Orbitz announced the launch of its hotel neighborhood matrix for top European cities and added hotel inventory for customers seeking lodging for the perfect European vacation. Orbitz also now offers travelers over 90,000 authentic customer hotel reviews from customers who actually stayed at those properties around the world.

The U.S. version of the Hotel Neighborhood Matrix, which gives customers the ability to view hotel locations in relation to city landmarks and specific neighborhoods, launched on Orbitz in February 2005. Based on positive customer feedback since the launch, Orbitz has expanded the matrix to include some of its most popular and widely traveled European destinations. This week, Orbitz launched Hotel Neighborhood Matrix displays for London, Paris, Rome and Venice, and will be adding other popular cities including Dublin, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Madrid, Amsterdam, and Florence in the coming months. With the new Euro Hotel Neighborhood Matrix, users can quickly and easily get map overviews of specific neighborhoods (descriptive), search for available hotels in a specific neighborhood and sort search results for easy reference.

In addition to making it even easier to find the right hotel in Europe, Orbitz continues to give its customers even more choices and great prices at hotels around the world. Orbitz has added more than 6,500 merchant hotel properties in Europe, expanding its already broad international inventory to give travelers even more reason to book their European vacation on Orbitz.

Orbitz also recently introduced a new Hotel Scorecard, giving travelers all the relevant information they need to know about a hotel property in one convenient place.

The Hotel Scorecard includes individual customer review numeric (1 to 5) scores on amenities, maintenance, hotel staff, room comfort, location and overall value. In addition to the scores, travelers can also add their own personal tips for staying at the hotel or knowledge about the area.

Travelers can now take advantage of the first-hand knowledge of over 90,000 authentic hotel customer reviews solicited only from Orbitz customers who have actually booked and stayed at the hotel. Making Orbitz hotel searches even more relevant for the customer, these reviews can be sorted based on the type of traveler to find the right hotel that fits travelers' specific needs: business travelers, leisure vacationers, couples and families.

In addition to customer scores and reviews, travelers can read commentary from Frommer's, one of the most trusted names in travel today, offering a discerning expert opinion on over 16,000 hotel properties.