easy to see why travelers booked over $2 billion worth
of rooms online last year.
They have immediate access to room inventory, detailed
property specs, even photos. And many sites run specials
on hotel rooms for last-minute travelers. - Christopher
Easy-to-search inventory of more than 17,000 hotels,
inns and bed & breakfasts.Search by location, special
deals or ativity, including skiing, golf and beaches.
A query for golf hotels in California yielded a special
at the Hyatt Regency Monterey with room rates "starting
at $135"-a rate that turned out to be actually
available, not just a teaser. But read the fine print,
which the site includes for each property.
For those who prefer intimate lodging. This site lists
more than 27,000 small homes and inns worldwide, searchable
by amenity, keyword or location. Offerings range from
Pale Hall Country House in Wales to Piney Grove at Southall's
Plantation in Williamsburg, VA.
Book late (four weeks or less before your arrival date),
and pay less. Selection is considerably smaller than
some of the other sites-about 700 properties list their
specials here-but the deals can be substantial.
Specializes in "distressed" inventory, or
rooms that would otherwise go unsold. Rates at its network
of 600 properties run from 20% to 60% off regular prices.
Luxury Hotels of the World
Not for the faint of wallet. But if you want luxe, click
here. Search by country or resort type (e.g., spa, eco
reserve, private island). Click on Fiji's Turtle Island,
say, and you'll find copious information on rooms, dining,
facilities and leisure activities (everything from fancy
dress parties to mud fights). You can also check the
local weather and consult a currency converter to figure
how much all this will cost.
Discount outlet with abundant dirt-cheap specials. You'll
find 1,900 hotels in more than 250 cities - and not
just the bottom-feeders.
Not just hotels. This site's 25,000-plus properties
include inns, villas, cottages, bed & breakfasts,
even chateaux. A pop-up calendar shows availability
for many properties. Also features last-minute deals.