Booking.com & Apartment Therapy Help Rental Owners Make Their Properties a Top Pick for Travelers

The global leader in online accommodation bookings and the leading source for home design provide advice for rental owners looking to spruce up their space

Apr 06, 2016, 04:00 ET from Booking.com

NEW YORK, April 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Summer is quickly approaching and Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travelers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, and Apartment Therapy, the leading source for home design inspiration and advice, have teamed up to provide rental owners with advice to redecorate their space for maximum impact with upcoming guests.

62% of Apartment Therapy readers stated they have stayed in a vacation rental instead of a hotel. These travelers felt that they were able to get a better feeling for the town or city they were staying in (49%) and also received a higher level of privacy (48%). To help property owners ensure that guests continue to get the most out of their stay, Booking.com has developed a step-by-step video with simple, affordable solutions to make their guests feel right at home.

"With the largest choice of homes, apartments and other unique places to stay globally, we know just how important the experience at their accommodation can be for travelers, no matter what type of trip they're on. We teamed up with Apartment Therapy to share insights and find out more about what their readers are looking for when selecting their ideal place to stay," says Todd Dunlap, Managing Director of the Americas at Booking.com. "Based on the findings, we put together our top recommendations for simple home design solutions for property owners."

Whether that be placing a vase of fresh cut flowers on the dining room table or cozifying the living room with a solid textured throw and printed pillows, guests take notice of even the smallest of details. Which tips rise to the top of our list?

  • Leave a handwritten welcome note alongside a list of must-see attractions in the area.
  • Make it inviting but not too personal. Remove all personal photos of family members and pets and swap them for some artistic shots.
  • Provide fresh towels and linens vs. having the guest bring their own.
  • Leave a bottle of local wine for guests to celebrate the start of their stay.

"We are excited to see the before and after photos our readers post, incorporating the design tips Booking.com provided," says Maxwell Ryan of Apartment Therapy. "Our site serves to provide inspiration to readers everywhere and this partnership allowed us to do that."

To receive additional information on top accommodations to visit or home design inspiration on behalf of Booking.com, visit http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-make-guests-fall-in-love-with-your-living-room-229367.

About Booking.com:

Booking.com is the world leader in booking hotel and other accommodations online. It guarantees the best prices for any type of property - from small independents to five-star luxury. Guests can access the Booking.com website anytime, anywhere from their desktops, mobile phones and tablet devices, and they don't pay booking fees - ever. The Booking.com website is available in 42 languages, offers over 880,000 hotels and accommodations including more than 410,000 vacation rental properties and covers over 88,000 destinations in 224 countries and territories worldwide. It features over 83M reviews written by guests after their stay, and attracts online visitors from both leisure and business markets around the globe. With over 19 years of experience and a team of over 10,000 dedicated employees in over 170 offices worldwide, Booking.com operates its own in-house customer service team, which is available 24/7 to assist guests in their native languages and ensure an exceptional customer experience.

Established in 1996, Booking.com B.V. owns and operates Booking.com™, and is part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN). Follow us on Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest, like us on Facebook, or learn more at http://www.booking.com.

About Apartment Therapy: 

Founded by Maxwell Ryan, Apartment Therapy is THE go-to resource for over 17 million unique readers who scour the site each day in search of decorating tips, design advice and inspiration. By connecting our readers to a wealth of resources, affordable ideas and attainable home solutions, our editors motivate them to achieve and maintain a happy and healthy home. Apartment Therapy has four bestselling design books, Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure (2006), Apartment Therapy Presents: Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds of Design Solutions (2008), Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces (2010) and Apartment Therapy: Complete + Happy Home (2015).

SOURCE Booking.com