We have some exciting news to share with our fellow Cheapos. Today we’re happy to announce the relaunch of EuroCheapo.com, complete with a brand spanking new site design and all sorts of helpful new features that we think you’re going to enjoy.
This is the largest redesign in our 11 year history and it affects most of the site. If you’ve visited EuroCheapo during the past few days, you’ve likely noticed a big change to the layout and overall look of the site. Perhaps you’ve thought, “Where the heck am I and where did EuroCheapo go?” We’re here, Cheapos! We just got a facelift!
A new look
It’s been five years since our last design overhaul and we decided it was time for something with a little more sparkle. Specifically, we wanted the site to be easier and more intuitive to use. Make it fast. Make it pretty. Make it fun. But mostly, make it useful.
Our new site gives more prominence and visibility to the 1,200 budget hotels we review, including much larger hotel photos taken by our editors and newly expanded hotel reviews. In doing so, we feel we’re getting closer and closer to our goal of being the most helpful site for researching and booking the best budget hotels in Europe.
Here’s a list of a few of the new features we think you’re going to enjoy on our new site:
We redesigned every page of EuroCheapo to make it easier to read, navigate and help research budget hotels. We introduced some nifty photo carousels to make it easy to quickly flip from one hotel to the next, increased the size of photos across the board and expanded the page width for readers who access the site on large monitors.
Never to be at a loss for puns, we also added a pithy new tagline: “Stay cheap.”
Hotel search improvements
We improved the maps we use in our hotel search engine, CheapoSearch, to make them easier to use and more functional for our readers. Know exactly where you want to stay during your next visit? Do a search and give our maps and filters a test – we think you’ll love ‘em.
We also made a dramatic improvement to the hotel search results layout and the algorithm we use to rank hotels. Yes, we know “algorithm” = “snoozeville,” but trust us. Do a search and see what you think.
To help make it easier to research hotels we’ve partnered with TripAdvisor to show their most recent traveler reviews on our hotel pages. No need to read our review and also open new tabs in your browser to validate them on TripAdvisor—we now combine them all into the same page.
And we’re still including the verified user review scores from our reservation agency partners, as well, to provide the most well rounded review perspective you can ask for. EuroCheapo’s experts + TripAdvisor + verified customer ratings. Now that’s a winner!
We received a lot of helpful feedback from EuroCheapo readers who volunteered to look at design mockups and answer questions throughout our redesign process. We thank you so much for all of your help and taking the time to help make the site what it is today. It’s vastly better because of your help.
And while we’re very happy with the new EuroCheapo.com, we’re only getting started. We’re developing many new features that we’re eager to introduce to you soon.
Come have a look and poke around for a bit. Tell us what you like, what you don’t like and what else you’d like to see. Leave a comment below or email us directly. And, as always, thank you for using EuroCheapo.com.