Best WordPress Hotel Booking Plugins Compared – Free and Premium

Looking for a reliable hotel room booking plugin for your WordPress website? You are in luck! There are tons of them – free and premium. And they are different in functionality, design and pricing. In this hand-picked collection you’ll find solutions for a diversity of hospitality niche establishments  – hotels, guest houses, villas, hostels, etc. All plugins are standalone ones, namely, you can install and benefit from them regardless of the WordPress theme used. There are some main things you should pay attention to when choosing a plugin. Firstly, to suit your local business, the plugin should be multilingual to let you translate it and use properly with your target audience. Another important thing is whether you run one or more hotels – not all plugins allow to enable reservation for multiple hotels featured on one website. What’s more, check whether the plugin offers suitable payment systems. Also, you might probably need complete synchronization with OTAs to avoid overbooking and at the same time increase booking rate – some of the plugins support this functionality. If you are looking for any specific custom options, look through all features list – you should find ones to your needs. Be sure to check frontend and/or backend demo of the plugin – only this way you’ll be able to get your own impressions and check each feature in the wild. In each “pros” list I highlight the features that more or less stand out in comparison to other niche plugins. The “cons” list should help you see the possible obstacles you may experience with the plugin. At the end you’ll see a comparison table, so you can bookmark the post and get back any time to quickly find a needed piece of info. So be attentive and choose wisely! Pinpoint Booking System Pro Details | Demo Pinpoint Booking system Pro is not limited to hotel room reservation option only. It will perfectly serve your other hospitality business needs as well. The plugin generates a booking calendar which can be put with each room and provides the visitors with the option to book a desired accommodation. The main features of the plugin are: No-brainer booking process for users – it’s performed on one page without reloading (AJAX powered);Minimalist calendar view;Responsive design;Ability to create and display unlimited number of calendars on the site (perfect if you want to present different hotels);Website admin can add, approve, reject, cancel or delete a booking request;Admin/user notifications and different confirmation modes;Full WooCommerce integration (ability to set coupons, discounts, taxes & fees to display on the checkout page);Ability to add extra services with/without prices while guests check out;Tons of settings to make it work exactly to your needs;Ability to put booking calendar into the sidebar;Multicurrency support;PayPal (online) or Cash on arrival (offline) payments support. Pros: The extended license provides lifetime updates and support;Multi-language backend and frontend support;American (MM DD, YYYY) or European (DD MM YYYY) formats for dates;A unique option to submit your website to Pinpoint.World to make it more recognizable across the net;Multi-site support;It can serve your other booking needs (like event booking, for example). Cons: Looks the plugin doesn’t allow you to set room rates;Guys were selling it for $5 on CodeCanyon for 5 years, but then quit the marketplace and completely changed the business model – now the Pro version of the plugin is a bit expensive;If you need any additional payment gateway other than PayPal, you’ll need to purchase extra addon for it (2Checkout, Icepay, etc.) Pricing: it comes with 7 various licenses to suit various needs, prices start at $50. Free version available. Here is the full list of features and the difference between the pro and free versions. Booknetic Details | Demo Booknetic is a WordPress appointment scheduling plugin that automates and customizes your booking system. Due to its adaptability, it is suitable for many types of businesses, especially hotels. Its flexible technologies allow all device users to access your services when and where they need them. Customers can book rooms, view their calendars, and make changes to their schedules. Shared calendars also help improve team accountability. Connecting PayPal and Stripe ensures that payments are delivered on time. You can bill on-site or pay online, request prepayment, and schedule recurring or one-time payments at the click of a button. With a comprehensive dashboard, you’ll have complete control over the management of your sites, employees, and services. The main features of the plugin are: Element-rich Form Builder to create custom booking forms.Hide/show and reorder booking steps.Accepts payment through various payment gateways.Google Calendar Integration to manage bookings effectively.Booking status notification to customers via SMS, email, and Whatsapp.Supports multiple services, multiple locations, and multiple staff.Responsive design.The ability to create coupons, discounts, and giftcards.The ability to translate booking panels into any language.Built-in Zoom Integration to support your business operations. Pros: Frontend and backend demos available.An insightful admin dashboard for effective planning and performance analysis.Easy-to-use.Includes all the great features listed above. Cons: Comparatively expensive. Pricing: You can purchase Booknetic WordPress plugin from Codecanyon marketplace at a one-time fee of $79. You’ll get access to all the future updates of the plugin and also get access to support from the plugin developers for six months. Booking Calendar Details | Demo Booking Calendar is the most popular free WordPress plugin for creating hotel reservation system. It was not designed specifically for hotels, but it’s one of the options you can use to your advantage. It lets you create availability calendar with existing hotel rooms so that your guests can choose the needed room and submit a booking request. So, what are your options? Here are some major ones: Customizable calendar design and texts;Responsive design;Notification emails for administrator and guests (like confirmation, cancel, etc);Built with using Ajax technologies lettings your guests complete a booking process quicker on the same page;Support for equipment rentals;Customizable calendar legend;The plugin is widget ready so you can put it into the sidebar. Pros: Multilanguage support;The plugin allows to set multiple bookings in one calendar for the same day;Ability to mark chosen dates as unavailable in the calendar;Frontend and backend