The best hotel deals? Not always at the hotel's website

Although many consumers book rooms directly on hotel websites — out of loyalty to a brand or because they think they'll find the best prices that way — such sites don't always have the best deals or make the search easier. Here are options the next time you're searching for a hotel stay:   Online travel agencies: Easy comparison shopping is the key. You want a good price but don't want to spend hours searching individual hotel websites. TripAdvisor, Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz,, Kayak and dozens more will do the comparison for you, allowing you to filter by ratings, price, location and amenities. Caveat: You may have to pay for the...