Booking.com & Hotel.com and similar did exist in 2009 when we moved to Nepal to open our first hotel. But nobody used them – people either called us or dropped us a mail if they wanted information or to book a room.
Until Covid forced us to close Tings Kathmandu – we had stayed top 10 without having anything to do with any Online Travel Agencies.
Today things have changed. If people can’t find a hotel on Booking.com it doesn’t exist. So we have been ‘forced’ to be present on Booking.com, but only with a few rooms so people who finds us and like what the see, can do like we do when we find a hotel we like: Go to the website of the hotel and either book directly OR call/mail them.
60% of all our guests do that today – book their rooms directly with us. Here is why!
As we are the owners and get a better business when we don’t have to pay booking.com the 15% commission (or more) we guarantee that all direct bookings are cheaper than the prices you get via booking.com.
And dont be surprised if you get an upgrade. If possible we spoil direct bookers with a more expensive room.
Guests who book directly tend to get a better stay with us. For one simple reason: They have more rooms to choose from 🙂 and we can better recommend which room will be better for each guests. Guests are different, so are our rooms.
But also because it is possible for us to share important information we can’t through booking.com’s platform. Like Not to take the public transportation from the airport, that the price by taxi is only 8-10 € and that the Triangle Room they have booked is very alternative… And if we – through our communication – get an idea about interests, we generously share inspiration from our blog. Like How to get to the best beaches which the Guide Books don’t mention. OR how to find Lisbon’s secret street art OR how to apply for NHR tax yourself.
Our communication with you not only creates surprises – sometimes it prevents disappointments 🙂