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Make sure you set your alarms this Wednesday and do not oversleep! That's because UK budget hotel chain, Travelodge, is holding one of its famous £9 room sales.
The sale kicks off at 6am UK time with thousands of rooms available at Travelodges all over the UK.
The £9 rooms (approx $14 USD) will be available on selected dates throughout the whole of next year. Yes, that's right-- we said the whole of next year, from 1st January 2011 - 28th December. 2011. And we thought Christmas was already over!
So if you’re after a cheap room for the night, log onto the website this Wednesday, December 29 at 6am. All rooms are subject to availability, and are valid for a limited time only.
With over 300 Travelodges in the UK, 10 of which are located in London there are plenty to choose from. But remember, most of the good dates and locations sell out fast so be super quick!
If you haven't booked December holiday travel plans yet, it's not too late to do it without breaking the bank. Next week, Sage Hospitality kicks off a major sale for stays between December 1 and January 9--offering rooms at more than 50 hotels for 50% off. Mark your calendars now for November 17, when the sale starts, because we expect these babies to go fast.
The sale will run over five days, and includes properties in 20 states, making it pretty likely that you have someone who needs visiting in one of the locations.
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We've long been fans of Quikbook's secret sales which are open to anyone and work very much like a Hotwire or Priceline in that you don't know what hotel you're booking until after you've made the reservation, typically at a steep discount. But now, Quikbook has introduced another secret element--Invitation Only Sales.
Invitees will receive dedicated emails that allow them access to unpublished Quikbook hotel deals and which can only be accessed through the email. The deals are limited, usually lasting for about 72 hours and are first come, first serve. So if you see a cheapie rate at a cool boutique hotel, you better jump on it.
In the inaugural email today, Quikbook has some great deals on NYC Hotels like the The Strand Hotel for $295 a night, the new Cassa Hotel for $296 a night, a studio king suite at 6 Columbus for $376 a night and the just-opened Gansevoort Park Avenue for $395 a night. The deals are valid for stays from October 5 through November 30 and you must book by 5pm EST this Friday, October 10.
But are these really deals that Quikbook is offering? Come along with us as we find out.
Back in June, we were saddened to hear that the Milford Plaza, the "Lullabuy of Broadway", had closed up shop in December with no foreseeable reopening date in sight. But the hotel could reach a high note again soon.
The WSJ reports that the Milstein family, who owns the hotel, is close in talks with a private equity firm to sell off the property. Which means that if the deal goes through the new firm could do a big reno on the property and reopen next year with a brand-new Lullabuy of Broadway commercial!!
Ok, we got a little ahead of ourselves but that commercial is probably just as important to our childhood as Cabbage Patch Kids and Jams shorts. We also think the Milford Plaza could turn into one of those new hip stylish but affordable hotels catering to the Broadway/Theater crowds. We're thinking along the lines of Aloft Hotels or Tune Hotels, thus living up to the "buy" portion of "lullabuy." It could even be a great spot for a Virgin Hotel.
Ok now we're really getting ahead of ourselves here so if you have some more concrete info on the Milford Plaza, feel free to spill it.
The Daily Herald, a small island publication, reports that the hotel, which only opened last December, has been sold to Starwood Capital, ole' Barry Sternlicht's company. (Remember, Starwood Capital is different from Starwood Hotels.)
As it turns out the previous owners of Viceroy Anguilla (that would be Viceroy and their partner, the Mubadala Development Company) had not completed its loan payments, forcing Citibank to come in and take over the property. It was Citibank who completed the sale of $500 million to Starwood Capital.
Where we will never spend a night.
The Real Deal reports that this historic NYC hotel has been sold to a UBS investment group for a whopping $60 million. Details are not only scant on the sale but also the future of the hotel.
This place was once owned by Danny Errico, who also used to own the James Chicago and was a founder of the Equinox fitness chain (He sold those off too.) In 2008, he turned over the James Chicago to Denihan Hospitality Group who own a pocketful of hotels like our fave The Surrey and who also serve as the management company for The Buckingham.
