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Five top sites for your best hotel deals this vacation season

Marriot and other hotels are offering their lowest prices in years on hotel rooms this summer
Marriot and other hotels are offering their lowest prices in years on hotel rooms this summer
AP/Chris O'Meara

In planning your travels this summer, you'll need to include somewhere to rest your weary head. Check out these five top sites for your best hotel deals this vacation season:

Consumer Reports’ June 2010 issue offers ratings for hotel 48 chains (from the Ritz to the Econo Lodge and everything in-between) including service, comfort, and value (as reviewed by in a poll of 27,000 CR readers). Their findings boil down to this: bargains are plentiful this upcoming vacation season. Some have better beds, some may offer more shampoo or better views, but overall this year they’ve found “bigger bargains than we’ve ever found.”
The bottom line – bargains are running amok in the land of hotels this vacation season, so vacationers, start your booking! Check out Consumer Reports for more detailed information on their findings on everything from budget to luxury hotels, 10 tips to a great rate, and a guide to their hotel ratings.

Check out AAA to save with a five to 15 percent discount on hotels with your AAA membership. Discounts on hotels from Best Western, Doubletree, Marriot, and the W Hotel and Resort are just a few listed on their site. Their magazine, Westways, also features reviews in its June 2010 issue on California’s trendiest hotels and available discounts (Westways, a members-only monthly magazine, is free for AAA members). Check AAA for more hotel discounts and other travel-related savings.

Planning your big trip on a tiny budget, but wanna give yourself a break in-between stops on your journey?
Check out Tablet. Their slogan: Unique Hotels for Global Nomads.
Specializing in finding the tippy-top of the best deals at the crème de la crème of hotels worldwide, Tablet offers hotels at often half their regular nightly rates.
Prices here may be a bit higher than your normal travel budget, but if you’re looking for a really nice respite in the middle of your long journey, or just have a little extra dough to blow and want to treat yourself to a bit of luxury, this site is a gem.
The site lists 1,800 hotels worldwide and offers the guaranteed lowest prices on luxury hotels. It also provides concierge-grade customer service, no booking fees, travel guides, verified guest reviews, access to exclusive members-only private sales (you can become a member simply by booking a hotel through Tablet), and more. For photos of each hotel, reviews, and more detailed information, visit Tablet.

Hotelicopter is a new, user-friendly search engine for hotel-seekers. The site features over 160,000 hotels, and provides rates and availability comparisons in real-time from 30 leading travel sites and thousands of hotel web sites.
Founded by two University of Virginia business school students who wanted a better way to research and book hotels online, this is not an online travel agency and doesn’t sell or hold hotel rooms – it’s a search engine, plain and simple, providing unbiased, up-to-date information for travelers. Hotelicopter also lists links to all the sites they use to search for your best deals, so you can feel good knowing they’re working hard to bring you the biggest savings.

For big, big bang for your buck, visit getaroom. This site offers crazy-low deals on hotels, condominiums, time share resorts, condo hotels, suites and more in dozens of major cities worldwide, including US hotels in big cities for $19.95 per night. The site caters to families, sport and adventure travelers, and those looking for more room. Getaroom works with both branded hotels and independent, boutique and alternative types of lodging. Getaroom also focuses on special promotions including limited time offerings, specials for longer stays, seasonal specials, last minute deals, and limited room offerings (extremely low prices on a small number of rooms). And from now through May 31, visit for an additional $25 discount on your hotel room. Check out their site for more information about current and upcoming specials and more.

Finding the right deal on the right room at the right price is more possible than ever this vacation season – seek and ye shall find savings!



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