August 25, 2016

FindOptimal accepts flexible destination input and offers a variety of filtering and sorting options.

Street Level Destination Input

The first step for a hotel search exercise is to input the destination. In addition to a general place such as a city name, FindOptimal encourages you to type in the exact address of your destination.  For example, if you have a business meeting at UPS Corporate’s headquarter and need a hotel to stay at the previous night, we suggest you to input the exact address, 55 Glenlake Pkwy NE, Atlanta, GA, rather than just Atlanta. In that way, our search engine will find the hotels closest to your true destination. UPS Corporate’s headquarter is 16 miles away from the Atlanta DownTown. We don’t want you trapped in the rush hour traffic and miss your important meeting.

Place Autocompletion

To help you input the destination quickly and accurately, we provide the autocompletion function powered by Google for the place input box. While you are typing the beginning of an address, the widget predicts rest of the address and generates suggestions in a list box. You can simply select the correct one to complete the input. In most cases, the first item on the list is what you need. So you can press Enter to accept it.

Please note that the final destination must be on the suggestion list. Otherwise, we will not be able to locate your destination.

Multiple Destinations

Sometimes you may have several meetings in the same city. Or you plan to have a tour of a city that has several must-see places. In such a situation, you want to find a hotel convenient for visiting multiple locations.

FindOptimal.com allows you to enter multiple destinations. It will find the optimal hotels with the shortest average distance to all those locations. All locations will be shown on the map, along with the recommended hotels for you.

You can type in up to 10 destinations in the same region. The second to the tenth input box is only visible when you populate the previous one.

Search Result Filteringfilter

If you have defined your searching profile precisely, you don’t need to use filters because FindOptimal does the filtering work before creating the final list for you. However, we understand that your criteria may change from situation to situation. And sometimes you would just like to see all options and do the filtering by yourself. Therefore, we provide the following most used filters on the Filter panel.

  • Hotel name: you may type part of the hotel name and press Enter to find hotels with that name;
  • Hotel address: you may type part of the street name and press Enter to find hotels on that street;
  • Price range: the range of your budget per room per night;
  • Stars: hotel star rating range;
  • Distance: distance from your destination or the center of multiple destinations;
  • Guest Rating: average rating by guests who have stayed in the hotel;
  • Category: property type. Some properties such as apart-hotel may fall into two categories.
    • Hotels: hotels, motels, resorts, inns, hostels, lodges, etc.
    • Homestays: guest houses, bed & breakfast, residence, etc.
    • Vacation Rental: apartments, condos, vacation home, villa, etc.
  • Theme: theme offered by the hotel property. Large hotels usually accommodate multiple themes (e.g. business and family-friendly)

FindOptimal is very efficient in filtering search result. You will see the filtered result quickly after you make any change on the Filter panel. However, if you use the app with a mobile phone, you need to tap on the Apply button to see the effect.

There is a Reset button at the bottom for you to clear all filters. Please note that all filters will be cleared when you start a new search. If you want to make any filtering condition permanent, please log in with your account and add it into your searching profile on the Control panel. Moreover, there are more choices available on the Control panel. For example, if you want to filter the result by hotel rewards program, you can add it to your searching profile on the Control panel and check it as a must-have.

Search Result Sorting

As the default, FindOptimal sorts the search result by Optimal Score in the descending order. The Optimal Scores are generated based on hotel price, star rating, guest rating, distance to the destination and other preference defined by you. Please refer to the scoring page for more details.

In case that you want to sort the results in a different way, we provide the following sorting methods.

  • Price: sort by price from low to high;
  • Distance: sort by distance to the destination from near to far;
  • Guest Rating: sort by guest rating from high to low;
  • Stars [5 to 1]: sort by star rating from high to low;
  • Stars [1 to 5]: sort by star rating from low to high;
  • Name [A to Z]: sort by hotel name in the alphabetic order;
  • Name [Z to A]: sort by hotel name in the opposite of the alphabetic order.