I’m planning a trip up the coast for next month.  It’s always time consuming to try to find and evaluate potential hotels.  I used to search the web sites of the bigger chains (BestWestern, Choice Hotels, Marriott, etc…), or a couple travel sites (Expedia,, Travelocity).  Both processes work, but they can be time consuming and I was never sure about the reviews.

I’ve found something better:  It searches the other travel sites and creates a nice overview of availability and prices.  The best part is the reviews written by real people.  It gives you a great impression of the actual hotel experience — the good, and the bad.  They also have info on flights, attractions, dining, and more.  Next time you’re planning a trip, start with TripAdvisor.