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J COLLECTION

The J Collection switches from a legacy PMS to gain efficiency with Cloudbeds

"What's nice about Cloudbeds is that they're always adding to their technology and they're listening to their customers. So whenever we ask for something, right away they're working on it.”

– Chris Curry, Director of Revenue Management at J Collection Hotels.

Key Insights

Seamless transition from legacy PMS to Cloudbeds
Unrivaled customer support & fast and modern staff training
Improved staff communication & guest engagement with Whistle for Cloudbeds

Learn more about the J Collection: https://www.jcollectionhotels.com/

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The J Collection is a group of independent hotels, ranging from historic mansions to modern retreats. With a focus on finding diamonds in the rough and offering everything from seasonal tickets to The Pelicans’ games, to riding in the Sugar Bowl parade – every property has a unique offering that truly captures the renowned spirit of New Orleans.

As Chris Curry, Director of Revenue Management for J Collection Hotels, puts it, “you’re not going to get a cookie cutter J Collections hotel, every hotel has got its personality and I think being an independent property has allowed each personality to prosper.”

Moving away from overly complicated legacy systems

Given the importance the city of New Orleans places on preserving its historical charm and nature – making hotel upgrades can be challenging. One of the best ways to do so, therefore, is through the use of technologies that help streamline operations.

However, the team found that many legacy PMS solutions had become too complicated, making something as simple as training new staff on how to use them unnecessarily cumbersome. They often had staff not know how to use their previous systems, even after a week of dedicated training.

Transitioning to an intuitive solution that drives new operational efficiency

Always looking for new ways to streamline operations and keep up with the needs of the modern traveler, the team at J Collection chose Cloudbeds and found the transition from their previous PMS to be a seamless, pain-free process – thanks, in large part, to Cloudbeds’ unrivaled support. 

As Chris puts it,

Cloudbeds Customers
The biggest thing is the transition from PMS to PMS and having the hand-holding that the Cloudbeds agents have done. It has been really helpful. Whenever I bring any issues up, I get calls right away. You just don’t get that anymore.

Since then, J Collection has noticed a significant improvement in efficiency, productivity, communication, and the overall guest experience. “I really love the fact that the distribution is just one click. What used to take me a day to build, an OTA, takes me 15 minutes to do. That is huge,” explains Chris.

Speaking to the J Collection’s renewed productivity, Chris continues,

Cloudbeds Customers
The speed of building rate codes in the system, checking guests in, has just made it a lot easier. The connectivity with all the door locks where we can start doing mobile key has been very helpful in not having as much staff at the front desk. All around it’s really helped us from a productivity side.

On top of an intuitive and user-friendly interface, Cloudbeds’ Knowledge Base has also proved incredibly beneficial for the team. Any questions or inquiries are quickly addressed thanks to a library of easily searchable and up-to-date information.

Overall, Chris rejoices “Everyone we’ve reacted with has been on the money, responsive, and they’ve followed through on everything we’ve asked them to do. So it’s just a breath of fresh air coming from a big PMS system to Cloudbeds.”

Enhancing staff communication, and guest convenience, with Whistle for Cloudbeds

Driving the very noticeable improvement in communication between hotels and guests, and within the J Collection group, has been Whistle for Cloudbeds – an award-winning guest experience software that helps properties deliver seamless guest engagement from discovery to post-stay. As Chris puts it, 

Cloudbeds Customers
Whistle for Cloudbeds has really helped us out with communicating with employees throughout the hotels and having the GMs able to use their phones to communicate with guests rather than be at the hotel. That’s allowed us to save by clustering GMs up into different hotels.

Whistle for Cloudbeds has also made guest check-ins significantly easier. By enabling touchless interactions and mobile accessibility, the software allows J Collection to offer its guests the convenience of a mobile key option – which further helps to reduce the amount of staff required at the front desk.

Believing that the guest experience is going to become increasingly touchless, Chris sees Whistle for Cloudbeds as the perfect tool to accommodate this evolution. As he puts it, “you’re always going to need somebody at the front desk so I think it’s just going to make business better. You’re accommodating the people that don’t want to speak to anybody and you’re accommodating the people that do want to speak to somebody, so all in all you’re just making every guest happy.” 

Gaining a trusted technology partner

When it comes to relying on Cloudbeds as a partner, Chris shares, 

Cloudbeds Customers
To have somebody that listens to the hotelier say you can do this and that better, it just really helps out. Not just with workflows, but with confidence that Cloudbeds is willing to support the hotel in its efforts.

Besides facilitating easy transition from other PMSs, Chris highlights Cloudbeds’ ease-of-use, system speed, diverse offering, and continued innovation in making it a valuable option for all hoteliers. “I love Cloudbeds because of efficiency – it makes my life easier,” he concludes.

Key Insights

Cloudbeds Customer Testimonials
Seamless transition from legacy PMS to Cloudbeds
Cloudbeds Customer Testimonials
Unrivaled customer support & fast and modern staff training
Cloudbeds Customer Testimonials
Improved staff communication & guest engagement with Whistle for Cloudbeds

Learn more about the J Collection: https://www.jcollectionhotels.com/

Discover how Cloudbeds Hospitality Platform can boost your business

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