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Hostaway vs Smoobu

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

Guest Review

In Capterra, Hostaway has a ranking of 4.7, with the highest rating for Customer Service. 

Trustpilot introduces Hostaway as an Excellent tool with a 4.8 TrustScore.

In Capterra, Smoobu has a ranking of 4.6, with the highest rating for Customer Service. 

Trustpilot introduces Smoobu as an Average tool with a 3.7 TrustScore.

Hostaway sends out automated messages called “Native Messages” to the guests based on the reservation event. These auto-messages will be sent to channels like Airbnb, and the guests receive them on Airbnb.

You can set messages in Hostaway and send them out for Expedia, HomeAway, TripAdvisor, and Booking.com.

Regarding payments, if the channels do not process them, they will pass you the card details, and you can charge the cards to proceed with the payment through your Stripe account.

Smoobu offers a “native online check-in tool,” through which you can collect guest information for compliance with local laws or for your own safety.

You can customise all the standard fields, including name, gender, nationality, document number, etc. Additionally, you have the option to add custom fields, require e-signature, and allow guests to attach files.

Smoobu’s integration with ChargeAutomation enables you to automate payment collection for reservations, security deposits, refunds, and fees.

Hostaway offers integration with top channels such as Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia, HomeAway/Vrbo, 9flats.com, and Innclusive (which provides a commission-free listing for the owners).

Hostaway also offers iCal integration with other channels such as OwnersDirect, Tripping.com, Widmu, Perfect Places, and OneFineStay. 

Hostaway:

  • pushes rates and availability in real time and makes sure that those are up to date across all channels.
  • enables you to export your listings (calendar and content) from Hostaway into HomeAway/Vrbo if you have five or more active listings, and they are listed on HomeAway/Vrbo.
  • offers a manual iCal synchronisation when you have less than five listings for TripAdvisor and Flipkey. If you have five or more listings, Hostaway offers a 1-way API integration.
  • lets you export your listings to Booking.com if you have more than five listings. However, you can only export one listing per address.
  • sets channel mark-ups.
  • sets a “booking window” at channel level. 
  • notifies you if there is a “modified reservation” by using the “Airbnb Pro” connection. You can also manage “Special Offers” in your Hostaway account.

Smoobu’s channel manager synchronises all the bookings, calendar blocks, cancellations, and rates. For Vrbo/HomeAway, there is iCal synchronisation.

Smoobu has integration with more than 100 channels; it has an API integration with 15 channels.

Price synchronisation is available for Booking.com, Expedia and Agoda. You can add a mark-up in percentage to the base rate. It applies to the minimum stay and the price according to the days of the week. 

Prices can be exported/imported from one channel into another.

Hostaway gets help from cleaning services through integrations with Properly and Doinn. You can export your listings into these platforms.

  • In Hostaway, you can set up cleaning tasks before arrival and after check-out.
  • The housekeepers have access to the tasks on both the dashboard and their mobile app, where they can attach photosand leave comments.

Smoobu offers integration with cleaning software such as Properly, TurnoverBnB, and VRScheduler.

Hostaway integrates with Operto. Operto sends the access codes to the guests after you set a message in Hostaway to allow it to send those codes.

Smoobu’s “native online check-in tool” helps you to collect information that you need for the local laws or the information you need for your safety as a host.

Smoobu’s integration partners for online check-ins are Checkin, Wishbox, Mymaison, Vikey, Avs, and Check-in Scan.

Smoobu’s integration partners for smart locks are KeyNest, NUKI, igloohome, Keysoft Claud, SCLAK, TheKeys, and Operto.

  1. Hostaway allows you to choose the subdomain’s name for your direct booking website, select the listings you would like to be published on the website, and add titles, content, background images, and social media contact information.
  1. Your Stripe account will be connected to your website. 
  2. You can use the WordPress plugin to connect your website to Hostaway’s website. 
  3. Hostaway’s Open API option enables you to integrate your Hostaway software with any other website.
  1. Smoobu provides you with a direct booking website, which is commission-free. You can add photos, location, description, logo, Google Maps, and policies, and collect payment through Stripe/PayPal.
  1. You can use it with your domain. Smoobu’s booking engine iFrame can be integrated with your current website. 
  2. You can translate the website into over 25 languages. 
  3. The website covers 50 currencies. 
  4. “You can add custom Javascript.”
  5. For the website, you can specify rates per person, per night, per booking, and define minimum stays. The availability calendar can be embedded on the website, and the guests can see it.
  6. The website is responsive on all devices.
  7. For the website, you can set “min days between booking and arrival, arrival and departure days, long stay discount, and discount code.” 
  8. The website can be integrated with content management systems such as WordPress, Wix, Weebly, Strato, Typ03, Drupal, Joomla, GoogleSite, Jimdo, and Squarespace. 
  9.  Smoobu integrates with Google Analytics. 
  10.  You can make restrictions regarding check-in and check-out days for your website.
  11.  You can embed Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Youtube, and LinkedIn on your website.

