Learn how to manage your Guest Rooms Module. This guide covers everything from Reserving a room to checking out the guest.
Accessing the Tool
Select the Guest Rooms module to open up the Guest Rooms reservation grid.
Guest Rooms Dashboard
Use the Calendar to find the date of the occupant’s arrival. Use the single green arrows to navigate the grid one day at a time. Use the double green areas to navigate the grid one week at a time.
Use the filters seen here to change your view on the grid. You can choose a view that shows, one day, three days, seven days, 14 days or 31 days on the Guest Room Grid.
The Guest Rooms module has the ability to set locations for different areas on your property where rooms are located. You can use the filters on the left to view the specific rooms set up for each location.
Note: You may click on the location column header to sort the list of locations.
The Guest Rooms module has the ability to set room types for your rooms. You can use the filters on the left to view the specific room types you need to view.
Note: You may click on the column header for Room Type to sort the list of room types.
Use the calendar grid to find the date and the room that you need to book the reservation.
Find a Reservation by typing in a name or folio number in the search box.
Note: You may filter on active reservations or reservations that have checked out by selecting the “Show only active reservations” button. Double click the reservation to view the Folio.
Use the lock icon to Lock and Unlock the drag and drop feature to move reservations to different dates or rooms on the Guest Rooms grid.
A red lock indicates that the grid is locked down and reservations can not be moved.
A Green lock indicates that the grid is unlocked and reservations can be moved to different rooms or dates.
Use the Block Room buttons to initiate the blocking feature to block specific dates and rooms that need to be unavailable for various reasons.
Note: Further details on this functionality will be covered later in the manual.
Click on the expand screen button to expand the Guest Rooms grid to a full screen view
Click on the Refresh Button to refresh the information on the grid.
Making a Reservation
There are two ways to start making a reservation. First you can use your mouse to highlight the first night of the arrival until the last night of the arrival by dragging your mouse across the desired dates and select New Reservation or just select New Reservation and you will have an opportunity to select the dates and room number later.
A pop-up window will appear with your membership roster. You need to select a sponsoring member for by using the search field to find the sponsoring member. Hit enter once you have found the sponsoring member.
Note: Every reservation must have a “sponsoring member”. Your sponsoring member can be an A/R account you have set up in the system. Keep in mind that some accounts are limited in their ability to use the member charge feature. For non-member reservations you can use either the guest account or some clubs have set up special room accounts or marketing accounts to track these non-member reservations.
The sponsoring member’s name will appear in the lower right hand corner of the Guest Rooms grid.
Should you need to change the sponsoring member at some point you can click on the sponsoring member name and the membership roster pop-up screen will appear again allowing you to choose another sponsoring member.
Once you have selected your sponsoring member you will see the bottom pane fill with the room reservation information.
Note: You will see the color of the reservation turn an aqua color. This indicates that the room is now in a “Reserved” status.
Room Reservation Information Pane
Once you select your sponsoring member, the information pane for this reservation opens below the reservation grid. This is where you will enter the details of the reservation.
Here is a close up view of the buttons used on the reservation information pane.
When you select the sponsoring member, by default that name is entered as the first occupant in the reservation. You have the ability to change this if necessary.
If you need to change to the first occupants name, select his name and then you have four options to choose from.
When you select a Named Member, the membership roster window will appear. Search for the member, and hit enter or double click on the member to insert the name into the occupant spot.
When you select a Named Guest you have two options to enter a guest’s name. First you can choose the guest lookup to see if that guest has stayed there before or ...select the New Guest button to enter in the new guest’s information. This will open up the screen you use in the Guest module where you can record as much information as you need to record. The guest information that you entered will show up on the right hand side of the information pane.
If you need to add a room to this reservation, click on Add Room and this will open a new section below the first room listed for you to assign.
You can assign the room by using the dropdown menu when you have selected the Room tab.
Once you have assigned the second room, we will see it appear on the grid in the same aqua color.
Room Tab: Under the room tab you can change the Room Type, Location, Room # for the reservation. The user may also use the Requested fields to indicate a preference on a Room Type, Location, Room # if the room is put on a Wait List.
If an occupant needs to change rooms during the middle of their stay, use the Room/Occupant Change button to assign them a new room. This will allow the user to assign the new room but keep their existing folio attached to the occupant.
Amenities Tab: Amenities are items that the user wants to add to the folio for a daily charge. These items are defined amenities setup section.
Select the date to apply an amenity option and which item you want to include on the daily charge. For items that apply to the entire stay, select “All” for the date.
Rate Tab: Use the Rate Tab to view the base room rates plus any amenities added to the base rate for a specific room.
