About us

bidroom.com is a travel community where you can find the lowest prices on hotels and share your experiences, good and bad, with the rest of the community whilst getting hints and tips on where to go on your next adventure. We are committed to making travel, easier, fairer, cheaper and better for everyone. We are not an intermediary, we are a bridge that connects travellers and hotels directly. Giving you back the control of your stay wherever you go in the world.

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Idea behind Bidroom

Our founders launched bidroom.com after having countless conversations with hoteliers and hearing that they were extremely frustrated with paying high commission and having no control over their revenue and communication with their guests. We want to change that and make the market a fairer place for hotels and thiers guests.

The concept of Bidroom brings fairness to the hospitality industry. We are a bridge connecting the hotels to their guests directly, giving control back to the hotels and the best prices possible to our members.

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Our story

2014, October

Bidroom.com launched!

Michael Ros and Casper Knieriem launch the first beta version of bidroom.com in The Hague. The platform quickly evolves.

2015, December

The end of the test phase

After a year of testing, Michael and Casper officially launch the revolutionary platform. Bidroom is now live.

2016, March

Bidroom opens an office in Kraków

A small team starts sales, marketing, PR and IT operations under Michael’s supervision in an office right on Kraków’s Main Square.

2016, November

No Commission!

Bidroom goes through some big changes. The low-commission model is replaced with a no-commission membership model and the website is made available in eight languages.

2017, January

Team gets stronger

Bidroom expands it's team with highly-valued specilaists in multiple areas of management and IT professionals. The office on Krakow's main square undergoes huge expansion to accomodate the rapid growth of the company, while the head office is moved form the Hague to a prime location in Amsterdam.

2017, May

Prestigious award

Bidroom is deemed the winner of the Start-up Innovation Camp at the World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2017! We are found to be the most innovative of the 170 participants.

2017, September

bidroom.com secures substantial investment

Bidroom secured investment from the billionaire Samih Sawiris, founder of the Orascom Development Group.

2018, January

The Best Travel Startup in the Netherlands

Bidroom announced as the Best Travel Startup in the Netherlands by the TravMagazine during the Travel Gala in Noordwijk.

2018, April

Partnership with Visa

After months of preparation, we finally reveal that Bidroom joined ranks with Visa to provide its cardholders with the best hotel deals online directly. Bidroom becomes the preferred travel booking platform for Visa.

2018, October

New Board of Directors!

Bidroom moves to the next level with a new Board of Directors. New CEO, CFO and CCO come on board to transition bidroom from a startup to an SME. Co-Founders take on new roles as COO and CDO.

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About our revolution

Cheaper booking than anywhere else

bidroom.com is a membership-based online booking platform that offers bookable hotels and apartments at discounted room rates right across the globe. With Bidroom you are always gauranteed a discount of at least 5% off the price you can find on any other OTA.

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The Board

For years we had been hearing complaints from hoteliers about the painful commission they have to pay to sites like Booking.com, Expedia and Hotels.com

Bas Tolmeijer

CEO

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Bas Tolmeijer

Bas was literally born and raised in a family of horeca professionals. After graduating the hotel school, he worked at senior level in the international hotel industry, both as general manager for hotels and overseeing hotel groups. After that, Bas started his own hotel chain from scratch, which he successfully sold in the summer of 2018. A sports fanatic, enthusiastic motivator, teambuilder and owner of a huge social heart, Bas leads the company as CEO.

Michael Ros

COO, Co-founder

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Michael Ros

A natural-born entrepreneur, Michael started his first company at the age of 18. From the age of 24, he worked for 4 years for a large international enterprise and was responsible for a turnover of 45 million euros per year. He then founded the online travel agency Travelservice. Michael is a creative sales person with experience in negotiating at a corporate business level. Currently, he oversees Bidroom's daily operations and IT.

