Top Websites for Accommodations

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Trivago
This hotel aggregator features a large database. Their easy-to-use interface has the widest array of search options (some are unique)- including price (from $43 to $1,354), Trivago ratings; distance (from 1 to 12.4 miles, landmarks or address); top options (e.g. wellness, pool); hotel type (e.g. spa, family); best for (e.g. singles, business people); features; sports facilities; room features; type of accommodation, hotel chain and more.

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Hotels Combined
Combines hotel deals (2,500,000) from 30 major sites (e.g. travelocity, expedia): 200,000 hotels in database.

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Tripadvisor
Large, worldwide database of hotels and vacation rentals; millions of reviews; map locator and nice filtering for preferences (e.g. hotel type, amenity, brand, price etc.).

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Bed Bug Registry
Public database of user-submitted bed bug reports from across the U.S. and Canada. Search by Hotel name.

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Hotel
135,000 hotels worldwide. Also includes villas, condos etc. Good for last minute deals. Credible reviews. Loyalty program and price match guarantee.
1-800-246-8357

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Real Travel
Highly acclaimed. 200,000 hotels. Millions of reviews. Nice search features: refine by pricing, relative location of hotel, things-to-do etc. Facebook likes.

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Trip Kick
Picks the best hotel according to your preferences (i.e room with a view) and ensures that you won't have a room next to an elevator or ice machine. Their database includes 450 hotels in 21 major U.S. cities.

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Quickbook
No fee, low fee discount hotel site for major U.S. and Worldwide cities featuring exclusive hotels and rates. Ratings based on first-hand evaluation of hotels.
800-789-9887

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TV Trip
Over 32,000 professionally filmed hotel videos. Hotel database includes more than 135,000 (euro-centric) listings. More than 1,300,000 reviews. Search by city, airport, landmark and other refinements.

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Hotels Travel
Worldwide listings (links) to hotel chains and affinity group websites.

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Tablet Hotels
Worldwide luxury, boutique and private sale hotels with emphasis on browsing options by activities and interests. Includes guest hotel reviews and last minute deals.

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Bed and Breakfast.com
Worldwide listings of B&B's, country Inns, guest houses and lodges. View more than 50,000 photos and videos.
1-800-462-2632

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BB Online
Includes over 4,200 small hotels and inns worldwide. Searchable by more than 25 amenities (i.e. fireplaces).
1-800-215-7365

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Otalo
Meta-search engine and aggregator for vacation home rentals. Includes 560,000 rentals culled from 23 different sites.

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iExplore
Explore over 2,000,000 vacation rentals worldwide. Includes multiple search refinements.

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Jetsetter
Hand-selected, exclusive "great" deals on high-class, luxury properties (sales offerings last 5 to 7 days.)

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Travel Zoo
Loaded with bargains: lodging, airfare and cruises. Features daily Top 20 Deals on the website or emailed.

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Sherman's Travel
Over 1,000 hand-picked deals. Search by region, city, country or category of interest. Weekly e-newsletter features 25 best deals.

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Smarter Travel
Good deals selected by their editorial staff for hotels, airfare and car rentals.

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Home Exchange
Over 40,000 listings in over 142 countries. Swap your home, apartment or condo. Guaranteed exchange or the second year is free.

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Hostels
31,000 hostels and other cheap places to stay anywhere in the world. Includes tours and activities (over 5,000), travel blogs and more.

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Hostel World
24,000 hostels in over 180 countries. Browse guides, videos, podcasts, tours, maps and more.

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Travellers Point
50,000 accommodation options including: budget, youth hostels, budget hotels, bed & breakfasts, guest houses, apartments, camping and more.

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Couch Surfing
Connects travelers with free accommodations with other members. Ebay-like verification system. Almost 2 million members in 237 countries.

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Expedia
Research, plan and book your entire trip or vacation. Offers special promotions and discounts; last minute deals via emails; activities; guide info; fare alerts and fare compare.
1-877-787-7186

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Travelocity
Good for multiple stop-overs and flexible travel dates leaving from U.S. and Canada. Offers virtually everything to plan and book trips. Exclusive deals. No booking fee.
1-888-872-8356

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HotWire
"Hot Fares" if your schedule is flexible. Great trip planning tools: flexible date search (30 day window), trip watcher, email alerts, local search and more.
1-866-468-9473

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Flight Centre
Hybrid online and offline travel agency (own Liberty Travel) with personal service (800 worldwide consultants). Includes options for domestic, international, and multi-routes.
1-877-992-4732

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Hotels Travel
Worldwide listings and links to hotel chains and affinity groups websites.

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Do Hop
Meta search (600 airlines) with concentration on cheap flights and low-cost connections (euro-centric), hotels and car rentals.

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Top Tips for Accommodations

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Select the best rooms
Select the "best" rooms for hotels based on features and amenities in 21 major cities worldwide (looking for: best view, balconies, pools and more) use TripKick.com.

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Getting the best room
Call hotel and make a request for a specific view, floor and quiet area (i.e. not near elevator). Usually best rooms go to those that make requests. If possible, get it in writing with the name of person agreeing to the request.

