It's still too hard for consumers to find a place to stay," said Drew Patterson, CEO of Mountain View-based Room 77. He cites the typical horror story of a traveler who books a room on discount site Priceline "and gets stuck between the elevator and ice machine." Room 77 debuted two years ago to offer travelers more details about rooms before booking, including the floor plans and views. The site has since evolved into a search engine that folds in content from a number of older travel sites -- like TripAdvisor reviews and rates from such vendors as Hotels.com and, yes, Priceline. "I only have to go to one site," said Phillip Deland of Pleasanton, a business manager at a chemical analysis company who's used Room 77 for business trips in the United States and abroad. Get the full story at the San Jose Mercury News