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Guide To Make Your Pizza Interesting For the Kids

Kids love to have pizzas, anytime and every time. But often people think that having pizzas from the pizza corners can be unhealthy. If you also think the same, then you can surprise your kids every time by preparing unique types of pizzas. Even if you are not savvy in making the pizza dough by yourself, then you can also purchase it premade from the neighborhood pizza store. In this article, you will find some great ideas that can convert your simple looking pizza into a unique one as per the preference of your kids. So, have these Burlington pizza recipes and get set go!

 Black bean nacho pizza

 You can start infusing your pizza with some different flavor by adding green onions, black beans, roasted red peppers and tomatoes on the top of the dough before adding on cheese. In case your kid loves nachos, then it will be his/her favorite pizza style.

Macaroni and cheese pizza

 In this Burlington pizza style, you can combine two types of comfort foods in one platter. To do this, you can start out with the creamy cheese-drenched pasta and then can use this to top the pre-cooked crust of the pizza. Therefore, you need to meld both the flavors together with the final trip to the oven.

Buffalo chicken pizza

 Does your kid like football? Then he will definitely love this pizza style. This pizza mainly packs the flavor of spicy vinegar of the wing sauce in every slice along with diced pieces of chicken along with the bleu cheese crumbles in with the mozzarella.

Dessert pizza

 You must be aware of pizza as the main course dish. But do you know you can even convert it into a dessert? Just replace the red sauce with the Neutral chocolate spread. Besides, come up with a twist by changing the toppings as well. Well, you can opt for chopped snicker bars or crushed Oreos, smoked almonds, marshmallows, chocolate chips etc. All of these things will be enough to prepare a decadent dessert, which will be fancy enough to serve.

Mini deep dish pizza

Be a little creative while preparing pizza for your kids. Here, you need to use a muffin tin instead of a pizza pan to hold the dough. Then cut the pre-made dough apart into small pieces, roll those out and press the dough into each circle. After that, fill the pies with the preferred ingredients and bake.

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Hotels With Water Slides in Sanibel Resort

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Sanibel Island in Florida is a fabulous place to visit for parents in search of fun, water-themed activities for their children. Sanibel is a 12 mile-long barrier island located near Fort Myers. A haven for seashell collectors, the area has many oceanfront resorts which offer kid-friendly programs and pools with waterslides for younger guests. In addition, Sanibel Island is within close proximity to Sunsplash Family Water Park in Cape Coral.

Sundial Beach and Golf Resort

  • This resort has a children’s waterslide and five swimming pools for guests to choose from. Other children’s activities are full and half day programs that include indoor and outdoor play, as well as an aquatic ecological center for kids to visit. The resort’s “Feeding Frenzy” program allows kids and parents to feed hermit crabs, turtles, fish and other marine life. Amenities include a fitness center, on-site dining, 12 tennis courts and access to world-class golfing at The Dunes Championship Golf Course. Rates start at $129 per night.

    Sundial Beach Resort
    1451 Middle Gulf Drive
    Sanibel Island, Florida 33957
    866-565-5093

Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort and Spa

  • Children enjoy waterslide fun at this family-centered resort, which offers five swimming pools, drive-in movies with popcorn, ping pong, billiards and shuffleboard. Outdoor water activities also include kayaking and fishing. Located on an 85 acre peninsula within close proximity to Sanibel Island, this resort also features a Kids Klub on the weekends which includes activities like kite flying, water balloon tossing and scavenger hunts. Rates start at $127 per night.

    Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort and Spa
    17260 Harbour Pointe Drive
    Fort Myers, Florida 33908
    239-466-4000

Casa Ybel Resort

  • This resort occupies 23 acres of private beach on Sanibel Island. The Olympic-size pool features a waterslide for guest enjoyment. Other features include a kiddy pool, water sidebar, spa, on-site restaurant and six tennis courts. Kid programs are three hours long and include crafts, painting, story time and water-themed activities. Rates start at $209 per night in conjunction with multiple night stays.

