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The average gas price in the United States has spiked to $4, which is just 11 cents short of the record high, CNN reported, and a huge crimp in your travel budget. If the pump prices have given you sticker shock and are making you rethinking your summer travel plans (any good destinations within biking distance?), there are a number of hotels that want to sway your opinion. They are offering gas packages to get you on the road again.
Check out three hotels that offer gas relief (you know, the kind for your car).
Star Wars geeks, the force will be with you if you stay at the Hotel Monaco Seattle. To coincide with the Pacific Science Center's "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination" exhibit, the hotel is offering a package from a galaxy far, far away.
As part of the deal, you'll get discounted reserved tickets to the Star Wars exhibit so you can see a full-size replica of the Millennium Falcon cockpit and Darth Vader's black suit, among other movie memorabilia.
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As you’ll see from the photo gallery and video walk-through we’ve included here, we found that very much like Grunge, this hotel’s best days might just be behind it.
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Hey Drew, we've got our eye on you
Being shallow and all, there’s nothing we like more than staying at a celeb-filled hotel, and staying in a celeb’s room? That really tips us over the US Weekly edge.
So we could barely contain our excitement when we arrived at the Ace Seattle on Monday only for the guy at check in to tell us casually: “You just missed Drew Barrymore.” And when he went on to say we were staying in the room she’d been in the night before, we nearly swooned all the way down the staircase.
And if you’ve stayed at the Ace you’ll know that part of the deal is the supersized, communal soap dispensers that you get in the bathroom. So yes, we shared a shampoo bottle with Drew Barrymore.
Seattle is going Hogwarts-wild. To celebrate the Pacific Science Center's new "Harry Potter The Exhibition" display, which makes its last stop here, the Hotel Monaco Seattle will have its own Harry Potter Package, and muggles are welcome.
As part of the Potter package, you'll get discounted tickets to the Pacific Science Center to see the exhibit; discounted round-trip passes to ride the Monorail, which is decked out to look like the train to Hogwarts; and free valet parking at the hotel.
Is the WiFi free? Does the gym have good machines? All these things get noticed when checking into a hotel, but what about the atmosphere of the placespecifically the art on the walls or on the floor? All this week, we'll be highlighting properties around the world that do their artwork right, and the specific pieces you should stare long and hard at when next you drop by.
Today: Hotel Max Seattle's guest room doors.
When you check in at the Hotel Max, a boutique hotel which occupies the old Vance Hotel building, you're confronted with art from the very first minute. The lobby is filled with it, as the hotel showcases an impressive collection of some 350 original works of painting and photography, and even the room types have "art" in their names (ex: Solo Art, Queen of Art, Artist King). You're handed your key and you proceed to your room, and there again, you are hit with even more art, since each guest room door at the Hotel Max bares its own unique black and white still photograph.
The fact that every object under the sun seems to get its own National Day can be annoying. But not when it's National S'Mores Day! Held annually on August 10—yep, tomorrow—this is one frivolous national holiday we can get behind.
For anyone on summer vacation, this is a most convenient holiday. It's an excuse to light up the campfire and indulge in as much marshmallow, chocolate and Graham cracker goo as your stomach can handle. But if you're nowhere near a campfire tomorrow, you can always head to the Alexis Hotel in Seattle and join in their S'Mores celebration.
Looks like the Alexis Hotel is going grunge. To coincide with the Seattle Art Museum's upcoming "Kurt" exhibit, which honors the former Nirvana frontman, the hotel is offering a Come as You Are package.
The Seattle hotel is returning to its city's roots as the birthplace of grunge music by honoring the pioneer of the genre. If you come as you are, you flannel-clad, Dr. Martens-wearing fans will get some souvenirs along with your room.
Now, we can't promise that your maid will be dressed like this when you check into the new Maxwell Hotel in Seattle, but this was the scene that greeted Seattle Times travel writer Carol Pucci at the hotel's grand opening party. The Queen Anne hotel officially opens its doors today, but celebrated on the weekend with various lighthearted hotel tableaux (there were also ladies frolicking in the pool).
You may not have an invite to the Oscars this year, but you can still work it down a red carpet at Hotel 1000's big Academy Award bash, sponsored by Seattle Magazine, and have a photo op with a replica Oscar.
As part of the festivities, the Seattle hotel will show a live telecast of the March 7 awards ceremony on big-screen HD TVs. But there will be action off-screen, too, with live performances from Teatro ZinZanni, a local dinner-theater troupe that combines improv comedy, vaudeville, music, dance and cirque.
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Kimpton Hotels' Seattle properties will come to the rescue of its neighbors to the north whose city will be inundated with tourists coming to see the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Hotel Vintage Park, the Alexis Hotel and Hotel Monaco will offer an Escape the Olympics package to aid those in need of a getaway from the craziness.
In honor of the 2010 Games, the three Seattle hotels will offer a 20.10 percent discount to all Canucks. According to a Kimpton official, the company knows that since hotel rooms are at a premium, residents are renting out their homes and going on vacation—especially since schools in Vancouver are closed for the Olympics—so Kimpton is giving them a place to go.
The commercialism of the holiday season isn’t even in full fa-la-la swing, and already, we wish we could click our weatherproofed boots together and fast forward straight to 2010. As soon as we were old enough to know better, materialism, Macy’s and a complete lack of religious convictions killed the seasonal merriment for us and we pretty much tune out the world from Thanksgiving until the New Year.
We make a few exceptions, especially for people/places/products that manage to celebrate the spirit of the season with a conscience – Hotel 1000 in Seattle. The hotel does it up Saint Nick style all month long (faux snow at front door, warm nuts for passerbyers, etc.), but it’s the 12 Days of Comfort, Joy & Cheer component of the festivities that benefits the local non-profit organization, Art With Heart.