Drupal Rooms - or why your next agriturismo vacation will be booked on a Drupal site.
Drupal Rooms is a room management and booking solution for Drupal 7 currently under active development and soon to be released. Istos is working on the project on commission from Bluespark Labs. When we ended up discussing room bookings with Bluespark Labs and they indicated their interest in developing such as solution we jumped at the opportunity. We long believed room booking to be a key functionality for accommodation-related websites that was missing in the Drupal world.
I’ve personally always found hotel websites fascinating for all the wrong reasons. They seem to singularly miss the opportunity to make it easy for me to interact with the hotel. Instead it is far easier to just “get the booking done” using a big aggregation type website like booking.com because those sites offer a clean, straightforward booking experience.
When I first discovered Drupal almost three years ago I was sure a solution would already exist. We are the “there’s a module for that crowd” no? Well while some solutions do exist nothing has managed to galvanize support behind it and go through the continuous improvement process that open source communities do so well.
Therefore, with the arrogance that is only befitting of a startup project our hope is to change that - and make Drupal a household name for hotel website solutions.
Obviously it is not just about the room management and booking aspect. There is a lot more to it. But if we get the booking aspect right there are plenty of modules for everything else!
You can follow progress on the dedicated Drupal Rooms site or via drupalrooms on twitter. Bluespark Labs and us will all be at DrupalCon London and will be thrilled to talk bookings with anyone interested. The code will soon be on drupal.org.