It is really hard not to go through one of these online 'hotel finders" portals because they have literally taken over the Internet! What we do now is use these intermediaries just for finding the name of numerous hotels or hostels in the area we want to go to. Then we "Google" the hotel name and find their website. We wade through tons of 'hotel finders' first, about three pages on Google before we even get the hotel's website. Sometimes you have to type in the name of the hotel, plus the keyword "website" to pull up their website. Do you have a story to share about using a hotel finder? Talk to us in the comments!