Today’s a big day for Hipmunk: we’re now searching hotels. We’ve designed our hotel search around one basic premise: to find you a good deal in a good location.
Hipmunk helps you find the interesting parts of a city and see which hotels are nearby. Our hotel search is built around a big map. We display dots for each place in the city that has a hotel—and if there are multiple hotels close together, we group them into a single dot so the map doesn’t get too cluttered.
It gets better, too: you can turn on info overlays to see where stuff in a city happens. We’ve got overlays for nightlife and food, shopping and tourism, and even “vice.” (Thanks, SimpleGeo!) That way, you can be sure you’re getting a hotel in an area that meets your definition of excitement.
Hipmunk helps you understand what’s reasonable to pay. We color hotel prices based on whether they’re cheap, average, or pricey relative to average in the city you’re searching in. And on the map, we color hotels’ dots by price, so you can see where the cheap and expensive parts of town are.
Hipmunk has rankings you can trust. We rank our results by “ecstasy” by default, a combination of price, amenities, and Yelp reviews. This is distinct from other sites, which accept payment from hotels to rank higher in search results. If you’d prefer, you can instantly re-sort by price or user reviews.
We don’t just search hotels. In addition, we include results from Airbnb, allowing you to compare space that people are renting out in their own homes and apartments to nearby hotels.
There are a bunch of other things we’ve done, too. For one, you can open a hotel search in a tab right in the same window a flight search. For another, you can restrict hotels by the amenities they have—and see how many hotels you’d be cutting out by doing so. And if you zoom into a particular part of a city, we shrink results for the rest so you can focus in on what you’re looking for.
This is just a taste of what we’ve got in store, and there’ll be more coming soon. In the meantime, please share your thoughts below!