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Pay for your room what you think your stay was worth. A brave initiative that was recently tried in Paris and now has made its way across the Channel and up to Scotland.
Cringletie House, a castle hotel in the Scottish Borders outside Edinburgh, has just launched a “20 in a bed” promotion. And before your minds end up in the gutter, know that it’s simply the opportunity to invite 10 couples to stay – in individual rooms – and, basically, let them know how they’re doing.
The stays are bed and breakfast, and there’s no set fee – they simply want your opinion, and you’re free to pay as much as you think it’s worth.
Hotels aren't very creative when it comes to Valentine's Day unless there's a kinky movie tie-in, but even then, the offerings end up being more embarrassing than romantic. So when we see romance packages that we like, it's a rare thing. And of course, we're going to tell you all about it.
InterContinental Los Angeles has put together an over-the-top hotel package that includes something we actually really like--a private outdoor screening of a movie of your choice. Check out the set-up! The hotel could almost offer this as an a la carte offering, for those not flush enough to book the whole romantic package.
Speaking of the whole package, it's priced at $14,000, also includes two-night accommodations in the Royal Suite with views of the Hollywood Hills, a chilled bottle of Veuve Clicquot la Grade Dame 1998 and chocolate-dipped strawberries; a private five-course dinner for two in the Grand Salon Ballroom, adorned with candles, flowers and dim red lighting from overhead LEDs, a private piano performance during dessert, a spa treatment for two in a couples’ villa at Spa InterContinental, and a round-trip chauffer service in a Rolls Royce, provided by Black & White car rental, up the PCH to Malibu Wines, where couples will enjoy a day of sipping and relaxing and leave with a bottle from their selection of award-winning labels.
But hurry, the package needs to be booked today for stays this weekend. Call 310-284-6500 for more information.
Yours for a fiver
Aint nothing like a hotel birthday to roll out special hotel deals. And this is as good as they get – to celebrate its fifth birthday, The Arch London is offering rooms for just £5. Yes, you read that correctly: $7.59.
Not everyone gets the special rate, unfortunately – there will be only five lucky recipients. But they will get a room, breakfast, dinner, and – the most important part, obviously – champagne on arrival. So like £1 per item.
Snowmaggedon. Snow-pacalypse. Juno? Whatever you
social media marketers folks want to call it, we're sticking with the simple Blizzard of 2015. Now, let's move on to the more important issue at hand--what are your hotel options if you are stuck in NYC during the storm?
On HotelTonight, the go-to app for last-minute hotel bookings, the choices are plentiful, and affordable. We found Sixty Soho for $149 tonight while Soho Grand is $179. And the Element Hotel in Times Square which has mini-kitchenettes is only $139. We also saw this deal being offered by the InterContinental Times Square:
Also Loews Hotels has offered up a customer hotline:
Given that it's low season in NYC and tourists are not hogging the hotel supply, and considering that most folk in the city made their way home a lot earlier in the day, your chances of getting a hotel for a decent price are extremely likely. Just ignore this incredibly unhelpful tweet from Quikbook, a booking site. Ugh.
A major snowstorm is set to arrive in the Northeast tonight. Do you have a cozy place to weather the storm? http://t.co/QlPHlwWnSL— Quikbook (@Quikbook) January 26, 2015
However, if you're supposed to be in NYC by tomorrow, chances are you've been delayed at the airport. Now you may have to cancel or delay your hotel reservation.
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The weather in January in New York is not ideal but the hotel deals are. This is prime-time low season for New York City hotels and it's one of the few times that you can stay in a hotel without feeling completely ripped off. Just looking quickly on Expedia for hotel rooms next weekend and we are seeing loads of hotels that are under $200 a night. It kind of feels like post recession 2008, doesn't it?
While everyone is dropping this rates, Marriott International is going a bit further and taking off an additional 20 percent for guests who make their reservation in the next 48 hours for stays through April 30, 2015.
You have to make the rezzie online through Marriott.com using the code ADV or you can call it in old-school at 1-800-228-9290 mentioning the same code. The big catch is you will have to prepay the stay at the time of booking, so be sure you can absolutely follow through.
