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1. Because you shouldn’t have to battle dusty diaries and irksome spreadsheets every day
Keeping a record of bookings in a diary is hard. If you open it up to Tuesday and see a page of bookings, you know those guests are staying on Tuesday, but you’ve no idea when they booked, or when they’re checking in or out. Calendars are too small to provide enough meaningful information on each of your bookings. And spreadsheets give you more flexibility, but they’re difficult to maintain when you’ve got lots of bookings, and have no real interface for searching data that isn’t there – i.e. your availability!
Inn Style solves this with beautiful calendar views that show your availability in an instant. Click a booked day (they’re the red ones) to see details of guests, pricing and bookings notes. Click an available day (the green ones) to start a new booking. Our bookings page is similarly intuitive: each booking is grouped by the day it was made, and our search box lets you find the one you’re after at lightning speed.
2. Because you shouldn’t have to keep potential guests on hold while you find their booking
Thumbing back and forth through a diary to work out whether somebody can stay four nights is especially awkward when that person is hanging on the telephone. And if you can write an Excel query that fast, then you’re in the wrong job.
Step-forward Inn Style’s calendar view, a blissfully simple way to see when you’re booked and when you’re not, making those availability enquiries a great deal easier to field. (Especially if somebody’s moved the diary!)
3. Because you shouldn’t have to staple receipts into a diary
There’s nothing quite like the stress of a busy day of breakfasts and check-outs. And those frantic last minute bill calculations when guests are trying to leave can lead to errors and omissions – especially if you let guests add food and wine to the bill during their stay.
Inn Style can handle all this for you, keeping track of additions, subtractions and part-payments. This page is even printable as a statement, so guests can see their final bill in black and white before handing over their payment.
4. Because you shouldn’t have to send guests to the cash machine
Once you’ve presented your guests with their final bill (see above), you’ve then got to take payment. At this point, you don’t want the embarrassment of explaining that you only take cash and cheques while the guest is standing there offering his Black American Express.
With Inn Style’s clever payment system, debit and credit card payments (including Amex) are splendidly easy. What’s more, we enable you to recharge the credit card used to make the initial deposit – all without the customer being present. Couple this with printed statements and check-out can be done while the guest is finishing their cup of tea of breakfast. A much nicer experience for all involved.
5. Because you shouldn’t have to work out the housekeeping duties every morning
Okay, so organising which rooms to clean is preferable to doing the actual cleaning. But instead of going through the motions every morning, why not let a computer work it all out for you?
Inn Style sends you an email every morning at 6am. This pretty little note arrives in your inbox with an overview of comings and goings at your accommodation. It also includes a room-by-room, yurt-by-yurt and caravan-by-caravan account of guest activity. So when you see The Joneses at breakfast, you’ll know whether to ask them about dinner tonight.
Each one of these features has been implemented at the request of accommodation owners – and over time we’ve made them better and better, faster and faster. We guarantee they’ll save you plenty of time every single day – time you can spend being the host, not the secretary …
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