Booking.com remains the top direct booking site. It smokes all competition when it comes to the sheer number of city-center lodgings for under $200. (If your budget stretches well beyond that, Booking’s corporate cousins Agoda and Priceline edge it out on total number of central lodgings). At first it appeared Booking.com had fallen from grace, as it seemed in our tests to rarely beat the competition on prices for specific hotels in Europe. Then we realized that Booking.com was simply being honest, including taxes on its lead rates (the first ones you see on the results screens), whereas all the others were burying the fees in fine print, disclosed only after users click through and try to book. Once we did the math, Booking.com actually had the best or near-best rates 16 out of 20 times, and performed at least average on a further three (there was only one, a Hong Kong hostel, on which Agoda beat it by a few bucks). These consistent results confirmed why—disclosure unrelated to our discovery in these tests—Frommer’s selected Booking.com for its hotel partner years ago. Best results and no attempt to hide the taxes? Sometimes, the good guys really do come out on top.