The web pages are NOT generated for different locations.

  • Hostaway allows you to set weekly and monthly rates and push them to the channels.
  • You can set rates for all the connected channels by editing them on the calendar.
  • You also have the option to import rates from your Airbnb account into Hostaway and send them to other channels.

You can define long-stay discounts with “dynamic minimum length” for your website. For example, after 20 nights, your guests get a discount.

  • Hostaway facilitates guest experience through integration with YourWelcome and Wishbox. 
  • Through Hostaway, you can send messages automatically, thanking the guests for reservations, welcome messages, and post-check-out messages and trigger them according to the channel, listing, or event type.
  • You can choose templates from the system and set this automation for all channels or all listings, one listing, or one specific channel. 
  • You can set triggers and send the message based on the reservation status, arrival/departure, enquiry, and pending reservation. You can pause, cancel, or edit these “scheduled messages” and send them manually. 
  • The “Native Messaging” feature enables you to send the message to Airbnb and Booking.com, and these channels will send the email to the guest. 
  • The “Guest Reviews” feature of Hostaway allows you to receive reviews from the guest from the top channels, and you would be able to reply to the reviews that come from Airbnb and Booking.com.
  • Smoobu automates your communication with the guests by creating message templates like “thank you messages” and setting trigger events. The templates are customisable according to the guest name, check-in, and check-out times.  
  • Smoobu’s “Dynamic Guest Guide,” generated uniquely for each booking, provides your guests with all the necessary information in 40 languages until they check out.

Smoobu has full integration with Booking.com & Airbnb messaging APIs.

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Smoobu’s CRM tool collects all guest contacts from all the connected portals on one page. 

You can edit the data and export the list and send SMS and emails through third parties. 

You can download the mobile app to be in touch with your guests.

Hostaway:

  • connects to Properly and Doinn, so if you have an account on these platforms, you can outsource your maintenance operations.
  • allows assigning tasks to the user, supervisor, and teams, which can be managed from both the system and the mobile app. 
  • lets the cleaners attach pictures or leave comments so that you will be informed about an issue.

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Hostaway’s app is useful for hosts and staff members. 

  • The team members can see the tasks that they have been assigned to. They can also check all the tasks related to their team and “accept” the task to complete it.
  • Using the filter options, the staff member can search the tasks in their application and choose the one that applies to their role. 
  • The cleaners can upload pictures as attachments on their mobile app.

Smoobu’s mobile app includes a unified inbox. 

There is a mobile app for the guests by which they can check Wi-Fi credentials, maps, tours, weather, etc. It is integrated with Smoobu’s tools, and you can cross-sell extra services during their stays.

Smoobu’s app also helps you collect reviews.

  • Hostaway offers a tagging system that allows you to add tags to the listing to make filtering easier. 
  • In each listing, you can create a “Custom Field” and configure detailed information about the units.
  • For manually creating a listing, you can add rooms and beds. The bed-type export feature is available for HomeAway and Booking.com. 
  • Some settings (content) in Hostaway can be exported to Airbnb such as discounts, minimum and maximum stay restrictions, check-in & check-out time, cleaning fee, extra guest fee, etc.
  • The system allows you to cross-list the properties, and you would be able to set bookable properties as separate units and together as a whole.

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  • Hostaway allows you to create general tasks and reservation-based tasks and assign them to the team members. The assignee will get notified via email. As the manager, you will be provided with an overview of all tasks in some categories such as “to do,” “accepted,” “in progress,” and “done,” and you can see them on the calendar (tasks that are linked to reservations).
  • The system allows you to put the staff into groups and assign a supervisor. The tasks can be allocated to the listing, channels, or both. 
  • The tasks are based on the listings and events, and you can create them both manually and automatically. The manual task option is handy for not recurring tasks, and you can use the available options in the software to set them. The assignee can start and end the task from both the platform and mobile app. The system also allows you to set recurring tasks. 
  • There is a Time Report option that tells you how much time was spent on the task. 
  • You can add the following options to your tasks: a checklist, costs, resolution notes (giving and leaving feedback), and attachments (cleaners can upload images before and after cleaning)
  • You can give permissions to the users to “view, modify, delete, and edit” the tasks. If the modification is done through the mobile app, any reservation changes would not be applied to the task. 

Smoobu’s “central operations cockpit” shows you the key performance indicators such as occupancy and distribution rates, current bookings, and a list of upcoming guests.

You can add a booking on this page.

In Hostaway, you can give owners access to the system by setting an email address and password and defining the properties they are allowed to see. The system enables you to let the owner see the listings, reservations, calendar, or all of them. You can allow them to modify, create, or delete listings and reservations, as well.

You can share your Smoobu’s account with your partners and cleaning teams, allowing them access to general account settings, guest data, properties, messages, and prices.

Hostaway’s payment partners are Stripe and Braintree (Braintree does not pre-authorise the deposit).

