New Booking Channels

With the skyrocketing grown of the vacation rental industry, particularly in the Hudson Valley region, we thought it was time to expand our visibility across some new platforms. Expanding our reach to other OTA’s (online booking agents) help with what is referred to as the “billboard effect”. This means that we can leverage the reach and marketing dollars (VRBO spent over $1 billion in marketing last year) to earn new guests. From there, it’s our job to brand everything within our guest’s experience and educate those guests about the benefits of booking direct the next time they visit the area. We capture their emails (Learn about StayFi Technology) and keep in touch with them post stay to ask for a review, share new properties and remind them about our portfolio. To date, we have listed all of our properties on Airbnb and our direct booking platform and have tested several homes on VRBO. We will now be rolling all of our properties onto VRBO in addition to some new platforms that focus our core guest targets.

VRBO: Links our properties to 2.1M+ potential guests, this channel is geared towards longer length bookings. 

PlumGuide: An exclusive global network of luxury vacation rental properties. Properties must go through a rigorous approval process to receive the Plum Guide stamp. 

Coming Soon:

GoLightly: A new private travel club for women, to list and book vacation rentals and home share stays within a closed network.

Google Vacations: Rentals will be visible to millions of travelers or search on Google each day.

When we started Home Sweet Hudson, we managed homes 100% on Airbnb, which continues to be our primary booking platform. To date, we do about 70% of total bookings on Airbnb but, we have plans for a more strategic focus on direct bookings via homesweethudson.com. Why, you ask? There are several reasons:

  • Improved Guest Experience: Airbnb and other OTA’s limit your ability to request information that can be beneficial in the guest vetting process. When guests reach us directly, we can more easily communicate—and even get on the phone if needed—to make sure that the property they are booking is the best option for them; share recommendations on things to do and really start to establish a relationship with the guest from the very beginning.
  • Fees: OTA’s can take anywhere from 15-25 percent commissions from bookings on their platform—leaving less room for price increases over time due to competition on those sites. They also tend to rank homes higher that are better “value for money” which means that your property will show up less while being underpriced.
  • Reservation Protection: We cannot control the outcomes of cancellation disputes or damage claims that are processed on external platforms. With direct bookings, we control the entire process which means we can better protect ourselves and our homeowner’s interests.

Stay tuned for more information on how our Book Direct strategies help us grow this portion of our business!

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See What Our Guests Are Saying!

It was a great location for our family with two kids

Marissa
5star rating
October 4, 2021
Immaculate and fully stocked with all of the necessities. It was a great location for our family with two small children. We had a great time biking the rail trail into New Paltz!

We enjoyed our stay at Julie and Jo’s space

Dominique
5star rating
November 17, 2021
it was a beautiful home on a spacious wooded property. The location of the home is a short drive to downtown Woodstock, only 10 minutes by car. Would recommended this property to other guests.

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Morgan
5star rating
November 22, 2021
Set back on a quiet country road this lovely home awaits a weekend of cozy yet stylish memories. Kitchen was fully stocked with everything you could need to make a dinner in.

Beautiful location, setting, home and amenities. Superb

Tammy
5star rating
March 8, 2022
Beautiful location, setting, home and amenities. Superb communication and couldn’t have asked for anything more.

This was a fantastic property with plenty of space for

Tyler
5star rating
September 13, 2021
This was a fantastic property with plenty of space for outdoor activities. It has a very cool aesthetic and I would highly recommend.

We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful, secluded, sp

Emily
5star rating
September 30, 2021
We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful, secluded, spacious house. The kitchen was incredible and perfect for cooking and hosting large family meals. The swimming hole and woods out back were offered great outdoor activities. I'd definitely come...

Comfotable cottage in wooded setting

Joe F.
5star rating
September 12, 2022
My wife and I enjoyed our peaceful stay at the Rail Trail Cottage (and so did our dog Roxie). In terms of furniture and decor this is more of a home than a thrown-together rental. We made great use of the screen porch and comfortable living room...

