What does "it couldn't hurt to look" mean?
"It couldn't hurt to look" means that Rachel is willing to see and possibly stay in a semi-private hospital room; that looking at this hospital room may benefit Rachel and her delivery. This is an idiomatic expression that means no harm will be caused by performing a certain action and that there may even be benefits for it. There are similar phrases to this such as "It doesn't hurt to ask," "It doesn't hurt to try," "It couldn't hurt," etc. Here are example sentences of these idioms being used. A: Should I ask her out on a date? B: It doesn't hurt to ask! The worst she can do is say no. Ex: It wouldn't hurt to ask him about job opportunities. Ex: It couldn't hurt to look at new apartments.