July 22, 2011 |
The Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo Park, Calif., is one of those smartly appointed hotels with wine tastings in the evenings and freshly baked cookies at night. Rooms at the 163-room Bay Area hotel, not far from Stanford University, cost as little as $165 a night under a deal from the website Sniqueaway.com The deal: The SniqueAway offer applies to selected dates through the end of the year. Nightly rates start at $165 for a courtyard room and $189 for a room with a fireplace; prices exclude tax and fees.
May 24, 1987 |
Inter-Continental Hotels is offering discounts at 30 hotels in 23 European cities from July 1 to Aug. 31. The discounts vary from hotel to hotel, but can be as much as 60% off regular rates. The average discount is 36%. The discounted rates are fixed at $45, $65 and $85 per person per night, double occupancy. There is a 50% surcharge for solo guests. For example, a $45-per-person room occupied by a single guest would cost $67.50.
August 30, 2009 |
I recently stumbled onto a report I dubbed "Hotel Confidential: What Innkeepers Won't Tell You About Pricing." The report, in reality titled "Hotel Revenue Management in an Economic Downturn: Results of an International Study," released this month by the prestigious Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, coaches hotel owners on how to weather the recession and keep most of us paying the highest room prices possible. For travelers, reading it is like sneaking behind enemy lines.
November 3, 1991 |
Rank Hotels is repeating a winter promotion in which the price of rooms calculated in pounds at five hotels in London will be offered for the same figure in dollars, from Dec. 15 through Feb. 29. Thus, a room normally costing 130 would cost $130. At the recent exchange rate of $1.78 per pound, that means a savings of about 43% from the regular rate of about $230 per night. Bookings must be made at least 14 days prior to arrival, and there is a minimum two-night stay requirement.
April 3, 1994 |
The hotel industry in Hawaii has traditionally been "senior friendly," and continues to demonstrate it with a flurry of special offers for mature travelers. * The Coconut Plaza Hotel, in Honolulu's Waikiki area, is offering a generous "Seniors Romance Package" that is loaded with features. The deal includes seven nights in a deluxe guest room.
November 8, 2010 |
In Yosemite National Park , summer crowds have long dissipated. And now is good time to think about visiting the California park, where you'll find bargain room rates this month and in December in Yosemite Valley and nearby. Sure, it may get nippy, but the scenery is gorgeous and the atmosphere is peaceful. The deal: Live it up at the venerable Ahwahnee , a AAA four-diamond hotel, where nightly room rates in December drop as low as $199 per night from as high as $469 in the high season.
December 22, 2011 |
The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa sounds religious but it's not. The upscale resort near Cape Town, South Africa, derives its name from the nearby mountain range. The mountains stand on one side of the resort; the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Guests can watch whales and dolphins in the ocean and hike the surrounding wilderness trails of Table Mountain National Park. The deal: Cape Town Chic is a well-priced package from Lion World Tours that includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, a day in Cape Town on your own and four nights at the Twelve Apostles to enjoy the setting and the spa. Spend a little more and you can add on sightseeing excursions.
September 29, 2011 |
Good news for the smart phone travel crowd: Priceline on Thursday adds a new feature to its mobile app that offers same-night discounts at selected three- and four-star hotels. Tonight-Only Deals displays three hotel options and prices -- no bidding involved -- at 11 a.m. local time daily that can be booked until 11 p.m. Sound familiar? Hotel Tonight fans will recognize this service. Tonight-Only Deals works much the same way, but posts hotel options an hour earlier (Hotel Tonight starts at noon)
July 7, 1991 |
Due to the great competition for the mature traveler's vacation dollar, more and more resorts and hotels are offering discount programs. Here are some of the latest offerings: --Condado Beach Hotel, a 245-room beachfront hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is giving a year-round 25% discount to those 60 years and over. In addition, this elegant resort has reduced its rates for the summer season that ends Nov. 30. Lowest-priced room is $126 per night, double occupancyl; it's available for $94.50.