The world is shrinking every moment. No, no, the 2012 prophecy isn’t coming true in 2013. In fact, I am talking about the new travel apps and mobile websites that have changed the very way we travel across continents. Holding a smart phone in your hands seems as If the whole world is just clicks away.
These mobile-friendly websites are truly perfect for busy travelers who are always “on the go.” You need not visit a travel agent or sit on a computer, as you have thousands of hotels and flight deals right in your pocket. Here are some of the most user-friendly hotel-finding mobile websites to book your vacation in London.
Rather than replicating the whole website, the mobile website is a sort of restricted version of the original tripadvisor.com but is quite easy to use. Reviews, prices, and all the information is given, making the booking process easier. There are special filters which turn out to quite handy especially when booking a hotel in London.
For example, you can decide the price range as per your budget. However, completing the booking process means visiting an external website, most of which have not been optimized for the mobile users which makes the booking process a little tricky.
And we can never ignore that travelers use social media channels to make hotel choice decisions. Be it Facebook or Twitter, TripAdvisor makes its social presence felt in the form of interesting destination ideas, contests, and reviews. However, it’s not focused on London.
Not an iPhone app but a well-developed mobile website where you can book your stay within minutes. Unlike other websites, londonhotels4u.com, lists down hotels in London only.
Quite a user-friendly site with a search box where you can just type in the name of the hotel, nearest attractions or tube station and there will be a list of hotels to choose from. There is also a little section called “secret hotel” which allows you to book a hotel blindly and save up to 50%.
The description and facilities of every hotel are given but you cannot enlarge the map. As far as its social channels are concerned, you’ll find plenty of things to do in London, travel ideas, London event updates, hotel choices, and what not. You can even post your queries or travel plans and the team gets in touch with you soon.
Keeping in view the changing browsing habits of customers, hoteltravel.com has also launched its mobile website. You can easily find a suitable hotel in the search box. Reviews and map of the hotels are also given and can be enlarged too. You can change the currency as per your wish.But since they have huge listings, the search may take a while, so you have to be patient.
Although not daily, hoteltravel.com updates its Facebook and Twitter pages frequently. From destination photos to interesting quizzes, and world event updates, it’s worth putting a like. But again, it doesn’t focus on London exclusively.
The mobile website is wonderful as you can book rooms at hotels across 15000 destinations all over the globe. You can read hotels reviews too. The website has been tailored to load quickly and smoothly on mobile devices.But as with every hotel finding website, some usability issues occur, as the phone numbers are not clickable when booking a hotel.
However, if you’re looking to reach fellow travelers, Booking.com’s Facebook page is the right platform with over 21,297 people talking about it. Updated twice in a day, every query here is responded within minutes.
Mobile websites have revolutionized the very way we book hotels for our travels. It’s handy and a flexible option for busy travelers.
This post was contributed by Emily Hadden. Emily is a travel writer from London who loves to share her ideas and experiences with travel maniacs. Her personal travel experiences inspire her to write useful travel tips and suggestions.