Orbitz just announced the release of its revamped search engine, making the process of finding and comparing hotels that much simpler. What new features can you expect to see on the site?

Now when you search for hotels, you'll be able to compare property details on the results page; view an expandable interactive map (which not only plots the hotel, but shows its actual current rate); filter results by star/user ratings, price, and amenities offered; and my favorite: view the hotel via Google Street View (where available), so you know exactly what you're looking for when you show up. (Not to mention, take a look at the surrounding neighborhood.)

I'm down for anything that makes searching for a hotel easier. (And can I tell you how much I love that Orbitz includes the full price, including taxes and fees, in their search results?)

Have any of you used the site since the change? What do you think?

Joshua Pramis is an online associate editor and resident tech guru at Travel + Leisure.