Google, despite being the number 1 destination on the web today, keeps diversifying so much that its hard to keep up with all the real estate it owns on the Internet. Over its 13 years of existence, Google has evolved from being a simple search engine, into being the monolithic juggernaut that dominates all the key aspects of the Internet: search, email, chat, maps, advertisement, social networking, video streaming, photo hosting, blogging, web-based office suite, browser software, operating system etc. Google has eventually dipped its long fingers into the key components of computing and the internet. Google’s latest enterprise is the experimental tool it calls: “Google Hotel Finder”.
This move puts Google in competition with web-based travel websites like Kayak, Expedia, Hotels.com etc. Google Hotel Finder is currently restricted to the United States. It can only find hotels based in the US and is only available at http://www.google.com/hotelfinder/
The service though quite basic for a hotel finder, still offers some of the key functionalities for a website of its class. Users can filter or rank their searches by check-in/check-out dates, price range, hotel class and user rating.
The real impact of Google Hotel Finder would be felt when the service goes global by offering listings from every part of the world.