Mexico's El Presidente hotels are giving away one free night for every three days that you book a room. Choices in Acapulco, Ixtapa, Loreto, Los Cabos, Oaxaca, Mexico City. These are among Mexico's top hotels. As low as $56 per person for three days, two nights. Includes a full American breakfast, a welcome drink. (The offer is good till the end of March.) Ask your travel agent for a copy of El Presidente's "MexiGo Vacation Guide" or call El Presidente toll-free (800) 472-2427.
John Hatfield of Salem, Ore., has a good word for EurAide, a telephone message service for travelers in Europe. "Last year while we were overseas our friends called a toll-free number in Illinois with messages that were transmitted to EurAide's office in Munich. In turn we called the office in Munich to receive the messages. The use of this service eliminated the need to make expensive calls home from Europe. Highly recommended."
EurAide says you can receive messages from any point in Europe merely by calling the Munich headquarters. You pay $49 for the service for 30 days. A second month costs $35. Contact EurAide, P.O. Box 2375, Naperville, Ill. 60565 or telephone toll-free (800) 247-4755.
A newsletter with items describing bargains in Hawaii will become available starting March 1. Listings of hotels/condominiums, car rentals, tour packages. Other details on low-cost air fares to the islands from major U.S./Canadian cities. Tips for visitors, an events calendar. Dozens of little-known bargains, promises the publisher. Subscription rate is $15 for one year. Copies mailed monthly. For information about subscriptions to the Royal Hawaiian Newsletter, write to Kona Publishing Co., 777 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.
A company that calls itself ResWest is mailing free copies of a new catalogue that features southwestern Colorado: Durango, Telluride, Vallecito Lake, Ouray and Crested Butte. More than 70 inns/lodges, four ski resorts. ResWest also represents the Durango & Silverton narrow-gauge railroad as well as groups doing river rafting/horseback riding trips, Western cookouts. A B&B called the Scrubby Oaks in Durango (overlooking the Animas Valley) is priced at $40. Includes a king-size breakfast. On the Southern Ute Indian Reservation you'll pay $18-$20. (Hard to beat those rates.) This is a 16-page, magazine-size catalogue. Worth a stamp. Write to ResWest, P.O. Box 57, Durango, Colo. 81302 or call toll-free (800) 228-4524. In Colorado phone (800) 247-7846.
Rentals in Spain
Rentals along the Costa del Sol are available beginning at about $170 per week. A total of 500 units (apartments and villas) near Nerja. The development is called El Capistrano. Indoor-outdoor swimming pools, a sauna, gymnasium. Activities in the area include riding, golf, tennis. Water sports on Burriana Beach. Details from Maria Santos c/o International Lodging & Travel Corp., 89-27 182nd Place, Hollis, N.Y. 11423. Telephone (718) 291-1342. (This same company also represents properties along the Costa Brava as well as other areas of Spain.)
A Letter From Britain
Richard and Cynthia Hayes invite Americans to visit them in "our very beautiful and luxurious home in Pembrokeshire National Park" in West Wales. Fifteen acres. More than 1,000 varieties of rare plants, trees, shrubs. The Hayeses "welcome Americans as friends," offer B&B accommodations for nine guests. Double rooms with private baths/showers. Central heating, a swimming pool, sauna. Tennis, water skiing, fishing, yachting.
The property is called the Four Ashes. Dates from the mid-1800s. A good location for touring nearby castles. About four hours from London. (The cross-Channel ferry to southern Ireland is close by). Rates from 20 a night, including breakfast. Or there's a cottage on the property that rents for 200 per week. Contact Richard and Cynthia Hayes c/o Four Ashes, Cosheston, Pembroke Dock, Dyfed SA72 4TX, United Kingdom.
New York Update
Last week we made mention of a company called Manhattan Passport (344 West 23rd St., New York 10011) that arranges sightseeing jaunts, negotiates hotel rates, etc. for visitors to the Big Apple. "Our bargaining more than pays our hourly rates, still $25," said Ina Lee Selden who heads up Manhattan Passport. Now she tells us she was mistaken, that her minimum charge is $50. At that price maybe you'd be better off making your own reservations. Or get your travel agent to do it free.