If you want to pop onto a web site and find a hotel in Europe or North America there are plenty of options. And in specific regions you’ve got specialized sites that cover an area well, but in others–nada.
New sites are always popping up trying to be their underserved country’s first choice though. This morning I checked out an Indian accommodation site called inasra that is a good start anyway. I pulled up a few towns I like at random to see which Indian hotels were listed. In Hampi there was only one–actually in Hospet. Six were listed for Jaisalmer. Goa has 11 listings–in an area with a zillion hotels. They look to be going after the crowd that appreciates small hotels with character, though, so if you’re not on a backpacker budget, these are mostly good options worth checking out, with rates often around $30-$60 a night.
Be advised when your’e scrolling through the choices that India is in the drawn-out process of changing its city names to sound more Hindi, creating all kinds of frustrations for travelers. So it’s not Cochin, it’s Kochi. Not Madras, but Chennai. Not Bombay, but Mumbai. Calcutta is Calicut. Bangalore is still listed as Bangalore on here, thankfully, but will soon change to something like Bengashoobedoobedoo.
Anyway, a typical result for many developing countries. A good supplement, but still no substitute for a solid guidebook on where you’re going.