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Tripadvisor.com

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Find Out What a Hotel is Really Like: TripAdvisor.com

Click Factor: With more than 35 million user-generated reviews—featuring text, guest-uploaded photos, and percentage of positive recommendations—TripAdvisor is a great prebooking resource. A typical hotel profile has lots of options, including reviews (sortable by date, ratings, and even type of traveler), rates, information about other hotels in the same neighborhood, and special discounts. Plus, the site recently partnered with flipkey.com to add a section on vacation rentals.

Drawback: Reviews may include the occasional hotel-generated plant, but a profile system for each user makes such posts easier to filter out.

Runners-up: oyster.com, travelpost.com.

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