A Balloon Ride Or a Waterproof Book: That's What You Get For Road Trippin' With JdV
Gaige House in Sonoma. Hot air balloon not shown
We’re always California dreamin, so as URLs go, www.roadtrippincalifornia.com is up there with the most attractive ones. The website is a new thing for Joie de Vivre hotels, who are offering special road trip-minded packages at all its hotels.
It’s a nice idea, but there’s some serious sifting through to work out whether it’s a deal or not – and it all depends on the package, which is different for all the hotels.
So, for example, stay at Gaige House in Sonoma and the Up and Away package ($619, whereas rooms start at $259) includes a hot air balloon ride, a post-flight, um, flight of a champagne brunch and 15 percent off at the spa. Is that worth $350? Seeing as, trawling the net, balloon rides seem to start at $200pp, yes, it probably is.
But then, on the other hand, you’ve got the Hotel Erwin in Venice Beach which will cost you $209 next Monday normally, but will set you back $269 with the Road Perks special package, earning you two drinks, free parking, 20 percent off at Kooey swimwear and a “waterproof book for pool or beach”. Um, ok.
Definitely the best bit of it all, though, is the Joie Ride Bonus - stay at three JdV hotels over the summer (one night at each, before September 15), and you’ll earn a free night's stay at one of three “hand selected hotels”, valid for a year.
To earn it, just make sure you book from the Roadtrippin' California website, and send the three confirmation numbers to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re guessing they won’t be throwing in a balloon ride, though.