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Without the tourist surge of summer but still plenty of warm days, April is our sweet spot month for when to find great value in San Diego. Newly opened Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar’s advance booking savings combined with April and May’s low prices are a great example of how to save money by knowing when to go. Booking at least 14 days in advance will get you 20 percent off current rates, and combined with sweet spot savings (rates in April and May with the discount are as low as $128/night, whereas in June they climb up to $209/night), that’s a total savings of up to 38 percent.
The Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar is located only a few minutes outside of San Diego, in Del Mar, and had its grand opening on April 12. Formerly the Stratford Inn, the property has undergone a multimillion dollar renovation and its chic 94 rooms incorporate Del Mar flavor from Del Mar Racetrack murals to ocean-view terraces. Amenities include HD flat-screen TVs, iHome stations, Aveda bath products, free Wi-Fi in public spaces and free high speed Internet access in all rooms, and a fitness center. It’s also the only Hotel Indigo to boast a full-service day spa.
Book online to guarantee you’re getting the best available rate, and remember that you have to book at least two weeks ahead of your stay for the advance purchase savings.
The upscale Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, giving travelers a reason to celebrate also: Their “Our Anniversary, Your Reason to Celebrate” package starts at $104 for the first night and just $72 for the second night.
We found these low rates on select dates in April but the promotion is valid through the end of the year for a two-night minimum stay.
Nestled along San Diego Bay, the waterfront Sheraton San Diego offers panoramic views of the downtown skyline, marina and bay, while being just minutes away from the busy Gaslamp Quarter. Relax at one of the elegant hotel’s three pools, try the newly renovated day spa, and enjoy a meal at one of the hotel’s four restaurants. Or get active with bike rentals, bayside jogging trails, or water sports when you’re not exploring the city.
To book, call 866-716-8134 and ask for rate plan LNC or visit the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina website.
San Diego’s famous for its weather (with average daily temps of about 70 degrees), its zoo (the panda exhibit is downright addictive), and its Top Gun bravado (thanks to the U.S. naval base at Miramar). But this city also makes a picturesque setting for a romantic long weekend filled with beach strolls (or jogs), afternoons of golf or tennis, sipping surprisingly nuanced locally produced wines, and dining on everything from spicy fish tacos to new American gourmet. I have visited San Diego several times, so here are my suggestions for what it offers couples.
Romance is revving up all over the place during the month of February, from sun-kissed beaches to sophisticated big cities. Here are 25 deals and packages – from Fort Lauderdale to Fiji, Maine to Madrid, and St. Kitts to Sedona – that you can still book to make this Valentine’s Day the most memorable ever:
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The Grand Del Mar: Unplug and relax with the “Disconnect Package” at the luxurious The Grand Del Mar near San Diego (shown above at left) and you’ll get one night’s accommodations (with the room TV unplugged and upgrade upon booking if available), berry-infused champagne cocktail upon arrival, choice of a 60-minute couples massage, or a 2-hour horseback ride for two, breakfast in bed for two, and late checkout, from $795/night. Read more
Stay at an upscale hotel on the shores of one of San Diego’s biggest attractions, Mission Bay. Book three nights or more at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina and pay only $104 per night – a savings of 30% on current rates.
The Regency Mission Bay boasts its own full-service marina with jet skis, sailboats, kayaks, sport fishing, and whale excursions. It’s also only a quarter-mile from two of San Diego’s most popular spots, SeaWorld and Mission Beach, and three miles from the charming Old Town San Diego. The hotel features three pools and a poolside bar, a fine-dining restaurant, an eco-friendly spa, and a waterfront fitness center. Rooms include patios or balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, LCD TVs, and iPod docks.
THE VALUE: Save 30% on current pricing at this upscale San Diego hotel on Mission Bay.
THE CATCH: Temperatures are a bit too cool for swimming this time of year. Luckily, these rates are valid through the end of 2012, so you can take advantage in the warmer spring and summer months, too.
THE DETAILS: Visit the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina and enter the Corporate/Group Number 89936.
If you can already feel the physical aches of holiday shopping, the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, just north of San Diego, is here to help. They’re offering a holiday shopping package that includes the luxurious accommodations of a Park Suite, round-trip private transportation to Carlsbad Premium Outlets via Mercedes Benz, a two-hour private consultation with a personal shopper at the outlets, and a 50-minute Shoppers Therapy Treatment at the spa that targets your sore feet and shoulders with massage and pressure point techniques.
