How to Easily Build a Bed and Breakfast Hotel Website with WixHotels

Last updated on November 1, 2016
How to build a bed & breakfast hotel website
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If you’re operating a hotel, bed & breakfast or vacation rental homes, then you understand how important it is to have a website not only to showcase your properties to potential renters, but also offer them an easy way to book / reserve a unit and an easy way for you to collect payments.

There are a number of options for you if you want to create a bed and breakfast hotel websiteand most of them are quite expensive.

You can hire a designer and coder to custom-build a website for you, but that will run you into the thousands of dollars very easily (and quickly). And if you want to make any edits, it will cost you more money.

There are services out there that offer you a setup fee that runs from hundreds of dollars to a couple of thousands of dollars, then a recurring monthly fee to keep the website up.

It almost feels as if you have to pay an arm and a leg, and / or be held hostage to pricey developers or programs just to have a B&B / hotel website so you can grow your business.

 

What If You Want To Create Your Own Hotel Website – Cheaply and Without Technical Knowledge?

There are website builders out there that empower you to build your own website by dragging and dropping text, images, slideshows, contact forms, maps into a website.

Here is a list of leading “drag & drop” website builders available in the market today.

They’re very user-friendly and you don’t have to know how to write one single line of code to create a website. They host your website for you, and you don’t have to worry about anything else other than to run your business. Let’s just say they’re non-tech people friendly!

They don’t cost thousands of dollars to set up either, as their monthly plans usually start from say around $5 to $25. Why? Well, it’s because you’ll be building it yourself (and it’s quite easy, relatively fast, and fun too).

But you need more than just the ability to build a website yourself without any codes.  You need hospitality related tools to power your business.

 

What About Room Reservation Systems & Payment Tools To Help Me Manage?

Yes, these drag & drop website builders enable you to easily create your own site without hiring costly developers.

But what’s missing?

The challenge is that they don’t offer you an automated, stylish and functional way to offer your hotel / bed & breakfast units to your potential customers!

Sure you can drag in an image of your room, then insert an “add to cart” ecommerce button. But what about reservation systems for you to manage bookings and room inventory?

What about taking reservations 24/7 on your behalf? What about an attractive property / room description layout so your website actually looks like a professionally built hotel website? What about automated emails to notify your customers about their bookings?

You need an easy to use website builder that includes bed & breakfast hotel related tools.

 

WixHotels – A Painless (and Cheap) Way to Build & Manage Your Bed & Breakfast Hotel Website

Wix offers you a very economical and easy way to build a website to showcase your hotel and rooms to potential customers.

Before we get into the features that can help make your life a lot easier in operating your bed & breakfast / hotel business, here’s a short video that will show you what Wix can do for you:

Wix offers you an internal reservation system to help you manage your bookings and also collect payments, and Wix powers your website online.

How to build hotel website - Example

The image above is just an example of how your website can potentially look like.

What really rocks is that Wix has over 500 premium templates for you to choose from, and they have a lot of great looking hotel / bed & breakfast focused design templates for you to choose from.

Just pick your favorite design, populate it with your own content and you’re almost there.

Here’s just an example of a hotel website that was built using Wix builder:

Example of hotel website created by Wix

I’ll get into how simple it is to use in just a minute.

The burning question in your mind is – how much?  Right?  Cost is an important factor to consider in business, so let’s get right into this.

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Is It Expensive To Build a Hotel Website With Wix?

Wix is absolutely free for you to try (to test drive to see if you like their user interface).

This is quite important just so you get comfortable with what you’re getting into). It’s also good to know that they don’t impose any time limits to your trial – so you can create a fully functioning website for free, without any time limits.

To access more web building tools, and to be able to use your own domain website name, you can upgrade to their premium plans. There is a range of plans, ranging from $4 per month to $25 per month, depending on what you need.

Keep in mind that you can always upgrade if you need more, downgrade if you need less, or even cancel. So you’re not tied up in a long-term contract in any way.

How to build a bed & breakfast hotel website - Wix Pricing

Their hotel booking tool is called “Hotel Booking System” (or “WixHotels”) and it is an app that you add on to your website built with Wix.

WixHotels is another $9.99 per month if you want to use it, and it’s important that you add it to your website to transform it from a normal website to one that enables you to power your hotel / bed & breakfast business.