    Casa Ybel Resort
    2255 West Gulf Drive
    Sanibel Island, Florida 33957
    800-276-4753

Weekly & Monthly Stay Hotels

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Weekly- and monthly-stay hotels can benefit you if you are relocating, on business or trying to save money. Most hotels that advertise weekly and monthly rates include hotels that cater to patrons with the intent to stay longer than a week. Typically, a weekly or monthly rate can save you up to 15 percent on a regular day prices. You usually receive the same services as a traditional nightly rate accommodation, just not at the full price.

Grandstay Residential Suites

  • Grandstay Residential Suites offer weekly and monthly rates. However, prices vary by location. You can locate Grandstay Residential Suites in California, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. Business and family suites come with equipped kitchens, high-speed Internet access and complimentary breakfast. Floor plans include studios and one-bedroom or two-bedroom accommodations. Facilities on-site include laundry room, pantry, picnic area and putting greens.

    Grandstay Oxnard

    2211 East Gonzales Road

    Oxnard, CA 93036

    805-983-6808

    grandstayoxnard.com

    Grandstay Ames

    1606 South Kellogg Avenue

    Ames, IA 50010

    515-232-8363

    grandstayames.com

    Grandstay St. Cloud

    213 Sixth Avenue South

    St. Cloud, MN 56301

    320-251-5400

    grandstaystcloud.com

    Grandstay Rapid City

    660 Disk Drive

    Rapid City, SD 57701

    605-341-5100

    grandstayrapidcity.com

    Grandstay Eau Claire

    5310 Prill Road

    Eau Claire, WI 54701

    715-834-1700

    grandstayeauclaire.com

Sun Suites

  • Sun Suites offers nightly, weekly and monthly rates across the country. You can locate a Sun Suites in Georgia, Florida and Texas. Rates vary at each location but tend to be higher in the East Coast. Majority locations are along the highways. Sun Suites offers four different floor plans. All suites come with a complete kitchen, private bathroom and small dining tables and lounge chairs. In addition, the chain offers free wireless Internet access. Most locations are within walking distance from a restaurant.

    Sun Suites Kennesaw Atlanta

    3174 Barrett Lakes Boulevard

    Kennesaw, GA 30144

    770-424-5410

    sunsuites.com

    Sun Suites of Jacksonville

    8555 Baymeadows Way

    Jacksonville, FL 32257

    904-421-3440

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    Sun Suites of Plano

    200 Ruisseau Drive

    Plano, TX 75023

    972-312-8300

    sunsuites.com

Extended Stay Hotels

  • Extended Stay Hotels operates five branded properties that offer nightly, weekly and monthly rates. Properties include Extended Stay Deluxe, Extended Stay America, Homestead Studio Suites, Crossland Economy Suites and Studio Plus Deluxe Studios. Suites come with fully equipped kitchens, pillow-top mattresses, dining tables and chairs. Some suites have a separate living area from the bedroom. You have access to an on-site laundry center and Internet services, sometimes for a small fee. Depending on the location, the property has a swimming pool and fitness center.

    Extended Stay Hotels

    130 Mobile Drive

    Spartanburg, SC 29303

    864-573-5949

    extendedstaydeluxe.com

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Hotels With an Indoor Waterslide in Ontario

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Ontario is Canada’s largest province and home to several of the country’s largest cities. The province is also a prime vacation destination, with Niagara Falls, Ottawa and Toronto all located in Ontario. With the recent growth in popularity of child-friendly hotels, Ontario is at the forefront of providing indoor water playgrounds at many hotels.

Delta Chelsea

  • Toronto’s Delta Chelsea is in the heart of the city’s downtown core, just a short walk to many shops, restaurants and attractions. The full-service hotel features an adults-only health facility on the top floor of the 27-story property. Families will want to spend time at the Delta’s Family Fun Zone, which includes a teen lounge, kid’s activity center and massive pool and splash zone. The highlight of the property is the 135-foot corkscrew water slide. Rooms in the hotel are spacious and are equipped with pillow-top beds, paid Wi-Fi, luxurious linens and coffee maker. Special Family Fun Suites are also available, each sporting a separate kid play-and-sleep room, kid bathrobes, bunk-beds, kitchenette and plenty of toys and activities.

