The Top 7 Free and Open Source Hotel Booking Engine Software Solutions Compared

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Update 2/22/2018: We’ve added another free and open source hotel booking engine option, bringing the total number of options to seven from the original six.

When you first look through our hotel management software directory in search of a booking engine that will work for your hotel, it’s probably a lot like going through the buffet. There’s so many tempting options, but it’s hard to figure out what to choose.

And it’s not a decision to be taken lightly. Your booking engine is at the forefront of your business—it’s the way that customers actually do business with you. Without it, you’re stuck asking customers to call you up and manually set up a reservation. And most guests just aren’t going to do that these days.

Free and Open Source Hotel Booking Engine Software

Although booking engine software is essential for your business, you don’t need to pay a lot of money for it. For example, if you run a four-room bed and breakfast, maybe all you need is a basic platform that will allow your customers to make reservations and enable you to take payments. In that case, free software may be for you.

But how do you know which free software to choose? I’ve scoured the buffet for you, and gathered the best free and open source hotel booking engine software solutions for your hotel so you can acquire more guests and maximize your RevPAR. They are listed below in alphabetical order.

1. freetobook

freetobook's dashboard

freetobook’s dashboard

Based in Glasgow (with a very international customer base), freetobook not only has online booking features, but also some nice extras such as special offers, customer reviews, and tools for SEO optimization. Add-on features such as integration with Booking.com and a mobile website will cost you, however.

What makes this software stand out

Through freetobook, you can offer specials and promo codes to your guests to increase reservations. And you can choose the booking channels that work best for you. Freetobook also offers payment systems that get you paid quickly and securely.

Have you used freetobook? Leave a review!

2. KWHotel

KWHotel’s booking process

KWHotel is hotel management software that offers three versions: pro, standard, and free. KWHotel Free can only be used on a single workstation and is intended for small operations. In February 2017, the company announced that they had released the new KWHotel Booking Engine, which applies to all versions.

What makes this software stand out

The booking engine allows guests to book via mobile phone and tablets, and it is “highly customizable,” so you can change colors, themes, and images to get the biggest “wow” response from your customers. In addition, guests receive customized email messages with the status of their reservation.

Have you used KWHotel? Leave a review!

3. Qlo

Qlo is a top free and open source hotel booking engine software option

An example of Qlo’s customizable booking page

This free and open source booking engine enables you to create your own booking site with a variety of customizable features to help differentiate your hotel from the rest of the pack.

What makes this software stand out

Qlo allows you to manage both online and offline booking in one place. Other notable features include a search engine optimization (SEO) tool to boost your web presence, partial-payment booking and integrated-payment gateways for transactions, and a tax-management component to automatically add taxes to your room rates so customers pay the actual amount during the booking process. Furthermore, Qlo allows for an unlimited number of rooms and room types so you can manage unique properties or even hotel chains.

This solution can translate your booking site into multiple languages so you can advertise your property to international guests. Qlo also includes a testimonial feature, which allows you to highlight positive reviews on your landing page to reaffirm your hotel’s excellent service.

Have you used Qlo? Leave a review!

4. Sagenda

Sagenda is a top free and open source hotel booking engine software option

The calendar view of Sagenda’s booking engine

Sagenda is a free WordPress plugin for small hospitality businesses that also ties in with a suite of optional low-cost products. The developers make their profit off of customizable versions of the plugin for larger businesses, so the plugin itself is guaranteed to be completely free.

What makes this software stand out

Sagenda includes a bookings dashboard and can generate personalized emails for guests. The software is optimized for mobile. There are no ads and the company will not send you any spam.

Have you used Sagenda? Leave a review!

5. Skedda

Skedda is a top free and open source hotel booking engine software option

Skedda’s calendar view on tablet and mobile

For absolutely no cost, you can integrate the free version of Skedda with your website and manage up to 10 rooms, which makes it ideal for small hospitality businesses. Support is offered through their online collected knowledge base and through email.

What makes this software stand out

Skedda aims to be easy to pick up and use, and it allows customers to log in with their social media accounts. The software optimizes booking workflows to make managing them easier and stress free. The booking calendar interface lets you get to bookings in a few clicks, and also get a full visual overview of your situation so you always feel in control.

However, Skedda does not offer free online payment features. You’ll have to upgrade for a monthly fee for that.

Have you used Skedda? Leave a review!

6. Solidres

Solidres is a top free and open source hotel booking engine software option

Solidres’ reservation layouts

This 100% free and open source hotel booking software is designed for Joomla and WordPress users, and promises the advantages of customizability, interoperability, and flexibility.

What makes this software stand out

Benefits vary depending on if you are using Joomla or WordPress, but across the board, Solidres enables users to set tariffs for every day of the week if desired. It also allows for coupon and reward packages so you can reward frequent and loyal guests. Other standout features of Solidres include the ability to support multiple currencies, Google maps integration so guests can be easily directed to your location, and free MySQL support for any issues that may arise.

Have you used Solidres? Leave a review!

7. UpBooking

Upbooking is a top free and open source hotel booking engine software option

UpBooking’s booking engine data chart

UpBooking is a sub-brand of MA-NO Web Design & Development, a website design, development, and internet marketing agency with 15 years of experience in the industry.

