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Whether you’re splurging or saving on your hotel, there’s a way to get more out of your stay. A property that offers free, outdoorsy perks is perfect for guests who favor an active getaway for spring. From complimentary rounds of golf at a lakeside resort in Wisconsin to paddleboarding classes at a Chesapeake Bay retreat, here are our favorite hotel freebies this season: Read more
Ah, Mexico. In a country known for beautiful beaches, delicious food, and lively street festivals, it can be hard figuring out just where you’d like to spend your time. Perhaps a villa in Riviera Maya? Or a walkabout through historic Mexico City? Or maybe it’s a week hiding out in enchanting San Jose del Cabo, the “gateway to the Los Cabos Corridor,” as well as the town nearest to Los Cabos International Airport. Though lesser-known than its nonstop-partying neighbor to the west, Cabo San Lucas, it turns out the scenic coastal stretch of San Jose del Cabo is ideal for leisurely bike rides, seafood feasts, and carefree drives up the coast. All on a budget, of course. Here’s how to do it… Read more
We’re all huge fans of turning to social media for savvy travel tips, and Twitter is the first place we go for breaking news or obscure knowledge. But who knew that Quora is also rife with brilliant travel hacks? When this social media network first launched in 2009, it was poised to be the anti-Facebook. Today, it’s not so much that as it is an intellectual, knowledge-focused forum, and one apparently filled with wanderlusters. This past week, we discovered this thread with creative tips that will save time, save money, and even help you figure out where the locals go, nestled in Quora’s travel section. Below, some of the true gems from the conversation – no “bring an empty water bottle to the airport” here.
While the rest of us are busy planning our sun-filled spring break, a few travelers – perhaps wisely – are weighing their options and thinking of ways to save on a quick, rejuvenating getaway that won’t involve too much hassle. For west coasters, this is as easy as getting into your car. San Francisco in particular has a wealth of easy-to-get-to, ideal-for-a-quick-weekend wellness hotspots. Here are three places to consider if you happen to find yourself in the Bay, in need of some quality hot tub soaking, massaging, and yoga-induced bliss. Read more
If you made travel plans to the northeast last month, you may have come across something called Hotel Week, a neat little promotion that happens each January in New York offering rooms at desirable hotels for as low as $100. Now, its success means that a variation of the program has migrated north, as Boston is set to launch its first-ever Hotel Week this month, from February 16-23. Appealing to families traveling during mid-winter school break, Hotel Week Boston is also throwing in add-ons like two-for-one tickets to the zoo, or discounted seats at Disney On Ice. Read more
When it comes to traveling on a budget, you can’t really get more affordable – or more basic – than sleeping dorm-style in a bunk bed with a free breakfast. We’re talking, of course, about hostels – the cheap, stripped-down alternatives to hotels that are popular with backpackers and college students. But it’s not just young people who are welcome, says Generator Hostels chariman Carl Michel. Below, we’ve listed some reasons why travelers in their thirties, forties, and beyond might consider this ultra-budget-friendly way to stay: Read more
Heading south-of-the-border is a popular option for budget-friendly getaways, especially to Mexico’s Cancún and Riviera Maya. However, some think the region only caters to the college crowd. Not so. A sophisticated, low-key time can be had for those who are savvy. Below, four myth-busters to prepare you for the sun-and-sea-filled escape you’ve been dreaming about…
If taking a romantic getaway was your 2014 resolution, then you have lots to look forward to next month. Hotels far and wide are putting together some nifty Valentine’s Day packages to help lovebirds get the most out of the holiday. From free spa treatments, to add-ons like champagne and rose petals, there’s a trip here to suit every taste, and save you some money.
For laid-back lovers…
In Curaçao, the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is making itself extra-accessible to lovers on a budget with their “Love In the Caribbean” package, which is available even after Valentine’s Day. Starting at $379 per night with a 3-night minimum, this deal packs in a couple’s massage, daily breakfast for two, a complimentary dinner at Shore, welcome cocktails, and (why not?) a two-day car rental. Valid for stays through the end of 2014.
In a city where $300 and $400 hotel rates are the norm, hotel freebies are a rare find. Sure, the view of Central Park may be nice, or maybe the breakfast is extra delicious, but at the end of the day, New York is just an expensive place to stay. But you might be surprised to learn there are a few properties around the Big Apple where cool things – like walking tours, loanable tech gear, and cooking classes – are offered to guests at no extra charge. Here are a few of our favorite (free) things… Read more
If luxury hotels are meant to give travelers a heightened experience of the destination, there may well be no more dramatic experience than the brand new Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa, set to open this April.
Located in one of the highest inhabited points on earth, the 279-room hotel itself is built on a plateau nearly 12,000 feet above sea level. Nearby cultural attractions (Potala Palace, Jokhand Temple, Sera Monastery) are in abundance, but it’s the structure itself that’s drawing all the attention.
With traditional Tibetan architectural details aplenty, the new Shangri-La Lhasa gives a very definite sense of place through its 21 foot bell-shaped lobby chandelier, its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the mountains, a spa, a Tibetan tapas bar and adjoining restaurant and even an oxygen lounge to help acclimate guests to the high altitude.
Online reservations officially begin this week (rates from $380.50). Here are some more shots from inside the breathtaking new property… Read more
Plenty of resorts promise to leave you feeling “relaxed and refreshed,” but none are as likely to recharge your batteries as thoroughly as a body-and-mind-centering yoga retreat. Against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, or the beach, or, heck, the Chicago skyline, gorgeous surroundings can help boost your inner calm. And plush accommodations and endless options for indoor and outdoor activities don’t hurt either. To help you sort through the pile, we’ve narrowed down the list into two categories, “splurge,” and “save.” Now, breathe in, and say “Ohm…”
Knot-busting Chinatown massages in New York City have all our love, but the biting cold of this blustery winter has us dreaming of a little extra pampering. That’s why we’ve focusing on spas with stellar amenities, stunning views, and other extras that make the treatments truly worth the indulgence. Go ahead, dive in… Read more
The nose-biting cold that tore through the midwest and east coast this week may have you in hibernation mode, but winter doesn’t have to be all about blustery morning commutes and stocking up on cold medicine.
In Minneapolis, for example, where temperatures are down to -4 degrees, a good deed could warm your heart and save you money on your next hotel stay. The Grand Hotel‘s “Kick Start The New Year” package (from $109 per night) gives guests 20 percent off any stay if they donate to the hotel’s January shoe drive. Located at the Front Desk, the month-long initiative is accepting used running shoes (any size, color, or style will do) to be donated to the global non-profit Soles for Souls, which provides shoes to those in need. (Valid for stays through March, 2014.)
Over in Chicago, Hotel Burnham‘s “Whiskey Lover’s Package” (from $179 per night) is another surefire way to stay toasty in one of the country’s most frigid locales this season. Known for its beautifully preserved architecture, salvaged marble floors, and mahogany-accented lobby, the hotel was practically built for quiet evenings sitting by the fire with a glass of whiskey in hand. Book any stay Thursday-Sunday until January 31, 2014, and receive a tour for two at the Koval Distillery (a 20-minute drive north of the hotel), a 200mL bottle of Koval upon arrival, and late check-out.
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