Hipmunk Relaunches Hotel Search with MapBox
This week Hipmunk relaunched their hotel search feature using MapBox maps.
Hipmunk’s overall goal is to take the agony out of booking travel, and their new hotel search feature is a huge step in that direction. Now a simple hotel search by city takes you to a fullscreen map where you can highlight neighborhoods to find information on their overall characteristics - such as tourist friendly versus hipster paradise.
In this feature Hipmunk utilizes a minimal design that emphasizes search results. Their team chose muted colors for their basemap and hid the default building footprints - possible thanks to a recent map editor update. Additionally, the new neighborhood feature highlights areas by personality, allowing Hipmunk to tell their users whether a neighborhood is family-friendly, LGBT friendly, good for romance, good for business, or on the adventurous side - all of which tie in to a person’s ultimate hotel choice.
MapBox’s developer tools are flexible and allow for almost any design paradigm. We’re pumped to see Hipmunk utilizing these tools and offering their customers a unique and useful search view that also highlights bottom line needs when it comes to hotel search.