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BBDirectory.com
http://www.bbdirectory.com
Formerly known as Wakeman & Costine's North American B&B Directory.
Also uses URLs www.romanticcountryinns.com, www.bed-n-breakfast-inns.com,& www.innkeeper.info

RATING: 4 INNSTARS
    Date last reviewed:
    1/22/2006
    Score: 68

Area Covered:
United States (44 states, best east & west coasts) & 4 Canadian provinces, a few other countries.
Listing Type/Number:
About 550 (est based on actual count in 2005), most with three or more pictures, extensive description, amenities and basic 'policy' data, weather & map link. Most with additional links to independent site.
Description:
From home page, have several options:
  • 'Browse by State' provides a dropdown list of states/provinces. Selecting a state gives a non-interactive state map in some detail, and list of inns by city. Page also has option to enter a city name and get listed inns within 50 mile radius, along with a further search page as described below.
  • Select 'Find an Inn' on the left-hand toolbar gives option to search by any combination of inn name, city, state, and a single recreation or amenity. Also provides drop-down menus to browse regions in various states; selecting a region gives a state map showing regions plus list of inns in that region.
  • 'Using Our Directory' drop-down menu gives above choice plus 'browse', which gives map leading to screen as in above.
    Quality Assurance:
    Provides for inns to show affiliations/ratings.
    Other:
    Has links to inn's availability page using several systems. Has free downloadable "E-book" Has state travel links. Has 'translation' option available. Has trip planning page. Has "Why stay at a B&B" page. Did not load properly using Opera browser.

  • Innkeeper Info:
  • Promotion: Includes localized keywords on inn page.
  • Rates: $75 per year with 1000 visitor guarantee; includes sister site romanticcountryinns.com and an "E-book". Sign-up/update/pay on-line. Will also link to website.
  • Contact: (800)387-3697, fax (775)259-7315 or email comments@bbdirectory.com.
  • Comments:
    Web Presence Evaluation:
  • No. 46 of 78 guides evaluated by Inntelligent.com (2 star).
  • Composite of INNSTAR/Inntelligent ratings: 6/10.
  • Google® page rank of home page: 0/10.
  • My B&B Results:
    • New listing

  • Ratings Summary (see criteria for details)
    A (of 20) - 5
    B (of 20) - 18
    C (of 30) - 21
    D (of 10) - 7
    E (of 5) - 3
    F (of 10) - 9
    G (of 5) - 5

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