    Delta Chelsea
    33 Gerrard Street West
    Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z4
    (416) 595-1975

Travelodge Ottawa Hotel

  • Located just off Highway 416 in the west end of the city, Travelodge Ottawa Hotel offers plenty of child-friendly features. The recently renovated hotel features a full-service restaurant, gift shop, outdoor Zen garden and popular lounge. The hotel also features the city’s largest indoor water park, including wave pool, splash zone, hot tub and 150-foot water slide. Rooms feature a fridge, free high-speed Internet and complimentary newspaper.

    Travelodge Ottawa Hotel
    1376 Carling Ave.
    Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 7L5
    (613) 722-7600

Great Wolf Lodge

  • Located a short drive from the falls, Great Wolf Lodge is a family-themed resort with plenty of activities to keep everyone busy and entertained. The main attraction is Fort Mackenzie, a four-story indoor water park with a 1,000-gallon soaker bucket, a full range of water slides, wave pool, vortex and suspension bridge. Girls can enjoy a few hours at Scoops Kid Spa while the boys hit the arcade. Many of the hotel suites are decorated in kid-friendly wilderness chic, with bunk beds, caves and tents adding to the fun. Bedtime stories are accompanied with cookies and milk, and Club Cub let’s parents take some personal time while the youngsters are entertained.

    Great Wolf Lodge
    3950 Victoria Ave.
    Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 7M8
    (905) 354-4888

Military Hotels in Japan

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More than 30,000 U.S. service men and women are stationed in Japan. With such numbers, it is imperative that affordable accommodations be available. Many hotels and resorts throughout Tokyo, Okinawa, Osaka and the rest of Japan offer members of the U.S. military discounted rates.

The New Sanno

  • Situated in the heart of bustling downtown Tokyo, The New Sanno Hotel provides accommodations for U.S. military personnel in Japan. Guests of The New Sanno must present valid photo identification that verifies their military status, and must be at least 20 years old. As of October 2010, guest room rates ranged from $50 to $68 per night for a single room, depending on military status, and $88 to $100 for a suite.

    The New Sanno

    Unit 45003

    APO AP 96337-5003

    Tokyo, Japan

    DSN 229-8111

Comfort Hotel

  • Within Japan’s Osaka is the Comfort Hotel Sakai. The hotel’s 119 guest rooms offer military and government personnel discounted room rates. Located just minutes from Kansai International Airport, the hotel offers military guests access and convenience during their stay. Amenities include complimentary breakfast, free Internet, meeting space, guest laundry and wake-up service. As of October 2010, goverment military rates for a single room were $72 per night.

    Choice Hotel Sakai

    1-5-1 Ryujimbashi-choSakai-ku

    Sakai, Japan, 590-0972

    (81) 72 233 7111

Marriott Hotels & Resorts

  • The Marriott brand of hotels offers government and military discounts to service men and women across the globe. Hotel rates provide discounted per diem rates. Within Japan’s Okinawa, the Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa features 309 guest rooms and 52 suites for military personnel traveling or stationed in Okinawa. On-site restaurants, high speed Internet access, a fitness center and indoor pool are just some of the amenities offered to guests of the resort. As of October 2010, military discounted rates began at $192 per night.

    Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa

    1490-1 Kise Nago-shi

    Nago City Okinawa, 905-0026 Japan

    81 980 511000

Smart travelling in the city of London

When you are thinking about travelling it implies a lot of preparation. And the ace thing which the travelers worry about most of the time is the finances. It is especially applicable when you are planning a trip to a city like London. Indeed there have been reports of the city being listed to be one of the most expensive tourist destinations. So what should be done? Now this does not imply that you totally throw away your dream of visiting the city. It only means to travel smartly. Of course luxury has never meant happiness. And if you feel happy about travelling to London the financial problems should not cease to fulfilling your dream. So there are some real smart and money saving way to see this city. Thus first and foremost be happy that you are going to fulfill your dream of seeing this beautiful place.

