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Check out Priceline's new hotel app for the iPad
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Update: As of today (9/19), Priceline's Hotel Negotiator is now the #1 most popular free travel app in the iPad Store. 



If you haven't already, trot yourself over the iTunes store and download Priceline's new free hotel booking app for iPad.  It just may forever change the way you search for and book hotel rooms.

What's so cool about it?  For starters, it shelves the traditional list-driven hotel booking engines you find on hotel reservation websites in favor of a scrollable map-driven search/booking engine.  As John Caine, our Senior VP Marketing and head of the mobile development team tells me, this app turns the iPad into a map of hotel deals.

Here’s how the app works. After picking a city, you can scroll and see hotels appear on the map in real time. There are four different ways the map can be scrolled:
  • Price View. Price points are highlighted on the map and color-coded from red (the highest rate) to blue (the lowest rate). Tap on a rate and full hotel details are shown.
  • Star Level View. This view shows all the different hotel star levels and where they’re located on the map. Tap on a star and full hotel details are shown.
  • Guest Satisfaction Score View. This view displays the actual average satisfaction scores, from 1-10, posted by guests for each hotel. Tap on a score to see the full hotel details.
  • Name Your Own Price® View. This view will display all the zones in a city where has Name Your Own Price® hotel partners. Tap on a zone and the app will retrieve actual winning bids made by other customers for different star level hotels in the selected zone.
 All of the views can be zoomed in or out. Once you've selected the hotel, or zone and star level you want, you can use the quick booking feature to get your room, all without leaving the app. (Some apps kick you into their website for the actual booking, but not this one).
Enough with the fanfare.  Here's where you can download the app - and remember, it's free: