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[UPDATE, 2.24.12, 4:55pm EST: A LivingSocial rep just emailed us to say the following: "Thanks so much for bringing that to light! Wanted to let you know that we're working right now to change out the photos!"]
We're big fans of scoring steep hotel discounts on group buying sites like LivingSocial but we have to draw the line when the site entirely misrepresents a hotel's location.
This is the email that we got from LivingSocial Escapes yesterday that promises an overnight stay for two in Los Angeles for $99. When we opened the email we were greeted with a picturesque scene of an ocean pier. "Ooo!" we thought, "What Santa Monica beach hotel is offering up such a good rate?" But then we read this line below the picture: Star Struck in Studio City.
For those of you not familiar with Studio City, that's in the San Fernando Valley. Pretty far from the beach. (At least a half-hour with some mild traffic.) Also the hotel that's on offer, The Sportsmen's Lodge is right on busy Ventura Boulevard with nary a dune in sight.
So now that we've rounded up some of the not-so-desirable-yet-still-available hotels in the Indianapolis-area for Super Bowl XLVI as well as the team hotels in downtown, let's take a look at one of the Super Bowl packages out there.
This one comes from LivingSocial.com and for $5,500 you will get a ticket to the game, admission to the Maxim tailgate party before the game, four nights at the Hampton Inn Indianapolis East and roundtrip transportation from the hotel to the event.
As always, there's a few things to watch out for. First, the rate that LivingSocial is charging for the package is based on double-occupancy and according to this disclaimer: Double-occupancy purchasers must book their stay with another customer who also buys and books the double-occupancy option. That means it's still going to cost you $5,500 even if you go with a friend. Also, airfare is not included. Living Social also makes the claim that the Hampton Inn stay is based on availability of rooms and that "purchasers may be placed in comparable area accommodations."
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The daily deal site has rooms at the hotel for $170 a night with a free upgrade to a superior king room. The catch is those rooms are good for stays in January-March, high winter in Chi-town. But you can pay just $25 extra and get a standard king from more bearable months of September to December. Or you could really splurge with $325 a night for a Loft King (again, available September to December.)
More perks include a custom designed Le Cabo candle, continental breakfast for two in the on-site restaurant Public Express, a welcome amenity of fresh fruit and bottled water and late check-out at 3pm.
The site is also offering tickets to the hotel's grand opening party on October 11--two for $900 or four for $2,500 and that includes a stay in a suite, breakfast for two in the Pump Room, champagne and truffles and a 5pm late checkout. (Ok, that last perk is awesome.)