season

so recommendations would be most helpful
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e-richard



Joined: 17 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Far be it for me to make any recommendations, but you can certainly use the FREE PIMS calendar as you describe without putting anything on your website. The Free calendar is a severely cut-down version of the full booking system:

Simply add booked dates on your phone or tablet and your calendars on most other OTA /booking portal sites will automatically be updated. Thats all you need to do.
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Zur Alten Weinkelter



Joined: 06 Aug 2011
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Location: Moselle Valley (Mosel) Deutschland

PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Richard

i will certainly look at this option
i am also in the position of stream lining my admin tasks
this is something on the list for activation 2018

as this year i am noticing a pattern of short breaks from the europeans compared to the week /10 day bookings before so the changeovers and calendar updating are keeping me busy
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