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Published: 10/05/2012 - Filed under: Home » News »

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The site has new features such as integrated consumer reviews from TripAdvisor and a shortlist tool.

This new tool lets you select hotels from your search and compare their locations, distances from city center, star ratings and TripAdvisor ratings and see whether they offer amenities such as a business center, internet, parking, a fitness center, pool and on-site restaurant.

After you’ve created your shortlist, you can rename and share it with others through Facebook, Twitter and email. The sharing feature could be useful when collaborating with a travel manager or business partners on the next business trip.

Users may also have multiple shortlists saved.

Room Key has also partnered with some other hotels outside of the founders, and their information will be available in search within the coming months. The new partners include Best Western, Loews Hotel, Preferred Hotel Group and World Hotels.

The search engine will also offer in the future the ability to book directly with independent hotels and hotel chains through partnerships with Sabre Hospitality Solutions, TravelClick and Trust International.

Room Key has also launched its Facebook page, which is currently doing a 10-week promotion where groups of up to four can enter for a chance to win a weekend getaway. Participants must share on the Room Key’s Facebook page why they deserve to win. The Facebook page has 94 fans at the moment.

When Business Traveler first reported on Room Key when it was in beta, the search did not bring up the lowest rate in comparison to KAYAK’s results. This time around, when searching for hotels within five miles of Redondo Beach’s city center for a stay from June 11 to June 14 for two guests, the lowest rate hotel on both Room Key and KAYAK was $67 a night at the Ramada Limited.

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