If you’re a member of the hotel’s loyalty program or if you book through the hotel’s website, you can probably safely assume that you’ll be assigned to the best room available in the price level asked for — e.g., a room with a better view or in a quieter spot. But if you book through an online travel agency, you’ll most likely just end up with a randomly selected room, or what hotel folks call “run-of-house” rooms, which might be near the elevators or ice machine, or have a crummy view.