Deprecation warning

Creating an independent property without a LEID (or without legal contact email with feature on) using the /ota/OTA_HotelDescriptiveContentNotif endpoint deprecated on 15 September 2021. We plan to sunset this SPO flow solution on 01 April 2022. Please see the deprecation policy documentation for more details.

Create an independent property

An independent property is a privately-owned property, such as a holiday home or an apartment. Use /ota/OTA_HotelDescriptiveContentNotif to create independent properties.

Before you start

To complete this task, you need:


HTTP request


Naming a property

When naming a property, ensure that the name:

  • Has a length between 3 and 255 characters.
  • Does not contain a phone number (or no more than five consecutive numbers).
  • Only contains letters (any language), numbers, or the following symbols: ! # & ` ' " - ,
  • Is not all in uppercase.

Certain words are blacklisted

If a name is rejected, the property name could contain a blacklisted word. If you do not think this is the case, reach out to our Customer Support teams.

Request body

Future deprecation of HotelDescriptiveContentNotif photo functionality

Adding and modifying photos through OTA_HotelDescriptiveContentNotif entered the sunset phase as of September 16, 2020. This means that to keep managing photos you must switch to the Photo API before September 16, 2021, when this functionality is fully depecrated.

Provide an OTA_HotelDescriptiveContentNotifRQ object in the request body. Example:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
  xmlns:xsi="" PrimaryLangID="en-us"
        <HotelDescriptiveContent HotelName="The Best Independent Hotel"
                <ContactInfo ContactProfileType="PhysicalLocation">
                            <!-- Replace the {PlaceHolders} in the following lines! -->
                <ContactInfo ContactProfileType="general">
                        <Name Language="en">
                        <Phone PhoneNumber="+31666666666" PhoneTechType="5" />
                <ContactInfo ContactProfileType="invoices">
                        <Name Language="en">
                            <AddressLine>Herengracht 597</AddressLine>
                            <StateProv StateCode="NH" />
                            <PostalCode>1017 CE</PostalCode>
                        <Phone PhoneNumber="+31207777777" PhoneTechType="1" Extension="30" />
                    <GuestRoomInfo Quantity="100" />
                    <!-- Replace the {PlaceHolder} in the following line! -->
                    <HotelCategory ExistsCode="1" Code="{PropertyClassTypeCode}" />
                <!-- Replace the {PlaceHolder} in the following line! -->
                <Position Latitude="{Latitude}" Longitude="{Longitude}" />
                    <OwnershipManagementInfo RelationshipTypeCode="5000" />      
                            <Amenity RoomAmenityCode="228" />
                    <Restaurant RestaurantName='Antekoje' OfferLunch='1' OfferDinner='1'>
                            <CuisineCode Code='51'/>
                            <CuisineCode Code='49'/>
                                    <OperationTime Mon='1' Tue='1' Weds='1' Thur='1' Fri='1' Sat='1' Sun='1'Start='17:30' End='22:00' />
                                    <OperationTime Sat='1' Sun='1' Start='11:00' End='14:30' />
                            <Feature DescriptiveText='a la carte'/>
                            <Feature DescriptiveText='buffet'/>
                            <Feature DescriptiveText='accepts reservations'/>
                            <Feature DescriptiveText='outdoor seating'/>
                                <Ambiance Name='modern'/>
                                <DietaryOption Name='gluten free'/>
                                <DietaryOption Name='vegan'/>
                    <PolicyInfo CheckInTime="16:00" CheckOutTime="11:00" UsualStayFreeCutoffAge="12" UsualStayFreeChildPerAdult="1" />
                    <PetsPolicies PetsAllowedCode="Pets By Arrangements">
                        <PetsPolicy NonRefundableFee="free" />
                        <CancelPenalty PolicyCode="43" />
                        <CancelPenalty PolicyCode="1" />
                        <GuaranteePayment PolicyCode="43" />
                        <GuaranteePayment PolicyCode="1" />
                        <TaxPolicy Code="36" Percent="1800" DecimalPlaces="2" Type="Inclusive" ChargeFrequency="12" />
                        <TaxPolicy Code="3" Percent="350" DecimalPlaces="2" Type="Exclusive" ChargeFrequency="21" />
                        <FeePolicy Code="5012" Amount="1600" DecimalPlaces="2" Type="Exclusive" ChargeFrequency="12" />
                        <FeePolicy Code="5013" Amount="1800" DecimalPlaces="2" Type="Exclusive" ChargeFrequency="12" />
                        <FeePolicy Code="5035" Amount="500" DecimalPlaces="2" Type="Exclusive" ChargeFrequency="1" >
                                <InternetFeePolicy InternetType="wifi" InternetCoverage="public_areas" />
                        <FeePolicy Code="5036" Amount="350" DecimalPlaces="2" Type="Exclusive" ChargeFrequency="2" >
                                <ParkingFeePolicy ParkingType="location_nearby" ParkingReservation="needed" ParkingProperty="private"/>
                            <ImageFormat Main="1" Sort="1">
                                    <ImageTag ID="3"/>
                            <ImageFormat Sort="2">
                                    <ImageTag ID="103"/>


The response contains an OTA_HotelDescriptiveContentNotifRS object:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<OTA_HotelDescriptiveContentNotifRS xmlns="" xmlns:xsi="" xsi:schemaLocation=" OTA_HotelDescriptiveContentNotifRS.xsd" TimeStamp="2015-07-31T12:36:23-00:00" Target="Production" Version="3.000">
  <UniqueID Type="10" ID="{PropertyID}" />
  <Success />

Next steps

After you create an independent property, we send a welcome email to the property owner (on their invoicing email address). The email contains a link to a page where the property owner must enter payment details and accept our terms and conditions. You can't open the property until this process is complete.

See also