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THE MATURE TRAVELER

Hotels Sweeten Room Discount Offers : Deals on car rentals, food, drinks and other extras are being included in reduced rates.

August 16, 1992|HANK KOVELL

Hotels and hotel chains throughout the United States are offering senior travelers some attractive room discounts and, in many cases, money-saving deals in other travel-related areas, such as rental cars. A sampling:

* The Travelodge chain has created a "Classic Travel Club" that provides a 15% discount off published room rates to travelers over the age of 50. The discount is valid at any time in all 500 Travelodges nationwide, with no restrictions. In conjunction with Avis, Classic Travel Club members can also get discounts of 5%-10% off weekend and weekly car rental rates. Other members-only discounts are published throughout the year. Membership in the Classic Travel Club is free. Call (800) 545-6343.

* Travelers planning a trip to Hawaii before the end of 1992, and who are members of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), are eligible to receive a 50% discount at the Marriott Maui Resort on Maui's Kaanapali Beach. The minimum rate of $179 is reduced to $89 per night, and also includes a 25% discount off food and nonalcoholic beverages and 10% off merchandise in Marriott gift shops. Room upgrades are available for nominal additional charges. To obtain the discount, a 21-day, non-refundable advance purchase is required. The $89 rate is available until Dec. 25. For information or reservations, call (800) 228-9290 or (808) 667-1200.

* San Francisco's elegant Stouffer Stanford Court Hotel on Nob Hill is offering a "Golden Years" senior rate of $169 per night. Regular rates range from $225 to $280. The discount applies to members of AARP or other travelers over the age of 60. The Stanford Court provides complimentary morning coffee or tea and newspaper, plus free limousine service from the hotel within the downtown shopping area. All three of San Francisco's cable car lines intersect at the corner where the hotel is located. For information, brochures or reservations, California residents should call (800) 622-0957. From other states, call (800) 227-4736.

* Travelers interested in visiting the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library can find lodging at the Radisson Hotel Simi Valley, a five-minute drive away. The Radisson is offering a senior rate of $62 per night. Regular rates are about $80. Rates include a complimentary cocktail hour Monday through Thursday and complimentary continental breakfast Monday through Friday. For information, brochures and reservations, call (800) 333-3333.

* The famed Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel observed its 65th birthday earlier this year and has been offering a senior rate of $65 to anyone 65 or older. The regular minimum room rate is $110, and the usual senior discount rate is $85. Travelers will enjoy the historic ambience of the Roosevelt, including its Hollywood Memorabilia Gallery, a mini-museum on the mezzanine floor. For reservations and information, call (800) 950-7667.

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