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Elina vs Hostfully

This article examines Elina vs Hostfully by concentrating on the main features that a hospitality management software should offer. The data has been collected from Elina’s and Hostfully’s websites and help articles. We also checked their reviews at Capterra to find the aspects that the actual users are emphasising.

Elina vs Hostfully

Guest Review

In Capterra, Elina has a rating of 4.5, with the highest score for Customer Service and Value for Money.

In Capterra, Hostfully has a rating of 4.3, with the highest score for Customer Service. 

Trustpilot introduces Hostfully as an Excellent tool with a 4.3 TrustScore.

Elina offers an Online Check-in feature which makes the booking process easier. With this feature:

  • Guests can check or change their personal information and details needed for their stay.
  • You can gather particulars about the guest, such as the flight number, or even personal info, including diet preferences, room temperature, or sorts of pillows.
  • You can ask for an e-signature for your terms and conditions.
  • You can ask for the upload of ID documentation.
  • You can request and collect a photo of the lead guests.

Hostfully can completely automate your booking process, no matter if the booking is coming from OTAs or direct through your website.

Through the Hostfully dashboard, you can see all received bookings and from there, you can manually or automatically assign the reservation to an agent that will be responsible for it.

Once assigned, the booking moves over Hostfully’s Pipeline management, which gives you a general overview of all bookings. This includes the booking’s origin, the guest’s current stage within the process, and their payment status. Through the Pipeline, you can also take actions on these bookings, such as send a quote, place a hold, mark as booked, show alternative options, change payment status, send messages, close the lead, and more.

Guest Information

A pre-arrival form can be automatically sent to collect information about all your guests, including their names, real email, phone numbers, information about their trip, and government IDs. You can also customise this form to request any additional information you might need. 

Agreement

Rental agreements can be automated and digitally signed with Hostfully proprietary digital signature features, no matter if the booking is coming from an OTA or directly.

Upsells and Payments

Hostfully direct booking system also allows you to automatically offer upsell services such as early check-ins, or late check-outs, mid-stay cleanings, and any other services you’d like to offer.

Payment can also be automated through Stripe, Paypal or VacationRentPayment, and Hostfully allows you to set a rate multiplier on a channel-basis, so you can offset OTA commissions and make sure you’re getting paid what you want. 

If the guest pays in an alternative form, i.e. wire transfer, venmo, cheque or cash), the host can manually mark the reservation as paid and keep total control of payments. 

It is also quite clear whether the guests have paid or not in the software. The Pipeline will colour code each reservation based on payment status. If you need to collect additional payment from the guest, the PMS will trigger an automated message to the guest with a secure payment form, allowing the guest to complete the remainder payment. You can also manually click to trigger “Payment Balance Request” reminders to the guest.

Security Deposit

Security deposits can be fully automated, and refunds can also be provided directly from the Hostfully platform. 

Hostfully has tools in place within the Pipeline to show whether the guest has completed the pre-arrival form, as well as provided an electronic signature on the hosts rental agreement.

Elina offers a 2-way XML connection for rates, availability, restrictions, and reservations. So, you can integrate with major OTAs, including Booking.com, Airbnb, HomeAway, Expedia, Agoda, HRS, Ctrip, Silverdoor, Mr and Mrs Smith, and Tripadvisor.

Elina’s channel manager updates the max length of stay automatically to remove split bookings. It also lets you control price mark-up by adjusting prices for OTAs and managing your availability per channel, using withholding rules and rolling booking windows.

Hostfully has built its channel manager allowing hosts to connect with many OTAs directly without the use of third-party channel managers. Among Hostfully’s direct API integrations are Airbnb, Vrbo (Preferred Partner), Booking.com (Premier Partner), TripAdvisor, HomeToGo, Tripvillas, Yonder, GoLightly, and more.

Hostfully also integrates with channel managers such as Rentals United and  NextPax.

By using Hostfully, you can:

  • Import all your listings from Airbnb and avoid manual work.
  • List your properties on the Hostfully channel to increase direct bookings. 
  • Use the rate multiplier feature to offset commissions.
  • Sync pictures, description, amenities, prices, and real-time availability.
  • Automatically create listings on OTAs.

Elina’s Task management includes:

  • Daily housekeeping to-do list.
  • Accessing future housekeeping tasks by days.
  • Viewing order delivery list.
  • Creating and managing maintenance requests.

By using Hostfully, you can choose between their own cleaning/task portal or use the cleaning/management integrated partners:

  • Breezeway
  • Properly 
  • VRscheduler
  • EZcare
  • TurnoverBNB

Hostfully cleaning/task portal can help you:

  • Automate the creation of tasks, such as greeting or check-out cleanings for every booking.
  • Automate emails or text messages to all your cleaners and maintenance staff.
  • Provide access to a service provider portal with a calendar, tasks, and notes per property.
  • Get to know when a task is completed directly on the Hostfully main calendar.

