Airbnb App - Search Homes Based on Your Preference
There has been a noticeable and rapid shift in the way we travel now, we no longer just want to visit a place & stay in a nice hotel ,instead like to stay in houses, & experience the life of locals.Recently, I was planning a trip to Goa, and following the new trend, I downloaded Airbnb to check out some nice accommodations. I was obviously delighted by the variety of properties listed out there, but more than that I was amazed by the filters provided by the App.
There are plethora of filters that a user can select from - trip type, price range, home type, amenities, even upto house rules. It helps a user really narrow down the results as per his preferences, instead of going through hundreds of properties listed on the app, and checking details for each of the property.
- There are descriptions for each of the filters, which help a user to recognize and understand the implication of the filter, saving the pain to figure out each of the filters by themselves.Like, ‘Instant booking’ clearly states that the property can be booked without for the host to respond. Some users might have assumed different implication, if there was no description.
- Price Range gives you the flexibility to easily select property as per your budget . It clearly shows graphically how many properties lie in which range, and what is the average charge for a night.
- As per the filters selected, total no. of search results are clearly displayed at the bottom on the button. It gives the user good indication of the no. of results that can be expected, and if the user wants to reconsider his filter selection. It saves the effort of going back and forth between filter and results pages.
- One of the option that really caught my attention, was the option to check out for Accessibility in a property. I think its very thoughtful, users with special needs can check whether a property has a step-free access, wide doorway, bars for shower etc. I think such kind of option is not available in any of the hotel booking websites.
- Two other filters which I think Airbnb did well, are the filters for 'Unique Homes' and ‘House rules’. These options are quite helpful for the target group.
- Users should always be able to understand meaning without having to go look up a word’s definition in a search engine. Writing even a one liner description for a product feature, helps a user to understand the feature and utilize it in a much better way.
- Make your design flexible, to deal with a variety of situations.
- Users need not to see all the possible options, or can you hide some away in most cases. For example ‘Accessibility’ option is detailed out in a separate window to users that need them.
I think Airbnb has done a fantastic job in creating the filters. But, I think there can be one more filter for nearby facilities like marketplaces, monuments, sight-seeing locations, adventure activities, hospitals etc.
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