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ILoveInns.com
http://www.iloveinns.com
Formerly Bed and Breakfast Encyclopedia; data presented somewhat differently at BNBinns.com; has other URLs

RATING: 5 INNSTARS
    Date last reviewed:
    1/11/2006
    Score: 87

Area Covered:
US, Canada & U.S. Territories
Listing Type/Number:
Approximately 18,000, of which 4,600 are detailed in searchable database Estimated based on previous year data.. About 3,000 detailed listings have line drawing and/or one or more pictures; all have short description, rate info. Has weather and map links.
Description:
From home page, have 2 search options
  • 'Quick Search' box may enter city and select state from drop-down list. Results page gives option to expand radius up to 100 miles. May also click on 'more search options' which takes you to Advanced Search page
  • 'Find An Inn' on top toolbar takes to Advanced Search page with additional options: (city, postal code, name, leisure activity, interest or region).
    • City, postal code or name searches allow input of city (or zip code), drop down of states (except for post code), and additional amenity choices.
    • Leisure activity & By Interst are similar, but adds list of activities/interests that may be selected.
    • By Region gives world map and list of major regions. Select US to get list of states. Select state to get general map showing regions & list of cities in region.

    Ultimate result of search is a table with inns in the selected city with most-detailed listings first, then less detailed, then "nearby" cities, which may be as much as 200 miles away. Search crosses state lines. City pages have a map showing location of listed inns, but map loaded very slowly on dial-up.
    Quality Assurance
    Listings indicate which inns are shown as inspected. Text written by guidebook staff based mostly on data submitted by inns, including press & guest comments, with some selectivity. Some personally visited by authors.
    Other:
    Has link to standard on-line availability for many inns; has secure on-line reservation request for some inns (not availability). Has discount club, newsletter and informational articles, inns for sale. "Additional Inns" on various pages has some long-closed inns. Published by American Historic Inns, an experienced guidebook publisher. Guide cooperated in facilitating review and verifying data.

  • Innkeeper Info:
  • Promotion: All pages indexable by search engines. Has click boxes on Google and other PPC sites.
  • Cost: listing with picture and data is $100, with link, more data & second city cross-listing is $150; additional data/pictures/additional city listing is $250. Apply on-line; partially self-updatable.
  • Contact: (949)497-2232, fax (949)497-9228, email comments@iloveinns.com
  • Comments:
  • Innkeeper Blog comments: Innkeeper B&B Directory Reference
    Web Presence Evaluation:
  • No. 6 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 2.25% (118) of my B&B's website's guide-sourced unique visitors Jan-Dec 2005.
    • Listing provided 1 proven guest-night at my 1-unit B&B.

  • Ratings Summary (see criteria for details)
    A (of 20) - 20
    B (of 20) - 18
    C (of 30) - 26
    D (of 10) - 8
    E (of 5) - 2
    F (of 10) - 10
    G (of 5) - 3

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