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Travel season is upon us. Make easy work of choosing the right hotel and what’s nearby with these online tools. The focus here is on price. Tap in your location and check-in date, and Google spits out a list of hotels, user ratings and rates. It also tells you how the hotel’s current rate compares with its rate over the past year. Color-coded dots show price ranges for the hotels available. Hotels are also ranked according to an “ecstasy” index, based on favorable reviews, amenities offered and price. Click on a “heatmap” to see how close accommodations are to food, shopping and nightlife.

It's worth mentioning that Hipmunk also offers a flight-search function, sorting results by how much "agony" you'll experience with each flight (price, number of stops, etc.). See the layout of each floor in a hotel (as long as it’s in one of 29 cities) to determine what room to choose or avoid. You can even see a virtual view from your chosen room’s window. Search by preferences such as “connecting rooms” or “low floor.”

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