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Managing vacation rentals is multifaceted.

Keeping it occupied is a job in itself, not to mention keeping up with maintenance and repairs.

And don’t get me started on managing the finances. 

That only becomes more complicated the more property types you have in your portfolio. 

Fortunately, with vacation rental management software, you have a right-hand-man that helps you manage it all.

If you’re looking for a great vacation rental software option to get started with, you’re in the right place. 

But before we get to the best vacation rental management options, in case you’re new to property management software, let’s talk about what you can expect in terms of features and capability. 

Vacation Rental Management Software

Vacation rental management software is property management software with the capability to to manage vacation rentals.

Some property management tools are built to handle vacation rentals as well as other property types such as multifamily and commercial. 

Other property management tools are designed to be dedicated vacation rental management tools. 

These tend to have a few extra bells and whistles but with less general capability and without the ability to manage other property types. 

Whether you use one vs. another will depend on which individual features you want (as vacation rental management software is limited) and especially if you manage other property types. 

Our Top 6 Picks

Below are 6 of the best vacation rental management software. 

Some are great general property management options that allow you to manage all of your portfolio from one place, while others are dedicated vacation rental tools. 

For each option, we cover:

  • Notable pros and cons
  • Features
  • And pricing

Here are 6 of the best vacation rental management tools:

1. DoorLoop

DoorLoop vacation rental software

DoorLoop is an all-in-one property management software that allows you to manage your entire portfolio with ease from anywhere. 

Vacation rentals, short-term rentals, multifamily, you name it, DoorLoop has the features you need to streamline, automate, and simplify your property management needs.

DoorLoop features include:

  • Automated rent collection: Collect rent from anywhere around the world, at any time, without having to lift a finger– you or your guests (once set up). 
  • Master account suite: Need a tool that can help you manage all your vacation rental bookkeeping? DoorLoop can do it. Prefer to stick with QuickBooks for accounting tasks? We’ve got you covered there too with a super easy to setup QB Online integration.
  • Tenant portal and streamlined communications tools: Hate jumping between SMS, phone, and email? With DoorLoop you can bring all your communications together and track them from a single platform with ease. 
  • Maintenance management tools: Managing the maintenance and repairs for a rental can be a pain, especially if you don’t live near the property. Automate regular maintenance and upkeep with workflows so that everything works as intended when your guest arrives– every time. 

DoorLoop pricing

DoorLoop comes in at just $49 per month for up to 20 units, and you can try it with zero pressure with a 30-day money back guarantee. 

Schedule a free demo today to see what DoorLoop can do for you

2. Guesty

Guesty software

Guesty is a rental management tool that’s great for short-term rentals. 

Customers report great customer service experiences paired with a 24/7 support line for premium plan owners, making it great on support.

The main con is that Guesty uses an enterprise pricing model. 

That not only means they don’t provide access to the details of their pricing plans online, it means they’ll generally charge more for their services compared to other tools with transparent pricing (though you’ll have to contact their sales team to find out for sure).

Guesty features include:

  • Maintenance management 
  • Owner portal
  • Booking tools
  • Mobile app

Guesty pricing

Guesty doesn’t list their pricing online, so you’ll have to contact their sales team to find out more about their pricing options.

3. LiveRez

LiveRez vacation rental software

LiveRez is a dedicated vacation rental management software with a large set of features such as vendor management, lead management, and useful communications tools.

The software offers a good number of accounting features, better than most dedicated vacation rental management tools (though lacking compared to general property management software).

However, users report that LiveRez doesn’t have the greatest customer service, with reports of both slow response times and unhelpful customer service reps.

LiveRez features include:

  • Communications tools
  • Vendor management
  • Maintenance management
  • Lead management

LiveRez pricing

LiveRez comes in at a pricey $350 minimum per month, though it’s not mentioned if that includes a certain number of properties or unlimited. 

They don’t list pricing details online, so you’ll need to contact them directly to find out more.

4. Hostaway

Hostway software

Hostaway is a short-term rental software with a robust set of features, including good reporting tools and automatic payments.

They also have a good list of integrations, though the trade-off is that they’re priced considerably higher than the average property management software.

Hostaway features include:

  • Automatic payments
  • Messaging tools
  • Owner portal
  • Good accounting features

Hostaway pricing

Hostaway’s plans start at $100 per month, though they don’t provide details about their payment plans on their website. So, you’ll need to contact them directly to get more information.

5. Lodgify

Lodgify rental software

Lodgify is another dedicated vacation rental management software with a clean UI. 

It offers a good set of features including reservation management and scheduling.

However, the trade-off is that they don’t offer much in the way of integrations, so their feature set may end up leave you wanting.

Lodgify features include:

  • Reservation management
  • Scheduling calendar
  • Messaging tools

Lodgify pricing

Lodgify offers a 7-day free trial with a bit of a different pricing model. They have a $0 monthly plan which comes with a 3.9% booking fee and brand-based ads within the software which your guests and tenants can see while using the guest portal. It also doesn’t come with email support. 

For $17 per month you can get the same plan for up to 20 units at a reduced booking fee of 1.9%, no ads, and email support. And with their premium $80 per month plan you can remove the booking fee. 

6. Escapia

Escapia vacation rental management software

Escapia is a vacation rental software with some unique features such as a reservation calendar and good lead management tools. 

Its strength is in its ease-of-use and convenient smartphone app for guests. However, users report running into glitches often and that the software is unreliable in general. 

Escapia features include:

  • Reservation calendar
  • Reporting tools
  • Maintenance management
  • Owner portal

Escapia pricing

Escapia doesn’t list its pricing publicly, so you’ll need to contact them directly to find out more about their pricing model. 

DoorLoop

Did you find something you like?

Vacation rental management software can be like a trusted business partner, helping you manage much of the administrative, financial, and maintenance tasks you need to get done to keep your rental in tip-top shape. 

It can even automate or semi-automate some of the (let’s be honest) less exciting stuff. 

If you’re looking for a solution that’s both easy to use and powerful for managing your entire portfolio, check out DoorLoop. 

DoorLoop vacation rental management software

You get access to a full suite of features designed to help you manage any property type, from vacation rentals to short-term, multifamily, commercial, and more.

Schedule a free demo to experience DoorLoop first-hand and discover how it can simplify your vacation rental business. 

David Bitton

David is the co-founder & CMO of DoorLoop, a best-selling author, legal CLE speaker, and real estate investor. When he's not hanging with his three children, he's writing articles here!