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Book early
Get into the habit of searching out rooms as soon as possible to find the best availability and rates.

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Stay in the middle of the week
Weekends are generally busier and more expensive. If you travel dates are flexible, consider a cheaper, weekday trip.

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The price of airfare, hotels, package deals, etc. are usually determined by season
In Europe and the U.S., summer is high-season and therefore most expensive (June 15 - August 31). Winter is low-season and therefore least expensive (generally Dec. 15th - January 6th). The shoulder seasons that fall in the middle are fall and spring (November - March). Exceptions include beaches and ski resorts.

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If you book your hotel room directly
instead of through the 800# reservation line, you generally have a better chance of getting a room upgrade and better service.

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Negotiating a room for a hotel gets easier as you approach the end of the day (after 6:00 pm).
If you are in a city where several hotels are near each other (and they have availabilities) play one against the other, especially the ones where the dining rooms and bars aren't that crowded.

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Use your memberships!
If you are a member, don't forget to contact AAA or AARP for great deals on hotels.

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Look for special offers
Many websites carry special offers and promotions for booking hotel rooms. These can range from free breakfast to free upgrades.

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Hotel Breakfasts
Avoid breakfasts in hotel restaurants. They are usually over-priced and underwhelming.

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Watch out for hidden charges
Some hotels charge extra taxes or credit card fees after the quoted price.

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Important Phone Numbers and Documents
Store on your cell, computer and/or a printed list all important phone numbers (e.g. doctor, insurance company). Important information such as your passport ID number and traveler's checks should (at a minimum) be securely stored on your computer or PDA. Make a photocopy of your passport, and discreetly store it in your luggage. Create a digital copy for your computer in a file format (JPG) and then email it to yourself.

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Top Articles for Accommodations

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World's Top 50 Hotels

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Best Hotels in the USA

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Conde Nast Gold Traveler
Gold List 2010 - "Best Places To Stay In The World"

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Lodging safety and security suggestions and information

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How to Book a Hotel Room

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How To Find The Best Hotel Deals Online

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Hotel reviews
Use www.raveable.com for hotel reviews before booking a room. They gather information from multiple sites such as Tripadvisor and Yahoo Travel so you don't have to search yourself.

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33 Ways to Sleep Better at a Hotel

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Hundreds of current worldwide articles on Hotels

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How to Find the Perfect Hotel Online

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Saving Money on Your Hotel
Scroll down to "Travel Tips", then click "Hotels & B&B's".

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Tips on how to find great hotel prices

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Hundreds of current worldwide articles on Vacation Rentals
Sort by Popularity, most viewed and newest, or search by keywords.

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Tips on Renting a Vacation Home

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Hundred's of articles on B & B's with an emphasis on Europe
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Rent Someone Else's Timeshare for Cheap

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Hostels, the New Way to Travel on a Budget

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Top Social for Accommodations

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Flyer Talk
Robust, active forum for worldwide travel.  

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Trav Buddy
Worldwide travel forums. Place to meet travelers from around the world, engage in sharing travel experiences, ask for tips, advice and get the inside scoop on destinations.

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GA Adventures
Worldwide adventure forum intended for travelers who wish to meet, greet and help each other before, during and after their travels.
1-888-800-4100

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Tripadvisor's Forum
Search by keyword, destination or by more than 30 selected topics.

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Delicious
Social bookmarking site for sharing, storing and discovering websites. Search any question by keyword for an appropriate website.

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Lonely Planet
Thorn Tree Travel Forum, Lonely Planet's travel community includes travel tips, information and advice.

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Travellers Point
Travel community and active forum. Discussions include ideas, tips, finding a companion and travel destinations. Additional features: blogs and photo galleries.

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Travel Pod
Active forum with message boards for every continent. Site includes resources, links and local expert feature (ask questions to bloggers worldwide).

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Top Deals for Accommodations

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Smarter Travel
Good deals selected by their editorial staff for airfare, hotels and car rentals.

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Kayak
Highly acclaimed Aggregator. Includes hundreds of other sites offering best rates for flights, hotels, car rentals, cruises, vacations packages. Nice features include fare alerts, flexible scheduling.

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Smarter Travel
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Fun Jet
All-inclusive package deals to most "sun destinations". Includes competitive pricing and many last minute deals.
1-888-558-6654

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One Travel
Specializes in travel deals: flights, business & first class, hotels, cars, vacations, airport parking, and featured deals (business, student, military, senior).
1-866-794-6049

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Independent Traveler
Travel deals by destination for airfare, hotels, car rentals, vacation packages & cruises.

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Best Fares
Website that monitors cheap airfares, discount cruises, low-cost tour packages, bargain hotel rates, cheap car rentals, inexpensive last-minute vacations and more.

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Worry Free Vacations
All-inclusive vacation packages to "sun destinations": the Caribbean, Mexico and Las Vegas.
1-888-225-5658

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Travel By Jen
Travel agency that specializes in discount travel and vacation packages for the Caribbean and Mexico.
1-800-603-3178

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