Roomorama was founded in 2009, and is originally based out of Singapore with new headquarters in New York city. And over the past few years, they have successfully grown to over 60,000 properties, in over 4,000 locations across the world!
Already generating some 1.5M visitors a month only 5 years after it’s launch (according to thisstat.com), Roomorama is now one of the fastest growing vacation rental websites in the world.
It is a “peer-to-peer” short term rental service where people who have a room for rent are matched with those looking accommodation. One can look at what is available and book online, or one can put out a shoutout for hosts to find you.
Our review results:
- Search process for a cute and affordable place was fairly easy.
- Good website design: very clean and bright
- Good filtering system to refine results
- Tight on time? You can do a ‘shout-out’ to any apartments available for a certain city
I booked an apartment for my trip to London in January and I don’t have any complaints. I was hesitant at first since I had never booked an apartment rental before but everything went smoothly. Seamless booking through the site, the apt was lovely and in a great part of Covenant Garden. I recommended the loft to my brother and he’ll be staying there for his next trip in April.
Listing your property
Though the property listing pages are fairly simple when compared to other websites, the hosts can take advantage of some extra options.
The first choice is the option to create a listing with instant booking, where the host has 48 hours to respond. In this case, the guest prepays, but will be fully refunded if the host declines.
The second option is to create a listing without the instant booking feature, where the guest and host communicate before any bookings are made. As a host, you can choose whether or not to offer the listing at all.
In either case, the host has the final say, and chooses who will actually be staying at their accommodation.
Hosts keep 100% of the money from their booking, making Roomorama a great choice for people with room to spare. You can list your properties for free as well, and benefit from social media services as well as the review system in order to promote their properties.
Anything from rooms, to homes, to villas can be rented out, though the site does seem to cater to both business class and thrifty travellers.