Google unveils hotel searchInternet giant steps into travel
02 August 2011
Google has launched an "experimental" hotel search engine as part of its push into travel.
The Hotel Finder tool allows travellers to search for hotels by drawing a shape on a map and then searching within all the options shown in that area.
Users can reduce the number of hotels by narrowing the choice by price range, hotel class, user rating, or hotels offering prices lower than their historical average.
Site offers booking options
They can then see photos, descriptions and reviews of the hotel, and have the option of booking the rooms directly with the property or with other sites such as Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com and Priceline, which have taken ads out on the page.
The launch of Hotel Finder follows Google's acquisition of flight software company ITA in April this year and it is being seen as potentially the start of a bigger push into the online travel market.
However, it is so far offering only hotels in the United States.
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