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The website will do very little for you, better have a page on Google. I made a website for our properties and run it for years. Coast time and money and the only advantage we have it domain email address but you may get the same from Google and so far it is free. Presently, if you do not run big business you do not need a reservation system. You have a calendar for example on booking and sink it with any ical so you're not worried about overbooking.
Me too. We're with AirBnB for years and we love to do business with them. We do not need to go through this "booking free business" which is not free for anybody. We pay, guests are paying and Booking is collecting it. I'm not sure they do not do business like Airbnb? Nothing is free nowadays, who believe in it anymore. Also for all the guests we have, most of them, are very, very nice. They do not expect from us more then we offer. They are a real tourist. The payment process is simple; Airbnb charges us for collecting and depositing money 3% and we're getting it next day guests arrive. We do not own them anything.
If comes to Booking I like their option of free cancellation. If the guest cancels, they offer a replacement or if they can't provide replacement Booking pay. It works well.
Some times ago, I sign in to prefer the program. It did heart me. I did not get any reservation. To be in the preferred program you have to agree to a higher commission for the booking. I rase price to cover higher commission and the little thumb did not do any good to us. We are in a very competitive area and in order to get any clients from Booking, we have to keep the price very low. Recently Booking rased the commission and charge us for guests using credit cards. We're paying commission from the total payment which includes taxes and VAT.
I'm experienced user, on Booking for years but recently we added apartment and my experience does not work. Follow all instructions and even had one reservation but now we are again nowhere. Apartment is not bookable, does not show on map, let me do promotion just to tell me that we not bookable. I't tells me we only 74% ready after I went through all options listing that nothing applies to our 2 rooms apartment in Krakow. Calling Booking is not easy job as well. We called few days ago to correct place of our listing on the map, in the effect we're not listed at all.
I do not remember having such difficult time years ago when we started. We're generally happy with booking service and I thing is second one after AirBnB. I'm not happy that I do not have direct e-mail contact with client. Do not understand why, but AirBnB do the same. Last time I answered client question but did not know that is a new reservation until guests came. It's easy to miss reservation unless you seat by computer all day. Even bigger phone are not good enough.
I like this new calendar sync option, it looks like is working well. I'm using Booking.com as my main calendar and sync it with airbnb and wimdu. Unfortunately I can not sync with my calendar without paying for it.
I wonder if anybody knows how to set up ical. I have ical on my calendar but can not set up rooms in any order. Just see reservation name but no details or room number, it goes by colors.