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You know that "Street View" button on Googlemaps that lets you walk around a street and see what buildings are there? And once in a while you just find pictures of people doing funny things to pose for the Street View car camera?
Well, Google has now introduced a feature that allows you to walk right into a hotel and poke around inside. Yup! Provenance Hotels in Portland, Seattle, and Tacoma are some of the first to test out the service (that works out well for them, since their hotels are so often chock-full of cool art and other knick knacks).
Of course, this could easily work against other hotels that don't have flashy lobbies or well-lit hallways. But then again, why would we want to be staying in those places anyway?
Google Sydney is conveniently located across the street from the Shelbourne Hotel. So if Google folk wanted to say, hit up the $5 menu at Shelly's for lunch, it would be super simple. In true Sydney business lunch style, Shelly's offers patrons a 300-gram scotch fillet or chicken breast with creamy mash for $5...as long as they order a drink.
Hey, said Googler could even Gmail all his or her Google friends and send them Google Map directions to Shelly's. Not so fast, according to Google's mapping service getting from 200 Sussex Street from 201 Sussex Street involves a 10.4 kilometere walk where you cross over the Sydney Harbour Bridge twice.
According to the Sydney Herald:
All driving directions queried from points east, south and west of Google's headquarters will suggest the same cross harbour detour - one that involves using the tunnel or the bridge, driving up to Falcon Street in Crows Nest before coming back down across the bridge.
Hopefully Google will wait to put visiting business partners up at the conveniently located Shelbourne, at least until they fix this mapping bug.
· Google Sydney to Shelbourne Hotel [Google Maps]
· Send for the search party, Google gives a bum steer [Sydney Morning Herald]
The indominable mashup guru John Musser has chosen the HotelChatter Hollywood Star Map as the ProgrammableWeb mashup of the day for June 20, 2006. Thanks John, oh and by the way, your site rocks, we are all huge fans.
The best part? In the immortal words of Al Pacino, "We're just gettin' warmed up". Remember, you control what goes on this map. Simply tip us off to the latest celeb high jinks hotelside in Hollywood. Now that hotel sex advocate Angelina Jolie is back in town, we are sure the hotel mavens will have plenty to say.
Calling all hotel mavens, bellhops, valets, maids, bartenders, waiters, hotel executives, pr pushers and vagrants in LA--help us keep track of latest Hollywood hotel email@example.com.
2006 seems to be the year Internet companies battle for aerial map superiority, and for us, it always comes back to hotels.
While Google definitely has the clearest and most expansive set of satellite photos going, a quick glance down 9th Avenue reveals that Google Earth doesn't appear to be aware that the SoHo House rooftop pool scene, nor the Gansevoort Hotel, exists.
Ask.com on the other hand, fills in the missing pieces and gives us a good look at the dueling hotel rooftop pools in the Meatpacking district.
Looks like Ask.com wins this round, at least from our sick and twisted hotel perspective. However, maybe there is some merit to Google's Back to the Future like approach to the Meatpacking district satellite photos--there are definitely some folks that wouldn't mind seeing these two spots disappear from Manhattan's landscape.
Photo taste test after the click.