The first 30 days of using WixHotels is free – just for you to test things out.

So even if you add on the monthly fee of using Wix (from $4 to $25 per month), it’s not a very expensive tool to power your online booking system.

Now that we know that Wix is a much cheaper alternative to other solutions, let’s get into what you get with WixHotels (to see if it can actually work for you).

 

What Hotel Booking Tools Do I get with WixHotels?

We’ve seen in an image above how your website can potentially look like.

One thing to know is that Wix is very flexible when it comes to dragging and dropping content around your website. So you can definitely style / design your website the way you want to, changing colors, font styles, images, to reflect your brand – all by a few mouse clicks without ever touching codes.

Check out our full review and discussion about Wix here, where we outline the pros & cons of using Wix, and other helpful features you should know about.

Here is also what your backend reservation looks like. The reservation system is automatically updated when someone makes a booking, or you can manually insert reservations.

Create a hotel website - reservation system

Creating your bed and breakfast / hotel website with Wix is relatively straightforward – there are 3 main steps:

Bed and Breakfast Hotel Website - 3-steps

When you are adding rooms to your website in Wix, you can name your rooms (i.e. Deluxe, Twin), the number of rooms, guests, room size, the number of beds and room descriptions.

You can upload up to 10 photos for each room. Make sure you upload very high-quality images!

How to build a hotel site - room pictures

Of course, you can outline what sort of amenities come with each room. As you know, this very important when it comes to selecting hotels – at least that’s one of the first things I look for when I reserve rooms!

How to build a bed and breakfast website - Room amenities

Lastly, you can insert your room prices. WixHotels allow you to set different rack rates for weekdays and weekends.

How to Create a Hotel Website - Room Prices

You even have the ability to control seasonal prices as well. So Wix has built in quite a bit of flexibility here.

How to create a bed & breakfast website - Seasonal Rates

 

Setting Up Your Hotel Payment Method

Wix offers you 3 ways to get paid:

  1. PayPal
  2. Stripe
  3. Offline payments

When a guest makes an online reservation with your website, you can choose to collect payment up front using PayPal or Stripe (also a very popular payment processor).

These are tightly integrated with WixHotels so you don’t have to worry about the technical side of things.

building a hotel website - payment options

There is also an option to get offline payments. This way, your guests don’t settle the bill until they arrive. It’s really up to you which option you like to have.

You can also add in taxes to your bookings as well.

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Room Search Bar – So Your Visitors Can Quickly Find an Available Room

How to build a bed & breakfast hotel website - Search BarAn important and useful tool that Wix offers you is a search bar that’s dedicated for your potential guests to quickly find available rooms for their travel dates.

This offers two main benefits – provides great user experiences where your guests can quickly find available rooms, and you don’t have to answer emails or phone calls from people asking you if there is anything available!

All the data is automatically updated, which can free up so much of your time and automatically provide your visitors with accurate information.

The WixHotels search bar can be added to your Wix website without touching any codes. Literally just click “Add” when you in Wix, and you can drag the search bar to wherever you want on your site.

That’s one of Wix’s greatest benefits – you can literally drag and drop anything anywhere on your website.

You can also stretch the form sideways to get a horizontal looking search bar if it better fits your overall web design.

How to build a bed & breakfast hotel website search bar 2

Wix also offers you the ability to style the format of the search bar (date format, font color, font style, font size, background, etc).

 

Promoting Special Events & Your Rooms with Wix’s Newsletter Feature

One of Wix’s helpful tools, called Wix ShoutOut, enables you to send your guests newsletter updates.

Once your guests book rooms, you’ll have their email address in your Wix system. Here, you can use Wix ShoutOut (Wix’s newsletter service which you can use for free) to email them about any new updates about your hotel / bed & breakfast, special promotions, or just to keep in touch.

We all know that the easiest way to grow your business is to get repeat customers!

Moreover, your newsletter recipients can also forward your newsletter to their friends and family! That’s an absolutely free way to get some trusted marketing without costing you a pretty penny.

Wix ShoutOut allows you to style your email newsletter so you can maintain your brand identity in your newsletters.

 

Mobile Friendly – Your Guests Can Book Hotel Rooms Anywhere, Anytime

Wix and its WixHotels tools are mobile friendly. What this means is that your visitors can book rooms with any device that’s connected to the internet.