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The city of London is the epitome of historical significance, buzzing energy and artistic endeavor. It will be a worthy experience to visit the city. The following are the tips which are bound to save your money when travelling to London:-

  • Travel sites- there are a number of travel sites which can provide you with the best deals even at the peak season. So make sure to browse for the travel sites. However make sure to take care about the reviews of such sites.
  • Hotels- there are a good number of hotels in the city of London. However you can save money on hotels in london with the help of the real good deals available on the hotel websites. Make sure to book a hotel with complimentary breakfast. A heavy breakfast will be the best start for a day. It will at the same time save money. You can also try for a hotel which has a kitchen and mini fridge attached. This will definitely be a saving of money.
  • Tube savvy- The Tube will help you to save considerable amount of the money with the help of the pass. So go for this option and enjoy the ride.

Cheap Long-Term-Stay Hotels in Georgia With Weekly Rates

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Lower prices generally are in smaller towns such as Valdosta, while comparable accommodations in the metropolitan Atlanta area can be significantly higher – as much as $550 for a one-bedroom unit at Extended Stay America as of December 2014. Weekly rates typically are lower than if rooms are rented by the day.

Extended Stay America

  • National chain Extended Stay America has more than 20 long-term-stay hotels in Georgia — one each in Macon and Savannah, two in Columbus and 20 in and around Atlanta. Each hotel room is a suite with a fully equipped kitchen and full-size refrigerator; other amenities include an on-site laundry room, free Wi-Fi, unlimited local phone use and personalized voice mail, and flat-screen TVs with premium channels. All Extended Stay hotels are company owned and operated so there’s less variation than one might find at a franchised hotel chain. Pet-friendly accommodations are available. As of December 2014, guests at Extended Stay America get 17 percent off the daily rate for a stay of up to two weeks and a discount of 31 percent daily if they rent by the month.

InTown Suites

  • InTown Suites, a smaller upstart with 130 locations around the country, operates 22 hotels in the state, with 15 of them in the Atlanta metropolitan area and the others in Albany, Athens, Duluth, Macon, Savannah, Valdosta and Warner Robbins. InTown’s long-term-stay hotels offer full kitchens, full-size refrigerators, dinette tables and chairs, free premium TV channels, free high-speed Internet access and on-site laundry rooms. InTown has suites with up to two bedrooms. No pets are allowed. InTown Suites weekly rental rates typically are lower than Extended Stay America’s.

Marriott

  • Marriott may be considered a luxury hotel operator known for high-end resorts under the J.W. Marriott brand, but several of its more affordable marquees offer extended-stay accommodations throughout Georgia. According to the Marriott website, the company maintains 27 properties under the Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites names in the Peach State that offer discounted weekly rates. The lowest prices for studio suites as of December 2014 was about $450 a week at the TownePlace Suites in Alpharetta, which is about what a single night costs at a J.W. Marriott resort hotel. Rooms in the center of Atlanta and other urban areas often are significantly more expensive.

Value Place

  • Value Place is a national chain of long-term-stay hotels launched in 2003 by Jack DeBoer who, according to the chain’s website, “is known in the industry as the founder of extended stay lodging.” The chain currently has nearly 200 locations in 30 states, including Georgia, where it has eight properties offering suites available on a weekly basis for the mid-$200s. Value Place hotels are located in Alpharetta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah.

How to Extend My Cruise Vacation with a Hotel Stay

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One way to extend your cruise vacation is to add a hotel stay. You can stay one day or more in a hotel at or near a port. Stay prior to your cruise and you’ll be sure to get to the port on time. Or, stay post-cruise and you can get your “land legs” back before you head home. Whichever you choose, use these tips to learn how to extend your cruise with a hotel stay.

