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For the first time ever, we took a chance on Bookit.com after seeing an amazing deal for NYC in May (typically a hot month for hotels) and we're happy to report that we may just have a favorite new hotel.
Bookit.com was offering a room at The Marcel in Gramercy Park for $179 a night, $218 all in with taxes. Meanwhile, the hotel's own website was offering the same room for the same night at $314 before taxes.
Yes, this is the same hotel that once had a tattoo artist in residence and the Polar Lounge. But up in the guestrooms we found that the renovations from nearly two years ago were still holding up well.
Yet another incentive to travel! (Besides, well, the trip.) Bookit.com is offering a free Blackberry (or other smartphone/music phone of your choice) if you book either a flight, hotel stay, travel package or car rental.
Valued up to $349, the offer does have one of those requisite two-year service agreement contract stipulations (upgrade and renewal options too) and you have to pay the $36 activation fee as well as sign up for a plan that's a minium of $39.99. Otherwise, it really lives up to the free and easy promise. It's an instant rebate with none of those mail-in rebate shenanigans.
To book you need to complete your hotel/flight/travel booking on Bookit.com. Then click the special "Free* Phone" link and follow the steps on the phone order page to get your phone.
Note: Blackberry is included and iPhone is not included in the offer.
All this week, we'll be profiling hotels for $100 or less. Yay! Know of any other bargains? Send 'em to us.
Before we launch into our next deal for $100 or less, allow us to give you an update on The Shorebreak Hotel: We told you yesterday that rooms were going for exactly $100 in the hotel's first 100 days of opening, but that deal was only good for folks who lived within 100 miles of the hotel. However, thanks to BookIt.com, anyone can score this hotel for $99 during the week and $129 on Friday and Saturday. But hurry, you must book by April 22.
And speaking of BookIt.com, there's another deal over there that has caught our eye: The Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort and Spa in Guanacaste is going for $49 on BookIt.com. The hotel just received a major renovation and now all rooms have modern amenities like flat-screen TVs, the Hilton Serenity Sleep collection of linens and sheets, and Crabtree and Evelyn toiletries.
This $49 rate also includes a free upgrade to an ocean view hotel room, but the rate is based on double occupancy. It's good for travel May 1 through June 30 and again from September through October, but you MUST book by April 22.
Glancing at TripAdvisor, the reviews are mostly positive, however guests do complain that the resort is very secluded and that the hotel's restaurants aren't the best places to eat every day. But considering some folks paid $159 and up for rooms here, you'll have plenty of cash left to take a cab out to a restaurant a couple nights if you like.
Have you stayed at the Hilton Papagayo Resort? Let us know how your stay was!