They can use their computer desktop, tablets, or mobile phones.

How to create bed & breakfast site - mobile

They can also make reservations 24/7 a day. They can check for availability, review room details, and reserve and pay for the rooms – even when you’re not working (or when you’re sleeping!)

The platform powers everything on the internet for you.

 

Integration with TripAdvisor’s Booking Engine & Paid Advertising Platform

WixHotels allows TripAdvisor’s visitors to book rooms to your hotel, directly on TripAdvisor’s website. This enables you to grow your business by acquiring more bookings directly from the world’s largest travel website.

With WixHotels, you can also tap into TripAdvisor’s price search results, to further help you promote your business.  This feature is available to you with WixHotels without you messing around with complicated setup procedures. Wix has done most of the hard work for you!

How to build a hotel website - Trip Advisor

 

Conclusion – Using WixHotels to Painlessly Build a Functional Bed & Breakfast Hotel Website

If you need to build a website for your bed & breakfast or hotel, there a few options for you.

We think that using Wix and its WixHotels add-on gives you the most control over your business website (without the need to have any technical skills), and is the most economical over the long term of your business.

You don’t need to hire anyone to create the site for you, you don’t need to pay them for making tiny changes that you can quickly do yourself. Getting things done is just so much faster that way.

Wix enables you to build a full website about your business, and its WixHotels tool allows you to take reservations online and collect payments 24/7, automatically. Your guests can search for available rooms by date, and your inventory is always updated.

Gone are the days where you have to rely on expensive service providers that respond very slowly when you need to update details about your rooms or businesses.

With Wix, you can just log into your website, and make those changes easily by yourself.

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Jeremy Wong

About Jeremy Wong

Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.

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25 Responses to How to Easily Build a Bed and Breakfast Hotel Website with WixHotels

  1. #

    can wix also talk to other websites on bookings ,if i want to also use other site engines to take bookings like another host or Air bb

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Johnz,

      I’m not entirely sure. I think WixBookings works on its own so it may not be able to communicate with other search engines.

      Jeremy

  2. #

    In the offline payments, is there a way to collect credit card information from guests in order to hold their reservation? Would I create a form? I would also need a SSL. Does Wx offer that?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Terri,

      I’m not sure if there is an automated way to collect credit card information. Perhaps what you can do is send out a follow up email automatically with Wix Shoutout and tell them to provide credit card information. Just as a workaround that might just work.

      Further, it’s a good habit to start collecting your visitors’ email addresses (using Wix Shoutout as mentioned) so you can send them promotion / marketing details, etc. Or even provide helpful information about what to do around the hotel / destination. These are all value added services / information that I’m sure your visitors will appreciate and will help you build your brand!

      Wix doesn’t offer SSL for all webpages, but in the ecommerce check out pages, where sensitive information is exchanged, SSL is available (provided by the payment processor,such as PayPal).

      Jeremy

  3. #

    We found some important limitations in Wix-Hotel.
    We are renting holiday flats only on a monthly basis and not on a daily basis.
    We wanna show on the website only the month price and not a day price within the “room-price bar”.

    Unfortunately it seems that is not possible with WIx Hotel.
    Wix Hotel displays and calculates by its one in the room-price bar a day price.

    So it seems that for “holiday apartment”, which are renting on a weekly or monthly basis, Wix Hotel is not suitable. Or at least we did not found out how to accomplish it.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Antonino,

      Did you ask Wix’s support team to see if this is possible?

      I suppose each tool will have its own set of limitations, so it’s a matter of finding the right one that works for you. With a monthly rental arrangement, it might be worthwhile to consider asking your prospective customers to just email you dates. The booking software is most effective for managing short term rentals, as there is a much larger group of people looking for short term rentals, instead of monthly.

      Thanks for sharing this piece of information, though.

      Jeremy

  4. #

    Thanks Jeremy! Very informative. I rent cottages, and assume I can just add each of my 8 cottages at my resort as a “room” using this. My question is this: We only rent by the week, not by the day. Is there a setting in booking that will allow us to dictate weekly (or weekend in the off-season) rentals instead of days/nights?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi MD,

      I’m not 100% sure, actually. Best way to see is to set up a free account and add the Wix Hotel App and see if you can configure the rules in a way to suit your offerings. You’ll also get some hands-on experience to determine if Wix works well for your needs.

