Email Templates


On Email Templates page you may create and customize the email templates that you can later use to send to guests as well as edit the emails created in the system by default.

You can schedule these emails to be sent by the system based on a certain criteria from the Email Scheduling page.

Current Limitations

  • Please note that in HTML style emojis are not supported in email templates - adding them may cut off your text. It's planned to be fixed in the future release. Until then, please avoid using emojis in templates.
  • Only the font types (Open Sans, Arial, Times New Roman and Verdana) displayed on the email template creation will work. Coding on the email template will not work on the actual email sent.
  • Default email templates can not be disabled, deleted or scheduled.
  • Merge tag [table] does not work in custom email templates (created by the user).
  • If you want to use a business email address as sender (e.g. please follow the steps of the following article: Authorizing Cloudbeds as a Sender for your Property Domain via Sender Policy Framework

Email Templates created in myfrontdesk by default

Once your myfrontdesk account is created there will be 5 email templates created by default. Click on the template type to see when this email can be sent out

  • These email templates can be edited, but they can not be disabled, deleted and scheduled. Check out the section Editing Email Templates below
  • When editing the email templates, do not include any comma in the From Name and Reply-to Name fields as it will cause an error in sending the email message from the system
  • If you need to schedule a certain email type - you would need to create a custom email template and schedule it
1. Reservation Invoice

Reservation invoice is the text which is sent together with guest invoice attached as PDF. It can be sent directly from reservation.

Please check further details about it on the following article: How to email invoices?

Here's an example of what the guest will receive:

Please note that the language of the invoice template will depend on the selected option in Invoice setup page. Please check the following article for further details about Invoicing Settings

2. Reservation Folio

By default, reservation folio contains merge tag [table] which auto-populates reservation rates, deposit, sub-total etc. It can be sent from reservation page directly:

Here is how the folio template may look like in myfrontdesk and as sent email:

3. Reservation Confirmed

This email can be sent

  • when changing the reservations status to Confirmed
  • When creating reservation (last step)
  • For mybookings reservations, you can setup whether to send out confirmation email automatically on mybookings settings page:

Email won't be sent automatically to the guest if the reservation came from channels (OTAS) / imported from myallocator

4. Reservation Cancelled

You will be asked whether to send this email when changing the status of booking to cancelled:

Email won't be sent automatically to the guest if the reservation was cancelled from channels (OTAs) and then cancellation was sent to myfrontdesk from myallocator (channel manager by Cloudbeds)

5. Pending Confirmation

Will be sent out when new direct reservation is created and you have this option selected on Policies page:

6. Group Profile Folio

If you have Groups feature enabled, you can use this template to email folio from within the Group Profile by using the Actions drop-down.

At the moment, it's not possible to use Group Profile Folio template on the Compose Message feature.

Custom Email Templates Overview

You can also create your own email templates and use the merge tags to populate data to them automatically. Custom emails can be sent manually from reservation and also scheduled. Learn more about how to schedule a specific email in our Knowledge Base.

Please note that merge tag [table] which auto-populates the reservation rates does not work for custom email templates

How to Create a Custom Email Template

In order to create a new email template, follow the steps below:

  1. Click on Manage (gear icon)
  2. Go to Email Templates under Email Configuration section
  3. Click on +CREATE TEMPLATE
  1. Template Name - Specify the name for the template. This is used for you to determine what the template is for. It will not be visible anywhere publicly
  2. Language-specific templates - Enabling Autofill All Languages will override all templates languages with the version below

The autofill option will fill all languages with text that you added to your system default language template (if you use myfrontdesk in English - all templates texts will be replaced with English version; if you use system in Portuguese - all templates texts will be replaced with Portuguese text etc.)

  1. Send From - Email address from which the email will be sent. Some email domains (such as Yahoo) do not permit Cloudbeds to send emails using your email address, we suggest to test it first.
  2. Reply To - Email address that will be populated in the To field when the Reply button is clicked on the email
  3. CC and BCC Lists - List of all email addresses you want to CC / BCC. Separate each email address by a comma
    • Please limit list to 5 email addresses or fewer

Do not include any comma in the From Name and Reply-to Name fields as it will cause error in sending the email message from the system.

  1. Email Type: (Only for properties who enabled GDPR Compliance): If GDPR Compliance is enabled, every Email Template will have a required radio button specifying  whether email is marketing related. Templates flagged as marketing emails will only be sent to guests who opt in to marketing materials. Non-marketing emails will be sent to all guests you have ongoing business relations with.
  1. Subject - Text that will appear as the subject of the email. To add dynamic content such as the name of the guest or phone number, use the Insert Merge Tag picklist below
  2. Attachments - Upload any attachments you would like to be included whenever this email template is sent
  3. Design Style - Click on Change to choose pre-styled designs (12) or create a custom design through HTML
  4. Enter your text and customize your email
  5. Save changes
How to Use Merge Tags

Any section within brackets (i.e. [hotel name]) is known as a merge tag. Merge tags are dynamically populated shortcuts...Don't worry about the complicated definition.

What you need to know is that we have created merge tags to make your life easier. Here is how they work:

Let's say you want to have your company's name show up within an email template, you could write it all out each time you wanted it to be shown or you could use the merge tag [hotel name]. When your guest views the email your full hotel name will show up anywhere you've used that merge tag. We also have merge tags that will automatically add confirmation numbers, cancellation numbers, and more. For a full list of available merge tags can be found here

We recommend that you do not change the default merge tags but feel free to add new one's for your property's needs.

How to Edit / Enable / Disable or Delete an Email Template

Access the email templates page. On this page you can:

  1. Enable/disable the email template
  2. Edit existing template
  3. Delete template

Remember that the Default email templates can not be disabled or deleted

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If you have the Autofill All Languages option enabled and you want to edit an email template:

  • If you need to edit or add some text to the particular template after all languages were autofilled you should uncheck the autofill option and edit the needed template
  • When you enable autofill option again all languages will be autofilled with the information you have in English template
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