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We use Nightsbridge which is very popular in South Africa.
I am not sure if they are available worldwide but I don’t see why not because everything is done online and their rates are probably cheaper than other global solutions…
They have direct .xml links to all the major OTAs including BDC so we manage everything centrally from our pc and only make changes once which ripple to all the appropriate places…
If you are looking, check them out at nightsbridge.co.za
We are a small 6-room guest house in South Africa and self-check-in is not an option here. Nobody gets access to the property without being welcomed by us personally.
I am therefore distinctly grumpy when having to check-in somebody late at night especially if they have not had the manners or grace to forewarn us. In my opinion, the worst aspect of this job/lifestyle is waiting for a late arrival who has not made any contact, and not knowing if they are going to show and whether to eat dinner or not, go to bed or not, etc.
Our stated arrival time is 2-6pm. We confirm this with all guests directly via email. We get far more early arrivals than late arrivals and very few later than 7pm.
We see quite a few same-day reservations especially in high season and I always validate the credit card immediately on those reservations. We do not allow any online reservations to be made without card information.
If we were to start seeing even a few very last minute reservations with late arrivals, we would definitely consider making changes to when/how we accept online reservations.