Apartment Owners Tap Into Hotel Market

 Cash PocketInternational hospitality brand Room Mate has launched a new travel service that combines the amenities of a hotel with the convenience of a private apartment.

The company’s BeMate.com contracts with the owners of apartments located near a Room Mate or partner hotel so guests can enjoy the best of both worlds. Currently, the service is being offered in Miami and New York City, and eight other major cities around the world.

Hotel services offered to BeMate.com guests include housekeeping, airport transfers, babysitting, breakfast, luggage storage and late check-out. BeMate.com guests can tap into the local hotel’s concierge 24/7 to request additional supplies and help with troubleshooting, such as broken appliances and lost keys, which the company says will avoid the hassles that arise with traditional apartment rental services.

“Building on the success and rapid growth of the Room Mate brand, we were eager to offer consumers a new way to travel,” said Enrique Sarasola, President and Founder of Room Mate Hotels and BeMate.com. “In founding BeMate, my goal was to create a new service that seamlessly integrates the comfort and privacy of a home with the services of a traditional hotel.”

BeMate.com accommodations range from studios to four bedrooms and include apartments and houses, all with private kitchens. BeMate.com’s team personally approves each accommodation and owner to ensure quality and comfort for their guests. Guests booking a BeMate apartment arrange their entire trip through the company rather than coordinating directly with the apartment owner.

BeMate.com has plans to expand to 200 cities by the end of 2015 and will launch a mobile app for iPhone and Android users this year. Parent company Room Mate Hotels currently owns and operates 18 design-driven hotels across the world with plans to expand to 29 properties within the next two years.

The company says the concept was driven by customer feedback.

For more information, visit www.bemate.com.

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