  • You can specify whether you process the payment by credit card or send an invoice to the guests with the payment instructions manually.
  • When the invoice is created, you can charge your guests directly from the invoice; their credit card will be charged, and the amount will be managed on your Stripe account.
  • You can set automatic invoices for new reservations and decide whether they will be created for all channels or only for a specific one. You can also link the invoices to some or all listings. You can set up auto-charge and split charge by scheduling the triggers (based on reservation, check-in, and check-out). You have the ability to pause or edit a charge at any time. 
  • Pre-authorisation only works for auto-charge and auto-invoices.  
  • You should manually mark the invoice as fully or partially paid.

Smoobu creates custom invoice templates. Cross-selling items from the bookings will be shown in the invoice. You can insert PayPal links automatically to the invoice. 

Smoobu integrates with Stripe, PayPal, Sumup, and Swikly. The payment integration is just for the booking engine.

Smoobu charges card details.

You can choose how you want to receive payment on your website (Bank transfer, Stripe, Patpay, Payment on Arrival, and iDEAL for Dutch users).

Hostaway provides you with reports that you can view based on listing level and channel level. 

Through these graphics, you can see:

  • rental revenue per channel.
  • booking nights per channel.
  • rental revenue per reservation per channel.
  • daily reservation received per channel.
  • reservation per channel.

You can use the sample formula included in the system or create your calculations by selecting some values related to taxes like city tax, sales tax, and other values related to reservations like Damage Deposit and Additional Cleaning Cancelation Fee. After creating this, you will be able to check the Financial Report. 

The Occupancy Report gives you information about days available, days booked, total check-in, revenue, revenue/days booked, revenue/days available, cancellations, etc.

Smoobu’s “Statistics” enables you to break down the reports by “revenue, bookings, cancellations, occupancy rate, dates, properties, and nights.”

You can download the list of reservations in Excel, PDF or CSV formats.

On the “Cockpit Page,” you can check the occupancy rate and channel.

Hostaway has integration with Pricelabs, Beyond, and Wheelhouse.

Smoobu’s dynamic pricing integration partners are Beyond and PriceLabs.

Hostaway facilitates being in touch with the suport team and receiving assistance for most of the updates and configurations. They hold webinars when there is an update, and guides for setting up the system are available.

There is a fixed charge for the setup.

The link of help articles and instructions are uploaded on the platform, and you can check them while you set your system up. 

You can schedule a call to ask your questions.

Upon logging into the system, you can be in touch with a representative through email.

In Hostaway, if you want to integrate with your accounting system, you can use an Open API.

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Hosaway’s unified inbox offers two views, which are the inbox and the guest conversation. 

The inbox can be filtered by all listings, all channels, recent activity, and reservation status.

In the conversation page, you can find information such as the guest name, channel name (Airbnb only), check-in and check-out, name of the property, and the number of the guests. Some options link you to the calendar, booking page, and guest portal. 

The guest portal contains the reservation details, photos, and Google Maps, and you can share its URL with your guests. The guests can also access the invoice, and they can leave a note for you.

The messages from various booking platforms will be allocated to the bookings, and you can chat and see the conversation history online or via the mobile app.

Pricing

Hostaway pricing offers different options. To get an accurate quote, you should contact them for your customised pricing plan. Hostaway charges 367.80 GBP ($500) as the setup fee. Typically, the price starts at 25.75 GBP ($35) per listing, but it drops down as the number of units increases.

There are two options for paying Hostaway subscriptions: 

  1. commission-based (2% of monthly revenue) 
  2. Flat rate

Based on a rough calculation for a business operating around 200 units, Hostaway pricing would be about 14.71 GBP ($20) per listing. Another query for four units with a different combination of features would be 11.03 GBP ($15)  each and 183.90 GBP ($250) of setup fee.

Smoobu offers three packages. One is free and covers limited features. The Professional and Team packages have three plans: monthly, yearly, and two years. As the number of units goes up, around £7 will be added to the price for each unit. Smoobu offers a custom price for more than 20 properties.

Hostaway vs Smoobu: Which Property Management System to Choose?

Hostaway enables the user to advertise and list their properties on top channels easily. The company is looking to improve by adding new features. Hostaway communicates with its clients and develops what the users need or suggest. If you aim to concentrate on some channels, especially Airbnb, Hostaway provides you with a smooth synchronisation. However, Hostaway does not offer many tools to improve your direct bookings.

Smoobu is the right choice if you want an affordable, easy-to-use system with a PMS, channel manager, and website builder. With Smoobu’s guest app, you can provide your guests with a happy and pleasant experience. Furthermore, by accessing a contact list, you can directly connect with your guests or use the list for your email marketing. Since Smoobu does not offer cleaning, maintenance, and operations management, you should be mindful of other expenses you might have to pay for buying other software or hiring staff members. As your business grows, or if you decide to manage properties for other owners, Smoobu may not be able to meet your expectations because of the lack of functionalities in reporting, accounting, expense allocation, and profit splitting.

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