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Meet Stuart W.Greif, Executive VP at Forbes Travel GuideInterview
As part of the line up of industry luminaries sharing their insights with us at Unfold this year is Stuart W. Greif, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy, Innovation & Operating Officer at Forbes Travel Guide. Formerly, he was Microsoft’s Senior Executive for Hospitality and Travel, and led J.D. Power’s Global Hospitality and Travel group. Greif also worked for a unicorn startup Amperity, backed by early investors in Facebook, LinkedIn and Amazon. Now that you’ve met the maestro, let’s ask him some challenging questions. Why do you love the hospitality industry? Back when I launched my career, I was living in hotels five to six days per week for months on end and spent a lot of time with the hotel staff. It’s something that always resonated with me on a profound level – in terms of having empathy and experiencing kindness in a hotel and within a travel context of new experiences and people. That's what I find wonderful about creating memories and experiences, be it for business
New here? Introduce yourself
Hey Community-friends 👋We thought it might be fun to know who’s who, while we’re actively engaging on our community. I’ll start!The name’s Sarah. You may already know me but if not, I’m looking forward to getting to know you in this community. 😊 I’m the Senior Community Manager here at Mews. You’ll be seeing my face quite a bit around here as I’m responsible for moderating the communications in this community. That means I make sure information flows fast between customers and the product team and that no question goes unanswered.I’ve worked in the SAAS industry for 6 years building and managing successful customer communities 👬 before I landed here at Mews in January 2022 - so, I’ve already got the community T-shirt, so to speak 👕I’m based in a leafy county called Surrey in the UK - not far from London. I am married and we have two young daughters who keep me busy. Zen for me is being in the great outdoors, running, hugging a tree or doing a spot of gardening. What is your zen?Hi
Hi everyone,I would like to ask you about Mews PMS integrations with Booking.com. Specifically, I would like to know which integration is being used by other users - the Mews-Booking.com direct integration or the SiteMinder-Booking.com integration.Additionally, I am interested in understanding if you have experienced any overbookings and if so, the frequency of these overbookings. As background information, we migrated to the booking.com-Mews integration and do like the connection however we regularly receive overbookings via booking.com, there is a thought that with the Siteminder -Booking these overbookings could be minimised due to Siteminder holding the availability. As i understand the Mews-Booking.com integration has a minimum pull and push period of 30 seconds for rates, inventory & reservations, while the SiteMinder integration has a minimum pull period of 2 for reservations and a minimum push period of 30 seconds of rates & inventory. Which leads me to believe we shoul
How can I route Accomodation Items to a seperate bill automatically?
We would like to automatically route all accomodation items to one Bill, and then all on-site adds to a 2nd Bill.This helps us for a few internal accounting reasons, and is helpful to guests.Is there a way to set a rule to do this automatically? I feel there should be, only coming up short right now :)Thanks!
Offering 1 night free for every 6 nights booked
Hi, We are offering a deal for a limited time, the deal is each person that books 6 nights get 1 night free. I am trying to figure out how to make this possible in MEWS. Someone books 6 nights and then they receive a voucher for 1 night free. Otherwise you’re going to get people that book 3 nights that can also get 1 night free. Can someone help me with this? I am stuck...
Hi All, We are looking for some good mobile first housekeeping software to implement with Mews. The Functionality in mews is to limiting for us and is not clear enough on the housekeepers side. One of the most important features is the realtime room/space status in mews, so once a room is marked as clean by a housekeeper it should instantly update the space status to clean or inspected in Mews. Also, housekeepers should see all booked products and note’s clearly, not hidden away somewhere and what would be even better if they would get a “task list” per room with everything that should be done extra like adding rose petals or a bottle of champagne. After some research I found Flexkeeper and it looks really appealing with all the features we would like to see. But I was wondering if there is anybody here who has experience with Flexkeeper or perhaps any other tool that works for them.
Access chat with guest via reservation
Hi smart people,do you know a way how to access a chat with a guest via reservation? Is there some option to activate that shows the chat history in a reservation or guest profile similar to the notes?Sometimes we receive information that would be great to access again via reservation overview rather than having to search for this one chat with this one guest.I know how to access the reservation that is linked to a chat, however, not the other way around. Thank you and kind regardsTobias
We would like to make understanding rebates easier for you and your staff!
We are looking into possibly changing the language that we use for rebates. We want to make it as simple as possible for our Front Desk staff to understand what it is they are doing when they hit the rebate button as well as educating them through the process when doing a rebate.
