Raveable.com, the hotel review site named one of the top travel websites of 2009 by Travel & Leisure, continues to roll out new features its users have been asking for. The latest is the ability to search for hotels by features, not just location or price.
“Raveable is dedicated to helping everyday travelers find the perfect hotel,” says Philip Vaughn CEO and co-founder. “We see a long-term trend in which travelers become more selective about criteria like the property’s location, amenities and extra charges they may encounter. Our filter and search functionality provides travelers with a way to see exactly which hotels offer the amenities and services they want, at the price they want, in ways not previously possible.”
So, for instance, if you’re visiting New Orleans on a tight budget, you can search for hotels under $100 that offer free breakfast. Or, if price is no object, you can search for hotels with jacuzzis in the rooms that are also located near attractions. Or if you’re looking for a specifically adult vacation, you can search for hotels with adult only pools. Cool, huh? There are lots of features like this, and probably more to come, if I know Raveable. This is a huge time-saver. Instead of having to scroll through hotel websites or reviews yourself looking for mention of jacuzzis or free breakfasts, Raveable has done that work for you, and just delivers you the results you’re looking for.
Once you see the list of results, you can read reviews by other travelers to get a feel for the hotel (or restaurant or attraction). Where does Raveable’s information come from? Well, people like me, for one. You may notice at the bottom of many of my posts that I have a badge that reads “Featured blog on Raveable.” By adding that badge to my hotel, restaurant and other destination-specific reviews, Raveable can pull my content into its website so people searching for information can find it. They do this with other travel blogs, as well as review sites like TripAdvisor. The big difference between Raveable and a site like TripAdvisor, though, is the ability to filter results by specific criteria that is important to you.
Go ahead and give them a try next time you’re planning a trip. While reading the reviews, though, keep in mind that everyone’s opinion is just that: an opinion. You’ll want to read a number of reviews about a particular hotel before booking, since opinions do vary.