Farecast is expanding its online travel search service with a new hotel offering that will try to tell consumers whether they are getting a good or bad deal on more than 5,000 hotel properties in 30 U.S. cities.

As with the company's airfare prediction service -- which began with much fanfare in June 2006 -- Farecast is hoping that price-conscious consumers will flock to the site to figure out where to stay in cities such as Boston, Miami and Honolulu.

The service shows a bar graph of hotel room rates for specific dates and how those prices compare with historical rates at that hotel. It also plots hotel locations on a map and allows consumers to sort by the quality of the hotel (one to five stars), neighborhood, brand or amenities. Users also can view photos of the hotel and read customer reviews.

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