Goby.com

uses three boxes to find travel recommendations based on what, where, and when.

What's hot: Goby feels like a travel Web site, but it's really a search engine. It was refreshing to find information I could use immediately to make a decision on a restaurant: positive user reviews, photo, business name linking to its Web site, an easy-to-read address, plus a Google map. Google and Bing hit only some of those features. Goby's look and feel also were inviting and easy to navigate.

What's not: You can sort your search results, which is great, but have patience. The "relevance" rankings are hit-or-miss. Select which hotel star rating you want first (top left section of the page) before you use the other sorting links. Otherwise, it will use the default setting of "any" star rating, and you might be surprised to find favorable reviews for hotels that don't quite measure up.

- Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times