KeyNest announces direct integration with Airbnb to simplify check-ins
The London-based key exchange company KeyNest has just announced its direct integration with travel giant Airbnb. The integration will enable KeyNest to provide seamless check-in experiences for Airbnb guests through its UK-wide network of local stores where hosts can securely leave keys for their guests.
The KeyNest service, which automatically notifies Airbnb hosts every time their keys are collected and returned, is currently available in 15 UK cities, including more than 100 stores in London.
The integration will enable KeyNest to fully automate the check-in process by sending check-in instructions directly to guests.
“The combined power of Airbnb integration and our smart RFID tracking key fobs enable Airbnb hosts and co-hosts to fully automated the check-in process and provide a better experience for their guests”, said co-founder Florian Hoven.
The idea for KeyNest came to co-founder Marc Figueras, who is also an Airbnb host, while he was also working a full-time job. “As I couldn’t get out of the office in the middle of the day I had to ask my guests if we could delay the check-in till the evening, which was not a great experience for them.”
In fact, as the pair soon discovered, the majority of guests prefer to check-in at their own convenience. As well as taking the pressure off travel delays, it gives guests the freedom to discover a new city on their way from the airport, without the stress of being late to meet their host.
KeyNest removes the need to hide the keys or wait for guests to arrive. The host drops off the key at their nearest KeyNest location at any time before the check-in. To give access to the keys, the host simply generates a unique collection code and shares it with the guest.
“We were inspired by Airbnb’s ‘live like a local’ slogan, so we designed a service that puts trusted local businesses at the centre of their community, making them the first point of contact tourists have with a new neighbourhood”, adds Florian.
Driven by user demand, the KeyNest network has rapidly grown to over 100 stores, with a new store popping up every day. The platform processes a key handover every 3 minutes, performing more check-ins per day than any short-term rental operator in the UK.
Hosts are charged £5.95 per key collection, or £14.95 per month for unlimited key collections. 24/7 support and key tracking are included in the price. You can find more details about KeyNest here: https://www.keynest.com/airbnb
Link to KeyNest page on Airbnb.com as an official partner: https://www.airbnb.com/host-assist/partners/33
Founded in 2015 by Marc Figueras and Florian Hoven and incubated by Life Ventures, KeyNest enables hosts to share keys remotely by storing them in a local store, and sharing an access code with guests. The service is currently available in over 120 stores across 15 UK cities, and has already welcomed over 20,000 tourists and business travellers. KeyNest also has a key management system that tracks keys in and out of business premises using RFID fobs, which is used by estate agents and property managers.
Marc Figueras - Founder, KeyNest
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Florian Hoven - Founder, KeyNest
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