Casper Knieriem

CDO, Co-founder

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Casper Knieriem

After studying Business Administration at the Erasmus University, Casper started his own outsourcing company for financial services which was sold in 2007. Together with Michael he started the online travel agency Travelservice. He is a creative and energetic entrepreneur, who thinks broadly, is conceptually strong and has an eye for opportunities. Casper is in charge of Bidroom's business development and international expansion.

Francesco Monaco

CCO

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Francesco Monaco

Son of Italian immigrants, Francesco studied hotel business and pursued a career in the world of international hospitality, specializing in sales, marketing and communications. In 2001, he begun as entrepreneur with his long time business colleague Bas, and successfully built the strategy of his own hotel group. This family man is fond of tai chi, The Beatles and BBQ, hates paying commission to OTA’s and oversees Bidroom’s commercial organization, activities and strategy.

John Stoffers

CFO

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John Stoffers

John loves cooking, good wine and has a special talent for figures and facts. Not surprising that after finishing the hotel school, he worked for many hotel groups, supervising the financial side of the business. His passion is to solve complex challenges, setting up clear plans and building solid fundaments. And that is exactly what John is taking care of in his role as Bidroom’s CFO.

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Our Team

The Bidroom team is a forward thinking, proactive and innovative group of professionals led by highly experienced hospitality industry experts. Meet the team:

Bas Tolmeijer

CEO

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Bas Tolmeijer

Michael Ros

COO, Co-founder

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Michael Ros

Casper Knieriem

CBDO, Co-founder

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Casper Knieriem

Francesco Monaco

CCO

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Francesco Monaco

Maurizio Tripi

CTO

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Maurizio Tripi

Pauline

Director of Marketing & Communications

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Pauline

Enthusiast, commercially driven & passionate are terms which describe her best. She believes in a healthy work-life balance, loves her job and loves to combine this job with being a proud mother of lovely twins (boy and girl). Another strong belief is that sharing is stronger than competing. Working together and being successful together, that’s her real motivation!

Marcin

Director of Operations

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Marcin

Truly global citizen with a huge passion for his little world – Krakow. As an enthusiast of hospitality industry, he has been looking at it from all angles – 10 years of experience as a hotelier, business developer, traveler and travel writer, made him fully understand our world. What he most believes in, are people. They are the biggest strength of every organization and the source of biggest inspirations. At Bidroom he makes sure everything works in terms of company operations.

Celso

Full-Stack Developer

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Celso

Our IT magician. Once he wanted to be the pilot, but found computers to be his true passion. Great at turning complex problems into simple ones, very driven and ambitious. With his positive attitude there is no challenge too difficult for him. He also loves grilled salmon, in case you were interested.

Łukasz

Social Media Manager

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Łukasz

Szymon

Marketing Manager

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Szymon

The fittest in the office. Martial arts and football fan, one of the best in our table tennis tournaments. With his sports motivation and lunchboxes full of food, he is ready to overcome every challenge.

Isabelle

GSA France

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Isabelle

Aga

HR Director

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Aga

Strong, professional and dedicated – these are 3 words you can use to describe our HR Manager. At work, she finds the people who will be the best addition to the team and makes sure every employee has what’s needed and that all of the issues are solved. In her free time she loves to relax. What does she mean by that? Yoga, tennis and travelling are her main hobbies and, as it is generally known, wine will not interrupt with any of those activities. Another thing she likes? Analogue photography.

Wojtek

IT Support

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Wojtek

Kamil

Back-End Developer

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Kamil

If you need one word to describe him it will be hard-working. Kamil sleeps only because the human body needs it, but he thinks it’s just a waste of time. Besides working in Bidroom, he is also studying management. If you ask him about his passions, it’s coding and cooking. He’s a pedant in the first one, but also crazy about all of the new technologies. In his free time, he loves to escape to the mountains and recharge.