Here are just a few of the participating Marriott hotels that you can choose from. (There's about 20 in total, in various neighborhoods of NYC.)
Four Points New Orleans French Quarter
There's no such thing as a free lunch, but breakfast for a buck sounds pretty good.
The promotional offer is available at all 200 Four Points by Sheraton locations from now through March 2015. You can search for a participating hotel and the accompanying starting rate here. (You also need to book through that link to get the free brekkie.)
Here's a niche offer: If you’re from Nantucket, and are staying home over the holidays, the island’s newest hotel – The Nantucket Hotel & Resort – has a rather nice Christmas present for you. They’re offering fellow Nantuckians a complimentary one-night stay on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
If you missed out on a deal last week during Black Friday, you'll have a chance to snag a pretty good one this week with Howard Johnson's "Orange Wednesday Promotion" that will get you a hotel room at half price.
This Wednesday, December 3rd, you can save 50% off rates when you call to book an upcoming stay. It is valid for up to three consecutive nights and at over 40 participating Howard Johnson hotels throughout the U.S. and Canada. You can view a full listing of hotels and find their phone numbers here. Stays must be completed by March 3rd.
But here's the biggest catch:
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Bargain travel hunters, get ready to go crazy.
Once again, we've compiled a master list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday hotel deals. And once again, this list is a beast. So much so, that we've had to break it up into different groups. First, we listed the discounts from hotel brands and booking sites, followed by popular destinations and then individual states and some countries. We suggest you rely on the Control+F function to find whatever area you are particularly interested in.
While most of the deals kick off at either midnight the hotel's time on either November 28 or December 1, quite a few are available through the whole weekend. So the deal starts off on Black Friday and extends all the way into Cyber Monday. Some deals have even started already (see: Accor Hotels' SuperSale.)
As always, you must, must, must read the fine print on the hotel deals. And not just the fine print that we've listed but the even finer print that you see on the hotel's booking page as many of these deals require advance payment or are nonrefundable or are only available on certain dates.
And yes, we will be adding to this list but only for big and noteworthy deals. If you're a PR company or a hotel sales/marketing rep and you want your deal to show up on this list, please submit the offer in comments in the exact format that we've used below.
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The Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, which opened nearly a year ago, is making seriously good use of the historic United Artists Theater that's adjacent to the property. In September, Coldplay hosted a special concert for their latest album release and now, a special preview of Paul Thomas Anderson's surf noir based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon.
The movie/book is set in 1970s Los Angeles and follows a private investigator/pothead named Doc through a series of strange criminal adventures. So it's only fitting that the movie will screen at the Ace DTLA with Anderson and actors Jena Malone and Joanna Newsom in attendance.
Even better, guests who are staying at the hotel that night will get a free ticket to the screening and custom vinyl records of the film score by Johnny Greenwood. Rooms are still open on December 1 for around $240 a night but if you use the promo code Doc, you'll get a medium room for just $200.
Expect to see more of "Inherent Vice" at the Ace in LA and also in New York and London as gallery exhibitions expanding on the "Inherent Vice" themes will open.
[Photo: Lindsey Best/Ace Hotel DTLA]
The best things in life, of course, are always free. Free breakfast? Thanking you. Free WiFi? As it should be. Free fitness classes? That might actually persuade us to sign up for them.
Spa-with-rooms The Oaks At Ojai (in Ojai, CA, of course) has just announced 20 themed weeks and weekends for the next six months, with up to four classes on said theme per day. The best thing? Like the standard Oaks classes, these will be free. Why go to a place like this to relax?
Now that they've seemingly made their impression upon locals across America, we've seen all sorts of attempts by ride share services Uber and Lyft to break into the tourism market the past few months, turning their attention to hotel guests. The Hyatt app now includes the Uber app within it, and Lyft gave guests of the Vagabond a code to use for $25 off their first ride. The latest spotting comes from the Shoreline Hotel in Waikiki, where cards offering a free $30 ride greets guests upon check in.
The catch is that you have to be a new user to redeem the deal - obviously the goal is to get new people to sign up, though it'd be nice if they threw a bone to those of us who are already members, since taxis are everywhere in Waikiki, and it is sometimes easier to just step outside and have staff whistle a cab than go through the process of requesting a private ride.