Amazon shuts down its hotel booking website

Amazon shuts down its hotel booking website

TORONTO — Well, that didn’t last long. Just six months after its official launch, Amazon has shut down Amazon Destinations, its hotel booking resource, for good.

When it first debuted in April 2015, the site was lauded as an online tool to help Amazon shoppers in select markets find and book hotels within driving distance for close-to-home vacations. At launch, Amazon Destinations featured hotels in Seattle – the company’s hometown – as well as Los Angeles and New York before expanding to parts of Southeast U.S., Texas, California and Boston.

In addition to closing the Amazon Destinations website, the company has stopped selling reservations in the Amazon Local app, as well.

Amazon has not commented on the reason behind the shutdown other than to say it had “learned a lot.” It did confirm that existing reservations made through Amazon Destinations will still be honoured by participating hotels.