      Good luck!!

      Jeremy

  5. #

    This all sounds really good, but I have a question: What is the time lapse/overlap between a customer online making a reservation if I am working with a client on the phone for the same day and time of reservation? In other words, will I be making a reservation during a time delay for the online customer to reserve the same day and time?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Chuck,

      I think if someone makes an online reservation, the booking is pretty much instant. So if you are arranging a booking with someone on the phone, you might want to refresh your schedule to see if someone just happened to make a booking online, for the same day. Chances are probably pretty low, but I guess it does happen!

      Jeremy

  6. #

    Just started to use Wix for our website and Wix Hotel for the reservation. BUT how can we add additional services i.e. transportation to / from airport, tours, full breakfast options, a lunch box, etc etc?

    Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey JS,

      Have you tried setting those services up as products that you can sell, that’s separate from the booking system that WixHotels offers?

      So when people book a room with your hotel, you can email them directly using tools such as WixShoutout and offer them your other services. You can set those services up as ecommerce products using Wix, and sell them that way.

      Jeremy

  7. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for the text. Can i add different B&B’s? Up to what number of accomodations or rooms can i add to wix hotels? and will the reservations by customer updated in the website and will be showing to other customers that the room is available or not? without my manual update?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Merry,

      I believe it’s one B&B / Hotel per website. But do ask Wix’s support team just to be sure, as I’m not 100% certain.

      I don’t think there are room limitations, and room availability should be updated right after your customer successfully books and pays.

      Here is the direct link to the App. There are more details there, including an overview video.

      Jeremy

      • Jeremy Wong
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        Hi Merry,

        Just as an update to my answer to your question – you can insert multiple locations with Wix Hotels. You can insert multiple addresses!

        Hope this helps.

        Jeremy

  8. #

    Hi,

    I am planning to sign-up and WiX Hotel accommodations template but it’s specific to just one hotel only. Is there a template where I can add more hotels into a template and configure it?

    What I would like to publish is a booking website that a user can search a hotel then book eventually.

    Thanks for your support.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Jiggy,

      I don’t think you can add more hotels at the moment. WixHotels is not set up to run like a Expedia type website where you can promote multiple hotels. It’s is built for single hotel operators.

      If you are operating 2 or more hotels, try this workaround. Create 3 websites – one for each hotel, and the last one is an “overview” website where you introduce your portfolio of hotels. So get people to the overview website, then let them pick a hotel that suits them.

      Just something to consider.

      Jeremy

  9. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    very good post. Maybe you could had something about the language possibilities offered by the Wix widgets to allow multi-language website creation. As a translator, I know it is also a very interesting feature for innkeepers who want to access international customers. And it is quite easy to implement with Wix.

    Catherine from We Translate USA, LLC

  10. #

    Jeremy,
    Thank you SO much for this information…it’s just what I needed.
    You’ve taken out so much of the unknown in starting a website for we ‘mom & pop’ setups by sharing your knowledge in your easy, concise and very informative writing.
    I tried to pin this directly from the Pinterest button on the bottom, but it wouldn’t let me. I’ll try to tweet it next! Thanks again!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Angelia,

      Thanks so much for your feedback! Glad you found our discussion here helpful.

      I just tested the Pinterest button and it worked for me. Strange. Give it a try again (make sure you’re logged into your Pinterest account) and see how it goes. If not, sharing this article through other social channels will also be very helpful to us in getting the word out!

      Thanks so much again!

      Jeremy

  11. #

    Hi Jeremy, great review… just what I was looking for!

    Would this work in the UK using £ Sterling or is it $ only?

    Many thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Graham,

      I think you can select your currency. Wix is actually a company based out of Israel, but they are also listed as a publicly traded company in the US. So in a way they’re quite global and so you should have the flexibility to select your own currency.

      Jeremy

      • #

        Hi Jeremy,

        Great article!

        I was wondering if Wix Hotel accepts Credit Cards. We usually take a deposit upon booking, and would hate to have to have people call us to complete the transaction.

        Thank you!
        Elana

        • Jeremy Wong
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          Hello Elana,

          Yes. Wix can connect to several payment processors that can accept credit cards.

          If you are still uncertain, feel free to sign up to a free Wix account and check them out, or contact their support team to confirm directly with them!

          Jeremy