With Suiteness.com, you’ll never be relegated to a hotel bed again
A few years ago Robbie Bhathal had a problem. He and his friends used sites like Airbnb to find accommodations for their bi-annual group getaways, but they had a few bad experiences (like an unglamorous sewer leak) and found themselves looking for a cross between a hotel and a private house. After realizing that many existing hotel websites and third-party booking sites capped at a maximum of four guests, and that many properties preferred to only list rooms online and require guests to call to book a suite, a penthouse or extended stay rental, Bhathal had an idea: a website that would allow larger groups to book alone suites in hotels. This site, Suiteness.com, launched in August 2015 and now lists suites available at four- and five-star hotels and resorts in Las Vegas, Miami and New York, with Los Angeles in a few weeks and London on deck to be the number one international destination.
“We started two and a half years ago to focus on luxury family and group travel,” Bhathal said. Condé Nast Traveler. “Having space for families and small groups to stay together makes sense for the use of suites. He and his co-founder, Kyle Killion (best known for creating the Geek Squad, which was later acquired by Best Buy), created their own custom software so people could search for side-by-side or adjoining rooms, whether the Most booking sites are unable to offer. “We also include hybrid suites, like a bedroom with an adjoining bedroom. I have a child, and if I pay a lot of money for a one bedroom suite, I don’t want them to sleep in a fold-out bed. you book several rooms, you cannot be sure that they are side by side. [On Suiteness], you have the possibility to synchronize these rooms in real time. It is a mix between traditional hotels and house rentals. »Customers can also specify the reason for their visit (honeymoon, getaway with friends, family trip, etc.) to narrow down their choice. long weekend in Miami, options included
from $ 379 / night, two different choices (a regular or “executive” suite) at the Conrad Miami from $ 489 / night, and an ocean view suite at the
from $ 674 / night.
Besides the software, there is one element that makes Suiteness stand out in the online booking market: From next week, a certain amount of the price of each stay will be allocated to a local charity. For example, visitors to Miami can decide whether their money goes to the Miami Rescue Mission homeless shelter or Amigos for Kids, a child abuse prevention organization. The company would only say that it donates “a percentage” of the cost of the sequel to charity, but did not say exactly what percentage. On a sample $ 1,298 two-night stay at the Fontainebleau, the amount appearing in the charitable donation box was $ 16.58, which is about 1.3%.
“We fundamentally believe that the idea of staying together with a group is wanting to feel connected to each other and to the city, and what better way to feel connected than to give back? Bhathal said, adding: “This is not a Gucci bag. [Guests are] buy an experience, and they want something beyond the tangible, and that fits in perfectly. “
Originally appeared on Condé Nast Traveler