Paris-based Sofitel Hotels & Resorts, which runs 145 upscale hotels in 48 countries, offers a "Winter Sale" at nine U.S. hotels and more than 60 European ones. The discounts, which vary widely, are good through March 11, subject to availability. Examples include Sofitel Chicago (two miles from O'Hare International Airport), rated four diamonds by AAA, where sale rooms are priced at $149 per night versus $255 at published rates; and Sofitel Venice (Italy), at $219 versus about $340 at published rates. Ask for the lowest available rate, which may be cheaper than the "Winter Sale" rate. For instance, the Sofitel Chicago last week offered rooms at $129 per night for Jan. 12 to 13; the "Winter Sale" rate was listed as $149. See a travel agent or call (800) 763-4835..
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This Week's Holidays
Banking and government offices will be closed or services curtailed in the following countries this week because of holidays:
Monday: Burkina Faso, Sri Lanka
Tuesday: Kenya, Mexico, Russia, Turkmenistan
Wednesday: Malta, St. Lucia
Saturday: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, South Africa
Source: Thomson Financial Publishing