Portland, Ore – April 6, 2017 – The Pod Hotels, a new generation of budget hotels, has selected the Vertical Booking CRS solution for enterprise-wide, integrated hotel online distribution for their growing portfolio.

“We took out the excessive and unnecessary. We’re all about surprising details, smart design and being connected on a budget,” says BD Hotels Principal Dr. Richard Born, owners of The Pod Hotels brand. “The Vertical Booking CRS not only provides a great booking experience for savvy travelers; its competitive pricing enables us to provide innovative tech on a budget.”

The Pod Hotels have two locations in Midtown Manhattan, including Pod 51 located in the heart of Midtown, and Pod 39, located in the Murray Hill neighborhood. In 2017, The Pod Hotels will open doors on their first pod-branded property in the heart of D.C.'s Chinatown. Their fourth property is currently under development, Pod Brooklyn, taking the micro-hotel concept to the next level by constructing the property with modular guestrooms, making it the premier modular hotel in New York City.

"Vertical Booking is excited to partner with the innovative Pod Hotels brand," said Mark Lewis-Brown, CEO/President of Vertical Booking USA. "Pod Hotels is redefining budget hotels, and our customizable reservation technology solutions are the perfect complement, enabling them to deliver a dependable user booking experience without breaking the bank.”

The Vertical Booking CRS offers a built-in channel manager for distribution of rates and inventory across all channels, including a direct web booking engine, IDS (OTAs, Wholesalers, Tour Operators), Central Reservation Offices (CRO), hotel Meta-Search and GDS. In addition to core distribution, the Vertical Booking CRS also provides optional business intelligence and marketing solutions such as an OTA Price Comparison widget, a competitive rate checking tool, and more. 

About The Pod Hotels

Hoteliers Richard Born and Ira Drukier developed BD Hotels’ successful micro-hotel concept to accommodate the needs of today’s savvy, “young-minded” traveler.  BD was the first to introduce the micro-hotel model to New York City in 2007 with the launch of the original Pod Hotel, Pod 51, in Midtown East.  Offering guests efficient, clean accommodations ranging from 60-120 square feet, and vibrant communal spaces and high-tech amenities, the hotel’s values of affordability, community, and innovation immediately became a success.  BD launched a second outpost, Pod 39, in June 2012, expanding on the formula of the original, introducing guests to a rooftop lounge, a vibrant communal “Play Room,” Salvation Taco restaurant, and wall-mounted iPads and projection screens. Expanding outside of Manhattan in 2017, Pod will open the first modular hotel in New York City, Pod Brooklyn, and Pod DC in the heart of Washington D.C.’s Chinatown neighborhood. The Pod 51 rates start at $89/night, and Pod 39 rates start at $119/night. www.thepodhotel.com.

About Vertical Booking

Representing over 4,600 hotels, Vertical Booking is a global reservation technology company that meets the needs of chains and independent hotels by optimizing distribution for revenue management. Founded in 1999, Vertical Booking is present in 100 countries, translated into 29 different languages and usable in all currencies, with offices in Italy, France, the United Kingdom and the United States. Known for its agility and scalability, Vertical Booking’s innovative technology solutions include a central reservation system for GDS/IDS distribution, a robust booking engine including a spa and gift certificate platform, a channel management system, a destination management system and reservation call center services. Furthering its clients’ marketing and revenue generation strategies, Vertical Booking also delivers website development, digital marketing, intelligence and analytics. www.verticalbooking.com / www.verticalbookingusa.com

Media contacts

Mark Lewis-Brown
Vertical Booking USA
+1 505 263 6128

Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations
The Pod Hotels
+1 212 228 1500 

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