The last we had heard about the rumors that the Sagamore might become a Playboy Hotel was back in February, when the magazine threw its big Super Bowl party at the South Beach hotel. That bit of synergy fueled the fire that a branding deal could be in the works. But today, the Miami Herald reports that the lenders behind the hotel don't seem interested in the Playboy Bunnies at all. But they are trying to sell the property—and the Sagamore has asked a judge to halt the auction.
According to the Herald, the hotel's owners accused lender LNR Property of "duping it into halting loan payments in hopes of restructuring its debt." Now, the stage seems set for foreclosure, with bids for the hotel due today.
Yesterday, Kayak kicked off its promised flash sale format for hotel deals. Unlike the sample sales conducted at Jetsetter and the private sales over at Tablet Hotels, the Kayak sale is open to anyone who signs up for the Kayak newsletter (funny, we signed up but never got the notice yesterday.)
Nevertheless, the New York Times reports the sale included such properties like :
The Bryant Park Hotel in New York City ($325, down from $420), the Mondrian in Los Angeles ($240, down from $357) and the Riviera Resort in Palm Springs ($115, down from $309).
And unlike Tablet and Jetsetter, the sale will last for a week or until inventory runs out. The flash sales will happen every Thursday and you must sign up with Kayak to be able to access them.
So far, we're not that thrilled with these offerings but maybe it's because we're private-saled out. Also, we're still finding better deals on blind booking sites like Hotwire. But we're definitely happy to have these sales in the mix when booking our next hotel stay.
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So you know about private-sale site Jetsetter. But have you shopped Rue La La yet? Similar to Jetsetter’s Gilt Groupe sister, it mostly deals in fashion sales but today Rue La La has two W Hotels sales going on.
The W Hotels Boutique has savings on Ws around the country, from Dallas and Chicago to Boston and Seattle. The rates listed are available Thursday to Saturday, through March 28, 2010. Some of the better deals are at W Silicon Valley for $89 a night; W Atlanta - Perimeter for $130 a night; and W Chicago Lakeshore and City Center for $199 a night.
Here's what you could get for £1 in London, if you're quick and nimble enough.
Have all our London stories made you jealous? Want to hit the pond without breaking the bank on a hotel room? The Hoxton's popular £1 Sale starts tomorrow at 12pm, Londontime.
The sale has 500 rooms at £1 and another 500 rooms at £29, both of which must be booked between February 1 and April 30. (Darnit, we were hoping to secure a £1 room for September.
As you may recall, HotelChatter secured a £1 room a few months back and we have to recommend our strategy for securing the low, low rate--book a weekday months in advance as most people are trying to snatch up the nearest weekend dates.
Booking that random day should surely secure you a £1 room with free WiFi which will greatly ease your budget in London. Yes, the WiFi is free!
You can put on the Ritz in your own home. The Ritz-Carlton Chicago renovated its lobby and its cast-offs are up for grabs.
Fort Pitt Hotel Furniture Liquidators kicked off the sale at its Chicago warehouse on Thursday, which drew a few thousand people through the weekend. But Fort Pitt owner Scott Zawitz says there's tons Ritz items left—and even more to come.
While we've been obsessing over the new flash sales at the invite-only JetSetter, we got word this week that the original haute booking site,Tablet Hotels, was conducting its own Private Sale for its Tablet Members and their friends (Friends must be invited by the member.)
The sales are offered once a week on Tuesdays at 10am EST and only lasts until Thursday 5pm EST. However, Tablet Plus members get priority access to the sale on Mondays as part of their annual $195 membership fee.
The next sale starts on Tuesday, January 12 and a preview of it shows that the following hotels will be on the list:
· Hotel Healdsburg
· The Sanderson
· The Standard NYC
· The Augustine (Prague)
· La Perouse (Côte d’Azur)
These hotels are expected to be listed for as much as 40 percent off and the sale does include weekends, although there are some dates that are unavailable. We'll keep you posted on what we find on Tuesday.
Has anyone tried the Tablet Private Sale yet? If so, what sort of bargains did you score? Let us know in comments below.