Travel website Cheaperthanhotels have today unveiled a new Google Maps interface that allows travellers to compare hotel prices and locations at the same time. Apart from a few teething problems (some very weird things happen when you view the site in FireFox and Yosemite National Park has been mapped just off the coast of Nigeria) this is a good implementation of using Google Maps to search for hotels.
By combining their own dynamic pricing technology and the Google Maps API, Cheaperthanhotels enables travellers to search for accommodation using a variety of criteria and then display the appropriate hotels on a Google Map alongside the average prices.
Along with price and location comparison, the maps also incorporate:
- A route planner – specify a journey between two or more points then view hotel options and prices mapped out along the route
- Distance calculators – see how long it takes to travel – by foot or car - between a hotel and key attractions and/or other properties
- Advanced filters – filter search results through a range of criteria (including hotel facilities) to pinpoint the most relevant properties
- Google search – explore dining and entertainment options around each hotel using Google Search