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The Top 5 Free and Open Source Hotel Booking Engine Software Solutions Compared

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Updated 11/1/2016: We updated this post by adding Sagenda, freetobook, and Skedda, while removing Jomres and roomify which are no longer free.

I have a confession to make.

You know those free sample plates left out at supermarkets? I take more than one.

It’s hard not to. The thrill of something free is very real, especially when it’s food. Even more so when it’s cheese.

Free and Open Source Hotel Booking Engine Software

But when it comes to multiple free options, I just don’t know what to do. Complimentary buffets or catering services make my stomach churn, and not out of hunger.

It’s all food. It’s all free. And I go crazy. I snatch it all up and my plate looks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa when I finally navigate back to my table. (Don’t even get me started on customizable options. The very idea of me creating my own burrito bowl at Chipotle gives me unfathomable anxiety.)

Free and Open Source Hotel Booking Engine Software

The problem with all of this is that none of it’s really healthy. That stack of food makes me bloated and sick later on, and I eat my burrito bowl in anguish (truly), wondering if it could have been better with cilantro rice or roasted chili-corn salsa.

There are no winners here, folks. Especially my stomach.

But just like food, free and open source booking engine software can be just as delicious and enticing. Or bloated and overwhelming.

With all of these reservation software options available for free download or customization, how do you choose? And what’s the best choice for your hotel anyway?

I’ve scoured the buffet for you. I’ve 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.

Let’s go.

1. Qlo

Qlo

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

Pros

Qlo’s highlights include the ability to manage both online and offline booking in one place in addition to administrative room reallocation for a quick unit change if needed.

This solution can also translate your site into multiple languages so you can reach and 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. Other notable features range from 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 features an unlimited number of rooms and room types so you can manage unique properties or even hotel chains.

Cons

While Qlo boasts a variety of features, there is no security component to the software, an important aspect considering the growing data breaches due to unsecure payment processes.

2. Solidres

solid

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.

Pros

Benefits vary depending on if you are using Joomla or WordPress, but across the board, Solidres enables users a built-in tariff feature to set tariff for every day of the week if desired. Additionally, Solidres’ media management tool enables you to manage your media in a centralized location so you can create thumbnails in different sizes to illustrate your hotel rooms and accommodations. Coupon and reward package creation is also possible with this solution 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 in your usage.

Cons

Because Solidres only works for Joomla and WordPress users, other content management systems (CMS) will have to find a different solution.

3. upbooking Hotel Standard

upbooking

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.

Pros

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.

In addition to creating your own terms and conditions for your guests’ stays, users can also 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.

Cons

Because upbooking’s free edition only goes up to three hotel properties and three different types of rooms, unique hotels with varying room types may have to find a solution with more customization.

4. Sagenda

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Sagenda is a free WordPress plugin great for the small hospitality business working with a suite of low-cost products. The developers make their profit off of customizable versions of the plugin for larger businesses, so the plugin itself is guaranteed completely free!

Pros

Sagenda includes a dashboard and personalized emails so if WordPress is your thing, this is perfect.

Cons

This looks like a fairly new solution and it’s too bad that it’s limited just to WordPress. However it has garnered some great reviews on WordPress’ plugin directory and is still being updated frequently.

5. freetobook

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Hard to beat a solution with “free” in the name. Based in Glasgow (with a very international customer base) freetobook not only has online booking features, but also some nice extras like special offers, customer reviews, and SEO. The prices come in when you’re looking at add-on features like integration with Booking.com and a mobile website.

Pros

Freetobook was definitely designed with hospitality in mind, and the add-on features are very attractive, besides making it a scalable solution.

Cons

It looks like the site hasn’t been updated in awhile and online payment is one of the “Plus+” features.

6. Skedda

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Though it’s definitely for smaller properties at the free level, Skedda can be pretty handy. For $0 you can integrate Skedda with your website and manage up to 10 spaces, so this is good for small hospitality businesses. Online support is offered through their knowledge base and email.

Pros

Skedda looks very easy to pick up and use, and the ability for customers to login with a social account is awesome!

Cons

The lack of online payment features (have to upgrade for $49/mo to get those) makes it hard to see Skedda as an all-in-one booking engine. You’ll have to integrate with another tool to allow customers to actually make payments.

More?

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.

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Jennifer Champagne

Jennifer Champagne is a writer for Capterra, specializing in IT, hospitality, and real estate management. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.

Comments

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.

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