Connecting Hosts and Guests™
Friends and Guests is a vacation rental listing site which puts the relationships between hosts and guests first. It’s like Airbnb or VRBO, with social connections for referrals, guest discovery, and optional privacy.Find a Place to Stay
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How Does Friends and Guests Work?
We use social connections, like Facebook friends and email contacts, to highlight vacation rental listings with a connection. Guests connect directly to vacation rentals via the Guest list. Both hosts and guests have to confirm the membership.
- Our site complements other listing sites like Airbnb and VRBO
- Social connections and guest list memberships highlight listings
- Hosts can keep in touch with the members of their guest lists, just like an email list
- Unencumbered communication with prospective guests
- Lower fees!
- Discover vacation rentals around the world that are owned by Facebook friends, many of which will be private rentals, from a spare bedroom to a spare villa
- Access private listings based on social connections
- Freely communicate with hosts, without the censorship done by Airbnb
- Share your place privately with friends when you travel
- Private listings are completely hidden from the public
- Friends and contacts can see limited information
- Full information is only visible to guest list members
- Hosts can easily pick whom to add to the guest list
- Bypass awkward conversations around money with friends that wish to stay
Stories of Our Hosts and Guests
We’re focused on relationships and privacy because we believe that vacation rentals are just as much about people as places to go. So here are stories that inspired us to create Friends and Guests.
Owner of the Mangolani Inn, Paia, HI. Lists on VRBO and Airbnb. Big wave surfer on Maui
“I’m thrilled to complement my listings on Airbnb and VRBO. The fresh approach is unlike the many other vacation rental listing websites that claimed they’d bring me more customers...“
Vacation Home Owner
“Friends and Guests is a site being designed to link hosts and guests in a new way. The best way to match hosts and guests is through…”
Physicist, Surfer, Kiter, and founder of the Pacific Science Institute
“We’ve had a large number of guests come to visit the Pacific Science Institute, also known as PSI. I needed an organized way to collect qualified guest requests and to provide accommodation...“
Founder of Maui Fin Company, world traveler. From Paia, Maui, Hawaii
“The name of the company alone, "Friends and Guests” shows how unique and useful the listing site is”
We’re focused on relationships and privacy because we believe that vacation rentals are just as much about people as places to go. We leverage existing social connections on Facebook and other sources to help hosts and guests find each other, maximizing repeat and referral bookings.
Friends and Guests was built by the ShakaCode team, based in Maui. If you want us to build a web or mobile app for your project or entrepreneurial dreams, please email us. Technologies include Ruby on Rails, React, Redux, Google Maps, and the Facebook APIs. Besides web applications, we also build mobile applications (React Native and Swift).