In 2014 ‘founding father’ Tim Hofstee experienced how difficult it was to rent out his apartment on Airbnb while traveling abroad. At least, renting itself was not the problem, but managing and organising everything caused major headaches. Doing the check-ins and cleaning, communicating with the guests; it was a hard job to steer it all in the right direction.
Therefore, at the end of that year he founded his own Airbnb service: The Friendly Host. He started helping homeowners with advertising on Airbnb, welcoming guests, cleaning houses and doing the laundry. Soon he biked hundreds of kilometers a week and his living room was filled with laundry. The number of clients grew and he started involving friends and family in his business.
In January 2016 The Friendly Host merged with Fetch Hosting, a hosting service runned by Fred Spanjaard. Nowadays the team consists of 8 office workers, 6 hosts and an experienced logistics and cleaning team. Since its creation The Friendly Host has helped over 600 clients with renting out their home or B&B.
What do we do and where do we stand for?
The Friendly Host helps homeowners or B&B owners with renting out their accommodation temporarily. We aim at homeowners who are permitted to rent out their home on Airbnb, who run a Bed & Breakfast or who have a short stay permit.
We favor sustainable housing rental for everyone. What does this mean to all parties involved?
We know that each home is different and therefore we listen very carefully to all your specific wishes and demands. To help you as good as we can you get a personal account manager who you will meet in person and who will manage your agenda.
Our experienced hosts welcome your guests and make them feel home immediately. In case of emergency we are available 24/7 for both you and your guests. We only want guests who handle your home with care and who do not cause nuisance. Therefore we screen your guests very carefully and check previous reviews, travel purposes and group compositions.
Amsterdam should remain a livable place for all its residents. We respect the regulations of the municipality: we do not support illegal hotels and we pay attention to the environment. We use sustainable cleaning products and our van runs on green gas.
We stand for quality and comfort for both guest and client. We use hotel quality linen and towels that we deliver and pick up. We work together with experienced handymen who can solve minor calamities like a broken lock or leakage.
Income & overview
We determine our pricing strategy based on your wishes and the availability of your home. This will result in the maximum revenue. Our self developed booking system (the HostApp) automatically sends a booking confirmation with an overview of your guests, length of stay and financial benefits with every new booking.