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All info, all hotels, all the time

It's been a long, hot summer, and if you're thinking of a fall getaway -- or of any kind of getaway -- the Internet has been evolving some very useful Web lodging sites that equip you with extensive information, allow you broad ranges of choice and empower you to make instant hotel reservations.

One of the best is the "all-hotels" Web site maintained by Internet Marketing Services of Britain. It has more than 200,000 pages of data arranged geographically (11 U.S. cities, all 50 states, or scores of foreign countries) and covering more than 10,000 hotels. For each hotel you get pictures of rooms, complete descriptions of amenities, locator maps and sometimes special Internet pricing. Most accept e-mail reservations.

The Geek looked up a hotel he's already booked into in Dallas and found a cheaper on-line rate than he had been able to get by phone. He rebooked on-line immediately and saved $25 a night.

Guess they punctuate differently in Santa Clara

If hotels don't ring your bell, there's another Web site specializing in short-term apartments and B&Bs.

It's called Comfort Zone, and its run by Global Travel Apartments. Comfort Zone claims to offer information on 200,000 furnished apartments in 700 locations throughout North America, plus another 125 major cities in 26 countries across Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia.

Each apartment building gets photos of front and interiors, descriptions and full pricing. Cybergeek found very little overlap between Comfort Zone and All-Hotels, so the two are good complements for any traveler wanting to do the broadest possible research.

Most locations accepted one-night stays or longer, although none the Geek found offered any special prices via the Internet.

This site's Webmaster has a few kinks to work out. Some of the pages take very long to download, and some of the links are, well, odd. For instance, click on "U.S.A." and you get one choice -- Santa Clara, Calif.

Click on "USA" without the periods and you get 281 cities to choose from.

We knew punctuation was important, but this much? …

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