BYHOURS – Platform for booking hotel microstays internationally
This innovative startup introduces the first pay-per-use system in the hotel sector, which allows customers to choose the hotel check-in and check-out time, and pay only for the hours they need.
BYHOURS was created in 2012 with the idea of bringing flexibility to a business with rigid and stipulated rules: the hotel industry. We believe that the market trends focus on adapting and tailoring services and products to client’s personal needs. The hotel sector should take a step in that direction by customizing the model.
At the end of the day, we all work, sleep and need a rest. We’re sure that you’ve had a delayed flight at least once, or had to care for a family member who’s in hospital. That’s why we all need a couple of hours to rest in a hotel for different reasons. BYHOURS is intended for all those situations where a hotel is only needed for a few hours; sleeping, working, relaxing, leisure, travel delays… now you can spend all those hours in a hotel.
The key advantage of BYHOURS is that it is not only a platform aimed at the hotel guest, but also at the hotelier. BYHOURS provides an internal tool that allows hotels to decide the price, hour packs, and check-in times they want to sell, as well as connect with their PMS-Channel Manager, to make management easier and faster. The hotel operator always decides what they want to sell, how, and at what price. Therefore, it allows hotel operators to make their rooms more profitable, as they can sell them more than once per day, and fill empty rooms. Additionally, BYHOURS offers the customer flexibility and payment according to use, so that the client can book a hotel only for the time they need it at a fair price.
Now, having consolidated the business model in Spain, the company is branching out into new international markets. BYHOURS already operates in the main European cities, and is growing exponentially in Latin America as well as in the Middle East. The next step for us would be to expand the microstay model to the US in the next 18 months.