What makes this software stand out

UpBooking’s free standard booking engine provides users with a branded layout so you can design your own unique template using HTML and CSS for up to three different hotel properties and up to three different types of rooms.

You can create your own terms and conditions for your guests’ stays, and define conditions for room cancellations and view site-visit stats and reservations made with conversion rates. This solution also has a multilingual customer interface so you can reach customers across the globe as well as a map application to show your location and provide directions to incoming guests.

Free updates and upgrades are also included in this free edition.

Have you used Upbooking? Leave a review!

Still want to see other booking options?

Don’t quite see what you’re looking for? Check out our free and open source hotel management software guide or visit Capterra’s reservation software listings to find the right match for your hotel.

Looking for Hospitality Property Management software? Check out Capterra's list of the best Hospitality Property Management software solutions.

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Dan Taylor

Dan is a content writer at Capterra, specializing in hotel management, construction and real estate. Outside the office, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, catching up with the latest offering from HBO or paying a visit to a new place.

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I started development a year ago… . As a developer which do you advice to use. As i have not done any booking site before… and can any of them be integrated with an online payment platform?

Sure thing!

If you’re looking for a booking engine solution that can integrate, Jomres, Qlo, and Solidres all have payment platform integration capabilities. If you want to use a particular payment platform, I’d check out each solution’s personal site to see if they support the platform you’re using or would like to use.

If you are in need of booking system i suggest you should try out JomHoliday by Comdev, it is a Joomla Booking Script, which suits your requirements, it has whole lot of features which you require for example search module, items module, ajax live map search module, booking calendar build, advance search and filter option, Joomla articles integration and many more.

just submitting a comment to let you know that the all-new Roomify for Accommodations is now completely free, and will remain so. It’s a completely new solution built on what we learned while developing Roomify for Agencies for anything from a single Vacation Rental or B&B/Hotel to hundreds of properties. The features are too numerous to mention, but include complete translation capabilities, special offers, deposits, taxes and easy room reallocation. The solution is under active development and we welcome feedback and contributions via github. Finally, channel management is available as an optional paid service.

Thanks for providing an article hotel management software. I still have a hard time to choose. Anyone of you have a demo for this top 5 software?

You prefix this by saying Jomres is no longer free. That’s not accurate, in fact it’s business model hasn’t changed for years.

The Core system, which has many features is and remains free. You can extend the functionality through the use of plugins, for which you’ll need a valid license.

I did try to inform you of this via twitter, but no changes were made.

By no means am I a Web developer foondy. However, I will not touch Joomla ever again. As i was starting out I Built 3 beautiful websites 2 for a guesthouse and 1 for a hair salon. WHAT A DISASTER it ended up in.

within the first month 1 guesthouse and the hairsalon was subjected to cyber hacking and ended up getting blacklisted as they posed as a bank skimming usernames and passwords.

Still to this day the hairsalong is receiving porn e-mails etc even though I have deleted all contents of the website. Changed usernames and passwords, even gone as far as moving the domains to other companies in the hopes that they can protect the clients data from being hacked.

The second guesthouse I purchased a reservation booking system plugin to cater for online bookings and payments, cost me a fortune in domain licenses. Needless to say, Resmania went bankrupt or whatever and completely disappeared from the face of the earth and as a result I had a very anger client on my hands. So embarrassing. No thanks, will never go down that route again.

Jomres is far too expensive.

Looking for other stable alternatives for sideline projects.

@Gary Farham

Your comment isn’t very fair to Joomla. It’s much more secure than WordPress ( https://sucuri.net/website-security/website-hacked-report ) and that’s usually due to poorly written plugins, not the CMS itself.

As for Resmania themselves, they closed up shop over 6 years ago. These things happen, businesses close. It’s why having access to the Open Source code is great, you can still use the software and maintain it yourself if the software is mission critical to you or your client.

> Jomres is far too expensive.

On this we would have to agree to disagree. We’ve been constantly working on the product since 2005 and it provides features you simply wont get in other products such as a REST API ( none of our competitors offer this ). The features it offers are worth *considerably* more than you’d pay for a compatible product.

Hi, what about ‘Easy booking’ (Drupal distribution)?. it seems very good I would like to hear your opinion.
https://www.drupal.org/project/easy_booking

i’m quite surprised to not find Bookigjini here, please go to https://bookingjini.com and have a look. They have one of the best booking engine for hotels.

On top of open source, there is another option for hotel owner to get a booking engine – commission-based booking engine.

Commission-based booking engine is works very well for hotel with seasonal demand and has insufficient IT-muscle to maintain the system and keep it up-to-date with the latest technologies (e.g. payment options, notifications, promotion code pricing).

Softinn offers commission-based booking engine which is popular among boutique hotels in South East Asia. https://www.mySoftinn.com

Disclosure: I founded Softinn.

As an alternative to Segenda you mentioned in the post, I can also recommend MotoPress hotel booking. It’s a WordPress plugin with the all-inclusive functionality for hotel and rental property owners who use WordPress. It’s in the official repository and can be used for free with tons of options https://wordpress.org/plugins/motopress-hotel-booking-lite/

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