Kasia

Office Manager

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Kasia

Wiola

Operations Manager

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Wiola

Ram

Email Marketing Specialist

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Ram

Ania

Social Media Specialist

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Ania

Artur

Data Analyst

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Artur

Martin

Back-End Developer

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Martin

Łukasz

Back-End Developer

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Łukasz

Sergio

Junior Front-End Developer

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Sergio

Sean

Sales Representative UK & Ireland

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Sean

Ola

IT Support

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Ola

Martyna

Graphic Designer

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Martyna

Caroline

Director of Business Development

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Caroline

Kasia

Recruiter

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Kasia

Germano

Project Manager

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Germano

Mohammed

Country Manager Middle East

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Mohammed

Motivated and open-minded, the Egyptian smiley guy joined Bidroom Team with good communication and negotiations skills to take responsibility for the Arabic region. After obtaining a BA in French History and Literature, he worked for one of the biggest travel agents in the world. He loves his family, football, cooking, sport, travelling and meeting new people. He’s also a big fan of Zamalek SC.

 

Dominika

IT Support

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Dominika

She once wanted to be a spy, but realized she was best at working with people, so she joined our team as sales support. Even though she claims that her biggest talent is sleeping, she is definitely not lazy. She is afraid of people who smell like strawberries, yet, she does love skittles.

Daniel

Country Manager Spain / Team Leader

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Daniel

Coming from Brazil, he brings solid experience in client, project & people management. He has worked for global companies and accounts and is now part of Bidroom family contributing with a high dose of professionalism. Besides the business part, he’s passionate about sports & music (i.e. multi-instrumentalist,
singer, song-writer and amateur producer) and believes that a well-balance life is key for personal & professional success.

Federica

Business Development Italy

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Federica

Came from Florence pushed by the curiosity of getting in touch with another culture, as well as by her passion for travelling. At Bidroom she’s now responsible for the Italian market. Her past experiences have helped her in dealing with different people and the dynamics of a sales job. Honesty and clarity are the virtues she lives by.

Izabela

Country Manager Italy / Team Leader

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Izabela

Returned to her homeland after spending 12 years on Sicily working in the Italian hospitality industry. Has strong experience in various areas of hotel management. Always looking at the bright side of things and ready to help her team in daily challenges. After work she masters her cooking skills.

Jolanta

Head of Sales

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Jolanta

Passionate hotelier with several years of experience in sales, operation and team management. Enormously energizing and dynamic, she laughs a lot and shares her smile with the whole team every day. Positive thinker, who loves to ride a bicycle and rest actively with her family and friends. She co​mpleted a half-marathon.

Lidiia

Senior Sales Representative Eastern Europe / Internal Trainer

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Lidiia

Our Ukrainian friend, who is amazing at cooking and swimming. With her love of learning new languages and getting to know different cultures, she travels around the world very often. A self-determined employee with a passion for the tourism industry, she is an amazing addition to the team. As our Sales Representative, she brings a lot of professionalism, dedication and energy into our office.

Olga

Influencer Marketing Specialist

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Olga

One of the younger ones in the company, but just as hard-working and ambitious. Studying marketing, loving to travel, learn and meeting new people, she finds Bidroom as the perfect place for her. In her free time she goes to the gym, meets with her friends, reads a lot and tries to cook. What does she hate? Having nothing to do, of course!

Thomas

IT Support Manager

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Thomas

The analytical mind of the team. He loves the flexibility and the possibilities Bidroom offers him. Pierogi-lover and bunnies advocate in the dogs vs cats battle. He is very determined, consistent and always customer-oriented.

Kamil

Senior Account Manager

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Kamil

Sport-loving, family-oriented and very motivated – these are the words you could use to describe our Account Manager. Having spent his entire life in Hospitality Industry and working for biggest OTAs and hotel chains, you can be more than sure he has the knowledge needed in this job. In his free time, he likes to run with his dog and simply be with his family. Another interesting fact – he has completed 3 marathons!

Liliia

Business Development Destinations

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Liliia

Our Ukrainian traveller has joined us after studying and working in different countries such as Spain and USA. In Bidroom, she is responsible for Spanish and Latin American markets. Motivated and ambitious, she brings joy and energy to the team which she considers the best she has ever worked with. In her free time, she dances, does sports and loves hanging out with cool, interesting people.

