Google Search Introduces Experimental 'Hotel Finder' Tool in the U.S.

Google Search on July 28 introduces an early experimental tool in the U.S. called "Hotel Finder," a new experimental search tool specifically designed to help you find that perfect hotel, announced Andrew McCarthy, Software Engineer. Google Hotel Finder makes it easy to narrow down the options:Figure out where to stay: Hotel Finder shines a "tourist […]

Google Search on July 28 introduces an early experimental tool in the U.S. called "Hotel Finder," a new experimental search tool specifically designed to help you find that perfect hotel, announced Andrew McCarthy, Software Engineer. Google Hotel Finder makes it easy to narrow down the options:

  • Figure out where to stay: Hotel Finder shines a "tourist spotlight" on the most visited areas of U.S. cities. "We select an initial shape for you based on what's most popular or you can draw a shape around the area where you want to stay, e.g. on the ocean or along Sunset Boulevard," informs McCarthy.

  • Get a good deal: In the "Compared to typical" section, you can see how each hotel's price compares to its historical average, so you can tell if it's good value for your stay.
  • Compare fast: You no longer need to open a new browser tab for each hotel result, and then go hunting around for pictures. "When you select a hotel in Hotel Finder, we show you a collage of images, Google Places reviews, and key information right within the list," ," McCarthy stated.

    You can even use keyboard shortcuts ("J" and "K") to flip through the results quickly, just like in Google Reader and News.

  • Keep a shortlist: As you flip through the results, add the hotels you like to a shortlist to easily keep track of the ones that interest you.

When you're ready to book a hotel, you'll find a selection of booking options from a range of available partners or directly from the hotel.

You can try Hote Finder by visiting www.google.com/hotelfinder/.

[Source: Inside Search]