HotelQuickly, a Hong Kong based startup, has just launched to help anyone book last-minute hotels easily. The mobile only last-minute hotel booking application is available in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. In a second stage, this mobile application will be available across all of Asia.
Founded by Tomas Laboutka (CEO), Christian Mischler (COO), Michal Juhas (CTO), Mario Peng (CFO) and Raphael Cohen (CSO), HotelQuickly is catering to a long overdue need in the region to provide same-day hotel bookings at a discounted price. The mobile app provides its users with a list of six hand-picked hotels with the best offers, based on geo localization and divided into three categories (prime, design and comfy). Thus, the users will be able to book a hotel room for that same night effectively and quickly, in just three steps.
With a wide range of hotel booking applications out there, how does Hotel Quickly stand out? The team shared with e27 that Hotel Quickly allows users to benefit from last minute hotel deals from a curated list of hotels. Hotel Quickly also allows their partner hotels to update their last-minute offerings in real time, allowing them to efficiently manage their daily inventories.
When asked about the price points, CEO Tomas shared with us that their prices could be as low as 70 percent off the normal rates.
HotelQuickly now has a network of over 100 hotels in six different countries. The company has also managed to raised US$500,000 from various investors in Asia, Europe and the U.S., and is in the midst of closing its A round funding.
Cofounded by ex-Rocket Internet Asia members
Another interesting fact about HotelQuickly is that both Christian and Raphael were previously working at Rocket Internet Asia companies. Christian is the former COO of FoodPanda, while Raphael was the Managing Director of FoodPanda Vietnam and DropGifts Singapore.
Last month, we reported that Danny Tan, the former senior product manager for Rocket Internet Southeast Asia has teamed up with Kevin Vo, the head of Software Development for Zalora Singapore (a Rocket Internet Asia portfolio company) to launch their new startup. Last year, we also saw Susie Sugden, Managing Director of Lazada resign two months after its operation. The resignation followed closely after Zalora Indonesia CEO Nadiem Makarim stepped down.
It seems like senior executives of Rocket Internet Asia companies are leaving for the next big thing.