As the oldest chain of hotels/motels, Choice Hotels are found in 35 countries with over 6,500 hotels. Of those properties, one can find something from every star rating and price range.
Airbnb is the ultimate hotel booking platform for those looking to try something new and stay in unique hotel accommodations across the world. Based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb has helped over 60 million travelers stay in 34,00+0 cities (191+ countries) across the world. Since 2008, Airbnb has helped travelers stay in castles, villas, apartments, and other unique spaces.
Expedia.com is one of the leaders in the online travel reservations. They have been in business since 1999 and have many cutting-edge features that their competition does not. Expedia.com offers online reservations for flights, rental cars, cruises, hotels, and vacation packages. The convenience of being able to book travel at one site can save time and money for many of their customers.
Since 1998, Priceline.com has grabbed the imagination of travelers wanting to save money on their vacations, business trips, getaways, etc. with edgy advertising (who doesn't chuckle when William Shatner's Negotiator ads pop up) and a fresh twist on travel – mainly their trademarked "Name Your Own Price" feature.
Travelocity.com has been in the online vacation planning and booking industry for many years. As veterans of the industry, Travelocity.com has become a standard by which many other companies try and measure up to – but for many the years of advance work in development are hard to overcome.
Trip Advisor is not simply a hotel booking platform, but a travel community. The website is unique because it was one of the first travel search engines to feature user generated content. The website is supported financially with an advertising business model. You can simultaneously see deals from sites such as Expedia, Travelocity, and other booking services. Occasionally, content is provided directly from travel service provider websites. Operating in 48 markets worldwide, TripAdvisor has grown to be one of the largest travel sites on the internet. With over 340 million unique visitors each month, TripAdvisor has created the largest travel community in the world. They own and operate 24 other travel media brands including AirFareWatchDog and VacationHomeRentals. Their review portion of their business model has helped travelers make informed decisions when it comes to booking travel.
Unlike the other sites which we've reviewed, Google Hotel Finder is not a third-party site or franchise site for discounted travel. This site is merely a tool using Google's vast resources to deliver concise results for travel anywhere in the world.
As Google has changed the world as we know it and how we access information, this site has the power to do the same with hotel booking.This site runs much like a Google search engine and has a familiar "feel." Results are easily scanned and compared to other offers with the speed for which Google is well-known.
Hotels.com has been in business since 1999 and was acquired by Expedia.com in 2002. They are part of the Expedia.com group and act as a third-party booking site for discounted hotel reservations. Unlike some of their competitors, they focus on lodging rather than full vacation packages.
Hotwire.com has been in business since 1999 as a portal for travelers to find the best deals on airfare, hotel accommodations and car rentals. Offerings by Hotwire.com are vast and easily customizable, making it easy to purchase exactly what one wants and needs for an upcoming trip. The convenience of having a one-stop shopping experience for a vacation is appealing to many customers and Hotwire.com delivers above and beyond the competition.
Hotwire.com states in their mission statement that their continued goal is to obtain "ridiculously low prices" for their customers. By comparison shopping with competition, we have found this to be the case in nearly every instance.
Bookit.com is a Florida-based online travel company aiming to provide travelers with a technologically advanced booking experience. Bookit.com views the internet as the means to connect people and make their lives more productive and enjoyable. Online travel booking is how Bookit.com seeks to make the most out of the web for customers who want to visit anywhere from the Bahamas to London. The online travel business is privately owned and has been operating since 2000 helping many customers plan their dream vacations. Bookit.com has several offerings which include vacation package specials, hotels, flights and car rentals.
They provide one of the most comprehensive hotel search platforms in the industry. With data and pricing information pulled from thousands of hotel chains/brands, Bookit.com has made it easy for travelers to book hotel accommodations.