Seattle-based traveltech startup Cabana rolls out new offerings, expands operations to California
Cabana, the Seattle-based traveltech startup reinventing how people travel through its fleet of luxe mobile hotels, is rolling out enhanced offerings to its customers in Seattle and soon to its newest market, Los Angeles.
The new features include, concierge services to provide trip planning assistance for customers; van delivery to make starting a trip even more convenient; early check-in and late check-out to provide more flexibility in travel plans; and one-way rental options for travelers with itineraries that don't accommodate a two-way trip.
Cabana's new features and operational offerings come on the heels of the company's official launch last May. Since then, the company has booked thousands of nights and gathered feedback from many of its customers to develop these new features which offer more flexibility and a better, more luxurious travel experience. Additionally, by opening a Southern California-based location, Cabana has expanded its fleet of upscale mobile hotels by 250%, allowing LA-based adventurers to enjoy a COVID-friendly staycation.
Scott Kubly, Founder and CEO, Cabana: "The classic RV rental and minimalistic #vanlife trend has gained immense popularity over the past year but we believe we offer a new experience for travelers. Every element of the Cabana van is customized for a tailored and premium experience to make travel as seamless as possible, ultimately creating more opportunities for serendipity, wonder, and adventure. We're excited to expand our features to include things our customers have been asking for, like trip concierge and more flexible rental options."
Since its founding in 2018, Cabana has received $7.1M from investors, including Jason Calacanis, Founder of LAUNCH and TheSyndicate.com, who invested in Cabana's seed-funding round and explains that he has always advocated for the company's success. "Transportation and travel are going through a seismic change due not only to the pandemic, but also to the delight that families and friends discover when they drive across our beautiful country. Cabana reminds me of the energy and excitement of Uber and Airbnb, in the same startup," says Jason.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased uncertainty around traveling, due to varying restrictions and social-distancing protocols, but Cabana gives customers peace of mind through its socially-distant travel option. Each van is totally tech-enabled, meaning that everything from reservations to van pick-up and drop-off is completely contactless.