Elina offers an Online Check-in feature that allows guests to have an easy verification process using their reservations ID and email.

Elina integrates with some door access and room control providers, such as My Booking Portal, Dissolving, and Livion Key to provide a convenient check-in and check-out experience for the guests.

Hostfully is fully integrated with home automation software, such as PointCentral, RemoteLock, Lynx, and Operto. 

By using these integrations, door codes can be automatically generated for all bookings and automatically sent to guests upon different parameters set in the trigger’s section.

If you’d like to share the door codes in a more elegant way, the Hostfully Digital Guidebooks are fully integrated with Hostfully PMS, allowing you to generate a secured link guidebook for each of your reservations, including guest’s first and last name, check-in and check-out dates, and of course, the door code they will need to use to get into the property.

  1. Elina offers the Easypro Websites for an extra fee.
  2. Elina sets up your secure SSL with a top-tier provider.
  3. You can unlock these websites to continue editing the design and coding.
  4. EasyPro automatically syncs all your content from Elina into your website.
  1. Their website is mobile-friendly.
  2. Ther website is PCI-compliant with secure payments.
  3. Elina’s built-in booking engine comes with extra fees.
  4. Elina integrates with Google Analytics, enabling you to track website performance.
  5.  Elina provides three different account logins for the guest, the company/manager, and the rental owner.

Elina also offers a web design service for hotels, serviced apartments, and vacation rentals. The Elina website team build your direct booking website using the Umbraco content management system. They can also code, maintain, and host your website.

  1. Hostfully offers free direct booking websites to all PMS clients. 
  2. Hostfully direct booking website provides a search bar, so guests can find their perfect property. 
  3. Property pages are completely synced with the Hostfully platform and will auto-populate your property information with pictures, descriptions, amenities, pricing, availability, and reviews.
  1. You can add customisable header, footer, and Meta using HTML and CSS.
  2. Hostfully enables you to white-label the website with your logo, domain, and headlines.
  3. You can track your performance on Google Analytics.
  4. Their website offers an upselling feature.
  5. Hostfully provides search widgets, booking widgets, and calendar widgets which can be integrated with any platform, including WordPress, Wix, Squarespace, and others.
  6. Hostfully also provides a discount code feature, which allows you to create codes to offer discounts, track marketing campaigns, or even create special promotions.

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Hostfully is designed for short-term rentals and can accommodate long stays including two payments from the guest, as well as discounts for longer stays. Hostfully does not support automatic recurring monthly payments or lease management.

  • Elina’s booking engine includes a guest lounge. Guests obtain access to this lounge via a link in account activation.
  • Elina PMS enables you to have as many automated emails as you want, including booking confirmation, guest login, travel directions, check-in info, terms and conditions, and pre- and post-arrival emails.
  • Elina allows you to store marketing preferences.
  • Elina also gives you access to pre- and post-stay contact info to build solid relationships with guests.

Hostfully is widely known for its digital guidebooks, providing one of the leading guidebooks in the industry. 

Completely integrated with the Hostfully PMS, Hostfully guidebooks allow you to pull name, check-in and check-out dates and door codes automatically, providing a seamless experience to the guest.

In Hostfully Guidebooks, you can add pictures of the property, welcome messages, check-in essentials, access information, directions, parking information, house manuals, amenities, and local attractions/ recommendations.

Setting up a guidebook is a 30-minute process, and the hosts can build the guidebooks up incrementally over time. 

Besides the Guidebooks, Hostfully PMS has a lot of ready-to-use email templates, SMS templates, and trigger rules. The link to the property guidebook can also be automatically included in the templates. To see example guidebooks, click here.

You craft automated guest messages triggered by preset dates/times/events, such as check-in, during stay, and check-out.

All Hostfully communications are GDPR-compliant.

Elina’s Online Check-in enables you to gather details about the guest, such as the flight number, or even personal info, including the guests’ photo, diet preferences, room temperature, sorts of pillows, etc.

This PMS allows you to:

  • Access detailed guest info.
  • Track guest preferences.
  • View reservation history and the number of times a guest has stayed or booked.

Hostfully’s Property Management Platform also has a built-in CRM, separated in two different sections:

  1.  Pipeline: The Pipeline was designed to allow you to manage all your leads, enquiries, current bookings and past bookings. Through the Pipeline, you can visually see payment status, source, check-in and check-out dates, guest name, price, and number of people in each reservation.

Besides that, the Pipeline can tell you where the guest is in the booking process. Stages are: Quote, Hold, Booked, and Staying. From the Pipeline, you can also open a reservation and easily manage it. Lastly, the Pipeline allows you to filter reservations by Status, Channels, Properties, Agents, and also sort them by the most recent or arrival date. A search option is also provided, making it easy to find any specific details on any reservations.

