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Have (Free!) Car, Will Travel
Car rentals, parking, and taxi rides can be quite costly when traveling around major cities. You can opt for public transportation, but we’ve found hotels that offer guests a lift to their destination—for free—and in some pretty spiffy rides to boot. See the savings for yourself; it might make sense to skip that taxi ride altogether.
The Hotel: W Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The Wheels: The 300-horsepower Acura MDX’s take guests to destinations within a 5-mile radius of the hotel. Just dial the Acura Experience desk, reserve your personal driver and the fully stocked SUV is yours.
Room Rate: $249
Taxi cost from hotel to the Museum of Art: $6
Hotel parking fees:$30 per day
The Hotel: Gansevoort Park Avenue, New York City
The Wheels: A 2011 Porsche Panamera 4S sports car that fits four. In addition to schlepping guests between the midtown hotel and its Meatpacking District sister location,
free in-town car service is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Room Rate: $495 per night
Taxi cost from hotel to Macy’s Herald Square: $6
Hotel parking fees:$50 per day
The Hotel: Hotel Jerome, Aspen, Colorado
The Wheels: The hotel’s hulking Suburbans are just the right size to haul skis and snowboards to Aspen Mountain.
Room Rate: $199
Taxi cost from hotel to Silver Queen Gondola: $5
Hotel parking fees:$30 per day (part of “resort fees”)
The Hotel: The Hotel Granduca, Houston Texas (www.granducahouston.com)
The Wheels: A black Cadillac Escalade is available 24/7 to all guests for trips within a 3-mile of the property, including visits to patients at the Texas Medical Center.
Room Rate: $305
Taxi cost from hotel to Galleria Mall: $6
Hotel parking fees: $18 per day to self park; $22 per day valet
The Hotel: Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco
The Wheels: In the morning, a Lincoln Town Car carries you within a mile of the hotel. And from 5:30 to 11:30pm daily, the service does restaurant runs. Take your drivers’ biz card for a return pick up, as long as it’s before 11:30 pm.
Room Rate: $375
Taxi cost from hotel to Fisherman’s Wharf: $9
Hotel parking fees: $50 per day
The Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common
The Wheels: In the morning, guests are shuttled via Lincoln Town Cars to meetings and shopping throughout the downtown Boston area and anywhere within a five mile radius. The cars are also available Friday and Saturday evenings.
Lowest Room Cost: $350
Taxi cost from hotel to Fenway Park: $9
Hotel parking fees: $30 per day
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