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Want to discover the Big Apple in style without breaking the bank? Check out New York City’s newest luxury hotel, the Conrad New York, which is offering weekend stays through the summer for just $299 a night. This offer saves up to 45% on comparable luxury hotels in the area and also includes free WiFi (a $15 value).

The 5-star, all-suite Conrad New York, which opened last month, is located in the heart of Lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City with easy access to many of the city’s important and historic landmarks and prominent neighborhoods. Nearby attractions include the New York Stock Exchange, City Hall, South Street Seaport, the Brooklyn Bridge, Battery Park, and the trendy neighborhoods of TriBeCa, SoHo, and Greenwich Village.

The stylish and classy property boasts full or partial views of the Hudson River from most of its spacious suites, each outfitted with integrated technology, two flat-screen HD televisions, individual climate control, and more. Its seasonal rooftop bar, scheduled to open in May, has prime views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York Harbor while the property’s Mediterranean restaurant, ATRIO, marries old-world respect for fine food with contemporary style and service for an all-day dining experience.

The offer is available on most weekends (Friday-Sunday) now through September 3. Or for $349, stay Mondays-Thursdays. A breakfast-inclusive rate is available from $339 per night. Book by April 18.

See our New York City Destination Guide for more trip-planning information, then use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights.

InterContinental Sanya ResortWhile the rest of the world tiptoes back to financial growth, China is surging full speed ahead, with a government pouring money into stimulus projects and a populace splurging on luxury goods. For proof, one can look to the galloping advance of the luxury hotel sector. “With the incredible growth in affluence among the domestic population, the need for hotels in China is rising dramatically,” says Daniel Ford, a Ritz-Carlton publicist.

The Four Seasons group is planning to open 14 hotels in the country by 2014; a dozen have already launched since 2008. The new Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, billed as the tallest hotel in the world and opening in March, will boost its parent company’s China total to eight, and at least one more is on the way. And taking into account all its brands, Starwood had 50 hotels in the country by 2009 – and is set to open 97 more by 2015.

Plus, these won’t just be any hotels: “Many of the finest luxury hotels in the world will open in China in the next several years,” says Bruce Ford, senior vice president at Lodging Econometrics.

Interestingly enough, many of the high-profile hotels are opening in cities that many Westerners haven’t heard of – yet. Scoot over, Shanghai. Here’s a quick guide to six cities on the rise.

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