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With all the websites out there trying to help us search and compare hotel rooms, you would think we have enough resources to find just about any type of lodging we would care to find.
I thought so too until I was introduced to AllTheRooms.com. Founders William Beckler, previously of Travelocity, and Joseph DiTomaso, formally with Morgan Stanley, launched AllTheRooms in an effort to assist the traveler by saving hours of work when searching for a place to stay. Their plans are lofty in that they’re striving to find every room available in the world, list it on their site and provide us with booking access.
You could say that AllTheRooms.com, currently in Beta, has taken our search to find that perfect room at the perfect price to a new level; but quite frankly it appears they’ve taken the search underground and uncovered places to sleep that we didn’t know existed, let alone dreamed we had the ability to find online and book.
So what differentiates AllTheRooms from other lodging search engines? You won’t find Airbnb listings with sorting abilities on any other site, nor will you find Vacation Rentals by Owner in searchable form. You’re not likely to find free accommodations such as those offered by couchsurfing.com or opaque listings like those on Hotwire, or even hostels, all in a comparable and searchable format. Other sites generally offer only those room listings that come from revenue generating providers.
To clarify, AllTheRooms is not a booking site; once the user has found the perfect room at the perfect price, they are directed to the appropriate booking site to complete the transaction. A comprehensive search engine, AllTheRooms.com strives to be the most inclusive site out there by adding thousands of listings for which they make no money in an effort to be better at what they do than any other accommodation search engine.
I found the site very simple to use and the selection of rooms nearly endless. I normally use Expedia to determine the cost and availability of hotel rooms in a particular city before booking a cheap airfare but I would use AllTheRooms for this purpose in the future. It’s another great tool to help us continue to see the world at prices we can afford.
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