Let’s suppose that you have a hostel with 2 rooms, Room A & Room B. Each room contains 4 beds each, and you normally sell each of the individual beds for $20. Your room set up will look like this:
Notice that if you have an empty calendar, you will have 8 mixed dorm beds that you can sell.
However, SWITCH.CM gives you the option of creating dynamic rooms:
In this set up, you’ll notice that we’ve grouped beds A-1, A-2, A-3, and A-4 together into group A. This means that you can now sell Room A as individual mixed dorm beds, or you can sell the entire room as a private 4-person room.
In the example above, a new reservation for “Joe Smith” has been made. You’ll notice that it:
- reduces the availability of the mixed dorm from 8 to 7
- reduces the availability of the private 4-person dorm from 2 to 1
There is only 1 private 4-person dorm available now (room B). Room A cannot be booked as a private room anymore because Joe Smith is in one of the rooms.
In the example above, a private 4-person dorm reservation is made online, which results in all 4 beds in room B getting blocked out from one reservation.