April 2nd, 2010 No comments|
New York, New York on The Strip in Las Vegas has rooms at $55 a night on limited dates through the end of the year.
March 23rd, 2010 No comments|
Google is testing a feature that lists the rates of hotels next to their listings in Google Maps, according to the TechCrunch blog. Reviews are already linked into listings, so this adds another layor of information. I imagine we’ll see the same technology on GPS units in a few years.
March 17th, 2010 No comments|
Starwood hotels is offering a sale of up to 25 percent off at almost all its hotels and resorts worldwide for stays through May 31, 2010, but the discount is considerably less in some cases.
March 9th, 2010 No comments|
Did you ever check into a hotel only to find the pool closed or some other amenity unavailable?
It has happened to me, many times. Usually, if it’s temporary, I just deal with the disappointment. But there are times when it’s appropriate to complain, and even to ask for some kind of compensation.
March 5th, 2010 No comments|
There’s a nice deal on Travelzoo for the Castle Hill Resort & Spa in Cavendish, Vt. — $99 per night, which comes out to $108 with tax.
That rate is available Sunday through Thursday through April. You need to book via the link on Travelzoo. Rates through the hotel’s website are much higher.
March 3rd, 2010 No comments|
What if a store advertised a refrigerator for $600 and when you showed up to buy it the cashier added a $50 store admission fee and told you it was to cover your parking, bathroom privileges and the right to use your cell phone in the store.
You’d be outraged. Maybe you’d call the state consumer protection department.
So why do hotels get away with essentially the same thing?
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February 28th, 2010 No comments|
If you stay twice at Choice hotels before April 30 you can get a free night on a third stay. Here’s the deal:
February 13th, 2010 1 comment|
If what happens in Vegas really stayed in Vegas we wouldn’t have to worry about the spread of some pretty pernicious hotel fees. But we probably should.
Like banks, airlines and car-rental companies, hotels lately have been tacking new fees onto all sorts of things. Las Vegas might be the leader in this, and the wise budget traveler wants to watch out for the tricks:
February 12th, 2010 1 comment|
If you watched the Super Bowl you probably saw the HomeAway ad for its vacation rental service.
HomeAway, which owns vrbo.com, charges the owners of vacation homes, condominiums and apartments to list their properties. Travelers can search the database for a property and rent directly from the owners.
February 5th, 2010 1 comment|
Would you accept a $5 daily credit to do without housekeeping services during your next hotel stay?
Starwood Hotels reports that 8.5 percent of its guests choose to forego housekeeping in exchange for a $5 credit to hotel restaurants or 500 points in the loyalty program for each night, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Hotels are promoting this option as ecologically friendly because towels and linens don’t get washed and vacuum cleaners don’t get used. It’s also economically friendly – for the hotel — because housekeepers don’t get paid. The article cites an estimate that it costs a luxury hotel $22 a day to clean a room.
So I’m not particularly inclined to take the bait on this one. I think I’d rather have the room cleaned and keep the housekeepers employed.
I also can’t help wondering how long it will be before this option becomes a perk and hotels start charging a cleaning fee.