Google Quickly Upgrades New Hotel Platform with Home Rentals
Google isn’t messing around when it comes to getting travelers’ attention. There’s no question in our minds that Google Flights is the most powerful search engine to find cheap flights. And the web giant recently got into the hotel game with a new hotel search engine, too.
It didn’t wait long to start souping up that new platform. The Points Guy first reported that as of Wednesday, Google’s hotel search began displaying vacation rentals from sites like HomeAway, VRBO, Expedia, and more. It appears that this is currently only available when searching via mobile. But it’s only a matter of time before that migrates to your desktop searches.
It works just like the filters you set for the price, hotel star rating, etc. Simply click on the filter button and select “Vacation Rentals” if you want a full home rental to show up. This is a great option for families or large groups, which can often save a fortune by renting a house rather than booking several hotel rooms.
Just as with any normal hotel search, you can customize the results to fit your needs, whether you want a hotel room or a full home. You can filter by price and guest rating of the homes in your results. But you can also filter for any must-have amenities, from free Wi-Fi and air conditioning to a pool or even a hot tub.
Yet sadly, Airbnb isn’t part of these results. It’s restricted to full home vacation rentals, and not the apartment or flat rentals that dominate Airbnb. And it goes without saying that Airbnb is a competitor of Google’s as it branches out in its hotel offerings.
When Google rolled out its new hotel booking platform earlier this month, we said it was only a matter of time before it got even more powerful. But adding this new feature to search for home vacation rentals within just two weeks is outstanding.
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