Home sharing and short-term accommodations marketplace with a big variety of properties

Short-Term rental booking platform

Through advanced features, listings on CuddlyNest get increased traffic and become more visible and rentable


Benefits of connecting to CuddlyNest via Rentals United


Automatic Upload

Complete sync to add properties effortlessly


Automatic Update

Sync rates, availability, photos & property info


Advanced Options

2-Way connection, Markup and more

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Service Features

  • We create new properties on CuddlyNest for you
  • 2-Way connection: a booking or a cancellation updates calendar everywhere
  • Full Connection: rates, availability and property information update

Key Info

Category Vacation rental site
Service Release Date 2016
Headquarter Location Orlando, US
N of Rentals United properties connected 23.000
Minimum properties required 1
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Pricing model Commission based
Commission Added on top of your pricing
What is synced Rates, Availability, Bookings, Photos, Property Info
Onboarding time 1 Week
Minimum requirements Minimum Content Quality required. Contact us for more info

How it Works

  1. Upload your properties to Rentals United. Add them manually or via PMS/API sync. Go to Services and add CuddlyNest
  2. Follow the Checklist with detailed instructions. Create an account and sign your agreement with CuddlyNest
  3. Activate Connection. Your properties will be uploaded via API by Rentals United
  4. Your rates, calendars and property info, including photos and amenities, will update automatically.

A Traveler’s Journey at the origin of CuddlyNest

Hailing from a small, remote village in India, Ritesh Raj has always been captivated by technology and the world beyond his immediate surroundings. After moving to New Delhi, Ritesh’s interactions with friends around the globe ignited his passion for travel. Over the next five years, Ritesh embarked on a remarkable journey, visiting more than 100 countries across every continent.

Ritesh’s formative experience laid the groundwork for CuddlyNest. Exploring diverse destinations, Ritesh encountered a consistent pain point—the difficulty of finding and booking varied accommodation options on a single platform. Regardless of whether Ritesh sought hostels, hotels, vacation rentals, or something in between, the process was fragmented and inefficient.

Ritesh’s co-founder, Haitham Saead, shared a similar frustration from his background in banking and consulting. Together, Ritesh and Haitham set out to solve the problem and create an all-in-one booking platform that catered to every type of traveler and accommodation.

The Birth of an Innovative Travel Tech Solution

Overcoming Technical and Financial Hurdles

The first hurdle was understanding the startup costs and required resources. Building a robust technology platform that aggregates and seamlessly presents millions of properties from diverse suppliers was not easy. The team faced the daunting task of onboarding and integrating thousands of partners, each with its own systems and requirements.

CuddlyNest developed sophisticated scanning tools and leveraged artificial intelligence models to ensure accurate property matching and prevent duplicates in the system. Ritesh recalls having worked with thousands of individual owners, hundreds of suppliers, and different kinds of channel managers and property management systems. The team put a lot of work into building something that goes and has book places of all types.

Embracing a Remote-First Approach

Recognizing the importance of speed and efficiency, Ritesh and his Haitham adopted a remote-first structure from the outset. The adoption created a global team without the overhead of a physical office, enabling more agile decision-making and tighter control of expenses.

Ritesh’s extensive travel experience proved invaluable during the development process. He had personally experienced the pain points he sought to address, giving him a deep understanding of the needs and preferences of different traveler personas.

Weathering the Storm: Prevailing Over the Pandemic

Just as CuddlyNest was gaining momentum, the COVID-19 pandemic struck and presented an unprecedented challenge. As a travel-focused business, the company was at the epicenter of a global crisis, with most travelers grounded and the industry in turmoil.

Adapting to a New Reality

Ritesh and the team had to act quickly to ensure the company’s survival. CuddlyNest weathered the storm and avoided the drastic workforce cuts many competitors faced by maintaining a lean and remote-first structure.

The pandemic forced CuddlyNest to rethink marketing and customer acquisition strategies. Knowing that travelers were eager to explore the world again once restrictions eased, CuddlyNest launched the “Plan Now, Stay Later” campaign. The approach allowed customers to dream about and book future travels, even during the height of the pandemic.

The team’s commitment to transparency, cost control, and a customer-centric approach has been key to the company’s continued growth and success.

Carving a Unique Niche in a Crowded Market

A One-Stop Shop for Travelers

Ritesh and Haitham’s unique selling proposition is a one-stop shop for all accommodation types, from hotels and hostels to vacation rentals and serviced apartments. By aggregating a diverse inventory of over 4 million properties across 80,000+ destinations, CuddlyNest aims to be the go-to platform for travelers seeking the perfect stay, regardless of budget or preferences.

Importantly, CuddlyNest has minimized commissions and offered dynamic pricing, keeping costs low for customers while ensuring a fair deal for the company’s partners.

Coexisting With Industry Giants

Ritesh’s vision is not to compete head-to-head with industry juggernauts, but rather to coexist and provide an alternative that caters to the needs of a diverse traveler base. CuddlyNest is steadily building a brand and reputation as a trusted, traveler-focused platform through organic growth, targeted marketing, and a relentless commitment to customer satisfaction.

The Road Ahead: Expansion, Diversification, and Revolutionizing Travel

Ritesh and the team plan to transform the company into a true one-stop shop for all things travel. Beyond the core accommodation offerings, Ritesh hopes to expand into flights, activities, car rentals, and more.

The company’s recent $14 million funding is seen to fuel growth and diversification strategy. With a focus on the US market as a starting point, CuddlyNest plans to market its brand and capabilities aggressively by utilizing a mix of digital, social, and traditional advertising channels.

Ritesh’s long-term vision is for CuddlyNest to become the go-to travel platform, empowering travelers to discover, book, and experience the world with unparalleled ease and convenience.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes CuddlyNest different from other online travel agencies (OTAs)?

CuddlyNest offers different accommodation options, from hotels and hostels to vacation rentals and serviced apartments, all on a single platform. The company emphasizes value for travelers and property owners, minimizing commissions and offering dynamic pricing.

How many properties are currently listed on CuddlyNest?

CuddlyNest has over 4 million properties listed across more than 80,000 destinations worldwide to date.

What is CuddlyNest’s business model, and how does it benefit property owners?

CuddlyNest operates on a commission-based model but with a unique twist. The company allows property owners to take their preferred booking fee, resulting in lower commission rates going as low as 3%-5%. The approach seeks to provide a fair deal for property owners while keeping costs low for travelers.

What markets is CuddlyNest currently focusing on?

CuddlyNest has a global presence but is initially concentrating marketing efforts on the US market, with plans to expand to Europe, Asia, and other regions subsequently.

What is CuddlyNest’s long-term vision?

Ritesh Raj envisions CuddlyNest as the go-to platform for travelers worldwide, aiming to integrate accommodations, flights, activities, car rentals, and more. The company prioritizes customer needs and leverages cutting-edge technology to revolutionize how people plan and explore the world.