Instructions

  1. Determine the main details of your cruise and you’ll still have another decision to make: whether you want to extend your cruise vacation and, if so, for how many days. Also, if you decide to extend your cruise vacation, decide if your hotel stay will be pre-cruise or post-cruise.
  2. Keep in mind that the earlier you book your reservations, the better chance you’ll have to extend your cruise vacation with a hotel stay. Hotel accommodations are limited.
  3. Call your travel agent or the cruise line directly and book your cruise reservations. At the same time, inquire about the hotel packages that they offer. If you don’t have a travel agent, AAA (www.aaa.com) is a noted authority on travel, no matter where you live.
  4. Find out what activities are available in the port cities. What can you see there? And what will you do?
  5. Compare the packages that the travel agent or cruise line offers and decide which one would be best for you. Then make the necessary arrangements to extend your cruise with a hotel stay.

How to Budget for a Family Vacation With Low Income

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While the money may be tight or traveling expenses can be high, it is possible to take vacations on a low budget. By traveling off season, staying at low cost hotels with continental breakfasts, or visiting national parks where you can take trails, your family can still spend quality and enjoyable time together. If the family works together by saving change, doing odd jobs and cutting back, a vacation can be planned in your family’s future.

Instructions

  1. Study your family’s income and budget. Find areas where you can cut back on such as extra clothing purchases, dining out, or haircuts.
  2. Save each dime, penny, nickel, or quarters that you get. Purchase or find a big glass jar where all of the family’s change can go. Drop all of your change into the jar each time you have it. Every penny will add up.
  3. Have your children chip in by doing chores or other small jobs around the neighborhood such as mowing lawns, raking leaves, shoveling snow, walking dogs, and babysitting. If the children can help, they will feel like they are part of the project as well.
  4. Clip all the coupons and shop at all of the sales that you can find. Try coupon matching at your local retail store that offers it too. Try to save money on all grocery purchases. Create a weekly dinner menu and purchase only the items needed to prepare meals without buying a bunch of extra food and snacks.
  5. Look through vacation booklets and brochures. Study the places that you and your family would like to go. Plan for low cost hotel stays, eating out, and family activites and try visiting areas that have national parks where it is low costing or free to attend. Stay at hotels that offer continental breakfasts. Plan your family’s vacation onto paper and determine the exact costs of everything so your family will know how much is needed to be saved.

Theme Hotels for Kids in the Dallas Area

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Most of the time when traveling, a hotel is simply a place to sleep after a day full of adventures. If you are lucky, you’ll find a kid-friendly hotel, which usually means they provide a pull-out couch. There are a few hotels in the Dallas area, however, that can provide entertainment all by themselves.Three hotels in the Dallas area in particular offer themes suitable for children that will spark their imagination and launch them into a new world.

Great Wolf Lodge

  • The Great Wolf Lodge, located in Grapevine just north of DFW Airport, is an indoor water park and resort for the whole family. It has activities for toddler-aged children all the way up to adults. For example, there is evening story time for the toddlers, enclosed water slides for the young children, live-action adventure games for the teens and jumbo whirlpools for the adults. The water park itself has a million gallons of water across nine slides, six pools, a water fort and a lazy river. The resort also has a large outdoor water park. In addition to the range of activities on the property, the suites themselves follow the Great Wolf Lodge theme. For example, there is a KidCabin suite that gives the kids a log cabin within the family suite. Within the log cabin is a bunk bed, day bed and TV.

    Great Wolf Lodge
    100 Great Wolf Drive
    Grapevine, TX 76051
    (800) 943-1127

Hotel ZaZa

  • Hotel ZaZa is near Dallas’ West End Historic District and the Dallas Arts District. One thing that makes the hotel unique is the 17 concept suites, which are each decorated to fit a specific theme. Not all of the concept suites may be suitable for kids, but several of them are. For example, the Shag-a-delic suite features funky decor such as wall-to-wall pink shag carpet, a circular bed and lava lamps. The Texas suite features a Texas theme with leather and cowhide.