You can adjust the room rates if you need to upcharge or provide a discount from the current rate. Once you have posted a room rate to a folio, the date of the posting will appear in the Comment field next to the day that has been posted. You can also lock the rate by selecting the lock checkbox for each day. By locking the rate, no changes can be made to that rate until the rate is unlocked.
Notes Tab: The user can add any notes for the reservation under the Notes tab.
Credit Card Tab: The user can capture the credit card information associated with the room reservation on this tab.
When the user selects Add Credit Card, the user will be able to enter the credit card information for the room that can be used later during check out to settle the folio.
Note: The credit card information will be applied to the room folio, not to individual occupant staying in the room.
Notifications Tab: With the notifications tab, the user can send out confirmation emails for the reservation. The confirmation emails can be sent immediately, or can be scheduled at intervals the user determines. The user can also determine if the sponsoring member should receive a copy of the confirmation email.
Note: The user has the choice to email specific room occupants by enabling their email setting. A guest will receive a copy of the email confirmation if the user has entered the email address for the guest.
Certain sections of the email confirmation can be customized for each club at the beginning of the setup process.
Select if this block applies to specific rooms, specific locations, or all rooms
Select save to apply this block.
Note: If you need to cancel the block at anytime, select ‘Remove Block’ icon
Checking In a Reservation
When it is time to check in your occupants, select the Check In button to start the check in process.
During the check in process the user can print a registration card, add a credit card on file to the room reservation, or Check In the room.
Note: The registration card is a standard format which can not be changed. Once the user checks in a room reservation, the color of that reservation on the guest rooms grid changes from aqua to green.
If you ever need to “Undo” the check in, click on “Undo Check-In” to return the room to a reserved status.
Note: By design, the folios of a reservation will become “Active” starting on the scheduled day of arrival for the reservation. This allows the occupants to use the facilities and charge back to their room folios prior to the actual check in
Select ‘Add Credit Card’ if you want to add credit card information for the room reservation. The credit card information is only applied to the room folio, not to an individual occupants folio.
Select ‘Check In’ to complete the check in process.
Cancelling or Wait Listing a Room
To cancel a room make sure that it is not checked in and select ‘Cancel Room’. This will turn the reservation to a red color.
To Wait List a room make sure that the room is not checked in and select ‘ Waiting List’. This will turn the reservation to a purple color.
Note: A room on the waiting list and a cancelled room will be listed on the bottom of the grid. Use the filters on the left to view any rooms that are cancelled or on the waiting list.
Viewing a Folio
A ‘Folio’ is the billing record for an individual currently staying in one of the guest rooms.
Select a reservation from the Guest Rooms grid to open the reservation information pane below the grid
Select the ‘Folio’ button to open the ‘Folio Tree’ for that reservation.
Note: The Folio Tree has three different levels. First level is the Master or Sponsoring Member level. This level covers any occupants or rooms listed under the reservation. Second level is the guest room level. This level covers any rooms made by the sponsoring member. Third level is the occupant level. This level covers any occupants that are staying in the guest rooms.
Master / Sponsoring Member Folio: The system has the flexibility to reserve more than one room under the same sponsoring member. At the end of the stay, all room and occupant’s charges can be transferred to the master folio.
Room Folio: Each room reserved will have a folio created to post nightly room charges. A credit card may be attached to a room folio to settle the charges to a credit card. Note: A credit card can not be attached to the individual occupant’s folio if more than one occupant is staying in a room.
Occupant’s Folio: For each occupant listed in a room, a folio will be created to record any charges while the occupant is on the property.
Note: A credit card cannot be attached to an individual’s folio. It will be recorded to the room folio.
Night Audit Wizard
In the upper left hand side of the Guest Rooms Dashboard, the user can find an option called the ‘Night Audit Wizard’ to post the room rates to the room folios.
Select the date of the night’s stay to post to the room folio. You can run any day more than once. The system will not double post the room rates if you have already run the wizard for a specific room.
A summary will show the rooms that are charged, the occupants in those rooms, and the room rates which include an amenity charges or adjustments the user has made.
Select ‘Finish’ to complete the Night Audit Wizard.
The Guest Rooms module will allow you to transfer charges from the different levels of the folios.
To transfer an item from one folio to another, open the folio for that reservation.
Select the transaction that needs to be transferred to another folio within the ‘Folio Tree’. To select more than one transaction to transfer, hold down the ‘shift’ key to allow multiple transaction selection.
