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Vagabond Inn isn't exactly the design-forward, amenity-loving hotel brand that millennials are (supposedly) going after these days but a few of the budget hotels in Southern California are getting hip to an app the young kids love.
Vagabond Inns have partnered with Lyft, the pink moustache-wearing ride-sharing service that lets you book and pay for a pick-up via your smartphone. Guests at VIs will get a complimentary first ride worth up to $25, provided they are a new user to Lyft. All guests have to do is call the front desk for the special offer code and put it into the app when booking their ride.
Meanwhile, rates at a Vagabond Inn probably won't be much more than that free Lyft plus breakfast and WiFi are included.
You may already have your calendar marked on June 2 for Cyber Manday but there's another big hotel sale coming up very soon. Tomorrow, in fact.
The sale is giving guests a complimentary perk on top of the best available rate or the Experience Summer Like a Local deal, which varies depending on the property but throws in a fun summery-themed experience for less.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 12 and while the extreme football fans will head to Brazil to watch the matches, the majority of fans will settle for catching a couple of games in their local pub or bar. (That's what we plan on doing.) But these Miami-area hotels want you to watch the matches with them instead. Miami--it's kinda like Brazil!
The new b2 miami downtown has put together a b2 is for Brazil! package that gives 25 percent off the best available rate, 15 percent off food and drinks at Biscayne Tavern, the hotel's gastropub concept from Jeffrey Chodorow of China Grill Management; two signature cocktails at the tavern and a World Cup special edition souvenir. The package is available to book online from June 1 to June 15 with rates starting at just $99 a night. (Gotta love Miami in the off season.) Use promo code Brazil to book.
In Miami Beach proper, The W South Beach is offering a Timeout Getaway which includes a two-night stay; an in-room “Create-Your-Own Caipirinha Kit” amenity; special Brazilian themed dishes at the W's The Dutch restaurant; two signature cocktails daily, inspired by the countries of the competing teams in The World Cup and the ability to watch World Cup games from the guest rooms, the Living room and in select poolside private cabanas (those cost extra.) The packages starts at $489 a night and is available from June 12-July 13. Call 1.877.822.0000 to book but you must have seven days advance notice.
Further north in Ft. Lauderdale, the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa has created the "Kick It, Kick Back and Relax” deal that gives guests 20 percent off lowest available rates if you book three nights or more. The hotel will be showing the games on a flat-screen TV at their beachfront bar. Rates start at $207 a night, based on double occupancy. Book by June 5 for travel from June 2 to July 31. Go here to book and use promo code ADR.
Cyber Monday is a long ways off but Cyber Man-day is just around the corner!
Canyon Ranch Hotels are going after the spa-going dads for Father's Day with a new online special that kicks off on June 2. They're calling it Cyber Man-day. Hey, it's better than man-cation.
From June 2-15, if you buy a Canyon Ranch gift card online, you'll get a $50 bonus voucher for every $500. Yes, the gift cards are good for overnight stays too. And if you book exactly on June 2, you'll receive an additional service voucher for one spa, sports or integrative wellness service valued at $145.
The deal is in place at the Canyon Ranch resorts in Tucson, Miami Beach, Las Vegas, and Lenox, Mass. While the gift cards do not expire, the vouchers are good through June 30, 2015. Even better, this deal doesn't just apply to men, women can get the bonuses too! Ahhhh-mazing.
[Photo: Canyon Ranch Resorts]
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Restaurant Week, Broadway Week et al are now all old hat. Courtesy of Starwood Hotels, we now have a new sweet promotion to spend our money on: Suite Week.
From now through April 29th, you can book a future stay (through March 31st, 2015) in a suite at any Starwood property in the New York City area for 30 percent off best available rate. Just book as normal through the hotels' websites.
Each hotel will also be creating its own package that comes with early check-in, late check-out, complimentary WiFi, complimentary parking and then three unique amenities that are specific to each hotel. Here's the rundown:
The dreaded APRIL 15 is here. Yes, it's time to break out your checkbooks and pay the tax man.
But according to these hotels, it's also time to break out your credit card and book a discounted hotel stay in honor of Tax Day. See? We're so good at
spending money accentuating the positive! Here are 5 hotels with discounted rates to book in the next few days along with two hotels offering stress-relief from tax filings.
And if you're looking for suggestions on where to spend your tax refund (fingers crossed!), look no further than these Hotels With Killer Views.
Whatever your intentions, things inevitably get messy on St. Patrick's Day. If you are making a trip to NYC for the parade, green beer and other Shamrock-related festivities, don't try to stumble back home, check-out the last-minute deals at these hotel booking sites instead.
HotelTonight HotelTonight's High-Roller Suite comes from the City Club Hotel where $439 will score you a Grand Duplex Suite with a private terrace and downstairs living and dining area connected to the marble bathroom and sleeping quarters via a spiral staircase. HotelTonight also has the Sixty Soho (formerly 60 Thompson) for $159 and The Roger for the same price.
From February 16 - 23, several Boston hotels are offering major discounts on their rooms, averaging about 25-30 percent off, making it a good deal for those willing to brave the cold in Beantown or for Bostonians who want to escape their own digs. Conveniently, the hotel week happens the same time as the school vacation week.
A list of the participating hotels can be found on Facebook including several of the city's top luxury hotels like the Ritz-Carlton (25 percent off bed and breakfast page for a deluxe suite); The Four Seasons (25 percent off their best available rate); The Liberty Hotel (30 percent off of the best available rate and overnight valet parking) and the W Boston (30 percent discount off of the best available rate and in-room wifi.) Another deal we like is at The Charles Hotel where rooms cost $199 a night and include ice skating passes at the hotel's rink, free parking and daily breakfast.