    Hotel ZaZa?
    2332 Leonard St.
    ?Dallas, TX 75201
    ?(214) 468-8399

The Stockyards Hotel

  • The Stockyards Hotel is located in the middle of the National Historic Stockyards District in Forth Worth, which is just west of Dallas. The hotel first opened in 1907 and still exhibits the ambiance of the Old West. The rooms themselves have different themes. The Western Room has natural, rough-hewn furniture, wooden shutters, skulls decorating the walls and lamps made from spurs and horseshoes. The Native American room displays Native American accessories such as decorated lampshades and paintings. To contribute to the western atmosphere, the stockyards historic district itself offers many activities, including rodeos and horseback riding.

    The Stockyards Hotel?
    109 E. Exchange Ave.?
    Fort Worth, TX 76164
    ?(800) 423-8471 ?

All-Inclusive Family Resorts on the Gulf Coast of Florida

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The Gulf Coast of Florida offers wonderful vacation opportunities for families. The coast is home to many beautiful beaches and villages, and the area is not as crowded as the Atlantic Coast. Many hotels offer all-inclusive packages for families and some are completely all-inclusive, all the time.

South Seas Island Resort

  • South Seas Island Resort is located on Captiva Island. The hotel offers a supervised kid’s club as well as resort activities, such as golf, scuba, and swimming. It has a spa, fitness center and numerous shops. Boats and bikes can be rented on site. The resort offers a H2Whoa! pool complex and a teen program. In the yacht harbor marina, guests can rent boats or sign up for cruises. Packages are available for families.

    South Seas Island Resort
    5400 Plantation Road
    Captiva Island, Florida 33924
    (866) 565-5089

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

  • The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, is an all-inclusive beach front hotel and golf resort in Naples, Florida. The resort features more than 300 guest rooms, an on-site championship golf course, a tennis center, a luxurious day spa, swimming pool, fitness center and four restaurants. There are also a complimentary kid’s club and numerous retail shops on property. The resort is also equipped to host weddings, conventions and corporate meetings.

    The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
    851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North
    Naples, Florida 34102
    (239) 261-2222

Sundial Beach & Golf Resort

  • Sundial Beach & Golf Resort on Sanibel Island offers all-suite accommodations with full kitchens and all-inclusive packages for families. The resort has an Explorer Kid’s Club Eco Camp for children ages four to 11. It also features a 450 gallon touch tank in its Environmental Coastal Observatory Center, an endangered species exhibit and a petting zoo for hermit crabs. There are many recreational options, including a video game room, along with outdoor activities, such as golf, shelling, swimming, scuba and tennis. The resort has five heated swimming pools and Sanibel Island’s only PGA rated golf course.

    Sundial Beach & Golf Resort
    1451 Middle Gulf Drive
    Sanibel Island, Florida 33957
    (866) 565-5093

NYC Hotels With 2 or 3 Bedroom Suites

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When in New York City, you may want to stay in a multi-bedroom suite, especially if you are travelling with a large group of people. There are luxury hotels that offer suites, and there are trendy and standard hotels offering two- and three-bedroom suites.

The Plaza

  • The Plaza Hotel offers two- and three-bedroom suites with absolute luxury. Decorations in the Plaza, Royal Plaza and Royal Terrace Suites are in Louis XV-style ambiance. All suites have either partial or full views of Central Park. Twice-a-day housekeeping and white-glove butler service are only two of their amenities. The Royal Plaza suite boasts original artwork from Christie’s and a fully stocked library. Your suite will have a full kitchen and butler pantry, where you can have your own private chef, or one provided by the hotel, cook for you and your guests. Nightly rates at the Plaza begin at $1,200.

    The Plaza Hotel

    Fifth Avenue at Central Park South

    New York, NY 10019

    212-759-3000

Tribeca Grand Hotel

  • The Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City also offers two- and three-bedroom suites. Amenities include complimentary Internet access, complimentary bathrobes and spa toiletries by Malin and Goetz. In your suite, there is also a DVD player and LCD flat-screen television. IPods and pet goldfish are available upon request. Suite rates begin at about $350.

