Hotel Listings - What to include?

Discussion in 'Webmaster Discussion' started by mneylon, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    I'm working on a hotel directory at the moment (in my spare time - so it's taking forever!)

    What attributes would be useful to list apart from the website address and a basic description?
     
  2. Forbairt

    Forbairt Portfolio Building

    obviously ...
    Star Rating

    then ... for me
    Average Room price ...
    MidWeek offers
    Restaurant
    Bar
    24hour room service
    Local facilities ... golf
    daycare /childminders or similar (no idea if this gets offered in any hotel)

    Potentially a feedback thing on your site ... but that'd probably get a bit serious and require a lot of moderation / work

    All I can think of at the moment
     
  3. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    Cool - thanks.
     
  4. Forbairt

    Forbairt Portfolio Building

    WiFi ... exists / pay / free ...
    Net Access from rooms

    both pretty important if you're in business travel


    Checkin Times ( if you're on budget travel you can find you arrive at 1 in the morning at your destination will they be open ... in this case I'll use rome as the example ... you can get very cheap flights that arrive around 11 at night ... getting to city center takes another hour ... and then finding your hotel another 1 .. would make it 1 in the morning)

    Online Bookings ... not everyone has them and a lot of people like being able to book online
     
  5. ziycon

    ziycon New Member

  6. Forbairt

    Forbairt Portfolio Building

  7. ziycon

    ziycon New Member

    Its just based on a personal experiance, a general guideline of how people feel about the place, obviously some people will lie but that will happen anywhere!
     
  8. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    I've been accepting reviews / comments on armchair.ie's listings for ages

    The main thing I have to watch out for is the extremists :)
     
  9. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    Looking at the listings options ...

    Should I specify "broadband" or "wifi" OR both?
     
  10. Forbairt

    Forbairt Portfolio Building

    its a weird one .... knowing someone who was installing broadband and wifi in the same hotel ... I'd have to say they are kinda two different things

    Ethernet in certain rooms no wireless in the rooms
    Wifi in the main lobby region / bar
     
  11. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    I'll have to think about it a bit... Maybe rejig the wording or something :)
     
  12. Redfly

    Redfly Moderator

    Offer reviews and make sure the month/year the person reviewing is an option.

    Ability for users to upload photos.

    Free WiFi/Internet access should be highlighted if available.

    Ability for hotel owner to "upgrade" their listing.

    Distance from city centre should be a field too.

    Cloak outbound "book now" links and send the clicker through using your affiliate URL ;)
     
  13. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    OK. The year field makes sense. Hopefully that's doable
    Users as in people browsing or hotel owners?

    That makes sense
    I'd planned on that option for later ie. when there are enough listings
    Nice. I hadn't thought of that.
    Hehe :)
     
  14. Redfly

    Redfly Moderator

    "Ability for users to upload photos."

    Perhaps both?
     
  15. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    Hmmz. that will be added to the list ... not sure which list, but I know there is one :)
     
  16. Forbairt

    Forbairt Portfolio Building

  17. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    Interesting question :)

    I'll have to check the settings, but I've found that website owners seem to like their PR displaying .. Now that may not apply to hoteliers, so I could easily disable it - one click solution really
     
  18. Forbairt

    Forbairt Portfolio Building


    Hm.... well it could mean more business for SEO people :D when the hoteliers realise their pr is lower than the competition down the street :D


    Still though as a casual visitor to the site I find the PR thing strange ... I don't know what it is ,,, PageRank ... is this how popular the site is ... is this hotel searches recommendation .... why are most of the hotels only getting 2 - 5 out of 10 I'm paying for a 5 star hotel I expect it to be 10 / 10

    As a webdesiger at the moment I'm not giving much heed to PR more important to me is where the site is on certain keywords.
    Given PR doesn't get updated that often and seems to be a bit of a strange beast in my eyes the best it can act as is a simple enough indication to a customer they need to do some more work as their site is only 1/10 [again I'm not an seo expect but hoping to get there eventually :)]
     
  19. rooneydavid

    rooneydavid New Member

    Your better off looking at what the bigger sites are offering as default standard information. The internet thing is tricky, there are 3 kinds in hotels. WiFi, Ethernet and Internet via TV. So you would have to show the icons or text for that hotel otherwise you will find yourself in trouble with hotels for advertising the wrong information. For instance >> Clarence Hotel, 5* Hotel, Dublin

    Another good idea is showing local attractions and distance also how far from the local airport and stations.

    @Blacknight: Hotels dont care about page rank, they dont even understand it and trust me on that. I was the head of IT & Development for one of the largest hotel reservation companies in Ireland. And we spent thousands getting the content / icons right.
     
  20. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    Actually I won't trust you on anything as you still haven't apologised for your stupid accusation or published my comment on same.
     

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