If the price is the same is it better to reserve direct with the hotel? I am paranoid that if you reserve through another site they will give you the their worst room and even if you ask what else is available they say "nothing", we are booked. I have asked this before and I don't know if the answer was genuine or "you reserved through expedia so we have noting else! Also is it normal to ask if you can see the room before you check in or is this considered a "you are such a pain in the &*#*!" request? Sometimes specials are listed on other sites but not on the hotel web site. Once again does special mean a special on their newly painted rooms or all those lower level street facing rooms that no one alse wants?
Thank you if anyone has worked at a hotel and knows the inside scoop on this. I own a restaurant so if anyone wants the inside scoop on secret langauage and codes at restaurants you can ask me.