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There are many reasons to visit Cartagena, Colombia’s Caribbean gem, from its stunning old town, to its proximity to tropical islands and white-sand beaches, to its incredible Creole cuisine. For lovers of stylish boutique hotels, this fairy-tale city impresses with a wealth of affordable options, all of which offer great style (from traditional to quirky), impeccable service, and great rates.
Here are our three favorite Cartagena boutique hotels that won’t break the bank:
Now that spring has sprung, it’s become much more comfortable (and sensible) to head north on vacation. What better way to take in the blooming landscape than by traveling at ground level? You can with Amtrak’s “Weekend Getaway Fare” on its scenic Adirondack train between New York City and Montreal for $89 round-trip.
You put in an order weeks ago to make sure mom gets flowers on Mother’s Day. We even did a roundup of great travel deals, so you can whisk her away on vacation. But what about Dad? The latter holiday, which falls on June 15, tends to get lost in the shuffle between graduation season and the beginning of summer. This year, take advantage of off-season travel deals to take Dad on a trip he’ll never forget. From a beachside resort in the Caribbean, to a golf-themed southern getaway, here are five affordable itineraries you can book right now:
For last-minute travelers needing an urban retreat this month, the always-lovable Public Chicago has a “Spring Into Public” deal, making the Midwest seem suddenly very appealing. The promotion offers complimentary room upgrades to anyone who stays at the hotel between April 14 and 21. Not bad, considering that even at the standard room level, you’re still getting tons of space, cool art on the walls, and quality amenities (Frette linens, custom desks, and 42″ flat screen TVs). Plus, rates start at $125 per night – a steal for this beautiful property, especially in spring.
So, what does an upgrade actually get you? Read more
We always keep an eye out for offers at recently renovated or redesigned hotels. Why? Offering the same perks as a newly opened hotel (think new beds, bath tubs, and pools), you can also expect the same level of service as a property that’s been open for years, without all the growing pains. As an additional perk, you will often find special offers and discounts around the re-opening.
Case in point, Kimpton’s former Hotel Vintage Park in downtown Seattle has just undergone a $6 million transformation, reopening as Hotel Vintage last week. In keeping with their Washington wine theme, the stylish boutique hotel is offering an “Uncork the New Vintage” re-opening special, with rates starting at $209 per night for a queen room. Plus, guests can choose one of the following perks:
Large families certainly have their work cut out for them when planning a trip to, well… anywhere. But that’s especially true in the Big Apple, where locals are known to pay $1,000 per month to live in apartments that could easily be mistaken for walk-in closets. Add to that, the cost of getting around, finding affordable restaurants, and visiting all the family-friendly sights on your to-do list, and you might soon ditch your NYC plans altogether in favor of a less complicated destination (Maui, anyone?)
Enter the New York Palace, the acclaimed four-star property built inside a 19th century mansion on Madison Avenue. This spring and summer, the hotel is giving families a break with its “Family Values Promotion,” the latest offer to benefit group travelers. Starting now, families who book a room on any weekend between Easter and Labor Day can book a second room at the New York Palace for 50 percent off. That’s half off for an elegant, freshly-renovated hotel right in the heart of midtown.
Let’s take a look at how this offer stacks up with other hotel rates in the area. Read more
Walks of New York, a small-group tour experience, is officially launching next week and, to celebrate, it is offering its tours free of charge. Timed to coincide with National Walking Day on Wednesday, April 2, the free tours will be available from April 1-7. (While tours are free, a $5 donation to the American Heart Association is mandatory.)
These new small-group tours are limited to 12 people and aims to offer a personalized experience with offerings for history and architecture buffs, as well as behind-the-scenes access to local culture, and “skip the line” access to venues and institutions.
There are plenty of ways to experience the natural beauty of the Southwest, though none will be as memorable (or as delightfully old-fashioned) as a two-night rail trip through northern central Arizona. There’s a little place there called the Grand Canyon. Perhaps you’ve heard of it?
For most of the year, Canyon-bound travelers can choose from five other classes (Coach, First, Observation Dome, Luxury, and Luxury Parlor) aboard the Grand Canyon Railway, but it’s the Pullman class that offers something extra special: a fully-refurbished 1923 Harriman-style coach car with its original flip-seats, working windows, and even live musicians to provide a soundtrack to all the scenery. The only catch is that the Pullman is only available seasonally, from March through October 1. Read more
Home to more than 35 alluring beaches, pristine diving and snorkeling sites, and with a diverse heritage spanning 55 different cultures, Curaçao is one of the most captivating islands of the Caribbean. And, given that the island is situated on the outer fringes of the Hurricane Belt and temperatures hover in the mid-80s all year, almost any time is a good time to visit. Read more
Depending on the size (or existence) of the check coming your way post taxes, you could be looking at extra vacation money. And if you’re anything like us, money like that burns a deep, deep hole in your pocket. We thought you’d appreciate a few tips on ways to blow your tax refund on a trip in late April/May. Consider it a reward for getting them done in the first place. Read more
The Easter holidays are coming up, and if you’re searching for a budget-friendly family getaway, take a look at this offer from MSC Cruises, the only cruise line in which kids sail free year-round. Read more
We can think of three good reasons for making a trip to Chicago soon: winter is drawing to a close; April 4th sees opening day at Wrigley Field (which turns 100 years old the same month), and stylish accommodations have just been made more affordable with this deal from the architecturally stunning Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago. Read more
To make the most of Cabo’s newest boutique hotel, El Ganzo, we suggest a minimum four-night stay, for purely practical reasons. To start with, the list of on-site activities is too long to be adequately covered in just one or two nights. From free bike rentals to kayaking in the Sea of Cortez to the full-service spa, the site is equipped with dozens of ways to keep guests entertained without ever having to leave the premises.
Second, the hotel is currently offering a round of value-loaded deals – exclusively for ShermansTravel readers – that each requires a four-night minimum stay. So why short-change yourself? Read more
While we can’t exactly complain about the lack of amazing travel deals to Europe right now, credit is due to Generator Hostels for putting up the best flash sale we’ve seen in a while. Specifically, Generator Barcelona, which is celebrating its first anniversary with a 1 EUR sale. Yes, that’s just 1 (one) euro for a night at the city’s hippest hostel. Read more
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