Search Tips for the Purple Roofs Travel Directory
The information here is intended to help you use the Purple Roofs search function effectively. Please let us know if you have any suggestions/additions!
Here are a few tips:
The "Search Lodging by Keyword" and "Search Travel Agents/Operators" searches are set up to find records with every keyword used, to help you narrow down your search. So searching for "gay b&b beach" will *only* find listings that have all three of these words in the listing.
If you're looking for an accommodation listing in a specific area, use the "Search Lodging by Location" search first - ths search only looks at the city, state, country and hidden keyword fields, along with select information fields like ownership, clientele, and type of accommodation, screening out words in the description, headline, property and other fields that often result in muddied location results. You can also use the maps on the home page and other pages within the site to "drill down" to the place you want to go.
To narrow down a search for a phrase (like Santa Fe, or gay owned), put double quotes around it: "Santa Fe" "Gay Owned". This will cause the search script to look for exactly that phrase, and to ignore listings with both search words in separate parts of the listing.
Use "or" between words to search for records that have some but not all of the keywords you have entered.
Results will be listed in Country, State, City order, Within city, listings that have a full page or picture on the Purple Roofs site are listed first.
When searching for a city, it is a good idea to also include the state or country to screen out other places with the same city/place name. For instance, searching New Dehli, India will screen out places in Indiana (which also contains the word india).
If you encounter any problems with the search functions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.