Rooms at the Park Hyatt Aviara start at $650 a night, and while there is no minimum number of nights required, guests must book a week in advance and the offer expires December 30, so make sure you book soon! Also note that the spa treatment is only for one person, so your shopping buddy may be out of luck. At the Carlsbad Premium Outlets you can find everything from Barneys New York to Coach at outlet prices. (For a full list of stores, click here.) parkaviara.hyatt.com
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Book a room at one of 15 Loews Hotels locations in North America on Cyber Monday, November 28, and get 20 percent off! Choose from locations such as the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, nestled on a 15-acre peninsula, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel on South Beach, and the Loews Hotel LeConcorde in Quebec City, Canada. Other locations include New York, New Orleans, Denver, and Santa Monica. So whether you’re looking for relaxation on the beach, a cultural experience, or a quick getaway, this sale provides a plethora of options. Guest will also receive free in-room internet throughout the stay. Travel is valid November 29, 2011 – March 31, 2012.
THE VALUE: Save 20 percent at hotels coast-to-coast over a four month travel window!
THE CATCH: The Cyber Monday sale will run from 12:01 am – 11:59 pm (EST) on November 28, 2011. Prices differ by hotel.
THE DETAILS: To book your stay, visit www.loewshotels.com.
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Although Santa’s usual mode of travel is reindeer and sleigh, this holiday season he’s decided to take a break from the stress of the workshop and enjoy a week as a gondolier at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego. From December 16 through 23, guests can take the “Buon Natale” holiday cruise and have a caroling Santa guide them through the waterways and canals of the Coronado Cays. Of course, just because Santa is trying out new transportation methods doesn’t mean his penchant for cookies isn’t still just as strong as ever — the cruise includes sugar cookies and hot cider (alcoholic, if you prefer). Rides are $145 per one hour cruise.
To continue the holiday cheer, the seaside resort, complete with its own marina, private beach, and spa, is also getting into the spirit of giving with a “Home for the Holidays” promotion. From now until January 8, 2012, if you’re staying three or more nights, you’ll enjoy a 20 percent discount on your room rate. Rates start at $127. www.loewshotels.com
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Set in San Diego’s bustling Gaslamp District, Kimpton’s stylish Hotel Solamar offers 4-star appeal, a trendy rooftop pool deck, complimentary evening wine hours, and a location convenient to many of the beachfront city’s top attractions. For one day only – today, November 16 – travelers who act quickly can snag steeply discounted rates of just $100/night. That’s a savings of 43 percent off of standard rates! Travel is valid during select periods overlapping the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, though slightly lesser, but still highly attractive savings of 35 percent off can be nabbed for travel any other day through January 31.
THE VALUE: The design digs and hot-spot location of the Hotel Solamar are a signature of the hip Kimpton brand. Standard rates start from $175/night, making this $100/night promotional rate a savings of 43 percent for select periods of travel in November and December. Or, save 35 percent off your stay on other days through the end of January.
THE CATCH: You’ll have to act in a jiffy and be up for traveling during holiday periods – this 24-hour sale ends at 11:59pm tonight, and is only valid on travel from November 20 through November 25, or from December 18 through December 25.
THE DETAILS: Visit www.hotelsolamar.com or call 877-230-0300 and use rate code S24.
WE’VE GOT MORE: Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates and travel deals on flights to San Diego.
For trip-planning tips and information, see our San Diego Travel Guide.
Escape to sunny San Diego, California this holiday season and stay at the Omni San Diego Hotel, linked to Petco Park stadium, located on the edge of the bustling Gaslamp Quarter.With the “Say No to Snow” package guests can have the best of both worlds with sunny weather and holiday cheer. Room rates start from $139 per night, a savings of 35%! Included in the package is complimentary valet parking, margaritas for two at McCormick & Schmicks, a guide to all the holiday happenings in the city, a 10% off Macy’s gift card for holiday shopping, and of course, sunscreen for enjoying the year-round sunshine. Reinvent the holiday season by relaxing and catching some rays at a nearby beach or exploring the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Travel November 20 through January 5, 2012.
THE VALUE: Save 35% on accommodations and receive over $60 in added amenities.
THE CATCH: Book soon, rooms are filling quickly!
THE DETAILS: Visit www.omnihotels.com to book your stay.
WE’VE GOT MORE: Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find low rates on flights to San Diego.
