New “Want Me Get Me” Hotel VIP Booking Website Makes Beta Debut
By James Shillinglaw
October 03, 2012 11:40 PM
A new, members-only hotel booking website, “Want Me Get Me,” made its beta launch claiming it will give travelers exclusive access to perks and amenities “usually reserved for celebrities, rock stars and platinum rewards status priority guests at the world's best hotels.” The website is being backed by some famailir names in luxury travel, including Melanie Brandman, a luxury hotel PR specialist; David Morris, a luxury travel marketing specialist, and Marilyn Conroy, also a luxury travel marketing specialist, among others.
According to the website, travelers pay standard hotel room rates and get to stay as VIPs guaranteed at a curated selection of luxury and boutique hotels that compete for customers with a variety of perks in exchange for their booking.
When booking a hotel through Want Me Get Me, members get included on the hotel GM's VIP List, a room upgrade when available, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The GM's VIP List is used to ensure that the hotel's most high-profile guests receive the upgraded treatment during their stay. In addition to room type, members decide which hotel to book based on a variety of free amenities being offered by the hotel. Those amenities are entirely left to the discretion of each hotel but can include champagne upon arrival and cocktails for two to free valet parking and late check-out. Want Me Get Me says its members will always get the best available room rate.
"Want Me Get Me is the first hotel booking site to embrace travelers who don't view hotels as commodities," said Tristan Mace, co-CEO of Want Me Get Me. "Most travelers want real value -- an upgraded room on a top floor, Wi-Fi, and to be recognized with VIP List status -- and now they can when booking with Want Me Get Me."
Want Me Get Me said it has secured agreements with more than 200 boutique and luxury hotels, including properties from Ace Hotel, Baglioni Hotels, Denihan Hospitality Group, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Firmdale Hotels, Gansevoort Hotel Group, Hampshire Hotels & Resorts, Kempinski Hotels, L'Ermitage, Luxe Worldwide Hotels, Montage Hotels & Resorts, Morgans Hotel Group, The NoMad Hotel, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, Orient-Express Hotels, The Peninsula Hotels, Raffles Hotels and Resorts, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, The Standard, Thompson Hotels, and Trump Hotel Collection.
During the public beta, the initial focus will be hotels in top domestic destinations New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and San Francisco Bay Area. In the coming weeks, Want Me Get Me said it will roll-out new features, introduce new destinations, and unveil spectacular hotels around the world that will make traveling VIP everywhere effortless for everyone. Want Me Get Me plans to double the number of hotels on the platform and be available in all major U.S. cities by year's end.
"We could not be more delighted to have such a blockbuster roster of hotel partners included in our beta launch," said Brandman, Want Me Get Me ‘s chief curator officer, who also runs her own travel public relations agency specializing in high-end hotels. "Want Me Get Me provides a way for these brands to engage an important demographic using social media and technology that is a real first for hotels and encourages loyalty and drives bookings."
To join, travelers simply sign in using Facebook Connect or a personal email to set up an account. From there, they can choose your city and travel dates, and request amenities. Members can personalize their booking experience by filtering hotels based on their amenity preference. All members signed in via Facebook Connect automatically have their profile photo sent to the hotel for inclusion on the GM's VIP List and instant recognition upon check-in. In addition, members can discover who within their Facebook friend network has recommended a particular hotel. Recommendations and reviews are posted to the member's Facebook Timeline. Want Me Get Me will soon allow members to share bookings and itineraries.
Originally founded in 2011, Want Me Get Me raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from its founders, select advisory board members, friends and family. The founders -- Tristan Mace, Harrison Hughes, Melanie Brandman, David Morris and Jeffrey Hedge -- have all had long experience in luxury travel, digital and social media and technology industries. The company also has attracted Silicon Valley, business and travel luminaries to its advisory board, including Alex Barrera, editor of The Kernel; Marilyn Conroy, cruise marketing and sales strategist; Michaela Guzy, former vice president-global travel and strategic development of American Express Publishing; Brit Morin, founder and CEO of Brit + Co.; Dave Morin, founder and CEO of Path; Mona Nomura, audience development and strategic innovation strategist; Paul Papadimitriou, vice president of Constellation Research; Kellie Pelletier, former director of communications of Jetsetter; Roberta Seiler, former director of partnership development of Jetsetter; Tom Serres, founder and CEO of Rally.org; Jason Stirman, Obvious; and Brad Wilson, president of Ace Hotel, among others.