Recently, when making hotel arrangements for an upcoming business trip I went to Marriott.com
and was pleasantly surprised at their new home page. The focus of the new design is a set of six cleanly arranged cards. Each card is a task or intent one might have for being at the site (is it just me or does the aspect ratio of the cards look like make them look very iPhone/Droid/Pre app-like?. I could easily see the hotel search being an app on my iPhone). The home page is a model of clean, usable intent- based design. But, is it too clean? Are opportunities being missed?
For contrast, look at Westin's
home page: small footprint content on top of a full screen picture and framing message: "Tap into your sense of adventure"
Who do you think has it right?