Comwell generally pursues a customer intimacy strategy, leveraging strong branding, data from our own channels, loyalty programs, and deep integration with hotel management systems to offer a service experience that OTA portals find challenging to match. Instead of perceiving OTAs as a threat, we see them as lead generators efficiently reaching new prospects in our target audience, allowing Comwell to capture and take over the relationship. It is still a work in progress. Many people, processes, and systems need to work together for us to deliver the extraordinary and addictive guest experience we strive for.
However, with the new version of Comwell.com, integrated with the Infor Hotel Management System and Comwell's Mar-tech setup through APIs, we have the technical setup required to take significant steps forward in delivering a personalized guest experience from A to Z. Specifically, it has also made it possible to provide guests access to a price/availability calendar. In addition to an up-to-date comwell.com with live prices, guests can benefit from Comwell Concierge - a handy room and guest service application they can use during their stay at Comwell.
The guest experience on comwell.com is structured around occasion, location, and timing. Regardless of where the guest is on the site, there is access to a contextual booking widget. If you are anonymous and on the homepage of comwell, the default offering is an overnight stay today for one person in one room. This way, we serve the largest everyday segment – business people in need of a quick booking.
But Comwell caters to both business and pleasure, so the reason for visiting comwell.com can vary. Perhaps you are looking for a venue for a wedding in a year and a half, or you have been tasked with finding a conference location for 1,000 participants in the fall, or maybe you are searching for a great deal on a weekend getaway for you and your partner?
The fundamental idea behind the site is that the guest navigates based on occasion, location, and timing, and the omnipresent booking widget adjusts to the guest's preferences and behavior. If you are reading about meeting rooms at Borupgaard, the next step could be an inquiry about meeting and conference facilities, and so on.
Similarly, the booking flow is optimized for speed and expected behavior. It is always possible to add extras like spa & gourmet packages, larger rooms, and late checkout. However, if you are a known customer booking a room, you can breeze through the booking process with just a few clicks.
The backend is developed in Laravel with Statamic 3 as the CMS. The solution is complex and data-intensive, with plenty of rich content such as videos, images, and extensive location, pricing, and availability data. To optimize speed, the solution is built with a decoupled architecture using inertia.js to enhance data exchange and an extended caching setup, so the most common choices do not require direct database calls. We believe we have found a good compromise between the visual user experience and raw speed, with a lighthouse score of at least 90 and often close to 100.