Industry UX Research
A large-scale research study on how to optimize the online User Experience specifically for ‘Online Travel Agencies’, Hotels, and Whole Property Rental websites.
At Baymard Institute, we have a whole User Experience research topic devoted specifically to ‘Travel Accommodation’ websites.
This research study examines what users expect and how they behave online as they browse and book at online travel agencies (OTA), large-brand hotel chains, small boutique hotels, and whole property rental sites.
The study examines both what users think when they initially land on the homepage, how they perform their accommodation search query depending on their travel context, how they evaluate and compare the results and property listings, use map views, read up on property and room details, use image galleries – and, of course, what users think and where they get stuck during the booking and checkout flow itself.
Through our 110,000 hours of large-scale UX research, we’ve identified 370+ in-depth User Experience guidelines that are particularly important to Accommodation websites.
The tested accommodation websites in our study include:
Baymard’s travel accommodation UX research is based on more than 300 qualitative subject/site usability test sessions following the “Think Aloud” protocol. During testing, the users encountered 1,000+ medium-to-severe usability issues on the travel agency, hotel, and property rental websites while searching for, comparing, and booking accommodation for their next trip.
This page provides you a brief overview of Baymard’s travel accommodation UX research. Full access to all of our accommodation UX research is available as part of Baymard Premium.
We’ve conducted a UX benchmark assessing 10 travel accommodation websites across the 370+ UX guidelines our research shows are most applicable to OTA, hotel, and property rental websites. The benchmarked sites includes: Booking.com, Expedia, Trip.com, Hyatt, Best Western, Shangri-La Hotels, Airbnb, Kid & Coe, Prince Akatoki London, and EsmeHotel.com. You can view the site’s desktop and mobile UX performance in the graph above, which summarizes 4,000+ weighted UX performance scores.
You can expand each theme and topic in the graph above for an in-depth view of the ‘current state’ of accommodation website UX performances. (scroll down to access the in-depth case-studies for each of the sites)
This is a sub-set of the full benchmark which includes 214 e-commerce sites.
Explore UX Benchmark
You can explore our in-depth UX case-studies of the below accommodation websites. In total, these contain 4,000+ UX performance scores and 3,000+ best practice examples from Online Travel Agency, hotel, and property rental websites.
27 page designs: desktop, mobile
29 page designs: desktop, mobile
31 page designs: mobile, desktop
31 page designs: mobile, desktop
28 page designs: desktop, mobile
21 page designs: mobile, desktop
19 page designs: desktop, mobile
16 page designs: mobile, desktop
25 page designs: desktop, mobile
22 page designs: mobile, desktop
FREE RESEARCH CONTENT
We’ve released a small subset of the 370+ Premium UX research finding for OTA, Hotels, & Vacation Home rental sites for free in these articles:
PAID RESEARCH CONTENT
With Baymard Premium, you get access to 370+ UX guidelines relevant to improving OTA, hotel, and whole property rental websites. On top of this, you also get access to 150,000+ best practice examples and 225,000+ UX performance scores from other industries - sometimes the best designs and ideas comes by looking outside your own industry.
IN-DEPTH REVIEW OF YOUR SITE’S UX PERFORMANCE
If you don’t want to read all of the research findings, but “just want the results”, then have Baymard’s team of researchers audit your accommodation site.
The audit provides you with a detailed external review of your OTA, Hotel, or Vecation Rental website’s UX performance across 370+ UX parameters, as well as a detailed UX performance comparison against 10 leading travel accommodation websites. The UX audit also provides you with 40 prioritized suggestions for UX improvements, with best-practice implementation examples.
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This UX research on travel accommodation websites is part of Baymard Institute’s full 110,000 hours of large scale research catalog, which is based on:
Baymard’s research methodology is described in detail here.