Are you using a welcome app for your vacation rentals yet?

Today, they’re used both for self-check-in guests and when you do physical check-ins. Why? Because they can earn you extra cash on tours and services and (more importantly!) because guests love the convenience of them.

Welcome apps provide guests with all the property instructions plus area guides and access to tours and services. Read on for some of the best vacation rental welcome apps out there.

1. Guidal by Vreasy


Guidal is a customisable e-concierge tool that adapts to match the brand and business of the property manager that uses it. It serves as a platform to communicate, provide booking information to the guest as well as local, personalised information about the property and area.

Guests can then book services, curated and managed by Vreasy in key locations: Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, London, Crete, Lisbon, Paris, and Florence. Outside of these locations, property managers can use Guidal to provide their own services.

What guests will see on their vacation rental welcome apps:

  • Guest’s booking info
  • Concierge services
  • House manual
  • Local attractions
  • Things to Do
  • Directions

Guidal is given free of charge to all property managers that use Vreasy PMS and is then automatically customised to each guest. The owner will receive 50% of the Vreasy commission.

If you are working with another PMS you can still sign up for Guidal. The costs depend on the amount of properties you manage and are based on a per month/per property range.

1-20 €4.00
21-50 €3.00
51-100 €2.00
100+ €1.50

2. Touchstay


Touchstay allows you to provide your guests with all your property and area information directly on their phone or tablet. With Touchstay’s software, you are able to design your own digital welcome book. By making use of TouchStay’s programme, you are able to add anything you want such as tips, rules, pictures etc.

Don’t have the time? No worries, Touchstay has options to take over most of the work for you. All the guest has to do is open the link that will be sent via email. Pricing depends on the amount of properties and starts at $1 per month per property.

What guests will see on their vacation rental welcome apps:

  • Adding attractions with Google Places
  • Adding your suggestions with Tripadvisor Reviews
  • Adding practical information for relaxed guests

3. Yoomondo


Yoomondo is a digital welcome tablet and app for Airbnb and Holiday Rental owners that guests can use to discover and book local activities recommended by the accomodation provider.

Don’t have a spare tablet for guests? Yoomondo rents them out! The goal is to get travellers inspired by enabling them to easily book local activities and services. Guests get access thanks to a unique 5-digit code.

Cost is 10 euros per month and the following features are included:

  • Personal guest mobile app (Iphone & android)
  • Tablet app
  • Hostapp
  • Setup assistance (and every subscription starts with a 30-day free trial)

What guests will see on their vacation rental welcome apps:

  • Welcome video
  • Customised map
  • Property info & events
  • Local events

4. Yourwelcome


Yourwelcome is a tablet for hosts that makes it possible to convey all necessary information about your property and the surrounding environment to guests. When subscribing to YourWelcome, you receive a tablet and get access to the YourWelcome web portal on which you can customise your tablet from your own computer.

You can either rent the tablet for 6 months (€49.99) or 12 months (€89.99). A notification will be send to you as soon as the guest arrives. Concerned about what happens whenever the tablet gets lost, stolen or damaged? No worries, a replacement will be send.

What guests will see on their vacation rental welcome apps:

  • Capture check-ins
  • Information about your property and the local area
  • Selling your own services
  • Interactive house guides
  • Interactive house guides
  • Guests can book and pay for taxis, takeaways and tickets to nearby attractions

5. Hostfully


With Hostfully you can make professional online guidebooks for your home sharing needs. You can share all aspects of your home, give recommendations, upload photos, videos etc.

It works on every device and every platform, and it’s free! The guidebook can be shared either digital or printed with whomever you’d like. You can edit and make changes at any time.

What guests will see on their vacation rental welcome apps:

  • Informing your guests with the basics
  • Check-in/ Check-out information
  • Wifi name and password
  • Sharing recommendations
  • Sharing all aspects of the property (how to use the washing machine, TV etc).
  • Providing guests with photo’s and video’s

6. Hello Here App

Hello Here welcome app provides your guests with customized information for them to have a comfortable arrival and stay (make them feel at home) and you can send them push notifications! The guest must download app (ideally prior to arrival) which means they’re likely to keep it after they leave… another way to communicate with them after departure!

When you sign up, you get a 60-day free trial. After trial, you pay 5 euros on a monthly basis, or a one-time yearly payment with a discount. Also, when you add and customize your listings, you get free assistance to help you get started.

What guests will see on the HelloHere vacation rental welcome app:

Recommended Places – Share your local knowledge and give your guests the best local spots; restaurants, hairdressers, stores, even a dentist, and be their own personal guidebook! Personalize your app depending on your guests; families, leisure, or business travelers, this way you can offer 5-star hospitality!

Home Info – Everything your guest needs to know about your vacation rental; the FAQ, house rules, payment procedure, amenities, wifi password, and information about you – their host.

Chat messenger – Your guests can reach you on-the-go and communicate with you in real-time.

Profile – Your guest can see their history of stays, invite their new host, and log into new houses.

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  • thanks for the info and I like most of these applications is 5 yoomondo because it helped me a lot in running the business accommodation rental services provider.

  • Thank you for this helpful heads up. Any plans to do an update on this review? Have any new upstarts appeared? Have any fallen by the wayside? Best, Andy

  • Hi! I know of all of the above personally, they’re all still going strong! Hello Here even won the VrTech Start-Up Competition this year! In a few weeks we’ll release the Who’s Who of the Vacation Rental World with some more app builders including – stay tuned for the release!

  • Hi Vanessa, thanks for the speedy feedback. Coincidentally I’ve started a conversation with Piotr Kubiczek at Hello Here. Will look forward to your forthcoming article! Andy

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