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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A Great Escape

Danielle Tolkin
5star rating
October 24, 2022
The Nordic Retreat is exactly, if not better, than what you'd expect. It's upscale, yet cozy and private, but not completely remote. Would definitely book again.

We had a lovely stay at Jo’s place!

Karen
5star rating
October 11, 2021
There was even wine and coffee left for us, what a lovely touch! We enjoyed coffee in the sunroom and the hot tub amongst the trees. This is a unique stay, and I hope we can visit again one day.

Book this property!

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.

Great spot, beautiful home

Dillion
5star rating
February 14, 2022
Great spot, beautiful home

The owners, Jo and Jun were great hosts.

Lisa
5star rating
October 3, 2021
The owners, Jo and Jun were great hosts. Very responsive. The place is very clean and comfortable with a nice open floor plan. Nice water view of the Esopus. If you have a canoe or kayak bring it. Fire pit at night was nice too. Close to everythin...

Excellent getaway if you want piece and quiet and acces

Zara
5star rating
October 18, 2021
We loved being close to nearby towns for dinner but deep in the woods and close to hiking trails. The kitchen was perfectly equipped for cooking. The rooms and bathroom were clean and well maintained. We loved the porch and fireplace!! All in woul...

Fluffy pillows, hot showers, all the kitchen essentials

Kim
5star rating
March 20, 2022
Fluffy pillows, hot showers, all the kitchen essentials and more, great if you love to cook. The place gets really quiet, very peaceful. Woodstock is 8 min away for coffee, groceries and a bite. We loved the bakery Bread Alone. There’s a projector...

Hilltop House in Kingston is nothing short of wonderful

Jordan
5star rating
October 3, 2021
Hilltop House in Kingston is nothing short of wonderful. The description and pictures were very accurate - large kitchen and living room with plenty of space for big families and friends to gather, cozy and comfortable bedrooms, all the amenities ...

Nice cozy place with a great view

John
4star rating
February 28, 2022
Nice cozy place with a great view

Beautiful space, definitely recommend. Perfect space to

Mark
5star rating
October 6, 2021
Beautiful space, definitely recommend. Perfect space to relax and enjoy a nice rainy day with some friends. Had a great time

Our New Fav Upstate Destination!

Patrick Lupinski
5star rating
March 31, 2022
This has become our new favorite house to rent to escape the city. So well-appointed and fun to be in. It's also a plus that it's literally 5 minutes away from Inness! Will definitely stay in again and highly recommend.

The place was amazing – exceeded expectations

Tiffany
5star rating
November 8, 2021
We loved the fire pits as well as the well stocked kitchen. The living room couches and beds were so comfortable! 10/10 would recommend

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Great house! Perfect open floor plan

Gabriella
5star rating
April 11, 2022
Great house! Perfect open floor plan, super cute decor and beautiful deck with an awesome hot tub! The location is great! Easy drive to downtown with delicious restaurants, especially Love Bites & Miss Lucy’s Kitchen. The hosts and house managers ...

Great stay – spacious and an awesome hot tub!

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

Amazing Getaway!

Dawn Eckrich
5star rating
February 23, 2021
This house was perfect! Clean, comfortable, stylish and relaxing. It was the perfect getaway for a relaxing family weekend. Plenty of space for everyone to hang out together or to get some personal space. Amazingly stylish decor and first-rate fur...

Excellent getaway if you want piece and quiet and acces

Zara
5star rating
October 18, 2021
We loved being close to nearby towns for dinner but deep in the woods and close to hiking trails. The kitchen was perfectly equipped for cooking. The rooms and bathroom were clean and well maintained. We loved the porch and fireplace!! All in woul...

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 Black Walnut Farmhouse was lovely.

Meg
4star rating
January 18, 2022
There was a slight mixup with the housekeeping schedule when we arrived but Home Sweet Hudson resolved the issue quickly and efficiently. The property itself was wonderful and in the morning when it snowed 6 in, they came to plow it out.

Amazing property in a great location.

Damion
5star rating
September 20, 2021
Amazing property in a great location. This house may be the best Airbnb that we have stayed in. It is country luxury! Well appointed, comfortable furniture, and very well designed. The Kitchen is a home cook's delight and there is plenty of space ...

We absolutely loved our stay!

Kate
5star rating
February 22, 2022
We absolutely loved our stay! The house was clean, quaint, cozy, and had everything we could have needed. The location was perfect as well. An easy drive to the grocery store and local restaurants. We’ll be back for sure!

Home is laid out great and property is beautiful!

Whitney
5star rating
October 4, 2021
Home is laid out great and property is beautiful!

Lovely house outside of Kingston!

Jodie
5star rating
October 5, 2021
Lovely house outside of Kingston! The location is fabulous for access to the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and we enjoyed 2 great days of autumn biking (extra shout-out to Overlook Bicycles near Woodstock, NY for a great bike rental experience!). The...

Amazing House!

Michael
5star rating
March 1, 2022
Amazing home with amazing outdoor spaces. Will definitely book again!

reat private location and beautiful home

Justin
5star rating
December 4, 2021
Communication with the property owner was flawless. Would recommend this property.

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