Connect Lodgify to Google Vacation Rentals

The integration with Google Vacation Rentals helps you bring more potential guests to your website for direct bookings.

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Requirements to connect to Google Vacation Rentals

Before setting up the connection with Google Vacation rentals, you should be aware of certain requirements imposed by Google in order to use this integration.

  • You must have at least 5 rentals assigned to your website.
    💡 Notes:
    • If at any point your number of rentals drops under 5, your listings will be removed from Google vacation Rentals.
    • If you have multiple websites, each integrated website must have at least 5 rentals assigned to it.
    • If you are using the legacy Room Types feature, your room types count towards the 5 rental minimum as well.
  • Each rental must:
    • be set to Instant booking
    • have a Name and description (beyond just the name).
    • have at least 1 bed.
    • have at least 5 photos with captions.
      Each image should be at least 720 pixels wide and at least 720 pixels high. The aspect ratio should be 4:3.
    • not be registered as a hotel in Google.
  • Your website must have a logo image and a matching favicon. Learn how to add a logo and favicon.
  • The rental type must be one of the following: Boat, Bungalow, Chalet, Farm House, Mobile House, Apartment, House, Room, Student Housing, or Villa. This is set in the Overview of your rental.
  • Your website must be published. Learn how to publish your website.

The flow for guests

Guests can find your rental and its availability via Google, where they can then click on "Learn More" to see a Google landing page for your rental. On this landing page, they will see: 

  • The logo and domain of your Lodgify website
  • Your rental's name and photos
  • Property details such as property type, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, maximum occupancy, amenities
  • The price per night (net in the US, gross everywhere else)
  • The option to "Visit site" which redirects guests to your website to finalize their booking

Once redirected, your guest will be on the Overview page of the rental they found on Google Vacation Rentals. From there they can go on to your checkout to complete the booking as normal or navigate further through your site.

Connect Lodgify to Google Vacation Rentals

Whilst you can easily set up the connection with Google Vacation Rentals yourself, do keep in mind that the completion of the connection process is done by Google Vacation Rentals. This can take a few days or weeks depending on the number of listings and size of your listings. For example: if you have many listings with many photos, it will take longer.

To connect:

  1. Go to your Main Menu in the top left corner and select Channel Manager.
  2. Click on the Google card "List Rentals":
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  3. You will see a list of  your rentals that are both completed and assigned to a website, and their status. The next step depends on the statuses of your listings:

    Status Explanation
    Not listed

    The rental has not been sent to Google yet, as the connection process with Google hasn't been started yet.

    Click "Set up" to see:

    • A list of mandatory conditions to be checked and confirmed.
    • A list of Google's requirements, and direct links to change your configurations for requirements not met.

    Once both lists have been actioned, the status of your rental will change to "Ready". Click on "List rental" to send your rental's information to Google, pending for Google to complete the connection on their side.

    Ready and queued

    This rental is ready to be listed on Google Vacation Rentals, pending Lodgify's verification. This verification is done once every 24 hours.

    💡 Note: This status may also show if you have not met the requirement of having at least 5 rentals assigned to one website.

    Sent to Google

    Your rentals have been validated and added to Google's feed, and are now pending publication by Google.

    💡 Note: This status may also show if you have not met the requirement of having at least 5 rentals assigned to one website.

    Synced With Warnings

    Your rental was validated by Lodgify, and sent to Google's feed. However, rentals with this status did not pass Google's validation and are therefor not published. Click on the status for information on what needs to be changed in order to pass validation.

    Missing Requirements

    Changes were made to a previously validated rental, resulting in no longer meeting all requirements. Click on the status for information on resolving this.

    💡 Note: This status may also show if you have not met the requirement of having at least 5 rentals assigned to one website.

    Sync Failed

    Lodgify validated your rentals, but was unable to send the rentals to Google Vacation Rentals due to a technical error. Click on the status for information.

    Partially Synced

    The rental was sent to Google for all the languages in which the rental meets requirements. Click on the status for information.

Unlisting rentals from Google Vacation Rentals

You can easily unlist your rentals.

💡 Note: If unlisting a rental brings you under the minimum of 5 listings requirement, your entire account will be unlisted from Google Vacation rental.

To unlist a rental:

  1. Go to your Main Menu in the top left corner and select Channel Manager.
  2. You will see a list of your connected rental.
  3. Click Edit behind the listing you want to disconnect, and select Unlist.
    💡 Note: It can take up to 48 hours for the rental to be unlisted.

Synchronizations

The below tables show which tables is synchronized with Google Vacation Rentals.

Pricing

The below information is regarding the default and season rates.

Setting Synch Notes
Add-ons

Guests will see the options for add-ons once they reach your checkout.

Currency

 
Cancellation policy Guests will see your cancellation policy in your checkout.
Damage deposit Guests will see your damage deposit policy in your checkout.
Derived rates

Google Vacation Rentals will use the same rates as your Lodgify checkout.

Extra charge per guest

 
Fees  

Minimum stay and minimum stay per weekday

 

Nightly override

 

Nightly price

 

Payment policy

Guests will see your payment policy in your checkout.

Price per weekday

 

Promotions

💡 Note: Only promotions without a promo code will be synchronized.

 

If a rental has multiple promotions without a code, only the promotion offering the guest the best price will apply.

Rates info

 

Rental agreement

 

Short stay premium 

 

Taxes (including sales tax)

 

Weekly/Monthly price (Length of stay prices)

 

 

Availability

Setting Synch Notes
 Advance notice

 

Bookability

All of your listings must be Instant booking on Google Vacation Rentals, and therefore also on Lodgify.

Booking window

 

Check-in and check-out days  
Check-in and check-out times

 

Preparation time  

 

Unavailabilities

Calendar blocks created by the following will show as unavailable dates on Google Vacation Rentals:

  • Closed periods
  • Confirmed bookings (bookings with status "Booked"; both from your website and OTAs)
  • iCal blocks
  • Manual bookings
  • Tentative bookings
Units

Units will not be shown to guests. However, if you have for example 3 units set up in Lodgify, then you can receive three different bookings for the same rentals and dates.

 

Content

Setting Synch Notes

Amenities

 

Contact details

The phone number from the Contact section in your Rentals will be sent to Google Vacation Rentals.

Custom map

 

Description

 

Directions

 

Distances

 

Internal name

 

Location

Address, latitude and longitude will be synchronized.

Photos

In order to by synchronized, your images must have a caption.

💡 Note: Each rental must have at least 5 photos with caption.

Rental info

  • Number of bedrooms
  • Number of bathrooms
  • Main amenities

Rental type

💡 Note: Your rental must be set to any of the following, else Google will not accept your listing:

  • Boat
  • Bungalow
  • Chalet
  • Farm House
  • Mobile House
  • Apartment
  • House
  • Room
  • Student Housing
  • Villa

Sleeping arrangement

Your rental must have at least 1 bed.

Title

💡 Note: If you use the legacy feature Room Types, then your title will be composed as follows: "Roomtype + rental title".

 

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