Google updates Hotel Finder with date, neighborhood, brand, and travel time

Google has updated its Hotel Finder tool to invite users to narrow their searches by neighborhood and time period, plus (for a limited number of cities) its first unique innovation in metasearch: “time-based search.”

When a user clicks to runs a search, a dark box pops up on the screen spotlighting neighborhoods by name. As a user mouses over the neighborhood names, Google provides additional information on each district through pop-out boxes.

Google’s recently acquired Frommers text and photos could prove invaluable here.

When a user selects a neighborhood, Hotel Finder highlights on a map what the neighborhood’s boundaries are.

The update doesn’t change the custom neighborhood search function that Hotel Finder already had. Users can still select custom areas to search for hotels in by drawing a simple box. Read more

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Technology is making greater and greater inroads into our lives. Right from when we wake up in the morning to when we head to sleep – we cannot imagine a life without the gadgets and gizmos that make life easy and interesting. When we travel and stay in hotels, our expectations are no different. We expect all the technological amenities we easily access at home if not more. The hospitality industry in increasingly accessing technology to wow guests, optimize their use of manpower, control hotel functions in an integrated manner and on the whole reduce costs while increasing efficiency. This blog is meant to track these technological changes happening in the hospitality sector. The growing move towards sophisticated hotel ERP, the growing use of cloud computing, the rapidly changing customer facing devices – smart phones and iPads, the increasing security concerns and more. Expect to find interesting articles, whitepapers, thoughts, and observations. Feel free to comment and even mail us content that you don’t mind posted here. Happy reading!
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