Which Channel Managers does HostelBookers work with?


Since the start of 2013, HostelBookers.com has had an API to support properties using channel managers.

More and more properties are using a channel manager software – mostly to assist in updating rates and inventory across the multiple OTA sites they work with.

While large hotel and hostel chains have worked this way for years, all types and sizes of accommodation providers are now finding the benefits of having this additional online support. With more channel manager choice than ever, it is easy to source and partner with whoever will compliment your business and wallet the best!

Following is a list of the twenty channel managers that HostelBookers.com recognises and works with today. They are based on official and approved 2 way XML integrations (not screen-scrape).

Listed in alphabetical order:

  1. ASSD
  2. Availpro
  3. BBLiverate
  4. Charts (Online Systems)
  5. EZ Site Controller (Global Network)
  6. FNSrooms
  7. Gestione Albergo
  8. GrowingStones
  9. HostelSystem
  10. Hotel-Spider (Tourisoft)
  11. Maxi Mojo Mantras
  12. Mini Hotel PMS
  13. Myallocator
  14. Omnibees
  15. Parity Rate
  16. Rate Tiger (eRevMax)
  17. Seekom (iBex)
  18. Siteminder
  19. STAAH
  20. Yield Planet

Many more integrations are scheduled this year with well-known channel manager providers, so be sure to check in with them if not featured above. Happy hunting!


HostelBookers reveal their sexiest new design accommodation


If you think that ‘Standard’ and ‘Dorms Only’ are the most common words associated with contemporary Hostels, you may want to think again!

Taking it from Cheap Chic to Budget BoutiqueHostelBookers the budget accommodation specialists show off the latest additions to their expanding Design Hostels portfolio.

Budget travellers are becoming more and more sophisticated with their accommodation choices. Just like their need to discover enthralling adventures they also like to find unique places to stay at. Our latest Hostels unobtrusively combine budget and suave to give urban travellers the best of both worlds.

Generator-Hamburg-1Generator Hostel  Hamburg

The Generator’s new design led vision for their European hostel collection brings to backpackers an eclectic and illustrious haven. The hostel building was originally the first skyscraper to grace Hamburg’s skyline in the 1920s and a former recording studio for the Beatles. The common interior is adorned with black and white…

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AKG Mini Headphones

I recently picked up a pair of these bad boys…. love them! They complement my recent purchase of the Google Nexus tablet too… making listening to music or watching a film an amazing experience. I really hate in-ear headphones, so the over-ear was the only option… so many choices, colours and brands to choose from… but the AKG’s are all class!

I researched the market and found that these were the most attractive purchase… it did help that they had just gone on sale and could be snapped up half price from ‘Richer Sounds’. For under £70, nothing else really compared.

The model I chose was the AKGK451 Mini Headphones….. they came with a case for storage / travel, extra jack, cable and collapse style earphones, which also makes it easy to cart in your pocket when you don’t want them around your neck. They are super comfy and padded and this particular model, unlike the model before it, also has a built-in microphone with volume control. Great when I need to take a call on my mobile in a busy or noisy environment. While technically they are not noise cancelling headphones, it has not caused any issues as the clarity is bang on.

Speaking of clarity, I tried a few other competitor models and found that the AKG’s actually had the best sounding bass and provided the most powerful sound overall. Also – they weigh nothing, feel great on and look great on… not overly bulky or tacky, just unassuming perfection!

If you do have long work commutes or tend to travel a lot for work or pleasure like me, then you would definitely appreciate these headphones. Being able to literally ‘tune out’ while on planes or on the road is proving to be bliss!

Checkout some of the reviews and specs here: http://www.richersounds.com/product/headphones/akg/k451/akg-k451

NOTE – these continue to come down in price and you can get them for as little as £50 – a bargain! Get in!

Google Nexus 7 inch 3G Tablet wt Wi-Fi

WOW! My new favourite toy by far…. loving my Google Nexus. I debated for a while what the point in having a tablet was….especially as I already have a smart phone. But, as I researched the craze of tablets and what the best were on the market, I totally found myself with Nexus envy!

I ended up holding out for the release of the 3G version of the 7 inch Wi-Fi…and a big 32GB! It was only a little more expensive and probably of better use in the long run. Since I’m still waiting to connect to 3G, I have been hanging out in coffee shops and bars, downloading all sorts of apps and a plethora of music while catching up on all the goss with friends and new acquaintances!

The music – OMG – the music is the best. definitely recommend the Bit Torrent app mixed with the KAT (Kick ass torrent) site for awesome and fast file sharing…. my music collection has jumped by almost 200 albums in 2 weeks! Great for long train and plane trips and the odd house party! Essential Mixes anyone?! But anyway, seriously, ditch the PC or laptop and grab a tablet! I love the fact it is small enough for a few jacket and jeans pockets, but plenty big enough to work off.

The resolution, pixels and colour is great, the sound good (I plug in high def headphones or speakers instead so my ears dance) and it weighs nothing! For the avid traveller, blogger and lover of beautiful and useful gadgets, this is the ultimate. Nothing in the same range really compares for me….. keep the ipad mini…. the Nexus doesn’t even have to be a ‘mini’ – it just IS! Oh, and keep the Kindle Fire HD….. I like Amazon, just don’t want to be married to it! Android software really is killing it in every way…. I suppose I get the best of both worlds… my smart phone is an iphone 4s….. between the 2 devices, i am set…. so I’m happy!

It really is crazy to think about how the world of travel and the technology we have has changed the way we connect with the with people, ourselves and the world itself. I’m totally happy and embracing the ‘new age’, as it were…