Some may feel that hotels are under threat from the sharing economy. However, others disagree, and some hotels are even finding ways to make the most of it.
Sites like Airbnb offer an easy way to find a place to stay for a visit to London. While some think this takes business away from hotels, others are innovating. Bermondsey Square Hotel has now become one of the few hotels testing a partnership with short-term rental providers.
The hotel has decided to offer its services to owners of short-term rental properties within a one mile radius.
The new Bermondsey SquAIR service allows tenants to use housekeeping services, key management and maintenance. They’ll also act as a point of contact for people staying in rentals. Allowing use of these services makes the stay easier for guests and property owners. Guests have access to services and landlords can be more hands-off.
One of the simple ways it can make things easier is key management. Passing keys back and forth for short-term rentals can sometimes be hard. Some owners send keys in the post, others leave them with someone or somewhere to be collected. Some may insist on dropping them off and collecting them personally. With Bermondsey Square providing pick-up and drop-off at the hotel, this issue is made simpler.
The new service also makes maintenance issues easier to resolve. It’s not always easy to get these problems fixed swiftly.
However, this is one area where hotels often excel. They can provide a faster and more efficient service than many short-term rental owners are able to do. Bermondsey Square Hotel can provide trained professionals to deal with anything from a blocked toilet to a dripping tap.
The Bermondsey SquAIR service is the first of its kind in London. However, other hotels have done similar things. For example, the Hyatt Regency The Churchill teamed up with the up-market Onefinestay to allow renters to use the hotel’s facilities while waiting for their rental property.
Photo credits: Bermondsey Square Hotel.