Select the Folio that needs to have the charge added. A popup window will appear and show a list of active folios. A folio is considered active on the day of arrival up until the day of departure. Your system will keep a folio active the entire day of departure in case the occupant wants to put other POS charges back on his folio such as dining charges or recreational activities such as golf or spa.
Choose the Sales Area that the items will be sold in. Ex: for a golf lesson choose the Golf Shop sales area.
Choose the item to charge to the occupant’s folio.
Enter a description for the transaction.
Enter the quantity and amount for this transaction.
Repeat these steps as many times as needed to include all items.
Click ‘Finish’ once all the items have been entered.
A summary screen will appear where you can preview the transactions. Next you can post the charges to the folio accounts.
Using the POS to charge back to a Folio
The Guest Rooms module will be able to tender any POS charges back to a specific occupant’s folio listed in the Guest Room module. The folio becomes “Active” on the day of arrival. The folio will remain active 12 hours after the occupant has checked out.
Note: It is recommended that you set up a guest room account for each room to help audit any transactions. Start each POS transaction to the occupant’s room account.
Select the items needed for the transaction.
When you are ready to close the ticket, the user will be able to select different settlement types. A settlement type, generally labeled “Folio” or “Hotel Charge”, will be listed. This button can be called whatever you like.
Select the ‘Folio’ settlement type to show a list people staying in the Guest Rooms.
Select the name of the occupant’s folio to tender the ticket.
The user will see that the ticket now has a zero balance, and that “folio” is listed as the tender type. Click ‘Print and Done’ or ‘Done’ to close the ticket.
Now it’s time to check out the rooms. First we must settle out each individual’s folio. The individual folio must have a zero balance to be able to check out the room folio. We do this by either transferring the charges to the room folio or settle the individual folio.
Select either the folio button or the check out button to open the reservation folio.
The ‘Folio Settlement’ popup window will let you choose between settling the folio to the sponsoring member’s account or to settle the folio with Cash or Credit Card.
By choosing Member Charge the sponsoring member’s account will be charged.
By choosing Cash / Credit Card , a POS terminal for rooms will launch allowing you to tender the folio to cash or credit card. It is important to remember that all Guest Rooms settlements are tendered through the designated Guest Rooms terminal.
Select ‘Close Ticket’ to finish settling this folio.
Once all folios have a zero balance, the Check Out button will appear to check out the room.
Select ‘Print Folio’ to print out a copy of the occupant’s folio to present after checking out.
Once the room is checked out, the room reservation on the Guest Rooms grid turns a gray color.
Splitting a Room Charge
If you have a need to split a room charge between two occupants, you will need to use the Manual Folio charge to credit one occupant’s folio for half of the night’s stay and charge half of the night’s stay to the other occupant’s charge.
Here is a reservation with two guests sharing a room.
Each occupant has their own folio, while the room rates are posted to the room folio.
Enter the price to credit half of the room rate. You will enter this amount as a negative amount. The quantity will be a positive number but the price will be the negative amount. Hit tab until you reach the next line.
Repeat the steps listed above to fill out each field. This time make sure that the price for the split charge item is entered as a positive value.
A summary screen will appear for you to check the charges. Click ‘Post’ when you are ready to post these charges to the folios.
When you return to the folio tree, you can see that one occupant’s folio has the credit for the room charge to reduce the room charge in half. The other occupant’s folio has the charge for half of the room rate.
Note: You only have to do this one time for one day. Even if the stay was for 3 nights. Each occupant can have one night’s stay transferred to their folio, and split only the third night.
Once the room charge is split, you can settle each folio with using the normal settlement process.
Override Folio Charge
Override Folio Charge is used when you have a folio from the past that you need to add a charge back to that folio. This is usually a high level function so each employee must be given permission for this functionality.
You will want to have the folio # on hand as you will have to select which folio # that needs to be charged.
To Add a charge back to a room folio that has checked out in the past, open up the POS module and select the Device. A golf shop charge will use the Golf Shop device. Guest Rooms charge will use the Guest Rooms device.
Start a ‘New Transaction’ to an AR account and find the item or items that you need to add back to a folio that has already checked out.
Select Close Ticket
Now to settle the ticket to a past folio, select the ‘Guest Room Charge’ settlement type.
If you have current guest room occupants, you will see them listed in the main window as a selection to charge the ticket back to the occupant’s folio. In this case a past folio will not show up. You must select the ‘Enter Folio #’ button.
For this example, Folio #123 checked out three days ago, but we needed to add a charge to the folio. After entering the folio number, select ‘OK’ to apply the charge to the folio.
We can see that the item was added to the folio. Now select ‘Done’.
When we search for folio 123, we see that the charge was added back to the folio. You will now need to resettle the folio.