How to use Hostaway multi-unit?
What is a Hostaway multi-unit listing?
Multi-Unit/Multi-Availability has mostly been used by the hotel industry. But now, STR professionals can also enjoy this feature.
Let's say you have a building and in this building, you have 6 Standard Apartments and 2 Standard Apartments with sea views.
Before, you would have to create every apartment as a separate listing and manage 8 listings. But, with the multi-unit feature, you can create 2 listings with multiple units. For example:
- Standard Apartment (6)
- Unit 101
- Unit 102
- Unit 103
- Unit 104
- Unit 105
- Unit 106
- Standard Apartment with sea view (2)
- Unit 201
- Unit 202
The good thing is that instead of managing 8 listings, you only have to manage 2 listings.
It is important to know that the multi-unit listings have to be the same listings, at the same address, with the same amenities and price strategy. A Standard Apartment will be treated as a listing in Hostaway whereas Units are only a reflection of the availability (how many Standard Apartment you want to rent).
How to set up multi-unit listings in Hostaway?
- Import the listing from Airbnb (You can import a single or multi-unit listing)
- Once imported, go to Channel Manager > Click on the 3 dots > Convert to multiunit
- Select the number of units and then press convert: This will create the number of units desired and will automatically update Airbnb.
Important: It is not possible to change the number of units once created.
The listing should be already set up as a multi-unit on Booking.com. (One Booking.com room type with multi availability). Once created on Booking.com, you can request the connection to Hostaway as described in this article on how to connect to Booking.com.
Important: It is not possible to export multi-unit listings to Booking.com.
You can export a multi-unit listing exactly the same way you would export a single listing.
You can find the steps on how to export listings to Vrbo.
Like for Booking.com, the listing should be created as a multi-availability listing and then connected to Hostaway.
You can find the steps on how to connect to Expedia.
How do Hostaway features work with multi-unit?
The multi-Unit listing will have units created with random IDs that are internal to Hostaway.
The IDs are visible in Listings >Edit > Units. The name of the unit can be changed and will be visible on the calendar.
- The calendar rate is the same for all units
- When a reservation comes in, it will be assigned to a unit randomly. You can drag and drop to maximise occupancy or click on the reservation > The unit to then change to another Unit
- The Units are not cross-listing. This means that if a Unit is booked, the other units are still available. Cross-Listing is not possible for Multi-Unit listings.
- Analytics, listing financials, occupancy report: They will all report data on a listing level, not on a Unit level.
Tasks, Automation, Guest Reviews
All these features will work exactly the same.
Let's say I have a Standard Apartment with 5 units. How will Hostaway charge me for it?
For multi-unit, the system will automatically add the number of units to your invoice.
You can find more information on how does billing work.