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RATING: 5 INNSTARS
    Date last reviewed:
    1/11/2006
    Score: 85

Area Covered:
USA, including overseas possessions; U.K.
Listing Type/Number:
Well over 2500 [actual count] detailed listings in US & Canada, ranging from picture and link to very detailed page with multiple pictures and room descriptions. Has map links for all listings and weather link for detailed.
Description:
5 methods from home page:
  • City Search: Enter city name or zip code
  • Quick Search: Use a drop down list to select a state plus choice of city, area, county, zip code or special category. Result is list of inns meeting criteria, featured, then basic contact in alpha order, 6 to a page. May also widen search from 5 to 50 miles; will cross state lines.
  • Map search: click on map on left toolbar to get US map/state list. Select state to get map/list of regions, indicating which regions have detailed listings. Select region for list of cities; list tells which cities have featured listings.
  • Search: Select Search from top tab, get screen where you can enter city/region/zip to narrow search, then select multiple features/amenities (which doesn't include fireplaces). Result is list as above.
      This page also has an option for "Advanced Search" which provides a wide range of amenities, settings, policies and activities.
  • "Special Offers" is a search for inns with certain specialty aspects or features, such as family oriented, gay/lesbian friendly, in country or mountains, more.
    Quality Assurance:
    Search selection criteria include "inspected quality inn" but criteria for this not shown at site; lists inspecting organization, which may be local health dept. Guests may rate inns in 7 categories. Inns from states with inspection programs also listed on related site, inspectedinns.org.
    Other:
    Allows inns to link to on-line availability sites. Has mailing list. Has special offers, B&B for sale, association list/links. Search criteria also includes inns with on-line reservations available. Guide cooperated in facilitating review and verifying data.

  • Innkeeper Info:
  • Promotion: Uses individualized keywords on internal pages. Have noted use of Google adwords at state level.
  • Rates: Basic contact is $40, Add 1 picture and link for $60. 10-picture site with separate room description page lists at $140, but it and other listing levels currently show substantial discounts. Inlcudes listing on inspectedinns.org for qualifying inns.
  • Contact: (301)365-4614 or email info@bnbstar.com
  • Comments: Frequent solicitation emails to non-members.
    Web Presence Evaluation:
  • No. 20 of 78 guides evaluated by Inntelligent.com (3 star).
  • Composite of INNSTAR/Inntelligent ratings: 8/10.
  • Google® page rank of home page: 2/10.
  • My B&B Results:
    • Listing provided about 0.9% (44) of my B&B's website's guide-sourced unique visitors Jan-Dec 2005.
    • Listing provided no proven guest-nights at my 1-unit B&B.

  • Ratings Summary (see criteria for details)
    A (of 20) - 20
    B (of 20) - 17
    C (of 30) - 24
    D (of 10) - 8
    E (of 5) - 3
    F (of 10) - 9
    G (of 5) - 4

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