Google Trusted Photographer
Google offers the ability to have a Street View style virtual tour done of your hotel, inside and out. It is attached to your company's Google Business listing, your most visible asset in Google searches. From Google: "When searching for businesses, consumers use mapping products 44% of the time. On average, 41% of these place searches result in an on-site visit. Listings with photos and a virtual tour are twice as likely to generate interest."
Google Street View style virtual tours are a great way to show potential guests what your facility looks like, in high resolution detail. It can set you apart from local alternatives. If you have a beautiful place, or are a better value than your local competition, show them.
Simply having the tour embedded in Google Maps and appearing in searches is not enough. The hotel version of Google Street View for Business consists of a series of separate groups of 360 degree images, as well as individual 360s. They will typically include your entrance area and lobby, breakfast area, different room types, your pool, fitness room, and any other amenities you would like to show. They are not presented in Google search results in a cohesive manner, and many times people are not even aware that there are different elements to the tour. They see the lobby and directly connected images, as this is the set most prominently featured, but they don't see your rooms. Google is continuing to improve the presentation, but it is currently not ideal. As more people become aware of how to find these features, this will be less of an issue. In the meantime, it is in your best interest to prominently feature all of the images on your website, particularly the rooms. This can be done a variety of different ways, such as adding hyperlinked text or images. I supply hyperlinks for each of the elements of all tours I create, either the standard Google format, or I can create a completely customized virtual tour.
Additional examples of my Google Street View
Virtual Tours for the Hospitality Industry
For this particular property, I have returned to photograph it in all seasons. Below are links to several different elements of their tour, as well as links to 360 degree views of the grounds from different seasons.
Google Street View Virtual Tours for Hotels, Motels, and B&Bs
Customized Virtual Tours offer a significant number of features and variations for the unique presentation of your property. These customized tours can have "hot spot" links to jump to a particular location on the property, your rooms, or a particular section of your website. They can have pop-up info panels, embedded video, sound tracks, almost anything you can think of. Let us create a unique tour of your property. Click the links below for examples of customized tours:
I specialize in the hospitality industry, where the quality of traditional "still" photography is critical for bookings. I understand that you need clear, high quality images of your facility. Here are some examples of my work.
Completley Customized Interactive Virtual Tours
Hotels, Motels, and Bed & Breakfasts
See more of my HDR still photography: Flickr.com/photos/CJLfotos/Hospitality