    Tribeca Grand Hotel

    2 Avenue of the Americas

    New York, NY 10013

    877-519-6600

Hotel Beacon

  • The Hotel Beacon offers two-bedroom suites. Each suite has two bathrooms decorated in marble, a separate living room, and an additional pullout bed. This can accommodate up to six people. The suite also has a kitchenette. You receive Gilchrist & Soames spa toiletries, complimentary Wi-Fi, and newspaper service. Rates begin at $295 per night.

    Hotel Beacon

    2130 Broadway

    New York, NY 10023

    212-787-1100

Embassy Suites New York

  • Embassy Suites New York is another hotel offering two- and three- bedroom suites. This is an ideal hotel for an extended stay. Within each suite are all the amenities you need, such as irons, ironing boards, hair dryer and a kitchenette. You suite will also come with designer linens, bolster pillow, Bath and Body Works toiletries and an ergonomic desk chair so you can work in comfort. The hotel also provides complimentary hot cooked breakfast. Rates begin at $259.

    Embassy Suites New York

    102 North End Avenue

    New York, New York 10282

    212-945-0100

All Inclusive Hotels in Orlando, Florida

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Orlando, Florida, is well known as a family vacation destination. Home to Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World, the town is filled with hotels and resorts that offer enticing all-inclusive vacation packages. Several hotels that sit within the Disney or Universal compounds cover every amenity and need a family could have. Dining, shopping and entrance to the parks are all available without ever having to get into a car.

Hard Rock Hotel

  • The Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort is a veritable village all its own within the Universal complex. The inclusive resort is home to the legendary Palm restaurant, as well as other restaurants, nightclubs and boutiques. The grounds feature a palm-lined swimming pool with music piped in underwater. The resort also features a Hard Rock Cafe and Hard Rock Live music stage. Accommodations range from single rooms to lavish suites.

    Hard Rock Hotel

    5800 Universal Blvd.

    Orlando, FL 32819

    888-832-7155

Royal Plaza

  • The Royal Plaza Orlando is situated inside the Disney World Resort. Staying inside the resort includes amenities such as preferred tee times at any of the resort’s four golf courses, priority seating at shows and restaurants inside the parks, and complimentary shuttle rides to the Downtown Disney area as well as all four theme parks. The Royal Plaza has 394 rooms, including tower rooms, poolside rooms and specialty suites.

    Royal Plaza

    1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd.

    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

    407-828-2203

Nick Hotel

  • The Nick Hotel is part of the all-inclusive Nickelodeon Suites Resort and Waterpark. The resort is a dream come true for kids with activities and amenities the whole family will enjoy. Favorite Nickelodeon characters such as Sponge Bob and Dora the Explorer walk around the resort to greet the kids and get pictures taken. In 2007, the waterpark was named one of the top 10 waterpark resorts in the country by Waterpark Resorts Today. The resort also features a mall with restaurants, a lounge and an arcade. Suites are designed with Nickelodeon characters as themes.

    Nickelodeon Suites Resort

    14500 Continental Gateway

    Orlando, FL 32821

    407-387-5437

The Caribe

  • The Caribe in Orlando is home to the Caribe Royale Hotel and Buena Vista Suites. Both of these hotels are composed of all suites and sit on the same grounds, creating The Caribe complex. The two hotels together offer nearly 1,500 suites, 12 two-bedroom villas and more than a dozen restaurants, bars and lounges. The complex has two pools, tennis and basketball courts, a gym and a spa.

    The Caribe

    8101 World Center Dr.

    Orlando, FL 32821

    407-239-8588

 Kid Friendly Hotels in Destin, Flordia

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Finding family friendly accommodations can be difficult, but there are a number of options available when vacationing in the Destin, Florida, area. From world-class resorts to more budget-minded chain hotels, vacationers will find a variety of activities—from themed parties to arts and crafts and more—for younger children on-site as well as within a reasonable walking distance.

