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Hostmaker

Hostmaker

The home-rental management service harnessing technological innovation to provide next-generation hospitality.

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Sector: Travel/Hospitality/Property

Founded: 2014

Based: London, Barcelona,
Paris, Rome

For the next generation, it’s all about the experience. They’re eager to see all that life has to offer and they’re willing to travel to do so. But not without style and comfort.

 

Home-rental management service Hostmaker, with current operations in London, Rome, Paris and Barcelona, ensures that they can make the most of their holidays or long stays by exploring new cities without compromising on home comforts. And if travellers choose to rent their homes out to others while out of town, they can do so worry-free.

“If homes are now going to be viewed as travel accommodation, there’s an opportunity to think about hotel services and experiences in homes. There are endless opportunities.” Nakul Sharma, CEO

CEO Nakul Sharma, who has more than fifteen years of professional experience working in high-end hospitality, was inspired to bring industry values to the sharing economy model. His company offers a full-management service to Airbnb hosts who want to maximise their home-rental revenue and have the details taken care of. And customers who book sojourns at Hostmaker properties can travel with the assurance of a comfortable, stylish and well-managed stay.

 

Hostmaker is tailored to suit independent globetrotters and families alike. “If homes are now going to be viewed as travel accommodation, there’s an opportunity to think about hotel services and experiences in them,” says Sharma. “We are not looking to recreate a standardised hotel experience but celebrate the uniqueness of every home and neighbourhood. Having hosted nearly 150,000 guests, we know that our offer is appreciated by travellers seeking a premium homestay experience.”

“Travellers are seeking a home away from home – a feeling of stepping into a local’s shoes, be it for a few days or a few weeks,” says Sharma. “They want a feeling of confidence about exploring the surroundings.” Hostmaker polishes up client profiles, handles all online guest communications and sends welcoming agents in person to manage check-ins and key exchanges, with complimentary amenities in hand. It’s the small details that make the difference – crisp bed linens, fluffy towels and welcome packs with local accredited must-sees. These all make for good recommendations, repeat visits and five-star reviews.

 

Hostmaker knows that home-rental clients are looking for a personalised, unique experience, and décor is a deciding factor as much as price and location. “One thing that differentiates us from other home-rental services is that we offer an interior design service,” says Sharma. If needed, customers can hire Hostmaker to take professional photographs and even redecorate spaces. High-quality images can increase profile views by thirty-five per cent and quadruple the number of bookings made.

 

“We’re quite careful about the type of homes we look after,” says Sharma, “And Sansiri share that discernment. They have a residential portfolio not only in Bangkok but also in other upmarket Thai cities.” Sansiri is a Thai business that thinks globally, and Hostmaker is likewise not constrained by geography. “As we make our first foray into Asia,” says Sharma, “Sansiri’s presence and knowledge in these markets will be a huge asset.”

Q&A

Nakul Sharma

CEO

Q: What does entering the Asian market mean for Hostmaker?

A: Our ambition is to grow into the largest homestay travel destinations in the world, which include several Asian cities. We have always seen Asia as the company’s natural next step for expansion beyond Europe.

Q: Can you describe the new breed of traveller?

A: It’s no longer enough for one to simply visit a city; people want to feel like they live there.

Q: What are three home comforts you can’t live without when you travel?

A: My speakers so I can take my music with me, my laptop so I can watch my favourite shows and my trainers so I can go for a run – it’s the best way to explore new neighbourhoods!

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