Today we are announcing a key feature that will significantly improve the user experience for our customers — Search by Map.
While the work on previously presented features continues at full steam, we have been secretly working on various new features to the map, which we believe will make a notable difference to the search experience of our users.
Until now the map feature on our marketplace was passive. It was capable of displaying results, but was limited to the actively selected results page. To show different hotels, users had to skip to the next page manually.
Introducing Search By Map
With the Search By Map feature, you are now able to search hotels directly on the map, without having to bother with anything else. To activate it, simply enlarge the map when you are at the search results page. It’s that simple!
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At first it will show you a general view of the city. By zooming in and moving around, you will see more hotels popping up automatically. Below is a quick video on how it looks like in action.
In addition to this, the hotel list on the left side will automatically show you relevant options for the area you are currently viewing. It updates with every move made on the map.
Once you have found an option, you can simply click the icon, which will pop-up additional info such as a photo preview, as well as the star-category of the hotel.
You can conveniently select the hotel directly from the map view to arrive at the hotel details page — and book!
Improved Mobile View
The features above are not the only improvements we have made. For mobile view, we have removed the “Use two fingers to move the map” requirement. This is no longer necessary. Instead, users can now enjoy the map much more intuitively and with a single finger. Of course, search by map is also available for mobile.
Hint: The two screenshots were taken at different times, which is the reason for the 1 Euro difference.
Other improvements can be seen from the comparison picture above. Overall, the map is now much more stable and has undergone various performance upgrades.
More features to the map are already in development and will be released later this year. We hope that you enjoyed this surprise and are looking forward to the next deployments!