August 15, 2013 |
If your travel plans this fall include Thailand, consider stopping off in Bangkok for a weekend stay at Emporium Suites by Chatrium. The contemporary high-rise hotel in the capital city trims weekend rates up to 18% through October. The deal: The Weekend Getaway starts at $134 a night and includes daily buffet breakfast for two, free Wi-Fi and Internet connections, welcome drinks and fruit, and late checkout. The hotel with 378 rooms receives high marks from travelers on TripAdvisor , noting it offers good views of the city.
July 28, 2013 |
How much control are you willing to surrender when booking your next boutique hotel stay? Name: Stayful.com What it does: This website sources deep discounts at independent and boutique hotels by using its own bidding system and access to hotel rooms that might go unsold. Hotel rooms in San Francisco and New York are currently available, with Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago up next. It has plans to expand to 15 cities by the end of the year. What's hot: Usually you don't get to see the name of the hotel when you're bidding on rooms.
June 30, 2013 |
Glamour plus camping equals "glamping. " Thanks to this website, you'll never have to pitch a tent. Name: Glamping.com What it does: Sources glamorous camping options the world over - from floating lodges in Cambodia to luxe treehouses in Italy. What's hot: The site defines different glamping opportunities. I liked that it organized them both by destination and by categories, such as tents, villas and huts; cubes and eco-pods; yurts and tepees; and more. I found tented suites in Kenya, a Four Seasons tented camp in Thailand, solar-powered tents in Australia; and luxury yurts in Britain.
June 27, 2013 |
The Fountains of Bellagio are America's top tourist attraction, according to TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice awards . Since opening in 1998, the shimmering, dancing fountains - about 1,200 in all - have delighted visitors to the Las Vegas Strip with more than 190,000 performances. The displays are choreographed by WET Design of Los Angeles, the fountains' creators. The latest additions to the musical repertoire - “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” by the Beatles, “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson, and “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller - highlight the range of tunes to which the fountains dance.
June 14, 2013 |
The most and least expensive summer destinations in the U.S. both offer lots of sand, sun and palm trees. Honolulu was ranked the most expensive summer destination on an annual ranking by the travel website TripAdvisor. Las Vegas was ranked as the cheapest vacation spot. Los Angeles came in as the sixth most expensive, largely because hotel prices have jumped nearly 30% in the last year. Quiz: What can't you take onboard a jetliner? The ranking was based on the total cost of a one night stay at a four-star hotel, drinks and dinner for two and a round-trip taxi ride.
January 29, 2013 |
When it comes to top luxury hotels in the U.S., the West seems to be a favorite with the TripAdvisor crowd. More than half of the top 25 U.S. luxury hotels in the Travelers' Choice 2013 picks are located in Hawaii, California, Arizona and other western states. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island was the big winner as No. 1 as the best luxury hotel and the top hotel in the U.S. and the world. In the luxury hotel category, it's followed by the private residence-turned-hotel Wentworth Mansion in Charleston, S.C., at No. 2. Bardessono in Yountville, Calif., where eight wine-tasting rooms in the Napa Valley are within walking distance of the hotel, came in No. 3. Other luxury hotels in the West include: - Four Seasons Seattle at No. 4; - The Grand Del Mar in San Diego at No. 5; - Four Seasons Resort Lanai, the Lodge at Koele in Lanai City, Lanai, Hawaii, at No. 7; - Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur at No. 8; - Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Ore., at No. 9; Among hotels in the United States, the Hotel California in Palm Springs was named best hotel for service, the Inn of the Five Graces in Santa Fe, N.M., as the top small hotel; the Point Clear Cottages in Fairhope, Ala., as the best B&B; and SeaCoast Inn in Hyannis, Mass., as best bargain hotel.