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The Carlyle Inn

Riding high from a recent renovation, infusing $1 million into its 32 rooms and suites, The Carlyle Inn arrives on the Beverly Hills scene as one of Pacifica Hotels’ newest additions to its 28-hotel collection. With its unassuming façade, the hotel reveals itself on the second floor with open terrace motel-style rooms and a striking black-and-white striped motif. Delivering remarkable value as a boutique hotel where most luxury comes at a premium, here’s what we loved about our stay in The Carlyle Inn.

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Kulm Hotel St. Moritz

We’ve all seen photos of the snow-capped villages and sparkling white slopes that characterize Switzerland in winter. But the powder is just part of the picture when we imagine traveling to the region’s renowned mountains — the swanky ski resorts, with legendary Swiss service and even more unbelievable views, is part of that dream, too.

Unfortunately for most of us, five-star experiences in Switzerland’s most exclusive ski towns can easily cost around $1,000 per night. But there’s a strategy for bringing all the posh pampering and picture-perfect vistas closer to reality: staying in summer, when rates are up to 45 percent off.

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Toadstool Park, nebraska

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In Nebraska, a state which witnessed historic markers like the Lincoln Highway and the Union Pacific Railroad, there is a wilderness that is truly magnificent. The stretches of road give way to a landscape that subtly changes with gorgeous markers of Sandhill, bluffs, and the sun-drenched prairie that is occasionally dotted with the Conestoga wagon.

While many people wouldn’t associate this terrain with wellness getaways, a handful of bed & breakfasts and ranches surprisingly are catering to the digital detox crowd. More properties are offering yoga classes, massage therapy, and nutritious food to meet the demand of the traveler who wants a more holistic approach to traditional High Plains cuisine. Here are a few where you can chill out and get your energy back: Read more

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ClubMed Punta Cana

Dreaming of a getaway with ClubMed? The group of all-inclusive hotels, highly popular with families and couples looking for a hassle-free escape, has an Extra Perks flash sale that offers up to 40 percent off, plus extra perks.

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Tourism Vancouver

Vancouver is a wonderful place for a bike ride, especially after the gloriously green metropolis has made a concerted effort to become a cycling city. The protected bike lanes make it easy for travelers to easily zip through the heart of the city, covering lots of ground while staying fit to boot.

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Anguilla Anacaona Hotel

The summer isn’t over yet, and the beach may be calling out to you like a siren. Luckily, Anguilla is enticing last-minute travelers to come to the Eastern Caribbean island in August with hotel rates as low as $99. This includes a crop of micro hotels and bed-and-breakfasts — a refreshing change for those who want a change from the large-scale resorts. Pro tip: Visit in the first two weeks of the month, before all the seasonal attractions take a break for the fall.

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Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel

Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel 

Once considered an off-the-beaten-path destination, Dubrovnik has easily become one of Europe’s hottest vacation spots — especially during the summer, when crowds reach their peak. For more elbow room, consider a trip there later in the season and into the fall, when prices soften considerably. Case in point: Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel’s Discover Dubrovnik package, covering five nights plus extra perks from $146 per night.

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The Capital Hilton

It may only be July, but it’s not too early to start thinking about the holidays — especially when it means saving big bucks for travel at the end of the year. Specifically, you can snag a winter stay in the Washington, D.C. area for as low as $84 at several Hilton properties.

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Loews New Orleans

New Orleans in summer sizzles — and it’s not just the heat. It’s the hotels, too, many of which are offering plenty of hot prices to lure in travelers. The Loews New Orleans Hotel, for one, is offering a Summer Like a Local package that pushes rates down to as low as $199.

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 El Nido, Palawan, philippines

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Coined the “most beautiful island in the world,” Palawan definitely lives up to the hype. But don’t let that intimidate you — as a whole, this island in the Philippines is surprisingly affordable and won’t break the bank. Plus, many of the main attractions, like watching the famously vibrant sunset or touring downtown on foot, are completely free. Here’s a budget guide to El Nido, Palawan’s most charming beach town.

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The Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel/Facebook

Having recently undergone the shift in management from Sheraton to an independent hotel company, the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel reopened for business this past May, in preparation for kicking off Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary. We recently checked into the newly revamped resort — and found the property to be much more than a crash pad for the theme park. Here’s our full report.

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Hotel Erwin

If you want to stay in Santa Monica this summer or autumn for a beach vacation, expect to pony up nearly $400 per night for beachfront hotels like Shutters on the Beach and Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. But a little bit of flexibility — namely looking one town south, to Venice Beach — can yield huge savings. Hotel Erwin, a funky boutique hotel just a half-block from the Venice Beach Boardwalk, perfectly embodies the beach town’s eclectic energy. (After all, this is where The Doors got together in 1965, and even today you can’t walk a block without seeing a street performer or musician.) Here’s our full report:

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Starwood Hotel & Resorts

Eco-friendly practices at hotels and resorts not only protect the environment, but actually save the properties a lot of money, too. We love that some destinations are passing those savings along to guests, in a range of perks from reward points to free food and drinks. After all, do you really need to change your sheets every day when you could get a free cocktail to sip by the pool, instead?

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yotel new york premium cabin with smart bed


It was a late May weekend in New York City — which meant heavy flash rains and muddy streets. Having just gotten into the swing of spring, I was woefully underdressed on my way to Yotel on Tenth Avenue. Thank heavens, then, that I could get my keys straight from a kiosk when I arrived at the hotel. Who ever wants to slink up to a check-in receptionist when they’re dripping wet and completely disheveled?

That’s just one of the many ways that Yotel has carefully designed a “smart” hotel stay, considering the perspective and mindset of travelers today. The brand first made a name for itself with three sleek airport hotels in London and Amsterdam, and it opened its first in-city property off of New York City’s Times Square in 2011. With more hotels coming soon to cities like Brooklyn, San Francisco, Miami, and Dubai, we checked into the NYC location to get a sense of how exactly the Yotel’s savvy tech focus is enhancing the guest experience.

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Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

During the Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s Enchanted Evenings celebration, champagne at check-in and bagpipes at sunset are just a few of the luxury perks you can indulge in — starting from just $179 per night this summer.

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