Travel & Leisure Lists Great Hotels I Usually Can’t Afford

Travel & Leisure just came out with its 2009 list of The 500 Best Hotels in the World. I was pretty sure I’d never stayed in any of them because, well, I can’t afford them.

But I was wrong. I’ve stayed in three of them.

In September, the husband and I stayed in the Sutton Place Hotel in Vancouver. How did we afford it? Priceline, at less than half the rack rate.

About 10 years ago we stayed at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. How did we afford that? We stayed at more moderately priced resort for three days and the lodge for just two.

And a few decades back I stayed in the Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington, Conn., before the “& Spa” part was added. How could I afford it? It was much cheaper back then — more of a bed-and-breakfast. (It is, by the way, the only Connecticut lodging on the T&L list.)

I’m not sure I’ll get into any of the hotels on that list during 2009, but I’m always looking for a bargain. In fact, right now I’m trying to book rooms at a Costa Rican beach hotel for $35. I’ll let you know how it goes.


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