Soho Hotel is a hotel booking theme built by quitenicestuff. The theme itself is rather basic but produces a straight forward approach to booking. Like many other themes created by quitenicestuff, the Soho Hotel theme has a simplistic approach to its design streamlining the booking process built into it. The main focus is on the hotel booking details that can provide a user with extensive information about the hotel rooms they wish to rent, floor plans, occupancy limitations, and general room availability.
Now, I don’t expect ever single theme on Themeforest to be completely unique, but I do think there should be more apparent effort. There was clearly some level of design put into the theme, but it feels far too simple. It is basic, I suppose that is what am I feeling from this theme, and perhaps that was the intention of quitenicestuff. Their name seems to follow that through all their portfolio work on the Themeforest site.
Quirks as of November 1, 2013:
The default filler text inside the white boxes of the “Check Availability” element – The filler text for the “Check Availability” boxes is too light, barely able to make out what the text is, and this especially the case for those of us users with brighter screens.
The skin colors for the demo – Viewing the Soho Hotel theme there is an option to the left side of the browser that gives you the option to change colors on the theme. However, this function is not functional for all pages. For example, when viewing the “Booking” page under accommodations I decided to change the color scheme, I ended up with a “Page Not Found” page instead.
The accommodation page in the Soho Hotel theme provides you with a list of all the rooms within the hotel. Information about each room is briefly touched upon with a full description in the “room details” page.
Room Description Page
The room description page is the area you get when you click on “Room Details” on the accommodation page. It provides quite a bit of information in the hotel room’s overview tab that provides a lot a specific detail such as how many people can occupy the room and which way the windows are facing for a nice view.
Booking page in the Soho Hotel theme is where the booking system comes into play much more. You are given a four-step process to dictate the check-in/check-out date, number of people, room and bed selection, your details as the guest, and a confirmation page.
• Working Booking System: A fully functional booking plugin is included, screenshots available here: Booking Settings, Adding a Room, New Bookings and New Booking Email
• PayPal Payments: Take room deposits via PayPal
• Room availability checker: When a guest books a room their reservation is recorded in the booking plugin and the dates are blocked to stop booking conflicts
• Fully responsive: Compatible with iPad, iPhone and other mobile devices
• 19 PSDs included: Fully layered, containing the entire page not just certain elements
• Colour schemes: 4 fantastic colour schemes included or easily create your own via the colour pickers in the theme options
• Events and Testimonials: Easily list events and customer testimonials
• Translation Ready: .mo/.po files are included and the theme is WPML compatible
Regular License: $45
Extended License: $2250
Is Soho Hotel worth the price? Not really, there is too much “general” presence in the theme that I feel that you could honestly find in most of the other themes of this nature in a better format. I believe what is affecting the price is the plugins and the prior achievements of quitenicestuff as a successful WordPress developer, whom of which has quite a roster of other Themeforest items.
In all honesty, even for a booking site, the Soho Hotel theme feels a little empty. Kind of filler-ish the way things are set as oppose to being a relatively simplistic or minimalistic theme. That being said if I were a small time hotel chain I would certainly see the appeal of this theme and it is simple to use and simple to understand on the surface.