Nice home-clean, comfortable,and smartly renovated.

Jonathan
5star rating
September 5, 2021
Nice home-clean, comfortable,and smartly renovated. Host was timely responsive as well

We had an amazing weekend in Bearsville!

Aaron
5star rating
September 27, 2021
We had an amazing weekend in Bearsville! An unassuming entry to the barn opens up to a seriously impressive vaulted space with walls of glass. I arrived early to stock the kitchen and bar and get the lighting just right. When my friends arrived th...

The home is beautiful and very well designed!

Stephanie
5star rating
September 7, 2021
The home is beautiful and very well designed! Everything was very clean and as advertised! The check in time was very late for us (4pm) so that’s something I’ll look at next time I book, and although it said it, there’s only one bathroom, I must h...

house is well-appointed

Ryan
5star rating
March 14, 2022
When you walk in it’s apparent the house is well-appointed. The kitchen is stocked with just about anything you could ask for, the owners clearly put thought into selecting utensils and dish-ware to match the rustic mountain vibe. The picture wind...

What a cozy place to stay in Kingston!

Hannah
5star rating
November 11, 2021
The rail trail being just behind the house cannot be emphasized enough — we had a beautiful time walking on the well-kept trail while fully immersed in the changing autumnal leaves. Jo, the host, is so quick, friendly, and helpful in her communica...

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Great weekend

Buisson Valerie
5star rating
November 15, 2022
We lived the lighthouse at Saugerties so much that extended our stay. House is big and bright. Very clean and with all you need to enjoy your stay. We tried to fish from the dock with no success so we enjoyed good steacks on the barbecue !. Saug...

Fantastic stay!

Jessica
5star rating
October 4, 2021
Fantastic stay! Great location and really created a welcoming atmosphere. Will definitely stay again

A very roomy home to stay;

Kwing Hang
5star rating
March 26, 2022
A very roomy home to stay; it's about 15 minutes from the nearby restaurants so it's recommended to prepare a meal (or two.)

Great stay for a group at a beautiful location. Would d

Betsy
5star rating
October 17, 2021
Great stay for a group at a beautiful location. Would definitely recommend.

We enjoyed our stay at Julie and Jo’s space

Dominique
5star rating
November 17, 2021
it was a beautiful home on a spacious wooded property. The location of the home is a short drive to downtown Woodstock, only 10 minutes by car. Would recommended this property to other guests.

The property was beautiful

Jessica
5star rating
March 22, 2022
The property was beautiful and was much better in person than the posted pictures. We were only there for a few nights, but loved it so much that we are already planning for our next return! Everything (and more) that we needed for our stay was pr...

I can’t say enough great things about this home.

Kate
5star rating
February 26, 2022
I can’t say enough great things about this home. Three families stayed in this house during mid winter break. There was plenty of space for everyone and their children and we never felt on top of each other since the house is HUGE. So many congreg...

All fantastic

Sebastian
5star rating
September 13, 2021
All fantastic

The house is extremely private and is just like the pic

Pedro
5star rating
March 14, 2022
The house is extremely private and is just like the pictures. It is the perfect place for a getaway from city life. Very quiet and no light pollution. The kitchen is well equipped and has everything you may need for cooking.

Nice views, clean and stinky water

Tomer
4star rating
September 3, 2021
Overall great. Kids really enjoyed the toys. Kitchen is good. The house is very secluded and quiet and the views from the deck are first class. Our only complaint is that the water really stink of sulfur (rotten eggs scent) and makes it har...

Just beautiful. Better than the pictures convey. Clean,

Sarah
5star rating
February 27, 2022
Just beautiful. Better than the pictures convey. Clean, comfortable, and had everything we needed. We didn’t want to leave!

Great stay – spacious and an awesome hot tub!

Evan
5star rating
October 23, 2021
Great stay - spacious and an awesome hot tub!

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