UNFOLD INTERVIEW: What the Mews founder & CEO have to sayInterview
UNFOLD: Ahead of Mews Unfold 2023, our CEO, Matt Welle and Founder, Richard Valtr, explore the latest challenges and changes to hospitality. What is the new standard in hospitality? What would you like to see challenged and why? Matt: Today, there is such a huge opportunity for hoteliers to truly explore and rethink the way they want to appeal to a diverse and eclectic guest. In the past, many hotels have opened without a real sense or thought about what it’s niche can be, and not really thinking beyond a bed in a room.The modern-day guest is expectant of so much more.A great example of this is the ‘business’ traveler. Traditionally, the choice for the business traveler was all about one thing, the location! But, increasingly business travel isn’t tied to a specific location, but moreover a great place to work and experience a new place.I often find myself in hotels thinking: I don't want to sit in that lobby. That space isn't built for me to co-work, and the coffee is bad, so I end up
Online Check-in without cc
Hey all We want to change the settings for the online Check-in via Mews connector.Does anyone have an idea where we can change the settings? All our rooms are paid before guest arrivals. Therefore we do not want to ask again for their cc within the online check-in. Can somebody help and give me a reply where i have to change the setting? Looking forward to some help
Reputation Management Comparison
Hi all .. We are an independent hotel hunting for a Reputation Management / Survey SystemI’ve started a bit of research - and would love to have this be a conversation.Please feel free to comment here or please see THIS NOTION PAGE for my comparison notes. Current Software Under ConsiderationGuest Revu TrustYou Customer Alliance Renivate All services have the same basic features:Review Search / Response Post Stay Survey Keyword Analytics (Except Customer Alliance) Extensive Reporting Case Management Thanks!Ethan
Welcome to Unfold - Introduce yourselfBlog
Hello and welcome to the online community for Unfold!All About Unfold 👈 Everybody’s got a seat here, subscribe to this Unfold sub-community and let’s get started!Introduce yourselfIf you’re attending, reply in this thread and introduce yourself. Share a bit about what session you’re most looking forward to and what you want to get out of the day and start connecting with others who will be at Unfold too. 👫 So here we are to:Meet others who are attending UNFOLD this year with us 🤝 Get ahead and kick off discussions around the featured topics and sessions right here and now 🤔 Maybe we could sync right here to grab some lunch or a coffee in the session-breaks? ☕If you’re not able to be there in person, no worries, you can still take part in these discussions and meet some other folks.This is the place for all of that to happen. 👍
Hi Mews community,I was wondering if any of the countries using Maestro for payments has found a solution for payments in the merchant. Currently we are loosing out to bookings to major OTA's who do accept Maestro. However, when a guests books through Mews he cannot use Maestro.Thank you for your thoughts 🙂
Event scheduler on Mews
Heyo,Does anyone have a way to use an event calendar inside of Mews rather than external apps/programs?At the Arcade Hotel, we host quite a few events, and have been using tasks to inform our staff. Nothing shows up on timeline, nothing shows up in notifications, only if they check tasks (which they do). What is everyone else using?Dan
Interview: Thibault Catala, expert in revenue management for boutique hotels
We interviewed Thibault Catala, Founder of Catala Consulting, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in strategy, distribution and revenue management for asset management firms, family offices and boutique hotels. He’s also the Co-Founder of Vertell Asset Management and COO of a new, Mews-powered lifestyle brand, Faern Resorts, a collection of lifestyle hotels resorts nestled in the Swiss Alps where every moment is a celebration. Take a look at the interview here
Best ways to require personal credit card before check-in if reservation was paid by OTA virtual credit card?
Do any MEWS community members out there have tips on best practices to get the guest to provide their own personal card to hold for any future damages if they have booked through an OTA that pays by virtual card from the OTA? Our property policies require full payment prior to check in. We require a personal credit card to be on file in case there are damages or incidentals. Typically the personal credit card use to make the payment will be also held on file for damages or incidentals. This works except in the case where a guest has pre-paid the OTA like Booking or Expedia, and then the OTA gives us a virtual credit card to charge for the payment. The virtual card can only be charged for the amount of the reservation; not for any other costs for damages. We want to require a personal credit card to be on file before the guest is allowed to check in. We are not seeing a way to automate this or make it a requirement to be completed before check in is allowed. Front desk employees h
Eingabe Aufpreis für Buchungen über OTA's
Liebe Kollegen,wir nehmen nun mit unseren Unterkünften am prefered Partner Programm von Booking teil. Nun erhöht sich damit natürlich die Kommissionszahlung an Booking. Diese möchte ich diesmal an den Gast weiter geben. Ich weiss beim Aufsetzen der Raten konnte ich diese Option in Prozent angeben. Nun möchte ich diese gerne nutzen und finde Sie nicht. Kann jemand helfen?Liebe Grüße Simone
Automatic settlement failed email when manual reservation
Dear Community,When we enter a new reservation manually (taken through email/phone), we are faced with an automatic settlement failed email being sent every time we book a reservation in non-refundable, instantly, right after confirming the booking, even after taking cc details.Is the reservation sequence we are doing wrong, or are we not the only ones struggling with these automatic emails?
Having the guest choose rooms at an extra charge
Hello everyone, I am curious about your thoughts and solutions:To those of you who allow guest to choose their own specific room at an extra charge.How do you manage this practically and system wise. To my knowledge this is not a feature in mews (yet). How does your Revenue Manager feel about having a space “blocked” for X nights when a different room could have resultet in an additional room being sold? To those who have chosen not to: how come?what were your thoughts and processes?looking forward to hearing from all of you :)
Hi there!Has anyone implemented an integration for PayPal payments?Or does anyone know, how to add this payment in addition to the payment via creditcard in the mews booking engine.30% of our guests cannot pay with a creditcard. But here in Germay the use paypal. So that would be a game changer in rising the conversion rate in the booking engine.Thank’s for suggestions.Best regardsKai
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