June 20, 2010
Golf until you drop? OK, it's not the same as shopping, but a summer package at La Quinta Resort & Club allows you to spend as much time as you like on the resort's five golf courses. The deal: The "Desert Links" play-and-stay package includes a room and unlimited golfing for two starting at $229 per night at the 45-acre resort near Palm Springs. You also get a $25 credit for dining or other expenses, and the resort waives its usual $27-a-night resort fee. The more golf you play, the better the deal, given that a single round ranges from $59 to $109.
November 3, 2011 |
This deal from Marriott makes it easy to get a jump-start on a vacation. Stay at a JW Marriott, Renaissance or Marriott Resort through January and receive a companion airline ticket to anywhere in the continental U.S. plus a $100 resort credit. The deal: The Stay Here, Fly There package is available in California (including Sonoma, San Diego and Palm Springs), Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Florida. It requires a two-night stay, and the $100 credit may be used for golf, spa services or food.
March 17, 2002 |
By all accounts the U.S. lodging industry had a dismal year in 2001, perhaps the worst in two decades, and this year isn't looking much better. Average occupancy fell by 5.7% last year, and room rates slipped 1.4%, according to Smith Travel Research, which tracks industry trends. For the week ending March 2, both figures were down about 5% from last year. You would think harried hoteliers would try to avoid annoying their guests.
September 11, 2012 |
The Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain covers 850 desert acres of saguaro cactus in the foothills of the Tortolita Mountains north of Tucson. The resort, which includes a spa and pool area, has some nice packages with breakfast or resort credits to enhance a fall or winter desert getaway. The deal: The Ritz Carlton's website features lots of packages and special offers, but these two turned out to be good values when I tested them. The Bed and Breakfast rate serves up daily breakfast for two at the hotel's CORE Kitchen or by room service for just $10 more than the standard room rate.
September 30, 2012 |
In the Sept. 23 On the Spot column, reader Mae Chandran of Malibu wrote in to say she had been charged a resort fee of $40.32 at a Las Vegas hotel that "had to be paid before we could check in. " She hadn't known about the charge, so she tussled with the online booking agency and eventually got a small reduction in the price. But, she said in her letter, it really wasn't about the money; it was about the principle, and others agree. Three consumer advocates last month filed a letter of complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about the practice, which the FTC calls drip pricing.
July 9, 2012 |
The Wigwam east of Phoenix began life in 1918 as a resort for Goodyear Tire & Rubber executives and a decade later emerged as a full-service resort. Here's a great summer deal good for families: $99 a night for California residents. The deal: The Wigwam in Litchfield Park outside Phoenix is a historic hotel with 331 casitas and suites in more than 400 acres with golf, spa and four pools, including one with a 25-foot twisting water slide. (Don't confuse this with the funky Wigwam Village Motel in Holbrook, Ariz., with tepee-shaped rooms.)
January 24, 2013 |
Vail Cascade Resort & Spa in Vail, Colo., is offering deep discounts on rooms this spring for a two-night stay. The ski-in ski-out hotel takes up to 60% off room rates, which could be a good deal for those still planning their spring break. The deal: Spring on Sale rates require a two-night stay at the hotel. Use the code "vcspring1" when making a reservation online or by phone. When: The sale is good through Jan. 31 for stays Feb. 24 to April 13. Tested: I checked online and found some of the discounted rooms a bit more than the promised 60% off. I found availability for a midweek rate Feb. 25-27 for a room with a king- or two queen-sized beds for $169 a night plus tax (instead of the published $459 a night)
July 24, 2012 |
The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., has a deal you've likely heard before: an extra night or two at a price determined by the year you were born. I've written about deals like this in the past, but just because it's been done before doesn't mean you won't save -- whether you go during the heat of summer or the cool of late fall. The deal: The birth-date rate is good for a second or third night, and guests must have valid proof of ID to show when they check in. Use the code "NBR" when making a reservation by phone; "PAYAGE" when booking online.
November 13, 2012 |
La Quinta Resort & Club turned into Bedford Falls? That's the idea behind the 1926 resort's holiday decorations inspired by the movie "It's a Wonderful Life. " After Thanksgiving, the Palm Springs-area hotel will have decorations in place and offer free screenings of the movie, a chance to roast chestnuts -- and a special room rate for California residents. The deal: The California Residents Rate at the resort with a PGA West golf course starts at $135 a night plus tax and requires a two-night stay.
August 31, 2011 |
Take a drive on U.S. Highway 395 to Mammoth Lakes, Calif., and pay $395 for a three-night stay at Snowcreek Resort . This package at the 450-acre vacation rental resort is ideal for Labor Day and good for families that want to hike, fish or just laze around the eastern Sierra site. The deal: Stay $395 includes three nights in a one-bedroom condo. Visitors have access to the resort's athletic club (indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and racquetball, exercise classes)