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Here are 5 sites you can refer to the next time you are planning a holiday or a business trip and you need to search for hotels.

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TravelPost

TravelPost gives you unbiased hotel reviews and ratings as they are written by actual visitors. What’s more TravelPost has some information about the traveler as well (like budget and purpose of travel) so that you can compare your needs and the reviewer’s requirements and decide accordingly if the review is from your perspective.

The coverage is pretty good and the site also offers other functionalities like travel news, searching for deals and other such things.

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TVtrip and Trivop

TVtrip and Trivop are your videoguides to hotels. If you’ve ever booked a hotel online, only to get there and find out that the images very cleverly showed only the best parts of the hotel, then check out the videoguides (although videos can be misleading as well). This also eliminates a lot of misinterpretation
caused by either lack of expression on the reviewer’s part or misinterpretation on your part in case of text reviews.

The basic workings are similar, locate the place you are traveling to on the Google Maps Mashup or use the search functionality, a list of potential hotels will appear, click on one to view further details :

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Tripr

Tripr is a videoguide with a difference. Tripr shows you ‘real’ video reviews, made from a consumer’s point of view, because customers can make a video of the place they stayed at and upload it to Tripr. The concept thus gives a first hand customer perspective on the facilities. What’s more, if you upload a video to Tripr, you can get paid!

When your video results in a booking you will receive a commission for your video! There are some guidelines as to how the video should be shot and what all it should include.

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TripAdvisor

Although an all-in-one-place to get advice on your trip, if it’s only hotels you are looking for then you won’t be disappointed at TripAdvisor. It lists the hotels in the city you are looking for. You can then read reviews for the hotels. You can even find lots of information about the destination, restaurants, things to do etc with TripAdvisor.

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Do you know of some other sites that offer similar functionalities? Have you used one in the past? Share your experiences and thoughts in the comments.

  1. Umar
    February 26, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    travelpost is the best

  2. Mike
    October 8, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    As an alternative to hotels, I thought I'd post my top sites for finding a vacation rental

    Rent By Owners
    homeaway.com
    Great for finding rent-by-owner homes. No quality control but they have a great selection

    vrbo.com
    The giant of the rent-by-owner options. Once again no quality control and the design is difficult to deal with but they are the ultimate source of vacation rentals.

    Trusted Vacation Rentals
    TheSociety.com
    The fastest growing luxury vacation rental company. They only work with vetted companies and homes so travelers can be guaranteed the homes are the best in quality and have top notch services.

    Zonder.com
    These guys work only with property managers so travelers can be assured a company is behind each home. They also just announced a relationship with Orbitz.

    Flipkey.com
    These guys are working hard on getting reviews for each vacation rental. Great assurance for a traveler that is unsure of the quality of the home. TripAdvisor is a major investor in FlipKey.

    • Aibek
      October 25, 2008 at 3:54 pm

      Appreciated

    • Vineeta
      February 3, 2010 at 8:08 am

      Probably a good looking & functional website like http://hotels-fairy.com would find you a better deal on hotels in a few seconds and solve all that misery! You can also search by using search by hotel name!

  3. Lorraine
    October 8, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Nice list. Glad to see Travelpost.com, Kayak.com and Sidestep.com making travelers happy!

  4. Pavan Kumar
    October 7, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    That's cool... I never knew about these... good thing is that they show on maps...

  5. Scout Dad
    October 7, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    I'm sure it was tough to choose just 5, as there are som many good sites out there.

    Here's my go-to list of sites that I use when booking:

    kayak.com/
    sidestep.com/
    They check rates at tons of other sites and show you the lowest rates.

    tripadvisor.com/
    I know it's listed above, but it's worth another mention, as they are the largest and most well-known hotel review site

    resideo.com/
    They've got a nice search feature, and you can actually go in and update the hotel information (and ask/answer questions).

    tripit.com/
    Store your entire trip details in one place, share with friends, etc.

    I also tend to do searches for hotels that I'm considering staying at on sites like http://www.flickr.com/

    • Aibek
      October 25, 2008 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks for sharing!

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