5 of the Best Websites for Researching Hotels
There are plenty of websites out there that help you to find deals on hotels or compare rates, but when you’re looking for a place to stay you probably want more information than just price. Here we’ll take a look at 5 of the best sites to have bookmarked for those times when you are researching hotels.
When researching hotels it’s not always easy to find a place to stay at the exact location that you want. This is where See Your Hotel comes in. You simply enter a city or destination and it will pull up a map with orange markers for each hotel. Hover over the orange marker and you’ll get basic info like the hotel’s name and address. Click on it and you’ll be able to see more info. including photos and a street view. See Your Hotel uses Google Maps, so you can switch from the map view to the satellite view to get a better feel for the neighborhood surrounding the hotel.
See Your Hotel makes it quick and easy to research the location of hotels, plus you can visually select a hotel from a map or satellite, rather than trying to do an internet search for the exact location that you want. Once you’ve found the hotel you want, you can search room availability and book the room.
Oyster.com provides reviews by their own investigators, including plenty of real, untouched photos. For now, the information on smaller towns and cities is limited, but much more information is available for hotels in major cities. Also helpful, they list pros and cons of each hotel to help you make the right decision for your own situation.
There are plenty of searching and sorting options to help you save time, and prices are listed for your selected dates. You can then book through sites like Expedia and Orbitz.
At TV Trip you can watch videos of hotels that will give you a better feel for the hotel and its surroundings. With more than 52,000 videos currently on the site, TV Trip can be a valuable resource for your travel planning.
To get started you’ll enter your destination city and dates of travel. TV Trip then will show a list of hotels that can be sorted by popularity, rating, or name. Watch the video, check it out on a map, read a description, and even book the hotel if you like what you see. TV Trip shows rates from sites like Expedia and Hotels.com.
Hotelicopter allows you to search for hotels, while providing you with detailed descriptions, photos, listings of other nearby hotels, and booking capability through hotels.com.
Social networking site TravBuddy includes a section that allows you to read hotel reviews by other users (and, of course, you can post your own reviews as well). You can also search rates through sites like Priceline, Kayak, Hotwire, and more.