Year: 2019

Bidroom’s top eight hotels near magical Christmas markets in Europe

It’s hard to know what to do when you’re missing that Christmas spirit. When the twinkly sprinkling of fairy lights around the mantelpiece just aren’t doing it for you this year. When the crackle of the fire just isn’t crackley enough to spark that holiday magic. When hot choco, reindeer pyjamas and Mariah Carey only frustrate you more because “why don’t I have the feeling this year?”. Good news. We have the answer to all your Yuletide spirit problems. Pack your mittens. Dig your fluffiest coat out from the back of the closet. Grab your passport. You’re going to a Christmas market! 1. Kraków, Poland What: Main Square Christmas marketWhere: Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland / Google MapsOpen: 29 November to 7 January; 10am to 8pm (food stalls until 10pm)Hotel: Bonerowski Palace / Świętego Jana 1, Kraków, Poland Market: The scenic and very charming Rynek Glowny square in the old town makes Krakow one of the best settings for a Christmas market, the largest in Poland. Blacksmiths, jewellers, village artists and plenty of mulled wine, Polish …

We’re making friends!

This month more companies that like what we do have joined our travel revolution. And we must say, we like what they do too. So get cosy, spread a comfy blanket over yourself on the couch and start finding more reasons to love Bidroom *cough* THE MEMBERSHIP PERKS! *cough* Gettin’ Around 🚗 Avis – up to 15% discount for car rental Avis can literally take you anywhere you need to go. It’s perfect for that freedom you want on your trip. Rent the car, roll the windows down and cruise along the coast of wherever just like the dreamlike movie sequence you’ve always imagined.  Marcel – 15 EUR discount for first ride (carbon-neutral cars) Paris only Worried about the environment? Conscious of our impact? Us too! Use Marcel to get around Paris! They are an e-taxi service that’s got 100% CO2 emission offset to tackle environmental upset or and we 100% love it.  Everyone’s got baggage 🛍 Eelway – 5% discount for luggage storage & transfer Don’t lug your luggage around like a human snail. …

Mission: Amsterdam sends one Bidroom agent abroad

Pau is the winner of Bidroom’s interactive game for Krakow’s startup community – Mission: Amsterdam. Her glowing enthusiasm led her through the challenge and into the busy city of a million bicycles. She’d like to tell us if it was fun. Mission: Amsterdam was organised on the 16th of August for all participants of the OMGKRK Summer Jam meet-up in Krakow. Startuppers, entrepreneurs, and networkers could become Agents in Bidroom’s covert operation stylised after the Mission: Impossible series. It started with a challenge to decrypt a coded message of 4 parts held by 4 Bidroom operatives that were hiding in the area. Further instructions remain classified to this day. The big win – for those who accepted the mission – was a visit to the Dutch capital with the flights and hotel stay covered. Overcoming the effort that needed stealth, espionage, and divine hearing abilities, Pau completed all objectives with no measurable effort. The world would like to know what happened. What was the hardest part of your mission? The hardest part, without any doubt …

Bidroom has a new CTO!

Bidroom Welcomes Maurizio Tripi: Tech Leader, Agile Evangelist, CxO Consultant From Silicon Valley What’s got over 110 legs and won’t stop growing? Yeah we do. Last month, we welcomed tech leader Maurizio Tripi to our Board of Directors, and as the newest addition to our ever-growing team of 55+ tech and travel nerds in our Krakow office. “Bidroom holds huge growth potential. I’m here to do what I love most: Scale the product and its technology to perform with millions of users, while supporting outstanding business agility.” —Maurizio Tripi, Bidroom’s new CTO An Innate Passion for Technology, 25+ Years of Commitment to the Industry Originally from Italy, Maurizio spent many of his recent years in Silicon Valley, CA, where he was deeply rooted in the tech ecosystem. Throughout the years, he’s been an active investor, entrepreneur, and strategic advisor in several ventures. In 2014, he founded Real Contacts, an AI-based reputation system focused on better relationship-building. Prior to that, he served as the VP of Innovation & Consulting for Herzum, a consulting company headquartered in …

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Top 5 cities to visit this Spring if you don’t want to spend too much money

We all have spent long Tuesday afternoons at work, scrolling through our Instagram and finding posts upon posts by Sarah from high school of her touring the cities of Europe. As you scroll through her pictures of posing with her boyfriend before the Eiffel Tower, appreciating the art in the Van Gough museum, and drinking coffee in the Swiss Alps, your mind automatically tends to think of the last time you went on a vacation. Coming up empty from that thought, you realize how much you have surrounded yourself with work. This is where the itch starts; you know you work too much and deserve a break from all your responsibilities. All work and no play make Jack a dull boy, after all. So, you decide to take a work-break to explore the world, but when you put a hand in your pocket, all your dreams come crashing down. There is no way you can travel around the world in this budget, is there? Don’t worry, we are here for you. For all your tourist …

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Chatbots: Useful or Damaging to Your Hotel Business?

In a world dominated by tech, change is the only constant. Every week, there’s a new download, update, upgrade, or self-propelling vacuum cleaner to wrap your head around. Chatbots are just one example of the newest hype permeating the business world. But can they help your business?  Let’s start with the basics. What on earth is a chatbot? If you ever clicked on a Facebook ad and instantly (almost magically) received what felt like a personalised message from that page—you just got DM’ed by a chatbot. Chatbots are basically instant messaging technology. Businesses most often use them to quickly and easily communicate with their existing (and potential) clients—without needing an actual human to sit behind a screen and manually try to strike up conversation with anyone scrolling their page, on an individual basis. We all know how awkward starting an unsolicited conversation can be, right? So think of chatbots as your very own Awkwardness Eliminators: you can focus on your business priorities, and in the meantime, you know a little algorithm is running in the …

Giada, an Italian blogger, talks Krakow

Giada Pappalardo is an Italian blogger, who visited Krakow for a few days back in February. We took the opportunity and recommended the best places to show Krakow’s variety of cultures and vibes. We talked to Giada and asked her about the trip – what did she see, what did she love and what surprised her. Read on to see her impression of Krakow.

Bidroom at ITB Berlin 2019

Another year, another edition of ITB Berlin. This year, 45 Bidroom employees hopped on the Bidroom bus and took a trip to Berlin to attend the biggest European Travel Trade Show. What is ITB Berlin Let’s start with the basics. ITB Berlin is a World Leading Travel Trade show that connects people and organizations from the entire travel industry all around the world. The show takes place each year in March in the capital of Germany – Berlin. Let me provide you with some numbers so that you can understand the magnificence of the show. Here are some statistics from this year’s edition of ITB Berlin: There were close to 10 000 Exhibitors – the people representing companies from all around the world that had their own stands available for everyone to visit; Over 10 000 Trade visitors attended ITB Berlin to share and widen their expertise in the travel industry; Almost 190 countries were represented during the show; More than 160 000 visitors came to see the magnificence of the show during these few …

London

Multicultural Top 5 – London Not Just A Capital City

London is one of the most well-known places on Earth or one of the most visited. It is also one of the most multicultural places on Earth. As a born and bred Londoner myself I can attune to the fact that it offers you a taste of the whole world in every sense of the word. With over 200 languages spoken on the streets of London it is the very definition of multicultural. Today I am going to tell youwhat London has to offer you as a city. This is however, just the tip of the iceberg. With some of the places listed below, you may find it hard, when walking the streets, to believe you are actually in London. Camden Town Camden is known for many things. As a part of London rich in food and art, camden market where you can find a whole host of things you never you wanted and always desired. There is also a whole host of celebrities living right on the doorstep. But one thing that most people …