Get a look at your hotel bedroom without ever leaving your bed

If you are one of those people who reads every opinion about a hotel and checks out every available photo before booking a room, Expedia has something for you. The travel-booking giant will soon let you step into hotel rooms before you leave your couch with virtual reality, allowing you to get a better feel for the destination.

“If you’re going to make the decision of [booking] a cruise, wouldn’t it be cool if you could check out the ship [virtually] before you spend that much money?” Arthur Chapin, Expedia’s Senior Vice President, Product and Design, said during a press conference.

Apart from offering a 360-degree view of the rooms, users will be able to interact with the space by sliding the doors and stepping out into the balcony to check out the view.

The company, which invested more than $1 billion in its technology in 2016, has not revealed the release date of the first experiences. Expedia is also looking to incorporate other new technologies into their customer’s journey, from smart voice-enabled devices, such as Amazon's Echo, to chatbots.

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If you are one of those people who reads every opinion about a hotel and checks out every available photo before booking a room, Expedia has something for you. The travel-booking giant will soon let you step into hotel rooms before you leave your couch with virtual reality, allowing you to get a better feel for the destination.

“If you’re going to make the decision of [booking] a cruise, wouldn’t it be cool if you could check out the ship [virtually] before you spend that much money?” Arthur Chapin, Expedia’s Senior Vice President, Product and Design, said during a press conference.