The aim of this application – as with most mobile phone app versions of existing websites – was to take the core functionality of the website and pare it down to its most basic form. In addition to the standard search functions, a 'search near me' button lists all the Guide’s selected hotels and B&Bs within bands of 10, 20, 30 and 40 miles. You can also search by name or place for a hotel, and there are lists of hotels in various categories, ranging from romantic B&Bs to family-friendly hotels.
The Sunday Times has made the GHG iPhone app, its 'Travel app of the Week':
'This smart little app has a Search Near Me button – giving you instant access to hundreds of quality hotels where you are. You can also search by location if you’re planning a trip. Better still are the special offers – money off rooms, half-price meals, and so on.' The Sunday Times.
Quotes from the iTunes app store
'This is an app version of the definitive independent hotel guide, maintained only through guest reviews and not just a list of random hotels in the UK. The app is straightforward and uncomplicated.'
'This Guide is a reliable source for finding a hotel or B&B because it is totally independent. Hotels do not pay for an entry in the printed guide, nor is hospitality or advertising accepted. The app is clean and functional... It also usefully shows which hotels are offering special bargain deals.'
'Good app works very well. Found a nice hotel for our anniversary.'
'This is a fantastic app – wide range of hotels and detailed knowledgeable reviews by impartial visitors... I won't travel without it.'
'This is a must for anyone who wants good quality accommodation that does not break the bank and has a character all of its own.'
'Concise, easy to use. GHG is independent and does not accept payment from hotels... therefore you can be sure that what they say about a hotel is unbiased and correct. It is great to have this as an easy-to-use app.'