Daycation, a Miami-based online marketplace, offers a curated network of beautiful, on-demand hotel amenities in cities across the world that you can reserve and unlock via the web or Daycation mobile app. Founded in 2016 by Matt Boney, the company set out to create bite-sized vacations by building an experience to facilitate human connection, relaxation and rejuvenation through day passes.
Matt Boney, now 25 years old, grew up working in the hospitality industry in Idaho and always had a vision for creating positive change in that space. During a vacation to Mexico in 2015, Matt wanted to experience other hotel amenities like the pools, spas, and gyms but was not able to unless he was an overnight guest. He returned to Brown University, where he was a current student, and the idea for Daycation was born. He identified an opportunity in the hotel amenity space and set out to provide locals and travelers with an instant vacation at their fingertips. He dropped out of the university and moved to Miami to work on Daycation full time with co-founders Alex Novo, COO at Daycation and a Miami native, as well as University of Miami alum and Mo Soussi, CTO at Daycation, who is originally from Tunisia, a Williams College alum and has been coding for over 15 years.
Hotels can monetize their underutilized assets and maximize the total revenue generated at the property with the Daycation app. By adopting the platform into their guest experience, hotels can control all variables around occupancy, pricing, and offers to sell Day Passes, Cabanas, Day Beds, and more. Daycation is a leading innovator in the world of hotel amenity monetization, a concept that angel investor and early uber backer, Jason Calacanis believed in and invested in.
The platform’s technology is comprehensive and includes a hotel dashboard to control the day passes and additional offerings, a mobile app and website for consumers to purchase passes, and white label options for hoteliers to list their day pass offerings on a custom web page with their own brand on their own website. It is a commission-based model and Daycation only makes money if the hotel brings in revenue. There is no additional overhead and the sign-up process only takes 30 minutes.
The app launched with iconic hotels in the Miami market such as COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach, SLS South Beach, JW Marriott Turnberry Resort & Spa, and Fontainebleau Miami Beach, as well as the W Hollywood in Los Angeles and SIXTY LES in New York City.
With locations now in various tropical locations like Miami, Mexico, and the Bahamas, and metropolitan cities such as LA, New York City and Atlanta, consumers have instant access to mini getaways. They are working with hundreds of hotels around the world in the US and in Latin America and are expanding to new continents. The Day Pass package perks vary based on location but typically include pool access, a pool chair, beach access, beach chair, poolside food and drink service and access to their business and fitness centers.