During hotel week, guests can also get in on some other deals around Boston, including a two-for-one offer from the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and the Franklin Park Zoo, and 20% off tickets to Jose Mateo Ballet Company’s winter show, "Unbridled." Now, how do you like them apples?
[Photo: Liberty Hotel Boston]
Last month, we published a list of early-season ski deals to help you save some cash when taking a trip this winter. As you might have noticed, although many of the deals we featured hooked you up with free lift tickets (which is a huge help), a lot of them were closer to "promotions" than "deals."
For example, the $530 per person, per night girls' getaway at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek may provide good value given all you get, but it is far from a "deal," an offer meant to allow those who normally couldn't financially partake to participate.
In other words, $530 a night is still a lot of money. And there were other promotions that were in the same boat, such as the offer from Hyatt Mountain Collection that if you book a three-night stay at all three properties in the collection, you will receive a complimentary EPIC ski pass for the 2014/2015 winter.
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Uh-oh. Snowpacalypse is happening again for the East Coast. Weather reports are predicting up to 18 inches of snow and freezing temperatures. Already, 2,000 flights have been cancelled at Boston's Logan Airport and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has already declared a State of Emergency. Meanwhile, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has closed three major New York highways from midnight tonight until 5am Friday morning.
But there is a silver lining here. Hotel discounts! In Boston, The Charles Hotel in Cambridge has a special rate for travelers of $159/night. Go here to book. In NYC, Hotel Belleclaire is offering rates of $129. Go here to book.
Coincidentally in NYC, Hotel Week begins tomorrow and runs through January 12th, giving guests seriously low rates at hip hotels. Here are few we like:
UPDATE 1.3.14: A few more hotels have offered up special rates this week.
The other week we gave you an early start on booking a hotel room for New Year's Eve in Chicago, Miami and New York City. Today, we've got another set of options for where you can spend your final moments of 2013 in the U.S. And remember, if you find yourself too tipsy to drive home, then please, please, please, book a hotel room. Cheaper AND Safer.
· Hotel Prescott: The Kimpton hotel is offering two orchestra seat tickets to the San Francisco Symphony's Masquerade Ball at Davies Symphony Hall along with a bottle of bubbly and of course, a room overnight. Book online here and mention rate code PNYE2. Rates start at $609 a night for a club level queen.
· Hotel Vitale: The JDV hotel has put together a 1960s inspired "Catch Me If You Can" New Year's Eve package that includes an overnight stay in a superior guest room, entrance for two to Americano Restaurant & Bar’s "Catch 2014 If You Can" New Year’s Eve Celebration (sponsored by Vintage 415), complimentary champagne, chocolates & New Year’s Eve party favors in room upon arrival and a Pan Am keepsake bag. Total cost is $949 and is based on double occupancy. Go here to book.
Now that you know what amenities to look for in a full-service ski hotel, here is a list of on-going hotel deals offered by ski hotels across North America to browse as you look for a place to stay.
Be sure to mention the deal specifically when booking and inquire to be sure nothing about the offer has changed. We've broken the deals down by region for easy browsing.
The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain: The Westin Riverfront has three special winter packages as follows: 1) “Ski for Free” deal starts at $549 per night and includes performance ski rentals for two people, lift tickets good at Vail or Beaver Creek for two, fleece blanket and valet parking. The “Adrenaline Junkie” package has a two-night minimum stay, starts at $785 per night, and includes accommodations in a studio suite, snowcat tour for two, performance demo ski rentals for two, $100 gift card to Maya, backpack, and valet parking. The “Treat the Grandkids” deal has a three-night minimum stay, starts at $435 per night, and includes accommodations in a two-bedroom suite, a nightly amenity of popcorn, milk and cookies or gummy bears, one in-room movie per night, a sleigh ride dinner for four at Four Eagle Ranch, 25% off Westin Kids Club, and valet parking.
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa: The “Powder and Pampering: Ultimate Girls’ Winter Getaway” package includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot upon arrival, group “Haute Tub” experience, two-hour complimentary women’s mountain tour, spa day pass, $100 spa credit and spa basket welcome amenity. Rates start at $530 per person for two-nights, double occupancy. The “Gentlemen’s Package” includes three nights lodging, a bottle of top-shelf scotch from a Colorado distillery, “high-quality” cigars, snow cat tour for two, beacons and backcountry gear, lunch at a backcountry yurt, $150 food and beverage credit, one massage per person, and two passes to Aqua Sanitas Water Sanctuary. Rates start at $299 per person, per day based on double occupancy.
Klammer Lodge: The Ultimate Franz Klammer Ski package starts at $475 a night, has a minimum of four nights, and includes two adult daily lift tickets, transfers from Montrose & Telluride Airports, valet parking and ski valet.
Sheraton Steamboat Springs Resort & Villas: The “Champagne Powder” package starts at $379 a night and includes accommodations, a bottle of sparkling wine nightly, daily breakfast, and lift tickets. The “Ski and Stay” package starts at $345 a night and gets guests accommodations and a lift ticket for every night of their stay.
Vail Resorts: Vail’s Ski Free, Stay Free package is available across its entire profile of resorts (Colorado, Utah, Tahoe, and Wyoming) and offers the fourth night free when booking three nights. You have to check here for the starting rates at each individual resort.