Typically, my fondest memories of flying to Detroit for a 3-day conference are flying back home again. I don't like to travel very much, and getting stuck in a room near the ice machine doesn't really improve matters very much. Thanks to a new travel service, though, you can now be sure that you've reserved the best room possible, even before you leave for the airport.
Room77 is a hotel booking service that helps you book the best room, sort of like what does for air travel.
This isn't the first time I've mentioned Room77 --when it was limited to showing you floor plans and simulated views out the windows of a limited number of hotels. After a major redesign last week, the site now is a full-service booking service. The site aggregates results from all the major travel agencies, including Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline, and others. You can see and compare the actual room prices without clicking through to the individual agency.
The best part, though, is that Room77 acts like a room concierge, using your preferences to find you the best room for your needs. In many cases, you arrive at your stay knowing the specific room number you've been pre-assigned, and you can review the floor plan and view out the window in advance as well.
Room77 looks like the end of unfortunate lodging surprises.
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