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Stressed this ghastly hump day? Shop it out. And, if you’re the type to feel guilty at the thought, Affinia Chicago has prepared a pretty decent excuse.
Book its new Shop ‘Til You Drop package and they’ll hand you a $50 gift card valid at the 900 North Michigan Shops (of which you’ll have 70 to choose from, including Bloomingdale’s, L’Occitane, Gucci and J Crew – something for all pockets).
In addition, you’ll get two cocktails at either C-House (the restaurant) or C-View (the rooftop bar), $25 credit for a SPAffinia in-room massage or pedicure, a free makeup consultation at Mario Tricoci to bring your face into line with your new clothes, and a 900 North Michigan Shops gift bag including a mug, wallet and yet more offers.
Just as well they’re also throwing in parking, because you’ll be needing your car to cart all your purchases home.
But, apart from assuaging your spendthrift conscience, is it a deal? Well, the package costs from $229, although the cheapest we could find it going for in March is $239. However, on the days that it costs $239, you can score a regular room for $139. Is the package worth paying an extra $100 for? Depends on whether you really want that makeup consultation and are bringing a car (valet is normally a whopping $49).
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If you are looking to get hitched in Vegas, but not in the overdone the Little White Chapel like the crazy girl from American Idol or her idol Britney Spears, the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas offers a classier option: the Graciously Luxurious wedding package. Not only will you get a wedding at the Mandarin Oriental, but it'll throw in a free honeymoon of five whole nights at any of its hotels worldwide.
Yep, that means you've got free luxe accommodations in such places as Barcelona and Hong Kong. Plus, it doesn't have to be five nights in the same town - you could split up the five days and hotel-hop if a week is too long for you in one place.
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Spa in the style of these ladies (Marysol Patton is second from left)
The Real Housewives Of Miami may not even have started yet (it premieres February 22), but already the tie-ins are beginning.
This one’s a little tenuous: one of the wives, Marysol Patton, is a PR for the RikRak Salon at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Miami, and so the hotel has produced a Rik Rak Laid Back package.
It’s not the most exciting, either – it gets you an upgrade to a Deluxe Bay View room, breakfast, an hour-long couples massage at RikRak and (possibly the best bit) a 6pm late checkout, depending on availability.
It’s available through September 12 and starts at $369 for the low (summer) season and $569 until 15 April. Just check your dates carefully because the savings vary – to stay over for the season premiere will cost $569 with the package and $489 for a Bay View room on its own – which definitely makes it worth a saving and worth doing even if you're more a fan of massage than of reality TV.
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Call us crazy but we love it when the temperatures dip low in New York, that's because it means hotel rates dip too, especially in January when there's not much going on in general.
Already we're liking this deal because the hotel has free internet and a Home on Loan program that lets guest borrow certain amenities during their stay such as cellphone chargers, sound soothers and pre-loaded MP3 players (Sorry, no iPads available.) But we're a bit cautious about staying in a Wyndham in Times Square.
The good news is the hotel is still rather new, having just opened in December 2008. (Back then, it was known as the Wyndham Garden Hotel Midtown.) The decor looks clean and attractive and we're digging the flat-screen TV mounted on the wall. We wouldn't expect a large space but the beds and their BeWell bedding do look comfy, at least for a night. Yet we know better than to trust a hotel's website photos.
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina is trying to capitalize on San Diego's sun-filled days with its new Sunshine on Sale package that promises a free night if you stay at least two evenings.
The package is supposed to save you more than 30 percent off the room. It sounds all sunshine and butterflies, but is it really a deal?
When even Southern California is dealing with some bad weather, you know it's bad. A trip to warm, tropical Mexico sounds good right about now. But we're not sure about the Ritz-Carlton Cancun's latest package. Paying $769 a night and up doesn't sound like much of a deal. However, you get a $500 resort credit thrown in.
The Cancun a La Carte package' $500 daily resort credit can be used for food, drinks, the spa and other recreational activities. As part of the deal, you also get an ocean-view suite as well as 20 percent off of stores within the hotel.
The deal sounds rather amazeballs, if you will. This includes an upgraded room with floor-to-ceiling windows with a view of the iconic Hollywood sign, along with two for one breakfast daily, $7 off parking and complimentary WiFi. The only thing is, we've never heard of The Wilshire Hotel before. That's probably because it used to be a Radisson.
Now it looks like the hotel is undergoing some renovations but not all the rooms are done. And according to recent TripAdvisor reviews, the rooms might be the worst part about this hotel. Another bummer for the hotel? It's location in Koreatown which is not quite close to anything--not downtown, not Hollywood and certainly not the beach.
OK, so yesterday we were scoping out fall getaways to Puerto Rico. Today, in all fairness, we're looking at a fall promotion right here in New York City. The 'Fall' In Love With New York package at the Hotel Roger Williams.
The hotel is promising fabulous savings--and a rate that includes a $15 mini-bar credit and a $20 gift certificate for Shake Shack. But should we be falling over ourselves to book it? Let's take a look.
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San Diego's US Grant joins the century club in October. Obviously, 100 is a big birthday. In case you want to come out to celebrate, or just see whether the historic hotel has aged gracefully, we searched around to see how you can get the best deal.
The hotel is promoting a 100th anniversary offer that starts at $249 a night with an upgrade to a suite and breakfast for two. We tried looking for a Friday stay in October to see what other kind of rates we could scrounge up. First, we went to book a room through the hotel's site, and we got a starting rate of $309 a night for a legacy suite.
Free booze and sweet stuff – just what we like to hear. Book the May Fair Hotel’s Summer Promotion - yes, even though it’s barely summer anymore – and they’ll swing by your (deluxe) room with a bottle of prosecco, a punnet of strawberries and a picnic rug for you to get your drink on al fresco.
The deal also nets you a full English breakfast, 25 percent off Amba Bar & Grill, and the chance to bed down alongside the greats of British celebrity culture such as Ashley Cole and his new bird. Lucky you!
Or are you? Because if you buy your own booze and berries, and get breakfast at the Pret a Manger down the road, it will save you about £100.
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Not to be trumped in the posh stakes by the Dorchester’s Harvey Nicks shopping package, the posh 51 Buckingham Gate (owned by Taj, next door to Buckingham Palace) has come up with its own posh partnership.
The Harrods at 51 Buckingham Gate package gives you bed and breakfast accommodation, free evening cocktails, a chauffeured ride in a Jaguar to and from Harrods, £100 off your purchases, access to the Harrods personal shopping service and “membership to Harrods Rewards’ prestigious black tier level” (whatever that is – we’re too poor to do anything in Harrods except look at the tacky Diana memorial).
What’s interesting about this, though, is the price – it starts at £330 ($488) per night, and when they ran a very similar promotion at the end of last year, prices started at an absurd £550.
If you're scrambling to find something to do Memorial Day weekend, the Maison 140 Beverly Hills is hoping you'll ditch your plans to grill hot dogs and burgers in your backyard and take advantage of a hotel special that'll cost you less than your barbecued meats.
Maison 140 is offering rooms for the holiday weekend for only $25. Of course, there's a catch. The Memorial Day deal requires that you stay at the hotel for two days for $175 per night. You can elect to extend your stay a third night, Sunday, for $25. So you'd have to spend $350 in order to be eligible for the 25-buck evening.