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While the snowfall in Chicago last week wasn't quite as serious as expected, there's no doubt that with winter in full swing, there will be more snow predicted for the Windy City in the weeks to come.
We already highlighted a few mobile apps for scoring last-minute hotel deals at nice places, at nice prices, in case you find yourself stranded in Chicago. But there are a bunch of other hotels in town doing special things for the chilly weather.
· Kimpton's Hotel Palomarone of our favorite sleeps in Chiis doing a season-long "Winter Perk-ometer" promotion where perks rise as the temperature drops. Nightly rates go from $179 and, for every five degrees the barometer drops below freezing or for every five inches of snowfall, "guests receive a fun amenity meant to help warm up, snuggle up or cheer up." If it's freezing and there's snowfall, you get two amenities instead of just one. Some extras that may appear:
· Hot cocoa and chocolate chip cookies for two delivered to guest room
· In-room movie credit
· Cocktails for two at Sable Kitchen & Bar, Palomar’s adjacent restaurant
· Late check-out of 3 p.m.
· Bottle of wine
· Morning coffee or tea delivered to guest room
We always get wind of the most outrageous hotel packages here at HC, but the opening of the Shangri-La Hotel in Tokyo may just mean the arrival of what is the most boring, conservative deal ever. For the March 2 debut of their first property in Japan, Shangri-La wants to celebrate by offering a "Discover Shangri-La" package bearing the hefty pricetag of ¥110,000, or $1,240 for one night.
Sure the hotel is right next to Tokyo Station in the revitalized Marunouchi district, but for the opening rate of a hotel to be in the four digits, you'd think they'd be offering some serious perks, right? Wrong--this most boring package only includes breakfast and a commemorative gift, which they're keeping under wraps, but it's some sort of engraved silver something.
Why not dinner in their Italian or Japanese restaurants or at least a gift certificate to the shops above which the hotel sits? They should rename the package to "all business, no play" at The Shangri-La, if a guest can't even trade in the silver gift for some spa services. We'll stick to the crazier hotels in districts like Shibuya and Harajuku, thank you very much.
Budget Travel magazine recently ran a feature on 39 Affordable Hotel Chains Only Locals Know. "Only locals" might be stretching it a bit since more than a few Americans have stayed with Barcelo, Riu, and Fiesta Americana without going any further than Mexico. We did find quite a few new names in here ourselves though. Care for a night at the Fosshótel?
That chain is in Iceland as it turns out. (Moby Dick Pub at Fosshótel Húsavík pictured here.) Many of these chains stick close to home, in fact, which probably makes them both a better value and easier to manage. These include Dedeman in Turkey, Amari in Thailand, and Ginger in India.
Others have an eclectic footprint that seems to have come together by chance. Take this listing for Pestana Hotels & Resorts.
38 properties that include beachfront high-rises and spa resorts, with a variety of room sizes and styles--many equipped with kitchens--in Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, South Africa, Cape Verde, and São Tomé and Principe. Based in Portugal. Sample rate: $94, at the Pestana Atalaia, in Madeira, Portugal. pestana.com
Some of the choices are downright quirky. The five Cab Inn hotels in Denmark are modeled on cruise ship cabins and may come with bunk beds. The five Omena Hotels in Finland seem to have taken some lessons from Japanese love hotels: "guests check themselves in with a preset door code and contact housekeeping through interactive TVs." But hey, for $49, we'll take it.
· 39 Affordable Hotel Chains Only Locals Know [Budget Travel]
[Ed. Note: Welcome to our Good Rate/Bad Rate feature where we look at hotel prices in the same destination and decide which one most deserves your hard-earned benjamins. Rates quotes here were captured August 7, 2007 and are subject to change. Enjoy.]
It always gets our attention when we see a Ritz-Carlton resort offering rooms at a bargain price and this Jamaica deal is worth getting excited about.
Stay between now and November 20 and get a room at the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall for $199 to $249 a night. The lowest $199 rate is for a "garden view" room, so you'll have to take it up a notch to $249 to see the water. (Or just hang out at the water all day instead.)
You can expect the full Ritz rundown in the large 44.5 square meters/480 square feet rooms: CD player. marble bathroom with separate tub and shower, twin-sink vanity, and nice bathrobes.
We were able to plug in all kinds of dates and get this deal, both on Expedia and the hotel's own site, but there are blackouts on Aug. 9, 10, Oct. 23-28, and Nov. 4-9.
And if you have a new passport, you get another bonus. Here's what we found on the Expedia page: "Book a three or five-night minimum stay now - December 10, 2007 and receive either a US$100 or US$200 resort credit when you show your 2007 issued passport at check-in." (The $200 one is if staying five nights or more.)
Maybe that will make up for the 13 percent gouging charge, er...we mean "resort fee," you'll also have to cough up.
Also we gotta lay down our standard caveat here too - there's the usual Caribbean hurricane risk this time of year so get trip cancellation insurance.
· Bad Rate :: 'Deferred Maintenance' at the Beachcomber in Negril [HotelChatter]