Site tries to take frustration cost out of travel


People still want to travel in a recession, and if flying across the country or an ocean or two and then staying in a hotel room found on the Internet -- only to find it's not as clean a room as the hotel promised -- can lead to frustration. is a Web site that's trying to take the guesswork out of finding out if the $99 Internet deal on a hotel room is really a place you want to stay, by allowing travelers to watch videos of hotels around the world and possibly "trade down" in their hotel stays by seeing more of a hotel before they book a trip.

Whether or not that saves them money is debatable, especially with Internet deals everywhere. But seeing the videos should save travelers money, said Steve Stollerman, North America vice president for