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Monday, March 19, 2012

Easytobook.com: A great hotel price comparison site

There are many hotel price comparison sites available online, but I recently came across one that offers a simple, intuitive user interface, great global coverage and the best deals. That site is easytobook.com, a company headquartered at Amsterdam and aiming to be top five online hotel booking companies. It has also been ranked 5th in the Deloitte list of fastest 50 growing technology companies.

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A quick look at the landing page of this online hotel booking site shows that this site is available in 11 major languages and 21 global currencies giving it a very localized flavour. Easytobook.com has a huge network of 120578 hotels worldwide with coverage across Europe, North and Central America, South America, Asia, Oceania and Africa.

imageThe site promises the lowest rate guarantee and offers guest reviews in partnership with TripAdvisor. These reviews help the traveller select the best hotel both in terms of quality and price. The search on the homepage is pretty simple and allows the user to select the city or hotel along with Check-in and Check-out days, number of rooms required and number of people in the group. Basically, something that most online booking companies have and hence very easy to understand and navigate. But, the best lies in its search facility that allows the user to view city, airport and hotel details right in the search results through the site’s auto suggest feature.

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Here, the user can select one from the many dropdowns. The next page provides all the hotel details. The user can then refine his search by class of hotel, price, guest score, accommodation type and facilities. Then, the user can know more on each hotel through photographs, maps, detailed pricing, hotel details and guest reviews.

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The site also offers an interesting feature where you can compare up to 4 different room from 4 hotels across parameters such as conditions, maps, star class, facilities, price, guest reviews, etc. In short, this snapshot offers a cost benefit analysis that helps you select the best choice in the shortest time.

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The check-out process is also simple, while offering a secure connection for your sensitive credit card information. Confirmation and cancellation information, like any other online hotel booking site is shared over email.

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In overall, this is one hotel booking site that I would recommend a lot for its simple user interface, great global spread and its lowest price guarantees. Their blog also has some great titbits of helpful information for the global traveller.



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