10 Best Hotel Search Engines to Get the Best Deals When You Travel

Saikat Basu 01-02-2012

Are you a last minute hotel booker or one who plans out trips months in advance? If you are a business traveller, chances are that you are the former. If you aren’t, then you are just the guy who could do with this article. Come to think of it, even if you are a business traveller who lives out of a suitcase, it would pay to keep these hotel search engines bookmarked because it could give you some room near your bottom-line.


Searching for the best hotel deals The Best Hotel Search Engines to Grab Great Deals When You Travel We sat down to look for the best hotel booking experience online. The ones who are making it cheaper, easier and safer to get a room. Here are our definitive top 10. Read More in town is one topic we have discussed at length on MUO. We still like to put out the information now and again because hotel search engines are essential traveller tools to be used before you pack your suitcase.

Here are ten of the best hotel search engines that fetch you the best deals when you travel.

Google Hotel Finder

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We start with the usual suspects and Google with its experimental Google Hotel Finder is one for the top billing. Head over to our tagectory Google Hotel Finder: Search Engine For Best Hotels In An Area Read More mention for a brief introduction. Google Hotel Finder could go from an experiment to a full-scale assault on the other hotel and travel websites out there because it brings in a few conveniences. For instance, you can compare hotel prices (the price slider is a big help) and put them in a shortlist and track them over time. Tracking is a big help when you want to grab the best deal in town. You can use filters and the Google map to search out hotels in a selected area; select them by travel time; and pick the ones which are near the urban hot spots.

Bing Travel – Rate Indicator

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Bing Travel goes head to head (or is it the other way around) with Google Hotel Finder. The Rate Indicator here is a great help when you are trying to find whether the hotel tariff is a good deal or not. You can also do a historic search for specific dates. It is only available for 30 U.S. cities at present. The Rate Indicator shows yellow, green, and red legends on a Bing Map to indicate the ‘hotness’ of a deal.  The usual Bing Travel search engine though gives you a comparative search with Hotwire,, Travelocity, Expedia, and Priceline. These are few of the top notch travel and hotel websites.

best hotel search engines is one of the most comprehensive hotel booking websites around which covers 140,000 hotels worldwide. It is a one-window solution to all your search and booking needs. It gives you localized information plus great deals and rewards programs. claims that it gives you the cheapest rates and if you find anything cheaper they will match it. also does not charge cancellation fees. Download their free iPad, iPhone, Android app.


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This is a Europe and U.K centric site which covers properties worldwide too. Laterooms lists a total of 33,000 properties. Sign-up to receive best deals by email or periodically visit the Special Offers section on the site. The hotel search engine uncovers deals like – Extra special discounts; Added value extras; Free hotel nights; and package deals when you stay for more than one night.


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Tripadvisor is one of the most well-known search engines for travel and hotel deals. We mentioned it when we saw 5 Review Sites To Help You Find The Perfect Hotel and it certainly deserves another mention here. The site suggests reviews and advice on hotels, resorts, flights, vacation rentals, vacation packages, travel guides, and lots more. One of the features you might use most often is the filter that lets you sort the hotels by the amenities on offer.

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Hotel search and booking websites are usually choc-a-bloc with information. I like the relatively uncluttered layout of this hotel search engine which is also aided by the large and clear fonts that are used. You can use the search engine to locate and hotel reservations.  Their tag line says – 187,784 hotels in 163 countries worldwide. So, that’s quite a sweep. Subscribe to the email newsletter for flash deals.

Hotels Combined

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Hotels Combined and its hotel search engine too covers the world. The site says that its Verified Reviews (a trademarked service) accepts and quantifies reviews from verified, paying customers only. The hotel search engine compares prices across a bunch of hotel pricing sites. You can view the list when you search for the best hotel by destination.


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The discount travel site negotiates the best hotel deals (along with other travel related ones) and presents them to you as Hotwire Hot Rates. You can also use the site’s Tripwatcher tool to watch out for price drops. The results are compared with other sites like Expedia, Kayak, Tripadvisor, and Orbitz. Check out the site’s Planning Tools section for a few more travel aids which help you plan your trip.


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104.000 hotels and listing of other accommodation types in more than 130 countries makes this best hotel search engine holds its own against the best of its ilk. Also includes Bed and Breakfasts and vacation rentals. The site gives you a colorful map-based search tool for finding out the best hotel deal in town.


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Six of the largest hotel companies in the world (Choice Hotels International, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International and Wyndham Hotel Group) collaborated to start up Roomkey.  The hotel search engine is specifically tailored for their clientele and aims to – offer travelers tagect access to a broad network of hotels around the globe, provide accurate and comprehensive information, make it easy for travelers to discover what’s right for them. And in one word, the interface is superb.

These ten hotel search engines are at the forefront of the pack, and there are more of them. Most of the websites in the hotel search category are quite similar…offering a mix of hotel reservations, reviews, and great deals. Here are a few more you can throw into the mix:

Having a few of these hotel search engines bookmarked helps you to cross-check the best deals and plan your trip with low overheads. Where are you planning to travel to next? Do you use any of these hotel search engines, or do you depend on your travel agent?

