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RATING: 3 INNSTARS
    Date last reviewed:
    1/24/2006
    Score: 59

Area Covered:
US
Listing Type/Number:
Estimate around 1000 expanded listings with short description on city list page and link to second page with more data (including price chart); few have pictures but many have external links. Basic contact list is about 15,000, including some very-long-closed inns.
Type & Description:
Data base with multiple search options:
  1. From interactive map (if you have latest Flash player) or text below map, select state to get an interactive state map showing regions and key destinations, with option to select a city from a drop-down list. Sliding cursor over map provides a drop-down list of cities in that region. Result of selecting either from map or from list gives list of inns within 20 miles.
  2. Select "Featured Destinations" which goes to a list of states; sliding cursor over a state gives a list of prime destinations in the state. Selecting "see more cities" takes you to a state map page.
  3. "Find an Inn" on top menu gives choice of "top city destination", "driving distance" or "featured inns." "top city destination" gives result similar to 2. above. "Driving distance" gives a list of states, select a city from the drop-down list and select a driving distance up to 40 miles. "Featured Inns" takes you to a list of inns that received their "Hospitality Key."
Results provide featured inns first, then remainder in alpha by inn name (or by distance in some options). Results may cross state lines.
Additional site Find-a-room-at-the-inn.com lists major destinations with 25 mile radius and keys several to on-line availability.
Quality Assurance:
Expanded pages list affiliations, but not whether inns are inspected. Expanded pages also have guestbooks for guest comments. Awards "Hospitality Key" to inns with particularly informative websites.
Other:
Did not work well in Mozilla Firefox. Has events link & bargains link. Can sign up for emails on specials. Has on-line availability for many inns, tied in some cases to an email autoresponder; all featured inns have request form. Wireless-accessible. Some basic listings are quite outdated. Guide cooperated in facilitating review and verifying data.

Innkeeper Info:
  • Promotion: Submits individual pages & full site to engines. States uses Print advertising in regional periodicals, Net cross-links, PR for references in tourism articles. Has additional tools for innkeepers.
  • Rates: Free basic, expanded $110/ year with 2 pictures, allows external link to stand-alone page. Also has intelligent email autoresponder tied to the availability option for addition fee. Can apply or update on-line.
  • Contact: email info@bbgetaways.com.
  • Comments: Guide has new owners who will be revising the site.
    Web Presence Evaluation:
  • No. 53 of 78 guides evaluated by Inntelligent.com (1 star).
  • Composite of INNSTAR/Inntelligent ratings: 4/10.
  • Google® page rank of home page: 5/10.
  • My B&B Results:
    • Listing dropped early 2005

  • Ratings Summary (see criteria for details)
    A (of 20) - 10
    B (of 20) - 16
    C (of 30) - 18
    D (of 10) - 6
    E (of 5) - 2
    F (of 10) - 6
    G (of 5) - 2
    Z1 - (1) long closed inns
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