Jomres is a robust, feature rich hotel booking system that's been constantly developed, full-time, for 8 years. It is the absolute pinnacle of the Joomla hotel booking systems, nothing else even comes close.
Recently added features :
* Media Centre. Ajax control image uploading.
* Array caching, for huge performance gains.
* VIES VAT number validation. Your European customers can now store their VAT numbers, and if you use the subscription or commision functionality (extra) then invoices do not include VAT if that's appropriate.
* QR codes that are printed on the confirmation emails, allowing receptionists to scan guests in and see the bookings while on the move.
* Google map layers. See the weather/traffic/transit/cycling/panoramio layers in the built-in Gmaps.
* Added a tap to call button to the (bootstrap) property header template, which is viewable when on a phone. Allows phone users to call hotels directly.
The core system is free, if you want a simple booking system for your hotel booking site then the core system is all you need to get up and running. If you decide you want to add functionality to your hotel later on then you can upgrade to Jomres Solo, Silver or Gold to allow you to install some of the many plugins available.
Features of the free, core system:
Intelligent, ajax driven booking form. Equally suited to enable booking hotels, B&Bs and individual properties like apartments and villas. Over the years we've fine-tuned the booking process to make it as simple yet as powerful as possible. If the guest's not ready to book right away, they can contact the hotel directly through a form instead.
Property/hotel management is done via the frontend, no need to worry about Aunt Betty having access to the backend of your site and breaking something. Site managers can configure users as basic property managers, so Super Property Managers can have many configuration options, and basic managers will have far fewer options to worry about.
Unlimited images can be uploaded to create a slideshow of your hotel.
Reviews are integrated into the core of the system, let your hotel's customers speak for you.
Fully automatic exchange rate conversion functionality that is sensitive to the location of the site visitor, automatically choosing the exchange rate that's most appropriate for them.
A huge number of settings, if you want to use them. Out-of-the-box Jomres works fine, but if you want to tweak how it works, that's ok too.
Hotel/Property Management System functionality.
Detailed invoicing functionality that make it clear to both your guests and hotel managers what they're paying for.
Google mapping used throughout, map your hotel precisely using our simple yet intuitive drag'n'drop feature.
And more...see the feature list for a full breakdown of what the system offers.
I have not found another similar component that compares to JomRes. Once you become familiar with the basics, it is easy enough to configure JomRes the way you want.
Support is excellent. My only complaint is that you must update the component frequently, which is always a risk because any other components, plugins, modules or even your template may not be compatible with new versions. However, JomRes support has helped me through this kind of thing more than once, and there has always been a solution (normally it's finding and updating a badly behaving plugin).
Kudos to the developers and JomRes support!
Of course, make sure that you BUY the system. You can use the free version to try it out, sure, but the real power comes from all the different plugins, and not to mention the excellent support! I have tried several different extensions, but noone is even close to Jomres when it comes to customer support.
For me, this is the only booking system I will ever consider using, as it has features that no other system has - customizable search modules, easy to use calendars, and google maps integration, just to mention some of them. And should you need to change something, you can easily do so yourself (as long as you know a little html and php).
I have developed many Joomla websites from 1.5 to 3. I am very used to a range of components and how to override their output. With this in mind I can honestly say that I found JomRes to be a nightmare!
JomRes does not integrate with Joomla in the usual way. They may pretend that it does but it simply does not. JomRes is built first and foremost as a standalone booking system. If you login to the admin side of Joomla the only JomRes page is the setup page. You cannot add or administer adverts in the back end, everything has to be done in the front end.
A major flaw is that your website ends up having two menus. One menu is your normal main menu and then you are also forced to have a second JomRes menu. There is no way to integrate the two menus. Normally Joomla components have a number of views which can be selected by setting up your menu items, JomRes has one. You cannot link to categories or specific adverts, you can only link to the home page of JomRes.
Template overrides are normally very easy to implement for the majority of Joomla components. JomRes works differently, you do not copy the template files into your own site template and then modify them. JomRes has it's own system, you have to modify files using their online file editor and then the changes are stored in the database! Surely code should be stored in actual files and not in the database? Surely this over inflates the database and slows down your site?
I can see how JomRes will work well on it's own but if you are building a Joomla site then you are doing so for a reason - to use the usual Joomla benefits. Essentially, you end up with a Joomla website with a link to a JomRes website. If you want a truly integrated solution (as I did) then look elsewhere.
A lot of people find JomRes very good so it might be fine for you, I just wish I had known what I know now before embarking on a Joomla site with JomRes.
The JOMRES support and great community resolves most issues and are willing to help each solve new solutions. Try the rest if you like but JOMRES is the one you need.
But we got an assignment and decided to go for Jomres this time. And we have not looked back since! In reality it was really not that hard to get started with. And with their forum is easy to get pointers and help. They have a great community willing to help each other.
While setting up the client site, we ran into some errors that we were not able to fix, we raised a ticket and within the hour received a reply. We have never experienced better customer support for any Joomla extension! Thanks to the guys helping us out!
We have not looked back since, we will only be using Jomres from now on, for all our booking sites and needs. Our client is more than happy with the solution, based on the simplicity to use it from the front end, and also the very long list of features.
We have been developing Joomla sites for many years now, and this is the first extension that we recommend. Jomres has a very special place in our offices. Its truly an amazing extension and also a dedicated team behind!
You can customize it more or less as you want even without any coding experience because of all the available plugins and features.
Thumbs up from me!
Thanks very much Mickey for taking the time to review Jomres.