For more options, check out our comparison of Airbnb, VRBO, Homeaway, and hotels Airbnb vs. VRBO vs. Homeaway vs. Hotel: Which Is Better for You? Sites like Airbnb, Homeaway, and VRBO let homeowners rent their spaces to travelers. But which one is right for you? Read More .

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  1. Carl Konopka
    May 29, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    I looked at your reviews.

    I'm interested in a search engine that lets you expand the search area. Trivago lets you go out 10 miles, but that's not far enough. Are there other hotel search engines that let you search out farther?


  2. Melissa Layton
    March 3, 2017 at 12:26 am

    I have a question. Recently my mom and I went on a trip and while we were driving we booked our hotel through one of those sites. We did this twice. One site was great and when we got to the hotel everything was fine, but the next time we booked we used a different website and when we got to the hotel a few hours later the price had changed from what we booked online and we had to pay more!! I can't remember what sites we used, but now that I need to book another hotel I want to know which ones will be the same price when I get there from the price I was told online. Do you know what I mean? Thanks!

    • Saikat Basu
      March 5, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      In the case of the hotel where you had to pay extra, did you bring up the issue with the management? For instance, by showing the booking confirmation.

      Different hotels and countries may treat this differently, but here in India, I always take another confirmation from the hotel itself -- even better, an email confirmation.

      That said, the hotel should have honored the price at which you had booked the rooms. I think it reflects poorly on their service.

      • Melissa Layton
        March 6, 2017 at 6:29 pm

        Thank you! The hotel had said "It only confirms the booking, not the price." Which seems totally stupid now that I think about it. I guess they were just trying to rip us off. Thanks for the info though!

        • Saikat Basu
          March 8, 2017 at 6:05 am

          Yes, once they snared you with the booking they jacked up the price. It's safe to say that you won't be going to this place again :)

  3. Arielle
    February 12, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    I am just learning the basics of on-site SEO, I didnt realise it was so in-depth-luckily I had a few useful blogs to follow
    p.s Stay away from the Warrior Forums lol

  4. Victor Bosselaar
    December 6, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Don't forget, they are the largest metasearch site for accommodations research and booking with the largest inventory on the market. They aggregate their results from all the major providers (including most of the ones you've listed).

    • Saikat Basu
      December 10, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Thanks Victor. That's a good mention.

  5. ryan
    August 23, 2016 at 9:44 am - are good i've used them a few times now. They have a new b&b site opening in November and pretty sure you can search really specific after looking at the previews on their social media

    • Saikat Basu
      August 23, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks for the recommendations Ryan. Looks new.

  6. Steven
    August 16, 2016 at 6:10 pm launched in 2012, so they weren't really around at the time this article was published. I have found some of the lowest prices for hotel rooms on their site. The trick is that you have to sign in to see all the good prices, but it doesn't cost anything to create an account.

    • Saikat Basu
      August 21, 2016 at 7:08 am

      Thanks for the recommendation Steven. Looking into it.

  7. Leo
    December 12, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Saikat,
    Room rates can fluctuate as quickly as minute to minute because a hotel’s inventory is always changing. It’s simple supply and demand: the more people booking rooms at a hotel, the more the hotel can charge. One thing I like to do if I’m flexible with my hotel choice is to book a cancelable rate. It should be fairly obvious which rates are actually cancelable; there’s usually a call-out that states something like “FREE cancellation – PAY LATER,” as seen on. I’ll book this rate (I plead though – double and triple check that it’s actually cancelable) and then monitor the price, as well as prices of nearby, comparable hotels. It may take a little bit of extra legwork, but this tactic has saved me as much as $100 per night.

  8. traveller
    March 28, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    sorry these are all great sites but none of them make it any easier to reduce the list down to a manageable size. I would like to find a web site where I can filter out those that do not meet my criteria. For example only those within a given distance of my destination, those that offer free wifi, those that offer loyalty points or airline miles, those that have late check out, those that offer a particular room at a given price not just their cheapest room. So that I end up wit a list of 2 or 3 that meet ALL my criteria. Now that would be a search site worth putting up with the adds for! Otherwise good stuff

    • Saikat
      March 29, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      It is three years since I wrote this. I am sure some sites incorporate some of these features. Just have to keep looking.

  9. den
    July 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    also is ok and fast.

  10. Mary R
    July 13, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Thanks for the good article. Though tripadvisor provides plenty of useful info I don't consider tripadvisor as a best deal site, they just redirect to other hotel reservation systems. I am new to roomkey but it seems they just market certain hotel chains so don't expect better deals than booking direct with the hotel. Two hotel booking sites I like are missing here, they are and for discount hotel rates.

    • Saikat Basu
      July 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Tripadvisor seems to have taken some hits since last year. In fact, there was an article I read which looked at both sides of the argument -

      We have covered Expedia a lot here. But thanks for mentioning Deskbell.

      • Mary R
        July 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm

        Thanks, read the Guardian's Tripadvisor article. The reviews side of Tripadvisor I actually like and use (with judgement!).

  11. Suvi
    June 12, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Good list, but seems that you are missing most comprehensive hotel search engine. Check out TourTellus:

  12. kerry
    May 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    A great hotel search engine is

    You should add it to the list. The search hundreds of sites and get the best price.

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