Alexandros

IT Support

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Alexandros

Billy

Growth Hacker

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Billy

Our personal Growth Hacker. Here is what he wants you to know about him:
“My name is Billy.
I love cashew and hate pineapple on pizza.
You can run but you cannot hide.”

Konstantinos

Technical Account Manager

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Konstantinos

Konstantinos is one different Greek. Although coming from a sunny country, Konstantinos had lived in Copenhagen the last couple of years and recently moved to Krakow to follow his passion at Bidroom – working for ambitious startups. His hobbies – fitness and travelling.

Eugenia

Product Manager

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Eugenia

Bidroom’s own unicorn with a huge amount of love for fiction books, peanut butter, healthy smoothies and her rabbit Gigi. Loves to learn and has quite an experience with customer service, which makes her a great person for Customer Care. When she’s not working, she travels and learns. Despite finishing university she still keeps on broadening her knowledge about the world around her. She also wants you to know that she is a really nice person with a lot of dedication and professionalism.

Adnan

Country Manager Turkey

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Adnan

He studied Business Administration at the Bosphorus University, the top best university in
Turkey. With 15 years of experience as a hotelier, he made the best part of his career in
the hospitality sector as Small Hotels Advisor and offered advisory services to small and
boutique hotel owners and investors. He has visionary approaches in terms of new marketing
tools to boost hospitality business. He is open-minded and team worker, also a founder of
small hotels association of Turkey. He loves exploring, social networking, travelling and has
been to 82 countries all around the World. He believed in Bidroom business model and
decided to help Bidroom spread into Turkey as Country Manager.

Michael

PR Manager

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Michael

Advocated for other people long enough to forget how to speak for himself. So here’s what his Mom says: “I just wish he’d stop being a clown, got married, and become the first billionaire in the family”.
Responsible for our demanding media relations with 100 story ideas per day (give his pitch a chance!). Yeah, he lived abroad a bit and does exercise regularly, of course. Creator of many delicious dishes, 25% of a comedian, outdoorsman, and a secretive (ghost)writer, who claims to look better IRL. A recommended friend by 4 out of 5 people in his own study from 2017.

Monika

Data Manager

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Monika

Individual, self-motivated, experienced and reliable person who always tries to deliver her work at her best. She has been always passionate about travel market, booking tools and hospitality industry. She spent last 6 years in Ireland working in a busy travel technology start-up and learning a lot about the hospitality industry itself. She recently returned to her homeland and became one of our staff members. She loves travelling and tasting local food. In her free time, she watches TV series, listens to music, meets with people and of course searches for cheap flights to get away for a weekend! Her biggest dream is to go on volunteer adventure trip.  

Stephen

Country Manager UK

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Stephen

Born in London, he brings solid experience in client, marketing & people management. He has worked for globally recognized companies, as well as managing many bars and restaurants and is now part of the Bidroom family bringing with him, professionalism, as well as a wealth of experience. He’s also passionate about music as a vocalist and theatre as an actor whilst trying to be a father all at the same time. All of this gives him a unique perspective which he brings to work with him along with endless enthusiasm.

Karolina

Data Specialist

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Karolina

Cheerful, winter-loving student, who loves to learn languages. If you ask her what she likes, she mostly focuses on two things – her love for dogs and her love for food. Her ambitions and self-motivation allow her to be a great addition to the Bidroom Team. She’s kind and helpful, which makes her a great friend and a valuable worker. Did she mention that she loves dogs?

Ignacio

Sales Representative Spain

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Ignacio

Our Spanish Market Representative has lived and worked in 5 different countries before moving to Poland to join Bidroom. He has worked in the hotel industry for the last 10 years in England, Spain, Czech Republic, Germany and Mexico. He is also a huge football fan, a loyal supporter of Real Betis, a team from his homeland Seville. His other passion is playing piano and because of that he misses not having one in Kraków at the moment.  

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