Today, we’ve officially unlocked Room 77, giving travelers their own set of keys to the world’s first hotel room search engine. We built Room 77 for one very simple reason: to help travelers find the best hotel rooms.
While there are countless sites that provide information about hotels, none focus exclusively on hotel rooms — that is, until today. Think about it: each hotel stay involves a crapshoot. You roll the dice at the front desk, and a room is selected for you; until you step foot into your assigned room, you have no idea whether that room is well-suited to your needs. Room 77 takes the element of surprise out of this process and tips the balance of power to you, the traveler. In other words, by opening up the black box of room assignments, we’re empowering travelers and giving them more control over their own room decisions.
Room 77 recognizes that every traveler has unique needs. That’s why you can use our preference-based filters to find the rooms that suit your preferences for high or low floor, distance from elevator, views and need for connecting rooms. Our system ranks each room based on how closely they match your preferences, showing you rooms that are a “strong”, “fair” or “weak” match. The real magic, however, is in our virtual Room View, where we simulate the actual view you might see out of that room window. Our engineers have spent many sleepless nights on the patent-pending algorithm for this feature, because let’s face it: what’s worse than stepping into a nice room, only to see that it faces a garbage dumpster? The best part is that it’s easy to have this data on hand with you the next time you check-in to a hotel: just download our free iPhone app.
We’ve got a lot of really smart people working on this effort and have logged a lot of hours (and a lot of miles). So far, Room 77 has indexed more than 425,000 hotel rooms, but we won’t stop until we index all hotel rooms at top properties (3~star and above) worldwide. By our estimates, that’s approximately 5 million rooms in 25,000 hotels and resorts!
To get there, Room 77 is counting on your help. If you see a hotel marked “coming soon” on our site, help us “sleuth it.” Just upload a photo of the hotel’s exit floor plan (usually posted on your door), and during your next hotel stay, rate and review your room.
The welcome mat is out — please come on in.
Brad Gerstner, Founder & Chairman of Room 77Google+