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Suiteness
Location: Oakland, California, United States United States
Founded in: 2013
Stage: Post-launch
Number of employees: 6-15
Short URL: vator.co/suiteness
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Suiteness

Get exclusive access to the best luxury hotel suites Las Vegas, Miami, and New York have to offer.
Startup/business
Oakland, California, United States United States
https://www.suiteness.com
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Company description

Get exclusive access to luxury suites normally only available to celebrities and high-rollers

These suites are only booked 20-30% of the time, normal rooms have 60-80% occupancy.

This is because hotels expect customers to work with their sales team over the phone, or to use a travel agent. Pricing or availability isn't listed anywhere online. Most people don't know these suites exist.

We make it easy for you to find amazing suites and to get the best price. Using our iPhone app you let us know about your trip and we find the best 3 options. We can even save you money while up-leveling your experience. Most of the time sharing a luxury suite is less than getting separate rooms.



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Team
  • Kyle Killion
    Kyle Killion | Founder
    Co-Founder of Suiteness • VP of Product for Apartment List, Product Manager for Yelp, and Coupa • Founding member of the Geek Squad, co-founded and sold maccontrol for $7M • University of Minnesota
  • Arthur Klepchukov
    Arthur Klepchukov | Founder
    I love building things. From LEGO as a kid, to drawing comics and writing stories in school, to building and designing web sites in college, to starting companies now. There is a unique flavor to the passion of creating something new.
Business model

We are creating the first two-sided market for luxury hotel suites. We collect the standard 10% that travel agents normally collect on each booking. Traditional players like Expedia and Priceline take somewhere around 20%, but their average booking is $100-200. Our average booking is $1,500-2,000.

Currently we have agents act as intermediaries for our bookings, but soon we will be able to have pre-negotiated discounts and instant bookings. 

 

Competitive advantage
  • We offer exclusive access to these suites
  • First app to focus on the luxury hotel market