INNSTAR.COM
B&B Guidebook Review
1st Traveler's Choice
http://www.virtualcities.com

"America's Best B&B's, Inns and Small Hotels"

RATING: 5 INNSTARS
    Date last reviewed:
    1/11/2006
    Score: 80

Area Covered:
North America (US, Canada, Mexico), concentrated in East, West & Gulf Coasts. Some in Europe, Caribbean areas, too.
Listing Type/Number:
About 2800, detailed listings only, with at least 2 pages, 3 pictures (some have 3 pages/7 pictures or even more) and direct email links; most now have links to independent websites. Long descriptions, local information & more; no basic listings.
Type & Description:
Inn List. From Virtual Cities homepage, select 'Bed & Breakfast'; then select Canadian province, U.S. state, or other area. In U.S., each state is divided geographically (often by state 'tourism region') - may select region or all listings in state. At each region, there's a small map to show where it is in the state. Within a region, is often broken down geographically as well - otherwise alpha by city/inn. These regional lists also include some local associations, 'restaurants', 'of special interest' and 'vacation rentals.'
Also has an option for selecting the city rather than the region.
Quality Assurance:
provides for inns to include affiliations in descriptive text.
Other:
Extras include language index, guest/dude ranch and fishing resort lists, ski info, getaways (town info), golf areas, weddings, kid-friendly, pet-friendly inns, restaurants recommended by Innkeepers, recipe site called "Internet Cookbook." Some inns use site's proprietary on-line reservation option; also has links to other availability sites. Also has hospitality tradeshow, properties for sale. Guide cooperated in facilitating review and verifying data.

Innkeeper Info:
  • Promotion: Submits inn & state pages & has keywords on all pages.
  • Rates: $95 for 2-page/3-picture, $130 for 3-page/7 picture; higher listings available. Additional 3-picture pages $35 each. No extra charge for specialty listings (pet friendly, kid friendly, etc.). Now provides prominent links to your page; charge is $25 for lowest-level listings, declines as you add more pages.
  • Contact: (800)809-7111; fax (903)561-9304 or email lstone@virtualcities.com.
  • Comments:
    Web Presence Evaluation:
  • No. 7 of 78 guides evaluated by Inntelligent.com (5 star).
  • Composite of INNSTAR/Inntelligent ratings: 10/10.
  • Google® page rank of home page: 6/10.
  • My B&B Results:
    • Listing provided about 4% of my B&B's website's guide-sourced unique visitors Jan-Dec 2005.
    • Listing provided 5 proven guest-nights at my 1-unit B&B.

  • Ratings Summary (see criteria for details)
    A (of 20) - 20
    B (of 20) - 19
    C (of 30) - 17
    D (of 10) - 10
    E (of 5) - 1
    F (of 10) - 8
    G (of 5) - 5

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