Travel startup WeHostels wants to make it easier for people to book affordable lodging while on the go. Over the past year it has done that, betting on mobile in a big way by releasing apps for the iPhone and Android devices. Today, it released a new version of the app just for the iPad, taking advantage of the device’s larger screen to give users more information about the places they’re looking to stay at.
The WeHostels iPad app gives users access to more than 40,000 hostels, budget hotels, and bed and breakfasts around the world. All places listed are rated by community members, and allow backpackers and other travelers to have an idea of where they’re staying before they show up to a hostel. Users can book instantly on the app, also ensuring that they’ll have a place to stay.
The app takes advantage of the iPad’s larger screen, both for displaying maps when searching for a place and for the information provided when checking out various hostels and budget hotels. Searching in a given location will allow users to see a list of options and their ratings, while also providing a map view so users know where they are.
When you choose to look at a certain place, the app displays photos, ratings, location, and general information, as well as reviews from community members who have stayed there. The app also allows travelers to book a room from the same page, closing the loop on the transaction quickly and easily.
That could lead to more bookings for WeHostels, as it attempts to gain ground in the race to provide temporary accommodations. There are more than 140 million iPads out in the wild, and yet WeHostels is one of the few travel lodging apps that have launched an app specifically for the device. That contrasts it with companies like Airbnb or Couchsurfing, which don’t have iPad apps yet.
WeHostels has raised $1.2 million in funding from investors such as Ventech, Quotidian Ventures, CAP Ventures, TA Venture, and Torrenegra Labs.