Ever been disappointed with a hotel room that didn't measure up with its photo and description online?
In this economy, when every penny has its place and precious luxuries like vacation travel are enjoyed only rarely, that sort of thing can become more than a mere annoyance. When you finally get a chance to kick back and relax, you want everything to be just right.
As a response, a new Web site is offering travelers a more thorough look at potential lodgings with video tours of hotels in major cities around the world. TVtrip.com bundles the tours of rooms, lobbies and other accommodations with user reviews, maps and photos while allowing users to check room availability and pricing.
It's a great resource to add to your consumer toolbox when making out-of-town plans. Checking out lavish international hotels from your computer also makes for a nice, virtual mini-escape on a dreary Monday afternoon.
---Samantha Maziarz Christmann