|Subject: Re: Online hotel booking sites|
Maybe I am old fashioned but most of the time I deal directly with the hotels specially in Europe.
In Latin America I reserve through local agencies and sometimes I call directly the hotels which works very good when they offer Seniors Discounts, like in Chile.
One booking site that was a big disappointment was www.travelweb.com This site came out with big fanfare as the site owned by most of the big hotel chains. Last year I made a reservation for the Wyndham Hotel in Washington DC though travelweb. It seemed a great rate. Later I did what I should have done earlier: shop around. www.expedia.com had a much better rate, so I canceled my reservation through travelweb, paid a $25 penalty but saved quite a bundle. ( ...learnt the lesson)
I also noticed that some booking sites use all kind of tricks to make you believe that they are giving you a better
room. In this particular case some booking sites offered just a double room and others a deluxe double room.
I called the hotel to find about the difference and there was none. They call all rooms deluxe.
Graziella Miami Beach