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6 Sites for Hotel Deals

February 06, 2009
by Sarah Amandolare
You’ll need a place to stay for your next getaway, whether you’re traveling to a nearby destination or heading abroad, prefer luxurious room service or continental breakfast on the fly. The six Web sites below help busy travelers find the best deals on hotel rooms meeting particular specifications.

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Kayak consolidates hotel and flight information, and fares, from hundreds of online travel agents (like CheapTickets and Orbitz). Enter your hotel preferences to get a list of possibilities. To learn exactly which agents Kayak covers, visit the “Providers” page. Kayak has also acquired SideStep, which is very similar. Both Kayak and SideStep offer user-submitted hotel reviews from Travelpost.com.

SmarterTravel.com allows you to compare hotel prices, scout for bargains, and read articles about saving money on the road. The site is maintained by experienced editors who present their insider travel tips and hotel picks on the home page.

Hotels.com
is an affiliate of Expedia.com, which gives the site a wide net of properties to search from—more than 70,000, in fact. Seek out deals at hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, condos and all-inclusive resorts, and take advantage of the site’s thorough reviews and guest recommendations.

LateRooms.com is a good option for the last-minute hotel-booker. This U.K.-based company is a database where member hotels (luxury hotels, guest houses and country B&Bs) post their empty rooms at discounted rates. The site is particularly useful for finding last minute hotels in Europe, although it also locates deals in the United States.

Up & Coming

TVtrip, the “Hotel Videoguide,” lets you view hotels on video before booking; though videos have not yet been completed for every property listed on the site. There are two sections: “Hotels” and “Deals.” Use the “Deals” section to view daily discounted rates on hotel rooms around the globe, or the “Hotels” section to conduct a comprehensive search for properties in your destination. Once you’ve selected a property, you’ll be redirected to another booking site.
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