  1. Customers: The customer section was designed to allow the property manager to find all past, current, and future guests, and all reservations related to them.

In addition, Hostfully has an integration with MailChimp to export all guest details for re-marketing purposes.

Elina provides connections with Breezway and Room Checking for maintenance management and housekeeping.

Most of the clients on Hostfully are using one of the integrated partners to manage cleaning/maintenance. Hostfully PMS also provides you with a maintenance portal.

Each service provider will receive access to their own service portal, where they can see all jobs assigned to them and either decline or accept those jobs within their portal, which is then communicated to the platform. They can also access a maintenance calendar and notes.

Through the templates and triggers section, property managers can send automated emails and text messages to all service providers.

Elina is a web-based platform and has not developed a mobile app yet.

Hostfully has provided a mobile app for hosts.

With this mobile app, you can:

  • View all your reservations at a glance on a single screen.
  • Access detailed information on pricing, occupancy specifics, payment confirmations, and more by simply clicking on any reservation.
  • Gain a comprehensive overview of upcoming check-ins and check-outs, and efficiently handle incoming leads.
  • Track requested properties, stay durations, and revenue earned.
  • Read and respond to guest messages using either the system’s predefined templates or your personalised quotes.
  • Stay updated with timely notifications, whether it’s task updates or messages from your guests.

Elina can work with properties all over the world. Each place can be set up differently, allowing you to have properties in any format you need. These are managed by categories known as “areas” and “types.” Typically, an area would be a city or district, and then within those areas, a type would stand for either a single property or a group of similar properties.

Using Hostfully, you can manage properties in different countries and currencies. 

You can also group properties by tags, making it easy for you to filter or retrieve these properties using the Hostfully open API.

Elina’s centralised management system keeps you in control of reservations, operations, and finance via single or multi-locations.

Operation tasks, such as invoicing, updating OTAs, guest communication, room pricing, and payments are automated by Elina.

Notes are allowed on Elina, so you can: 

  • Create and manage notes on reservations and internally assign to persons, and label key info.
  • See notes history on the booking calendar.
  • Attach notes to reservations, guests, companies, and properties.

Hostfully defines user “roles” to provide access control to particular parts of the system for the people managing a specific area of your business. 

Hostfully also empowers you to send all your check-in information through their template and triggers section, based on the status of a reservation, or payment status.

Once a booking is created, Hostfully can automate the creation of cleanings, maintenance, or any other order you’d like to set up.

You also can create a profile for each of the service providers and give them access to the Hostfully service providers portal. That way, they will have access to all pending and completed orders and real-time calendar view of all properties they’re assigned to.

Hostfully integrates with Zapier, an online automation tool that connects Hostfully to 400+ software such as Gmail, Trello, Slack, Mailchimp, Salesforce, Hubspot, Google Sheet, and many more.

Elina PMS allows you to create accounts for owners, so they can manage availability on their rentals, view their properties’ performance, and see bookings. 

You can view owners’ profiles, including standard information, documents, multiple addresses, and notes history.

You can set up fixed, or percentage withholding and use this in monthly reports to property owners.

Depending on the configuration, you can give owners a number of free nights to take back without approval or upon request.

Hostfully provides vacation rental management companies (VRMCs) with a way to manage calendars collaboratively with the property owners they represent. It allows each property owner to access the “Owner Portal.” This is a part of Hostfully’s site where owners can co-manage the availability of their rental and get informed about the status of their calendars.

VRMCs can also publish financial statements to owners, to keep owners informed about the monthly revenue, expenses, commissions, taxes, and more. 

Some key features include the ability to:

  • Notify owners of every new booking.
  • Provide multiple email addresses for the above notifications.
  • Allow/disallow the owner to block dates on their calendar.
  • Decide whether the Agency or the Owner will collect and remit tax(es). This will affect the Due Agency and Due Owner amounts in the financial report accordingly.

You can make payments both online and in person by using ElinaPAY’s leading technology. 

  • Sends secure payment links
  • Allows you to collect card and/or payment in the booking engine.
  • Enables you to use online check-in to take payment from the guest before arrival.
  • Lets you charge imported cards automatically, when the charge is due, or manually when required.
  • Provides portable card payment terminals (PDQs) for in-person payments.

Hostfully can completely streamline your payment process with different payment processors:

  • Stripe
  • PayPal
  • VRP (VacationRentPayment)

These payment processors can be used for direct bookings and channels that allow you to be the merchant of record.

As part of the check-out process, Hostfully can offer:

  • Split payments
  • Upsells
  • Digital rental agreement signing
  • Payment collection
  • Payments processing with custom security deposits

You can also take payments outside the system (back transfer, Venmo, Cash, Zelle, etc, and easily add a new payment record in the order).

