6 December, 2023
Hotel Booking Extension

How Significant was Hotel Booking Extension’s Part in Etching out an Africa-based Booking Website?

Henry Muyambiri from Africa was looking out for a sturdy booking extension to erect a Hotel reservation website, phronesisbooking.com.

Hotel Booking, a Magento extension developed solely for the purpose of simplifying the difficulties in setting up an online hotel booking system was his preference to achieve his dream. This case study will be a walkthrough of how this extension proved instrumental in structuring a booking website.

What made Henry choose Hotel Booking extension?

HenryIt was Apptha’s hot selling video plugin that paved way for Henry to zero in on Hotel Booking script. Henry’s first requirement was to find a video player module to erect a video sharing website. Among the many plugins which were in his consideration HD Video Share seemed more interesting and feature rich.

Mightily pleased with the technical assistance and post-sales support service, Henry considered Apptha for his other key requirements as well. This is where Hotel Booking came into play. He found the hotel booking script to be the best bet for his dream of launching an online booking website that included Southern African countries like South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland.

The extension very much served the purpose of the client and hence it demanded only little bit of customizations. Since the script is 100% customizable, housing their specific requirements was an easy task. Footer links and the newsletter functionality were changed to their preferences. A plethora of other general features helped in getting a perfect booking mechanism up and ready for Henry.

Smart Search:

Smart Search=phronesisbooking.com offered a variety of  hotels, guest houses, safari places conference venues and spaces for other special events like award nights, fashion shows, concerts etc. Moreover, covering the whole of Southern Africa, the website had a database of vacation rental spaces in 23 cities belonging to 6 African nations.

So, with such a huge list of spaces available, it was a necessity for the website owner to provide an easy-to-use search option for the users to find and locate their apt space to stay.

The Hotel Booking system had a simple search system placed right at the home page to initiate a visitor’s searching spree. Using this search tool (Select City, Check-in, Check-out) users were able to narrow down the options and search according to their preferences which eventually contributed for a great user experience.

Hotel Information

Hotel informationApart from the regular details like room type, capacity etc, Hotel booking module offers a list of other options to furnish special information and the minutest of details as well. Slogan, Website, Unique Order Key, City, Map, Terms & Conditions are a few among those. This feature helped the website owner in keeping the customers informed and the customers in making their booking decision. The custom room type option helped in showing up special prices for the spaces and booking price of a particular room per night.

Payment Gateways

Payment gateway=Providing convenience in making payments is as crucial as a user-friendly UI and UX design. Customers tend to flee a site if the they do not find their convenient payment option listed in the website they shop or avail a service. Hotel Booking is thoroughly safe with payments options and offers a variety of them too. This variety helped Henry handpick the best of the lot and make sure that all transactions are done in a secured manner.

SEO Friendly

SEO friendly Being built as a SEO-friendly software, Magento Hotel reservation provided the additional edge that Henry’s site needed to get popularity in and indexed by search engines in quick time.

User Experience

User experience=In order to ensure an overall smooth user-experience we made sure that the website offers convenience in searching, viewing and everything else a visitor does in the pursuit of finding suitable hotel rooms. Multiple viewing options (grid view and list view), pagination and sorting options for hotel listings helped in achieving it.

Users were blessed with a separate dashboard wherein they can access the history of the places they have visited earlier (travel history), manage address book, manage orders and post reviews on the properties they’ve rented.

The widgets offered by Hotel Booking software helped in automating a few tasks like developing a hotel comparing mechanism in terms of price, facility and other facilities. Browsing history widget helped users in getting to know the list of recently viewed hotels. Other handy one was an opinion poll widget that can be used to receive votes from visitors to rank the hotels based on customer satisfaction.

Client Speak

Client speak=

The support was outstanding and that encouraged me to extend my association with Apptha. They are thorough professionals seeking perfection in every single bit of a project. Special thanks to the technical support staffs. They were exceptional.

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Alex Sam is a digital marketer by choice & profession. He munches on topics relating to technology, eCommerce, enterprise mobility, Cloud Solutions and Internet of Things. His other interests lies in SEO, Online Reputation Management and Google Analytics. Follow Me Socially: Habr , Dev.to & Viblo .


  1. Tyler Bailey Reply


    Your Client’s Article helps well and it proves how you are handing your client’s as well. For mid sized hotel booking this is one of the agreeable solution.
    Great one.

  2. Mathy Reply

    I Would like to Run a hotel reservation website in Congo. can you please get back to me with more information?

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