Budapest Budget Hostel, Hungary
“Pricepoint is working non-stop, so it was there to do the proper steps whenever something happened, which is impossible for the human being.”
Lacó Papp, Sales Manager
Set in a stone building, this relaxed hostel is an 8-minute walk from Boráros tér train station and the River Danube and 3 km from the center of Budapest.
Budapest Budget Hostel offers laid-back, colorfully decorated private rooms and shared dormitories.
Travelers get a special deal: low prices without a compromise on quality.
We sat down with Papp Lacó – hostel sales manager, to talk about Budapest Budget Hostel, revenue management, and Pricepoint.
What’s the story behind Budapest Budget Hostel?
Lacó Papp :
It was my father who started Budapest Budget Hostel in the previous economic crisis, around 2008. He was buying, renovating, and renting properties. Then he started this hostel. We came into the picture during the years: me and my sister, who was working with us previously.
The last couple of years, it was mostly my wife and me running the hostel. It was going relatively fine until the pandemic arrived, so we switched to long-term stays. Right now, young students are renting the rooms. If everything goes well, next summer (2022), we will reopen the hostel.
How were you doing revenue management before using Pricepoint? What were the challenges you’ve faced?
I used to do revenue management – it was me who was checking prices. Booking had the price comparison tool at that time, and I was using it a lot.
However, before the booking price comparison, I collected prices from Booking.com of other properties by hand, which is quite a struggle. It became easier when Booking brought that price comparison tool, and of course, it became way easier when Pricepoint came into the picture.
How has Pricepoint helped you in your business?
It was quite a significant change because previously, I was doing the whole thing by hand. Even when Booking was collecting data to compare prices, I still needed to modify them by hand.
We had around 16 types of rooms, and we had a basic setup that calculated prices from the standard rates, but I still needed to modify a lot of rates. So once Pricepoint took that whole thing over, that was a big help. And it became more effective.
Another big point is that I can do it once or a couple of times a day as a human. Pricepoint is working non-stop, so it was there to do the proper steps whenever something happened, which is impossible for the human being.
About Budapest Budget Hostel
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Size: 250 guests
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