Elina’s Today Dashboard shows:

  • Today’s arrivals, departures, orders, and notes.
  • Reservations made since yesterday, with a filter to see which are arriving today.
  • Sources of bookings.
  • Recommended actions.

Elina’s Yesterday Dashboard shows:

  • Payments and invoices info and actions.
  • Review of revenue and add-ons.

Elina’s Performance Dashboard shows:

  • Monthly overview of occupancy, RevPAR, and ADR.
  • Last month, current month, and next month’s bookings.

Hostfully reports can be created based on dates, properties, and owners. 

You can create reports for:

  • Bookings
  • Payments
  • Check-ins and check-outs

Hostfully has also launched the Extended Data Report, which allows you to export all the data you have related to all bookings, properties, channels, etc., to an Excel Spreadsheet. This way, you can have all your data in one single report.

All reports can be exported to PDF and Excel.

Elina offers dynamic rate management using which you can edit rates, create dynamic rates, and link rates together. 

In addition, Elina integrates with dynamic pricing tools, such as Beyond, PriceLabs, and OutPerform to eliminate manual rate updates.

Hostfully has integration with the top three dynamic pricing companies in the vacation rental industry: 

All dynamic prices can be synced with your direct booking website, as well as any other channels you’re integrated to.

You can also set pricing periods and apply them to specific seasons, holidays, conferences, or special events.

Elina’s built-in support is accessible from the Smarter PMS. 

There are hundreds of step-by-step guides, videos, tips, and pointers.

Also, the system shares the new improvements, shows the product roadmap, and unveils the latest updates on partner services.

If you already have properties created on Airbnb, Hostfully is able to import all your listings to the system, avoiding any manual work.

Every Hostfully client has access to an onboarding manager that will be able to schedule 1:1 meetings.

During your onboarding process, your designated onboarding manager will assist you with:

  • Importing your properties from other channels to which Hostfully is connected
  • Configuring pricing
  • Setting up your payment processor
  • Adding your calendar Reservations
  • Automating messaging
  • Setting up the booking channels

Additionally, Hostfully provides unlimited customer support  24/7. 

Additional training and onboarding sessions are also available upon request and might be charged separately.

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Hostfully has a direct integration with Quickbooks. 

Besides that, Hostfully also integrates with Zapier and allows you to connect with many other accounting software.

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With Hostfully’s Unified Inbox, you can stay in touch with your guests without the need to log in and out of various OTAs. You can chat with them via SMS, WhatsApp, email, or messaging platforms. Additionally, you can create pre-written templates and set triggers to automatically send them to your guests.

You’ll be able to filter your messages by date, guest name, and other parameters. 

Hostfully does not do any web scraping, but rather only builds its connection via their approved partner API.

Pricing

You can get a pricing quote by giving some information about your business on Elina’s pricing page.

Features like the booking engine, channel manager, online check-in, and direct booking website come with extra fees.

Hostfully has three different pricing plans: Starter, Pro, and Premium. On monthly subscriptions, Hostfully charges a one-time implementation fee of 315 GBP, which is automatically waived on annual subscriptions. There is also a 10% discount for annual payments.

Team Access Roles, and Digital Signature features are not included in the Starter plan. The Starter plan supports up to four properties and costs 86 GBP on a monthly basis. The Pro plan supports up to 19 properties and costs 157 GBP on a monthly basis. The Premium plan starts from 205 GBP for 20 properties, and you pay additionally for additional properties. The 21st property costs 10 GBP and the price goes down as you increase the number of properties. Additional properties can cost as low as 5 GBP if you have more than 100, or even 2.5 GBP if you have more than 1000.

Elina vs Hostfully: Which Property Management System to Choose?

Elina is a comprehensive software that effectively manages hotels, vacation rentals, and serviced apartments. Its user-friendly interface enables staff to navigate the system quickly and easily. Elina offers a variety of features, including real-time inventory management, automated invoicing, and reservation tracking, which boost property managers’ productivity and save time. However, Elina’s price is higher than other property management systems, as some features come with additional charges. Besides that, the absence of the Unified Inbox feature in Elina may make you reconsider choosing this software.

Hostfully is currently recognised as one of the best PMSes in the industry. Their PMS product won the VRMB All-Around Vacation Rental Software, and their digital guidebook was also recognised by Software Advice (sister company to Gartner’s magic quadrant). Hostfully is known for its clear interface, pipeline management, reliable direct integration with OTAs, many integrations with best-in-class vacation rental systems, and also its affordability when compared to top PMSes.

We are committed to ensuring that all our comparison articles are factually entirely correct and accurate. If you have spotted anything that you feel is wrong or misleading in this article, we’d appreciate hearing from you.

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