Hostaway is a premium vacation rental management software (VRMS) with around 1,500 customers. It’s an end-to-end platform that includes features like a direct booking website, a robust channel manager, and automation features. Hostaway received a SoftwarePundit Analyst rating of 89 because it has strong API integrations, is feature-rich, and is still easy to navigate. Overall, it’s ideal for those with more than 10 properties who are looking to scale their short-term rental management business.
There are many VRMS tools to choose from, all with features that will benefit vacation rental businesses of all sizes. Here are the top alternatives to Hostaway:
Throughout this article, we’ll provide an overview of these Hostaway alternatives and discuss who would prefer each option. If you’d like to read an in-depth analysis of Hostaway, check out our full Hostaway review.
All of our recommendations are based on research, product demos with the software companies, and dozens of hours spent hand-testing these vacation rental management tools. More details regarding our research process can be found on our vacation rental management category page.
Table of Contents
- Hostaway Features
- Hostaway Competitor Overview: Features
- Hostaway Competitor Overview: Pricing
- Top Hostaway Competitors
- Bottom Line
The most important features that Hostaway offers are described in the table below. As an all-in-one platform, Hostaway offers all the tools you’d need to manage a short-term rental business. During testing, we found that the strongest feature is the channel manager. The guest messaging inbox falls slightly short when compared with messaging features from competitors, as it’s a bit buggy at times.
|Direct Booking Website||A direct booking website allows hosts to list properties and gather bookings without having to pay fees associated with channels like Airbnb. Hostaway has a fine website template, though it’s not quite as advanced or as customizable as some competitors offer.|
|Channel Manager||Hostaway’s channel manager allows you to synchronize and manage listings across multiple online travel agencies (OTAs) at once. Hostaway offers API integrations with Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia, HomeAway/Vrbo, and TripAdvisor. There are also iCal integrations with HomeAway/Vrbo, TripAdvisor, CanadaStays, Misterb&b, and Google Calendar.|
|Multi-Calendar||The multi-calendar works in tandem with the channel manager to pull data from OTAs and house all information in one place. You can synchronize calendar information, reservations, and pricing information from all the places you list your properties.|
|Guest Messaging & Inbox||The inbox allows hosts to communicate directly with guests. While the inbox works adequately well both on desktop and mobile, the inbox must be refreshed every time a new message is received, which is very tedious.|
|Guest Review Management||From within Hostaway, hosts can create review templates from the dashboard to easily review guests and respond to guest reviews. Through Hostaway’s system, you’ll also be able to push reviews directly to Airbnb.|
|Analytics & Reports||Financial reports from within Hostaway can be downloaded so that you understand how your business is performing. This section encompasses occupancy reports, listing financials, and other analytics.|
|Owner Profiles||If you’re a management company that manages properties for separate owners, you’ll be able to create owner profiles and access levels. When we tested this feature, we found that it worked well and that owners were able to access only the sections of the software that they were given permission for.|
Hostaway Competitor Overview: Features
Below is a chart that compares available features between Hostaway, Guesty, Hostfully, Lodgify, and Smoobu. You’ll notice that many features are generally the same across tools. You should pay strict attention to which tools have API integrations with which channels, as the channel you want to list your property with is of the utmost importance.
Hostaway Competitor Overview: Pricing
Hostaway pricing is estimated around $50 per property per month. While specific pricing details are not public, we spoke with the team at Hostaway and they mentioned that pricing is somewhere around that $50 mark.
Hostaway is one of the pricier tools in the space, given that it’s a premium tool marketed towards those with larger property portfolios. Below is a table comparing monthly pricing with the competitors mentioned in this article. We’ll note specific pricing information where available and provide insight about estimated monthly costs.
Top Hostaway Competitors
Along with the four competitors featured in this article, we’ve listed below some more Hostaway alternatives that we researched and tested. If any of these catch your eye, feel free to read our full reviews.
Guesty is another premium, pricey VRMS that should be used by those with more than 20 properties. It has robust features, is very modern and streamlined, and was easier to navigate than Hostaway. Consider both tools only if you have a very profitable short-term rental business that would both require and allow for a tool to be so advanced and expensive. If you’d like an in-depth comparison between the two, check out this article to see if you’d prefer Hostaway or Guesty.
- You want more pre-built API integrations
- You want a more advanced task management tool
- You primarily list properties on Airbnb
- You want a dashboard to get an overview of performance
- You want a tool that’s easier to navigate
- You’d like access to more integrations
Guesty is an advanced vacation rental management software that's used in the management of over 100,000 properties. With advanced automations and API connections with the major OTAs, it'll benefit those who are looking for an intensive and advanced tool to manage a large number of properties.
Hostfully is a similarly advanced tool that competes with Hostaway in terms of scope and price. Hostfully offers a unique Guest Guidebooks feature, which Hostaway doesn’t have, that is one of its major strengths. There are API integrations with Airbnb, Vrbo, Booking.com, and TripAdvisor. Hostfully is a bit more flexible in terms of business size because it’s scalable and hosts can start with Hostfully if they have fewer properties.
- You already have ten or more properties
- You want more channel integrations
- You want a pre-built API integration with Expedia
- You want the Guest Guidebooks feature
- You have five or more properties
- You want a more modern tool that’s easier to navigate
Hostfully is a vacation rental management software that’s used in the management of over 30,000 properties. It has a unique digital guidebook feature and a pipeline view for managing booking status. It's a highly effective and powerful tool that we recommend to all.
Lodgify is not nearly as advanced as Hostaway, though it’s an adequate choice for those with up to 20 properties. It has much better website templates than Hostaway and has a more modern and streamlined interface. However, crucial features are housed in the most expensive plan, which does not offer quite enough functionality to justify the cost.
- You have a large company or are looking to scale
- You need an iCal integration with Misterb&b
- You’d like a more advanced platform
- You want an advanced website for your company
- You prefer a more modern interface
- You need a tool that’s moderately advanced
Lodgify is a vacation rental management software that’s best for those with between five and twenty properties. The strongest features are the customizable website templates and modern dashboard. Prospective customers can sign up for a free trial if they're interested in testing the tool.
Smoobu is a mid-tier VRMS that offers the most value to European hosts. Because Smoobu has integrations with smaller European channels, most specifically within the DACH region, it’ll be best for those in that area. Smoobu doesn’t come close to being quite as advanced as Hostaway, but it’s modern and easy to use. We recommend it for hosts with smaller portfolios and who need an exceedingly straightforward software experience.
- You have more than 10 properties
- You want to automatically import listings
- You prefer a more advanced software
- You manage properties in Europe
- You want a more affordable software
- You have fewer than 10 properties
Smoobu is a vacation rental management software that’s used to manage over 70,000 listings. It has a wide variety of integrations with listing channels and a streamlined dashboard, though some features are lacking important details.
Hostaway is a premium VRMS platform for those who mainly use Airbnb and manage more than 10 properties. At around $50 per property per month, it’s one of the more expensive tools on the market, so choose it only if you’re able to spend that amount on a VRMS.
Depending on the number of properties you manage and the channels you’d like to list properties on, you should consider some alternatives to Hostaway. Here’s a quick recap of Hostaway’s competitors:
- Guesty is an advanced, expensive tool for hosts with 20 or more properties
- Hostfully is a premium tool that’s more affordable and has unique features
- Lodgify is a mid-tier option with particularly strong website templates
- Smoobu is an intermediate choice with somewhat limited capabilities
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