Most people are interested in bed and breakfasts, but booking a night or an entire vacation at one is a whole other story. It can be difficult to find out which establishments have the amenities and the general ambiance that you want. Who wants to add several hours of research to their holiday planning? The task becomes even more difficult if you have special dietary needs or plan to bring your cat on vacation with you.
Website Reviewed: bnbcompass.com.au
For this reason, there are many niche websites popping up that allow you to search for a bed and breakfast in your desired area that offers the features that you desire. However, these websites are usually pure function, with none of the fun features and handy tools that modern CSS web design has to offer. The Bed and Breakfast Compass offers the right mix of form and frills. The bad news for those of us who vacation mainly in North America is that this website caters to Australian. The design is still noteworthy.
The homepage features a large map of Australia. The function is relatively easy to use: you merely click on the region that you plan to visit and get whisked away to a listing of all of the bed and breakfasts in that area. There are also text links at the bottom of the page for people who cannot figure out a map. From there, you can narrow down your search to a particular town or a smaller area within the region. Each listing has prices, important details, a picture, and contact information. This makes it very easy to find the bed and breakfast that you desire.
The website brand is an integral part of the design. Throughout The Bed and Breakfast Compass, you find the same calming green and gray colors along with compass images. Because compasses help you find your way and are also part of the website name, the result is a well-branded and highly usable site.
Creativity: 5 stars. We love the sense of brand that dominates the website and the creative use of color and image. In addition, the images, such as those seen in the navigation bar on every page, are both aesthetically pleasing and relevant to the website.
Ease of use: 4 stars. We like the way you begin your search by clicking on a map, but this actually adds to your steps if you are looking for a particular region to begin with. In addition, you cannot search by features, such as whether you can bring your cat or whether the establishment has a swimming pool.
Functionality: 2 stars. A website with such a strong and salient brand should have links to Facebook, Twitter, or similar sites, but we couldn’t find any here. The Contact page takes you to a form with only an email address for actual contacts.
Content: 4 stars. The content is well written and professional, except for a few errors.
Appropriateness: 5 stars. This website makes bed and breakfasts look calm and relaxing, which is exactly what patrons of these establishments are looking for.
Overall: 4.0 out of 5 stars. This website is in dire need of a few extra features, but it’s a great start.