demo. Cons: As with every multipurpose booking plugin, this one comes with a simplified frontend calendar and complicated backend dashboard.Expansive Pro versions;Payment gateways support only in Pro version for Small Business , which is min $149 Pricing: free with different licenses of premium version. WP Hostel Details | Demo WP Hostel WordPress plugin is designed for hostels and small hotel establishments. It comes with the ultimate functionality set to easily present all available rooms of your hostel, and turn on online booking option. Here are some more details about the plugin: You may supply each room with description, availability calendar and booking option;It accepts online payments for room/bed reservation via PayPal, Stripe, or manual CC payments;Responsive design;Ability for guests to reserve a bed/beds in a dormitory room;Ability to add and edit extra services;Easy-to-use calendar and booking form;Automatic email reminders for admin and users;Ability to add custom fields to a booking form;Option to set discounts; Pros: Translation ready;Ability to synchronize your online booking services with iCal / ics room calendars;Reports and statistic charts for administrator to see how and when each room performs better;60-day refund policy;Frontend and backend demo; Cons: A bit awkward frontend design. Pricing: Hostel Pro is $47 and Hostel Pro Ensuite is $67; free version available. Easy Reservations Details | Demo: no Easy Reservation is a free WordPress plugin for you to add availability calendar and booking form to the accommodations presented on your site. The plugin is translation ready and quite feature-rich. Some of the main features are: Minimalistic calendar design;Quick booking process for customers that doesn’t require page reloading;Ability for guests to edit their booking afterwards;Hourly, weekly or daily billing;Discounts available. Pros: A feature-rich free version;Statistics and reports. Cons: No frontend and no backend demo. Pricing: free with Pro version available. Opal Hotel Booking Details | Demo Opal Hotel Booking is a free solution for implementing a room booking system into your WordPress website – it will work for any kind of hospitality business. It comes packaged with many useful options: Modern design and easy to set up admin dashboard;Ability to add multiple rooms and supply them with various amenities, extra prices for services, packages, coupons;Option to set room rates;Quick checkout process plus PayPal Standard and Stripe payments support;Different currencies to set up;Multilanguage support. Pros: The availability search form includes a room type search field increasing the speed of finding the appropriate room for guests;Developers can override templates to change plugin’s behaviour to their needs;Allows to create a private API to use for 3rd party products. Cons: The frontend demo is offered in a real custom theme, so we don’t know how the plugin will actually output content in your theme. Pricing: free There are a couple more WordPress plugins that require signing up (having account of the platform), so probably you will find them useful as well: Checkfront – a popular tool to add a booking form to each of your hotel room. eZee Online Hotel Booking Engine is another free plugin for adding and managing your hotel reservations. Here is a quick comparison table with main criteria:  Plugin/   prices start at Free version   (wp.org rating) Translation readyHotel business dedicated Payment gateways Pinpoint System Pro   ($50) Yes (3.9)YesNoPayPal + paid addons for other gatewaysBooknetic  ($79) NoYes YesPayPal, Stripe + other WooCommerce payment gatewaysMotoPress Hotel Booking   ($49) NoYes (professionally translated into 13 languages; editable via any translation program)YesPayPal, Stripe, 2Checkout payments, payments after arrival (offline). WooCommerce Payments. Customers pay full price or depositHBook   ($49) NoYes (translatable with any multilingual program like WPML)YesStripe and/or PayPal + offline payments (on arrival, bank wire). Customers pay full price or depositBooking Calendar   ($79) Yes (4.7)Yes, multilingual (100% translated into 7 languages)NoSupported only in Pro version for Small Business , which is min $149 (pay in cash, PayPal Standard, PayPal IPN, Authorize.net, etc.)WP Hostel Pro   ($47) Yes (4.7)Yes, ready for translationYesPaypal (Hostel & Hostel PRO) or Stripe (Hostel PRO), manual paymentsEasy Reservations   (119 €) Yes (3.9)Yes, translatable content in your forms and emails (Pro feature)NoPayPal, CC payments, Stripe, etc. (Pro feature ). Full price or depositOpal Hotel Booking   (free) Yes (4.3)Yes, translation readyYesPayPal, Stripe, offline payments And another comparison on 3 additional criteria (after some manual testing): PluginUsing for   multiple hotels Frontend Design/   Admin Flexibility (5/5) UpdatesPinpoint System ProNot clear4/5Regularly updatedBookneticNo5/5Regularly updatedMotoPress Hotel BookingNo5/5Regularly updatedHBookNo5/5Regularly updatedBooking CalendarYes5/4Regularly updatedWP Hostel ProNot clear4/5Free version updated 3 months agoEasy ReservationsYesno infoFree version updated 2 months agoOpal Hotel BookingNo5/5Regularly updated Conclusions Almost all of the featured WordPress hotel reservation plugins run similarly, however there are 2 main types you should choose from – multipurpose booking system or dedicated hotel booking system. The first one is generally a booking calendar that should be added under each accommodation (it works with event and appointment bookings as well) and another is entirely meant for hotel hospitality business needs. Dedicated hotel booking engines are rather more easily manageable and more feature-rich. However, both types come with various pros and cons which will hopefully help you find the most appropriate solution for your particular business niche. So, have you already made up your mind which of these plugins is best for you? Ann Taylor Ann Taylor is an overall WordPress, open source and dark folk music fan. Tweet her @mainoxa to discuss all things WordPress. Related Topics: Plugin Reviews Tags: booking calendar, hostel and guest house reservation, hotel booking engine, hotel reservation systems for wordpress, hotel room booking plugin, property rental Consider sharing this post so others can find it: Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on reddit Share on telegram Share on whatsapp Share on pocket Share on email Join thousands of people receiving real-world, genuine evaluations of WordPress products and services just like this one every week. Email Stay informed for free

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