Although I had used it a couple of times to book hotels, I wasn’t fully sold with HotelQuickly; I had been checking other hotel apps when I needed a last minute room. But after I attended its launch recently and personally talked to Raphael Cohen, its co-founder and chief sales officer, I was fully convinced that the app is one of the best out there. Read more…
Raphael Cohen, as mentioned, is one of the co-founders of HotelQuickly, along with Christian Mischler, Tomas Laboutka, Raphael Cohen, Mario Peng, and Michal Juhas. The co-founders hold the highest positions in the company, with Raphael assuming the role of chief sales officer.
Raphael is no stranger to start-ups and internet companies. He is credited to have started popular delivery service Foodpanda in Vietnam, serving as its managing director, after his stint at its parent company, Rocket Internet, the “world’s largest internet incubator.”
During and after the launch, I had the chance to ask Raphael a number of questions. As I wanted to be fully convinced with the app, I asked him the toughest questions I had in my mind at the time. Here are the things I found out:
HotelQuickly does allow its partner hotels to dynamically change its prices at any time, so they can offer unoccupied rooms at lower prices at the last minute. This is why hotels are 28% cheaper than other hotel booking engines on the average.
Their sales teams work with quality independent hotels more, since these hotels are more willing to provide lower rates to potential guests.
They check each and every hotel in their inventory, staying as paying guests to give a fair assessment of each. They guarantee that only good ones make it to the app.
Their customer service will go above and beyond to make bookings right.
They are one of the few hotel booking apps to have a 24/7 in-app live chat function.
They would be able to handle overbookings well, rectifying the situation quickly, though Raphael assured me that this is very rare, given their booking mechanism.
As soon as a user books a room, the information is instantly relayed to the hotel, allowing the user to check in either at once or at a specified time.
HotelQuickly is Asia-Pacific’s leading last-minute hotel booking app that offers nightly rates 28% cheaper on the average than other options online. It can be used to book more than 11,000 three- to five-star hotels in destinations across Australia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. The app is available on iOS, Android, and BlackBerry 10.
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