12 September 2012
Planning Race Travel with Room 77
Let's talk about races, specifically races that require travel. If you've ever run in a large race, chances are good that you had to travel for it. Upon registering, the next step would be to make travel arrangements and book a hotel. Finding a relatively inexpensive hotel near the starting line can be challenging, but Room 77 is here to help make your planning simpler.
Room 77 is a comprehensive hotel search site that enables travelers to find and book the best rates from across the Web in one search--meaning a search on Room 77 immediately brings up the prices for each hotel as listed on that and three other sites.
In order to get a feel for how the site works, I browsed it as if I were booking a hotel for a hypothetical redemption race in Pittsburgh next year (I clearly have not let that disappointment go..). It's easy to search for rooms according to what is needed. For my initial search criteria, I entered downtown Pittsburgh as the location, check in and check out dates, rooms required, and body count. Once a list of available hotels appears, you have the option of narrowing down your search criteria with Room 77's various filters. I set mine at price range, distance range, and preferred amenities like free wi-fi(so I can keep tabs on the weather) and free breakfast (because I love those waffles). Other available filters include neighborhoods, special rates, star ratings, etc.
Room 77 listed a good variety of hotels in wide variety of price ranges that fit the bill. I noted that distance seems to trump all the other criteria in the search, thus the motels are listed from first to last accordingly. While that may be annoying to some, it really isn't hard to note the different prices. What's really helpful is that for each hotel's price, the site with the best price is listed along with prices from at least three other sites. If one wants to compare what values the other sites offer for that particular hotel, it can all be done from the information Room 77 lists rather than having to open another tab. I could go on, but for me that one time saving feature of Room 77 means less time spent searching.
Using Room 77 takes the stress out of planning, so all I have to worry about is training for my (hypothetical) race. If, hypothetically, I weenie out of my race, I made a note that a fee is sometimes charged for cancellations. Be sure to read the fine print before booking because it's different for each hotel.
Never wonder whether you’ve gotten the best deal on your hotel room again. Check out Room 77 when planning your next travel adventure!
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