Peruse our San Diego Travel Guide for more trip planning advice!
JetBlue is back with another roundup of sales fares, this week offering tickets from more than 40 domestic and Caribbean airports for November and early December flights for as little as $44 each way. Travel is valid from November 8 to December 15 (with November 18 to 28 blacked out for Thanksgiving, natch).
Sample one-way fares:
- Austin to San Francisco: $104
- Boston to San Diego: $149
- New York to West Palm Beach: $89
- Oakland to New York: $149
THE VALUE: Savings vary by route, but after the holidays the cheapest JetBlue flights we found from Austin to San Francisco were $134 each way; from Boston to San Diego are $235; from New York to West Palm Beach are $99; and from Oakland to New York are $214.
THE CATCH: This is a one-day sale, so snap up these fares before they disappear; taxes, fees, and the rest still apply.
THE DETAILS: Visit the JetBlue deal page to book tickets.
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Book a sweet escape to San Diego this October and stay at the iconic The US Grant for $199 a night with their “Sweet Indulgence Package.” This limited time package in partnership with Sprinkles Cupcakes honors the hotel’s 101st birthday and is a value of around $150 a night compared with current rates.
The package includes accommodation in a Superior Room, two freshly baked Sprinkles Cupcakes in your room during your stay, and a Sprinkles Cupcake Mix Kit to take home to relive your festive memories.
The US Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is conveniently located in the center of downtown San Diego. The palatial property boasts 270 sophisticated guestrooms, including 47 opulent suites, each exquisitely appointed with original artwork, marble baths and Italian linen bedding.
The hotel is in walking distance to many of San Diego’s premier attractions including the Westfield Horton Plaza retail and entertainment complex, and the Gaslamp Quarter’s vibrant nightlife and myriad restaurants. It also houses one of the city’s top restaurants, the Grant Grill, which serves market-fresh regional California Cuisine in an Art Deco-inspired setting.
THE VALUE: Stay at San Diego’s most iconic hotel and save 40% on current rates.
THE CATCH: Hurry, the offer is only valid for travel through October 31.
THE DETAILS: Visit www.usgrant.net or call 1-866-716-8136 to book. Mention code 101BDAY.
WE’VE GOT MORE: See our San Diego Travel Guide for more trip-planning information, then use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, packages, and more travel deals.
If baseball doesn’t float your boat, check out a World Series competition that just might: the America’s Cup World Series, a world-class regatta that makes its third stop in San Diego from November 12 to 20.
The third stop of the series that began in Portugal in August, the event will provide an opportunity for sailing enthusiasts and landlubbers alike to watch the world’s top sailors in action. They’ll take the helm of the sleek, AC-45 and AC-72 wing-sailed catamarans, dubbed the world’s fastest boats, on a thrilling route right through San Diego Bay, with multiple waterfront viewing locations that allow spectators to see the on-the-water action up close.
This is the first time the high-tech boats will be raced in the United States, and the only U.S. stop on this year’s competition. Fortunately, deals are flowing in a number of hotels in the city. Jump on them now, before they sail away. Read more
Lugging around heavy winter coats and armfuls of shopping bags is a drag every year when the holidays roll around, so why not ditch the cold and sleet for Southern Cali? The Omni San Diego is offering a “Say No to Snow” package from just $139 per night – a nearly 50 percent savings – throughout the holiday season. From November 20 through January 5, book the package and score overnight accommodations, two peppermint margaritas at the onsite McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant, a free bottle of sunscreen, complimentary valet parking, and 10 percent off at Macy’s.
THE VALUE: Under normal circumstances, rooms cost nearly twice as much.
THE CATCH: Rooms are based on availability, but expect the holidays to fill up quickly.
THE DETAILS: Call 619-231-6664 and ask for the “Say No to Snow” package to book.
Many cities offer all-inclusive discount passes on sightseeing, but what if you just want to see a handful of attractions? Do you really need the pricey pass? Introducing Go Select, a new service from Smart Destinations that allows travelers to pick and choose which sights they most want to visit – with savings of up to 36 percent off regular admission.
Go Select is currently offered in Boston, Chicago, New York City, Oahu, San Diego, and San Francisco, with Los Angeles and Seattle coming soon. All the top attractions are included, from New York’s Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty Ferry to Chicago’s Field Museum and Navy Pier to the San Diego Zoo and Legoland California. The more attractions you add to a pass, the more money you save.
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