Apple Maps Now Includes Hotel Reviews From TripAdvisor and Booking.com

Since the release of Apple's in-house Maps app as part of iOS 6 back in 2012, Yelp has been the company's sole partner for integrating customer reviews of businesses and other points of interest. In recent days, however, Apple's Maps app has begun including reviews from TripAdvisor and Booking.com on select hotel listings.

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It is currently unclear what the criteria are for determining whether a given hotel listing includes reviews from Yelp, TripAdvisor, or Booking.com, but based on a spot check of several cities, the vast majority of hotel listings in the United States continue to display Yelp reviews. Other types of business listings also continue to use Yelp reviews on Apple Maps.

Internationally, Booking.com in particular seems to be more strongly represented, with brief surveys of London, Paris, and Sydney all showing reviews from that site on a majority of hotel listings viewed.

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Apple has yet to update its Maps acknowledgements page to note it is now sourcing TripAdvisor and Booking.com, citing only Yelp as a data partner for reviews.

Apple has been working hard to improve Maps since its rough launch in 2012 that saw Tim Cook issue an open letter apologizing to consumers for not meeting their expectations with the new Maps app. The company has since improved its directions and three-dimensional imagery, although other changes such as transit integration planned for iOS 8 last year were pushed back as Apple's mapping efforts have reportedly been hampered by internal politics.

One major improvement that appears to be in the works is street-level imagery similar to Google's Street View and Microsoft's Streetside for Bing Maps. Minivans outfitted with sensor arrays and apparently leased by Apple have been spotted in several areas around the United States, with the behavior of the vehicles on residential streets and in parking lots suggesting they are collecting street-level imagery.

(Thanks, Aaron and Ram!)

Top Rated Comments

solamar Avatar
118 months ago
Call me when it's 1/2 as good as Google Maps is...

I tried a few months ago, but all I got was a message saying your number was disconnected for lack of imagination.. :D
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Heavens Cloud Avatar
118 months ago
Call me when it's 1/2 as good as Google Maps is...
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JCrz Avatar
118 months ago
There's still no reason to use Apple Maps over Google Maps, other than maybe Flyover.

#GoogleMaps #Flyover #choices
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bmt134 Avatar
118 months ago
Welcome to 2011.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mangomind Avatar
118 months ago
glad to see they are improving maps.

glad to see captain obvious.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
coltman75 Avatar
118 months ago
Cool. I still find Google Maps to be so much better and more useful. I'm glad Apple Maps is improving but are people really using it? I'm definitely not.

I'm using it all the time.

I live in one of the top 10 biggest cities in the U.S., and Google maps is a mess. It puts my address down the street, it sends me to the wrong part of town for my work, and it tries to route you through the airport to get to the other side of town, which easily adds a half hour to your travel time.

Apple maps hardly ever steers me wrong. It's not as good at searching for POIs, but once it knows where's you're going, it's way better at giving directions than Google maps.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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