Yep, you heard that right. Upscale hotels across the nation are "flirting with hourly rates," says the Chicago Tribune. Here's an example:
Manhattan's posh Le Parker Meridien has rooms that overlook Central Park. Understandably, the hotel's spicy promotion just before and after Valentine's Day raised eyebrows — $150 for a four-hour stay between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Included in the package, where rooms with views ordinarily start at $379, were movies on demand, a Champagne split, and strawberries with whipped cream. It was a sellout success.
Other spots where you can get "day" rates in Manhattan: The Marcel at Gramercy, where entertainers performing at nearby venues take advantage of $150 rates for cat naps before shows, and the Hotel Plaza Athenee in Manhattan's Upper East Side, where day rates will set you back $250 or more (based on occupancy and the time of year).
Feeling vacation-deprived? Looking forward to your next getaway? We've stumbled upon a special offer at the classic Caribbean hideaway, Half Moon in Jamaica, that's pretty tempting. Nestled on a two-mile, crescent-shaped beach on the island's northern coast, Half Moon, A RockResort, features whitewashed cottages surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and the sparkling Caribbean Sea beyond. Its world-class facilities-- the Fern Tree Spa, an 18-hole golf course, an equestrian centre, even a Dolphin Lagoon-- sprawl across 400 acres of Caribbean paradise. When you stay three nights at Half Moon this summer, you get your 4th night free, plus you get a $150 Food and Beverage credit! The "Stay Free, Eat Free" offer is available April 25- November 18, 2011. The length of stay allowed for this package is 4 to 28 nights. Subject to availability.
Summer rates from £149 at a London city center hotel with complimentary Continental breakfast and a room upgrade... Sound too good to be true? The Cranley-- a charming townhouse hotel located in South Kensington-- has released a limited-time "Summer at The Cranley" offer that's music to our ears. (Available from July 27- September 4, 2011 and subject to availability.) Within easy walking distance of London attractions and transport links, The Cranley is akin to a luxurious private residence with only 39 rooms and suites. It's warm and welcoming, and guests dig the "home away from home" vibe. Rooms are appointed with antique mahogany furniture, period oil paintings, and handcrafted four-poster or half-tester canopied beds covered in hand-stitched Irish linens. Nice touch: When you arrive, you'll be treated to a complimentary welcome drink, and there's Champagne and canapés served every evening between 7- 8 pm. Did we mention the free wifi?
There seems to be unanimous agreement that Hotel Sax Chicago is a stylish place to stay. Here's how Conde Nast Traveler described the Sax in naming it to the Hot List 2008: "More is more at Chicago's new music industry hot spot (formerly the House of Blues hotel), extroverted both stylistically and socially. ...Sax banishes the minimalism that has given design hotels a cold name, substituting a rococo sense of style in its 353 rooms: snakeskin wingback chairs, paisley-embossed leather headboards, and painted silhouettes of phantom chandeliers." The 353-room hotel serves as hub to the happening Marina City playground, which includes the House of Blues Restaurant and Concert venue, Smith & Wollensky Steak House, 10Pin Bowling Lounge, Bin 36 Restaurant and Wine Cellar and Crimson Lounge.
It's not just would-be rock stars who fall for this fun hotel. Tech nerds appreciate the Entertainment Technology Studios packed with all the latest in gaming and music technology (like Zune mp3 players, Bose headphones, and Xbox games). And with amenity-loaded guest rooms, a fitness center, and a Technology Lounge, Sax has got its bases covered.
Hot Deals: Book the "State Street Shopping Package" starting at $179 per night in a Deluxe guest room, and get all kinds of freebies:
$50 Macy’s gift card
Macy’s Visitors Savings Pass including 10% discount on all merchandise.
$10 off salon services at The Kiva Salon. Restaurant offers & discounts at 7 on State, InFields & Marketplace.
Complimentary Audio Tour of the Historic Marshall Field’s building.
50% off Valet Parking.
2 complimentary Drinks in Crimson Lounge.
Late Check-out of 2pm.
Just 55 miles from the Florida coast but a world apart, Old Bahama Bay Resort offers beach vacations that are heavy on the luxury and Bahamanian charm. The 73-suite resort is all about barefoot elegance on the sand. Activities run the gamut from biking to boating to fishing. The waters off West End, Grand Bahama Island, provide some of the finest scuba diving and snorkeling you'll find in the Bahamas. Pristine reefs and shipwrecks from the Spanish Galleon era are ripe for exploration. There's a 4,000 square foot infinity pool complete with a lounge area with massage jets- perfect for soaking up the ocean views. And Bonefish Folley’s Bar & Grille serves up all kinds of local specialties. Think conch fritters, Siboney conch chowder, and Grouper Piccata ‘Bahama Bay’, followed with a slice of Bahamian Rum Cake. Boating from Miami or Palm Beach? The resort offers a 72 slip, full-service marina that's an official Bahamas port of entry marina to Grand Bahama Island the The Bahamas. Hot Deals: Make a break for the beach and get a 4th night free at Old Bahama Bay, subject to availability.
