Latest News from the Hospitable.com team
New feature

๐Ÿค– Improve your own messages with AI

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Shared by Anmol โ€ข February 27, 2024

If your Hospitable preferences are enabled for beta features, you now have early access to our new feature: Improve with AI. This feature allows you to improve your manual messages and AI suggestions with the click of a button in the Hospitable inbox.

Add custom instructions or a message in the text box and click the Improve with AI button to generate a message combining both AI's and your brain's powers.

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Improvement

February update bonanza!

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Shared by Andrew โ€ข February 17, 2024

โœ๏ธ Reviews are back!

We are once again able to display recent Airbnb reviews of guests given by other hosts in the Guest Insights section of an Inbox conversation.

๐Ÿ“ˆ Google Travel metrics

We've been speaking in recent Town Halls about the impact Google has had on our direct booking velocity, and now you can see for yourself! The Google Vacation Rentals tab in your Direct Channels page now displays your impressions, click throughs to your Direct booking site, and bookings.

If you're not getting free direct booking leads from Google yet, when?

๐Ÿท๏ธ Percentage Promo Codes

You can now create percentage-based promo codes for Direct! Finally!!! ๐ŸŽ‰

We also added a control so you can tell us whether or not your promo code can be used in addition to a weekly or monthly discount. If the reservation already contains a length of stay discount, we hide the promo code field.

๐Ÿ•‘ Editing check-in/check-out time

One of the best kept secrets at Hospitable was that you could edit the check-in and check-out time of a reservation directly from the Inbox. Secrets aren't part of our culture at Hospitable, so we updated the interface on reservations to make it easier for everyone to use. This feature is especially useful for smart lock users, as changing the reservation time will update when your codes are active.

๐Ÿ“ท Profile photos

After many years in development, our top engineers have now made it possible for you to edit your Hospitable user profile photo! The truth is that we are getting ready to let hosts personalize more of their communication and so this long-standing oversight finally got some attention.

๐Ÿค– AI responses are now host aware

When generating replies for co-hosted properties, we now use the name of the host selected in the Inbox, rather than defaulting to the primary host.

Feature update
Improvement

๐Ÿค– AI upgrades for You

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Shared by Anmol โ€ข February 01, 2024

All Hospitable users now have access to our new and improved ChatGPT prompt.

This upgrade will allow you to use the Suggest with AI feature in the Hospitable inbox to answer even more questions related to your property, rules, policies, as well as reservation details.

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Custom quotes for Direct

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Shared by Andrew โ€ข February 01, 2024

Custom Quotes are now live, allowing Direct Basic and Premium hosts to generate a personalized quote for guests who may contact them outside of their Direct booking website. We'll hold a temporary block on the dates until the guest completes payment, or until the quote expires, unblocking the dates. More info.

Legacy widget wind down

If you're using a self-hosted Direct site and still use the old version of our booking widget, you'll need to update before February 15th. Check our help article for more info. Hospitable sites are not impacted.

New feature

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ Parent-child feature available to all hosts ๐ŸŽ‰

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Shared by Emily โ€ข January 31, 2024

Hi there,

After a successful private pilot and beta release, we've just launched our parent-child features to all hosts!

You now define a parent-child relationship between Hospitable properties to block calendars based on related property bookings! Gone are the days where you're manually blocking dates as fast as you can before they're booked... we've got you covered across all booking platforms - no iCal hacks or anxious manual blocking required ๐Ÿ™Œ

Read more about this feature, supported scenarios and learn how to configure relationships in our help article about Parent-child properties.

New feature

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ Parent-child feature available to all hosts with beta features enabled ๐ŸŽ‰

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Shared by Emily โ€ข January 18, 2024

Hi there,

You can now define a parent-child relationship between Hospitable properties to sync availability across properties! Gone are the days where you're manually blocking dates as fast as you can before they're booked... we've got you covered across all booking platforms - no iCal hacks or anxious manual blocking required ๐Ÿ™Œ

Hospitable supports two different scenarios, each with their own behavior.

  • A parent with multiple children, where a booking on the child property blocks the parent property's calendar. This is meant for hosts who have duplexes, triplexes or similar properties.
  • A parent with multiple children, where a booking on the child property blocks the parent and all other children property's calendars. This is meant for hosts who have large homes that they list as a smaller subset of the home available to optimize for more bookings in slower seasons.

Read more about this feature, supported scenarios and learn how to configure relationships in our help article about Parent-child properties.

New feature
Feature update

๐Ÿš€ New Metrics Dashboard

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Shared by Alyssa โ€ข January 10, 2024

Our new Metrics Dashboard is now available to all users!

Features

  • ๐Ÿ“Š Statistics and charts to monitor the health of your rentals
  • ๐Ÿ‘๏ธโ€๐Ÿ—จ๏ธ View all raw financial data by reservation without the need to export
  • ๐Ÿ“‘ Granular filtering and column selection that applies to your current view and any exports

Check out a full tour of our new metrics dashboard now!

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Automatically share property-specific rental agreement and guidebook links to your guests โœจ

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Shared by Emily โ€ข December 21, 2023

Short codes are used to dynamically pull information from outside sources into your messaging rules. Most of the time, short code data is pulled from the booking platform. We're re-imagining how hosts leverage short codes, starting with 2 new short codes: %guidebook% and %rental_agreement%.

These short codes are property-specific, and populated by you - our hosts - giving you the flexibility to send any type of guidebook or rental agreement URL automatically through messaging rules.

Check out these help articles for step by step instructions, and save future you from constantly copy/pasting guidebook or rental agreement links ๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€๐Ÿ’จ

We're definitely not stopping here. Soon, we'll be giving integration partners access to these short codes so they can be dynamically populated by integrations for each reservation, offering more granularity and an even better guest (and host!) experience. Stay tuned ๐Ÿ‘€

Improvement
Feature update

Smart Lock Updates + Improvements

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Shared by Alyssa โ€ข December 14, 2023

In our latest round of enhancements, we're bringing you several exciting updates to our smart lock features:

New Integrations

IglooHome and Nuki Locks are now available for all users.

Backup Codes + Code Communication

To further enhance smart lock reliability, backup codes and code communications to guests are now the default setting for all beta users. This will soon be live for all users as well!

No More Code Communication Reminder Messages

After some great feedback, we removed the code communication reminder messages. We will now only communicate a code on your behalf if no code has been sent or if there was an issue with the code that was sent.

Improved Display of Connection Requirements
We now display when a lock isn't connected due to a subscription issue or if a required hub isn't connected.

New Notifications for Failures

Receive real-time notifications if a reservation is altered during a guest's stay and the code cannot be updated.

Code Length and Denial Issues Resolved

We've fixed issues related to the code length not setting correctly or being denied incorrectly.


We value your input! If you have ideas for additional smart lock features or other smart devices you'd like to see, help us tailor our offerings to your needs by answering a few quick questions.

Thank you for being part of our community, and stay tuned for more exciting updates!

Improvement

Talk to your guests in their preferred language.

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Shared by Anmol โ€ข December 13, 2023

We normally use the language of the guest's first message to determine their preferred language, but some reservations start before we receive any messages from the guest. In those cases, we now get the preferred language from the guest's Airbnb or Vrbo preferences.
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Enable the 'Prioritize the language of the conversation' toggle in Hospitable account's Settings > Preferences > Guest experience to allow Hospitable to send message templates in your guest's preferred language, if present.