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THE MATURE TRAVELER

Resort Apartment Discounts Offered

September 17, 1989|HANK KOVELL | Kovell is a veteran journalist in seniors' interests

A national chain of resort apartments is once again offering winter discounts for mature travelers at more than 60 locations nationwide.

Oakwood Resort Apartments will reduce rates for a minimum 30-day visit by 33% for seniors age 55 and over, effective from Nov. 1 through March 31.

The program provides an opportunity for visits to children, grandchildren, relatives or friends while enjoying the privacy of your own fully furnished apartment.

Oakwood Apartments are in California (33 locations throughout the state), Denver, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Raleigh, N.C., Austin and Houston, Tex. (11 locations) and Virginia.

Oakwood has studios or one- and two-bedroom apartments, each of which has a furnished kitchen, with cooking utensils and dishes. Apartments come complete with a color TV, VCR, linens for bed and bath and weekly maid service. Private telephones have been pre-installed, eliminating the wait for service. All utilities are included in the rental price.

Most units feature lighted tennis courts with an instructor, swimming pools, spas, saunas and fitness centers. Sunday brunch is served at no charge in a private clubhouse, which also has a large-screen TV and a party room/lounge that can be booked for private use. Some complexes also have mini-markets and hair salons, plus laundry and dry-cleaning services.

Based on a minimum 30-day stay, daily rates can be as low as $16 for a studio with kitchen, up to $50 a day for two-bedroom units. Price variations are affected by the city or state in which the apartment complex is located.

To receive a brochure and directory with a description of all Oakwood apartment properties nationwide, call toll-free (800) 421-6654, or write to Senior Plan, R&B Enterprises, 2222 Corinth Ave., Los Angeles 90064.

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Red Roof Inns, a rapidly growing lodging chain, boasts 200 modestly priced locations in 30 states in the Midwest, South and East. Amenities offered with the basic room rate include free local phone calls, first-run movies and complimentary morning coffee and newspaper.

Red Roof Inns has begun a program for mature travelers that's called RediCard + 60, which provides senior guests 60 and over with special room rates and other benefits.

A $10 annual membership fee entitles RediCard holders to a 10% discount off published room rates, five $2 discount coupons that can be deducted from rates before the 10% discount, Hertz Rental Car discounts, a Rand McNally road map showing all Red Roof Inn locations, plus a quarterly newsletter that contains discounts for seniors at nearby restaurants and attractions.

The Red Roof Inn directory shows daily rates ranging from $23.95 to $55.95. Rates are for one or two persons, and some locations have seasonal rates. Prices quoted in the directory are before the RediCard senior discount.

The comprehensive directory gives the address of each inn plus a small, easy-to-read locator map, distances from important businesses and locations of airports, convention centers, tourist attractions, shopping centers and sports arenas. Nearby restaurants are also listed.

For a copy of the Red Roof Inns directory and information on the RediCard + 60 program, call toll-free (800) 843-7663. Or write to RediCard-MT, Red Roof Inns, 4355 Davidson Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43026.

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One of Ventura County's best-kept secrets is the Channel Islands Motel in Oxnard. Even without the discount for seniors, it's a bargain. Spacious rooms all feature a complete kitchen with microwave, built-in blow dryers, VCRs, a library of free movies, and free popcorn to enjoy with your movies.

Upon arrival there is a basket of fresh fruit, and every morning a complimentary full breakfast. Cocktails are served each evening for two hours, Monday through Saturday.

There are pastries and fresh coffee in the lobby 24 hours a day, and a free morning newspaper every day. A recreation room offers facilities at no charge, including pool tables, shuffleboard and table football.

A laundry room that requires no coins has washers, dryers, irons and ironing boards, plus free bleach and detergent. And there is a heated swimming pool and spa.

The price for two persons is $67 a night for rooms with kitchenettes or $72 for kitchen suites. Prices are for either a king-size bed or two doubles, and apply to mature travelers over age 50. (Published rates are $5 per room more.) For additional persons in the room there is an $8 charge for each per night.

For a brochure and rate card, call (805) 487-7755 or write to Channel Islands Motel, 1001 E. Channel Islands Blvd., Oxnard 93033.

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Sheraton Hotels in Hawaii has introduced a Golden Guests program effective through Dec. 20 for visitors over 55. In addition to the existing 25% AARP discount, senior guests will receive a complimentary room upgrade upon check-in, if available.

An Aloha Passport will offer 10% discounts in some of the Sheraton restaurants. A special hospitality lounge is provided so that Golden Guests can mingle and participate in indoor games and activities. A Golden Guests Discount Booklet contains discounts for shops, attractions and events.

The program is available at five Sheratons on Oahu, two on Kauai and one on Maui. For more information on the Golden Guests program, call toll-free (800) 325-3535.

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