This startup needs to modernize the lodge business
Calling for room service is sort of annoying, although it’s one of the vital first world-type of issues one might have. However that’s simply to say the lodge business is behind, technologically talking.
Startup AavGo is making an attempt to repair that by bringing iPads into motels to allow lodge workers to speak amongst themselves, in addition to allow lodge company to simply talk with workers — due to this fact eliminating the necessity for room service cellphone calls and journeys to the entrance desk.
This previous week, AavGo’s service between lodge company and lodge workers formally launched on the 5 lodge manufacturers at which it operates. Up till this level, AavGo solely enabled communication between workers. Meaning company at motels like The Row Resort and Resort Strata can use the AavGo-provided pill of their room to request issues like meals, toothpaste, further pillows or upkeep.
“We’re trying to eliminate the need of a phone call,” AavGo co-founder Mrunal Desai advised me. “And eliminate the need of going to the front desk. If the customer needs any kind of service from the hotel, you can request it from the tablet.”
On the lodge facet, not a lot is required, aside from Wi-Fi. One competitor on this area is ALICE, which gives a system to run a lodge on a single platform and touts prospects like Triumph Lodges, Sixty Lodges and Nylo Lodges. Final January, the startup raised a $9.5 million Sequence A spherical led by Expedia, which introduced its whole funding to $13 million.
The 2 providers appear fairly related, however Desai says a key differentiator is that AavGo is targeted on extra than simply boutique motels. One other key distinction is that AavGo gives in-room tablets.
AavGo, which expenses motels $5 per room per 30 days, goals to be reside at 50 motels by the tip of this 12 months. By December 2018, the purpose is to hit 500 motels. A few months in the past, the startup closed a $1 million spherical of funding.