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InnSite (sm)
http://www.innsite.com

RATING: 4 INNSTARS
    Date last reviewed:
    1/11/2006
    Score: 79

Area Covered:
Worldwide; good coverage in USA & Canada, plus coverage in 66 other countries.
Listing Type/Number:
About 3700 listings with details, over 1800 with 1 or more pictures, many with external links. Details vary and pictures range from none on many to multiple for a few. Includes 200 word description and extensive list of Inn amenities and area activities, rates & payment options. Has map option, weather, guestbooks Also has basic contact info for another 3000+ inns (some of which are outdated); association lists have links to numerous state & local associations.
Description:
Data base. Several options
  • 'Browse' box on home page allows choice of state or country from drop-down list, or enter a keyword. Result is list of cities/inns in alphabetic order (showing rate range and whether have pictures or specials)., select inns by clicking on inn name.
  • 'Browse' on toolbar takes to list of states & countries, then proceed as above.
  • 'Search' on toolbar takes you to a 'keyword search' function, without geographic limits, but desirable option to search for specific features/amenities accessible from this page.
       Specific amenities search allows search of state or country with a wide choice of location, amenities, and activities.
  • 'Quick Search' allows entering a city name and get inns within a reasonable radius.
  • Also has option to select from a list of features such as 'casino', 'cats in residence', 'historic sites', etc., which is not limitable by location so results in large file downlaods. Result is a list of inns that meet that criterion.
    Quality Assurance:
    Inn descriptions include 'inspected by' and affiliations line (but not all eligible inns have used it); indicates if inspecting association has certified program. Has on-line comment card ('rate this inn') which guide may forward to inn and/or inspecting association; site shows 1-5 dot rating and number of ratings based on, but actual comments not accessible to viewer (or inn).
    Other:
    Has links to on-line availability sites for some inns; some inns indicate dates not available through the guide's update system. Cell phone enabled. Site is also host of Innfinder (formerly inncrawler), a special search engine for B&Bs that brings up their URLs on many guidebooks. Also has subscribe link to newsgroup. Sometimes a bit slow. Since is a free service, has listings for long-closed inns.

  • Innkeeper Info:
  • Promotion: Includes Innkeeper-supplied keywords on inn pages. Has good Google presence on state search.
  • Rates: Free - if you input data yourself; $25 if they have to do it for you, $10 per picture. Can be 'featured inn' for $100 additional fee for 6 months.
  • Contact: (608)285-6600 or email info@innsite.com.
  • Comments: Has Google® ads on all pages down to inn level.
    Web Presence Evaluation:
  • No. 10 of 78 guides evaluated by Inntelligent.com (4 star).
  • Composite of INNSTAR/Inntelligent ratings: 8/10.
  • Google® page rank of home page: 4/10.
  • My B&B Results:
    • Listing provided about 1/2 of 1% (29) 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) - 16
    C (of 30) - 21
    D (of 10) - 8
    E (of 5) - 3
    F (of 10) - 10
    G (of 5) - 3
    Z - (-2) Closed inns
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