‘The Next Airbnb’

Five New Holiday Rental Sites to Try

Looking for Airbnb alternatives this 2022?

Discover these new holiday rental sites to track down cheaper booking fees, wider availability and accommodation with a personal touch.

The popularity of these sites

The general public tends to be moving away from hotel stays and instead, moving to hosted experiences, where they can go for a pad to call their own and have the freedom to master their schedule and itinerary.

With no set times for breakfast, no restaurant menu dictating the options or no rules on when to wake up or what to cook, the Airbnb experience seems to be more favourable than the latter.

Because they allow guests to do what they want when they want.

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Expedia

You can find holiday rentals and discover great deals on homes, villas, apartments, cottages and other holiday homes from £61 in London and across the UK.

It takes five minutes to set up, and within an hour you’ll be ready to greet guests.

Vrbo or Vacation Rentals by Owner

Whilst they may not be as large as Airbnb, Vrbo still has over a million properties on their books.

Launching in 1996, they have 12 years more experience and standing compared to Airbnb – however, their model varies slightly.

Their system works better for families or larger groups looking for a longer stay; although there are certainly some properties targeted at couples.

Booking.com

Known for providing great deals on hotel rooms, what you might not have realised is that Booking.com also lists homes and apartments.

For property owners, it is free to list on with a small fee applied per booking.

The Plum Guide

If you’re concerned about a lack of quality, The Plum Guide will be a great choice as they accept less than 5% of properties applying to use their site.

Plus, you can rely on the fact that The Plum Gide vets every single one over 150 criteria; everything from shower pressure to the quality of the linen is tested.

Free to apply for property owners, however, you do have to get through a very stringent vetting process. After approval, a one-time membership fee is charged on your first booking, which covers the cost of the vetting process.

Following each booking after this, there will be a small commission applied.

Agoda Homes

Agoda Homes list apartments, vacation rentals, villas and bungalows amongst their millions of properties to choose from.

It’s free to have your own accepted into the Agoda search engines, but fees will apply for bookings.

Homestay

Often described as what Airbnb should be, Homestay is a genuine hosted experience, which means you always stay in a host’s home.

A stay like this equates to getting a genuine, local experience, where you can feel a part of the local lifestyle.

Homestay is in big cities around the world including London. Al stays include breakfast too, which is a huge plus.

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Host & partner

We’ve worked with hundreds of hosts wanting to let their property out on platforms like Airbnb. Here, at Hello Guest, we make sure your property is marketed on several property hosting websites at once; so you’ll never miss a chance at landing a guest.

We offer first-class hosting support where we will do all of the work for you – we take care of everything from guest vetting to cleaning after their stay.

We take the hard work out of short-letting, so you can sit back, relax and reap the rewards.

Hosting goals

The first question we always ask our hosts is what they value most?

We have found through working with hundreds of hosts across the UK that they all share the same values and goals.

These include:

  1. Have more free time to do the things they love – No problem, we’ll do all the work for you!
  2. Having more money to travel and explore themselves – Some of our hosts earn thousands of pounds in extra income a month.
  3. Ensuring their guests experience an authentic stay – We’ll draft up neighbourhood guides and even offer advice on the best and even hidden tourist spots to visit.

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How This Host Turned an Empty Flat into £2,567+ a Month

Turn your Empty Home into a Money Maker

In this blog post, you’ll learn all about Mary, who offered up her flat for short-let services in Bath through us.

With a 2-bedroom flat in the luxury city of Bath, Mary was not aware of the pot of gold she was sitting on that had been left empty for months.

And as empty homes equal zero income, our Airbnb management company stepped in at just the right time to help Mary maximise her earnings and take advantage of the staycation boom and peak season occupancy rates.

Join Mary and make thousands from your second home. Contact our Airbnb management service to get started today. Call 020 3488 6935.

Mary’s story

airbnb management bathAirbnb partner, Mary came to us a little over a year ago after discovering her neighbours host their home on various booking platforms with us.

Mary bought a flat in Bath for her daughter to live in whilst she was in university. But Mary’s daughter moved out a few years later after marrying her partner and relocating back to Bristol to be closer to family.

During this time, Mary had decided to let the property out to other students in the area as a private landlord through the agency Savills.

But COVID-19 was hard on the Bath property market; the once-wealthy property market had now been affected by a lack of demand for properties in the area due to a decline in student numbers and overseas visitors.

Wanting to keep the property in the family for a little bit longer, Mary did not want to put it on the market, especially during the current economic climate but felt she was out of options. That was until she found us.

The secret to success

Be guest ready

We take most of the workload:

For example, Mary will keep an eye on the property and ensure that the bins are taken out at the right times and converse with neighbours to keep all operations running smooth.

Whereas, we will cover all the intensive tasks like ensuring the property is kept clean and is ready for the same day check-ins and outs. More than this, we will cover all guest communication, guest vetting and all the admin that comes with it.

Our services:

  • Answering inquiries 24/7
  • Pricing and listing optimisation
  • Hosting properties on several booking platforms
  • Property upkeep, maintenance and cleaning
  • Replenishing toiletries

“I could not do this without Hello Guest.”

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How does Mary make her flat feel like home?

We know it’s the personal touches that make a home. And with Mary, we’re lucky as hosting partners to work with a host that go the extra mile to yield higher reviews, and in turn, higher occupancies.

The only thing you will need to do as a host is removed any personal items from your home, guests don’t like to feel like they are staying in a stranger’s home, so the space needs to feel unattached.

However, you can add personal touches with quirky home accessories, or even handwritten notes or chocolates on the pillow.

Learn more about Airbnb property management and discover how you can earn more by doing less.

Contact us.