To run a hotel efficiently it is imperative that you have the correct hotel software for all your needs. When you have the correct software not only will you be able to save valuable time but money as well. There are many systems on the market that can help you with this but it is important that you know about the different areas the software can help in. Hotel management software There are many software manufacturers that offer hotel management software that are a fully integrated with a range of products. One of the reasons for why this is done is that the product can be used for any size hotel. Many of these management programs will allow the owner to choose which parts are going to be used. There are certain features that can be turned on an off depending on what you need at that time. Some of the features included in fully integrated software will be property management, room management ad catering management. There are of course a number of other features that can be added on to any package. Some software will also include features for the hospitality aspect of the hotel like customer relationship management. Hotel reservation software One piece of software that any hotel should look at having is hotel reservation software. There are some packages of this software that will have more features than others and you will need to decide which ones you need. The most important feature of this software is that it will automatically control rates and the number of rooms available. This means that there should be no double booking that will cost you in re-imbursement. There are software packages that will have features for a global perspective. This means that it will work in more than one currency and have a range of languages to choose from. There will also be country specific address formats available with certain software. Hotel booking software Hotel booking can be done either by an individual or by an agent working for a travel agent or a company. It is for this reason that having good hotel booking software is very important. Many types of this software allow for effective searching through all properties and chains of the hotel for a room. There are also versions of this software that will have the ability to compile complex operations. This is particularly useful if the guest wants routing instructions or a group is booking but wants to split charges. Something that you will want to look at with booking software is whether they can process deposits and cancellation penalties. It should be noted that not all booking software will be able to process this. If you are going to charge deposits and cancellation fees you must make sure that your software package contains this. Hotel management systems can contain a number of different products. However, there are certain products that you should get if you want to manage your hotel efficiently. Reservation, booking and management software are the three that should be looked at before any others.