Among Dubai hotels, the Radisson Blu Hotel on Deira Creek stands out for a unique amenity: balconies in each and every room, a luxury to be found in no other Dubai city hotel. Grab a seat (all balconies are furnished) and take in the views of the sunset over the Dubai skyline. (And why not video stream the image to friends back home with your free Internet access?) Perched on the banks of Deira Creek in the heart of Old Dubai, the Radisson Blu is within walking distance to the city's cultural treasures: traditional souks, the pretty waterfront, the Dubai Museum. Dubai Airport is only seven kilometers away. And when it comes time to chow, you won't be wanting for good food here. The hotel has 16 food and beverage outlets to whet your appetite. Fitness buffs will also appreciate the tennis court, squash courts, and two hi-tech gyms with cardio equipment. There's also an outdoor swimming pool with a large sundeck overlooking Deira Creek.
As if you needed a reason to let yourself sleep in... Hotel Marlowe, the popular luxury boutique hotel located on the Charles River overlooking Boston, has a sweet offer called "Stay in Bed" that includes breakfast in bed, complimentary parking, and late check-out. True to form, this Kimpton hotel offers a slew of tantalizing amenities-- including complimentary morning coffee, a hosted evening wine hour, and pet-friendly services. (If he's stayed at the Hotel Marlowe five times as a VIP-- Very Important Pet-- Fido gets a lunch box full of yummy free treats.) Just minutes from Harvard Square and the MIT campus, the four diamond hotel has 236 guest rooms designed with a subtle nautical theme. Each room comes with a LCD flat screen TV, iHome, coffee maker, luxurious bed linens and down comforter, and spa-inspired Etro bath amenities.
PS. The Hotel Marlowe has another enticing package called "Stay, Save & Enjoy" where you get to choose between breakfast for $1 more or 20% off your room plus cocktails.
Smack dab in the middle of Venice on the Grand Canal, the Ca' Nigra Lagoon Resort is a majestic palazzo turned four-star design hotel. Dating from the 1600s, the former home of Ambassador Conte Costantino Nigra was meticulously restored to showcase its original mosaics, venetian floors, marble friezes and fine glass panes. Your surroundings may be old school (the Stea family's private antiques collection, for example) but the technology is decidedly 21st century.
On the banks of Venice's most romantic waterway, the Cà Nigra Lagoon Resort boasts gardens full of roses and centuries-old trees, an oasis of calm in Venice. (And also the perfect spot for outdoor parties!) With only 22 Junior Rooms, each uniquely decorated, the Ca' Nigra Lagoon Resort offers the ultimate in privacy and personalized service.
Weary of the winter? Jet to San Diego and embrace the sun-and-sea attitude that defines California's second largest city. You'll find hip accommodations and friendly staff at the Hotel Solamar, situated in the heart of the lively Gaslamp District. Kick back on the sand or discover the city's fun restaurants, then relax with an in-room spa treatment or hit the hotel's 24-hour gym. At the end of each day, relax with a glass of wine at the hosted evening aperitif hour, a hotel signature. Don't miss a meal at the happening Jsix Restaurant, winner of San Diego Magazine's 2007 Best Restaurant award, which features California Coastal cuisine showcasing fresh local seafood and artisan produce from nearby farms. The good news: A weekend getaway can be yours for as little as $135 a night with the "Warm Up this Winter" package at the Hotel Solamar, which includes daily mimosas and cappuccinos in JSix Restaurant. (Limit two of each beverage per room per night.) Subject to availability. Book today!
Calling all baseball fans. MLB Spring Training is back in Florida, and passionate baseball enthusiasts are watching their favorite teams go head-to-head as they prepare for the regular season. Heading south to catch a Grapefruit League game? The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is offering a special discount on accommodations for MLB Spring Training ticket holders. Now for a limited time only, ticket holders will receive a special rate of up to 15% off the best available rates, based on availability.* Located near the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and Houston Astros training centers, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is the ideal base for baseball fans on a Florida sojourn. Set on a 482-acre nature preserve, the resort features a three-acre Florida-style lazy-river and pool, a full fitness center, a luxe spa by Guerlain, and more than a dozen dining and lounge options, including the award-winning La Luce by Donna Scala.
*Proof of Spring Training Tickets required at check-in. Up to two (2) rooms may be reserved at the discounted price; second room is for family members only.