chrislloyd515 - 8:30 am on Oct 19, 2010 (gmt 0)
I've been seeing various results certain kinds of geo searches... and hotels in particular... where it's appeared that Google is going in this direction, of returning some major directory-style sites, but increasingly being the über-directory itself. It goes a little bit with Google's not liking to return search results within search results.
In the last two hours every single "hotel" or "hotels" searhc I've done has brought that back in one of two forms... the first is like the screen shot above where there are places results taking up positions 4-? in the results, the other type seem to be showing the places results above the organic searches, but not showing a picture for each result. Example of the 2nd type - [twitpic.com...]
In my eyes the 1st type looks aesthetically much more pleasing, and is less likely to annoy the SEO community as the first 3 positions are still up for grabs... although sucks for those in 17th (but still page 1!)