Hilton

  • The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa offers expansive views and first-class amenities while providing kid-friendly accommodations. The world-class resort has three pools and a variety of recreation activities including Kids Krew and Kids Night Out, programs specifically designed for children ages 5 to 12. Making arts and crafts, playing games and attending themed parties provide a stimulating experience for the kids. The Activities Desk at the hotel can also provide assistance for setting up child care. It was rated the most kid-friendly hotel in Destin by the UpTake hotel website.

    Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

    4000 Sandestin Blvd., South

    Destin, FL 32550

    800-559-1805

Embassy Suites

  • The Embassy Suites Destin — Miramar Beach offers upscale suites in a luxurious setting just a block away from the Gulf of Mexico beaches. Children’s activities are available at the hotel, which also offers a pool and easy access to Big Kahuna’s Water Park, Morgan Sports Complex and a number of shops, restaurants and theaters. Options for families with older children include a variety of golf courses and deep-sea fishing. Each suite is composed of two rooms including two TVs, a refrigerator, microwave and wet bar along with Internet access.

    Embassy Suites Destin — Miramar Beach

    570 Scenic Gulf Dr.

    Destin, FL 32550

    850-337-7000

Holiday Inn

  • The Holiday Inn on the Beach Destin is a full-service Gulf front hotel, located near the center of the Emerald Coast, offering beach-going options for the family. It has a Little Buccaneers Activity Program to keep the kids busy and offers rooming options specifically designed for children that still allow for adult supervision. The hotel has 233 newly renovated rooms that offer Internet access, TVs and electronic safes in each room.

    Holiday Inn on the Beach Destin

    1020 Highway 98 East

    Destin, FL 32541

    877-837-6181

What Is a Family Room in a Hotel?

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Staying in an hotel should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience, even if you take your youngsters with you. Going on family trips together will usually require the use of a large suite or family room in a hotel.

Room Facilities

  • Family rooms in hotels usually consist of similar utilities that any hotel room will include. For example, there will be a TV with cable service, full-size bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.

Family Room Facilities

  • A family room will also have two queen-size beds and a pull-out cot or sofa bed to accommodate young children. Some hotels offer family suites with a separate bedroom. Baby cots are also available at many hotels. Pets are usually accommodated too if families wish to bring the dog on vacation.

Longer-Stay Facilities

  • Some family-oriented hotel rooms will also have kitchenette and dining areas where meals can be prepared for the family. A microwave oven and a regular cooker may also be provided as well as a refrigerator and sink. Some hotels may offer some games for children, such as jigsaw puzzles or coloring books, but this is not common.

Hotels in Omaha, Nebraska That Are Fun for Kids

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Omaha has many attractions for vacationing families. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo boasts an indoor jungle, aquarium and desert dome, that can entertain children of all ages. The area is also close to many outdoor activities, such as hiking at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park just outside of Omaha or child-friendly museums such as the Western Heritage Museum in downtown Omaha. For traveling families, the area features many hotels that offer amenities geared toward children.

Crowne Plaza

  • The Crowne Plaza Omaha offers a variety of entertainment options for families. For families with children, the hotel offers a large, indoor pool in an atrium area. In addition to a TV with cable, each room offers free wireless Internet access, a CD player. In-room video games are also available. The hotel is located in midtown Omaha, near Interstate 80 and provides easy access to the Westroads Shopping Center, with plenty of kid-friendly restaurants and activities nearby.

    Crowne Plaza
    655 N. 108th Ave.
    Omaha, NE 68154
    (402) 496-0850

Holiday Inn-Omaha Airport

  • The Holiday Inn-Omaha Airport has plenty of amenities for families visiting the city. The hotel, which opened in 2009 features a 10,000 square foot water park that includes a 160-gallon dump bucket, a pool with basketball goal and a three-story slide. Access to the water park is included in the price of a booking, and is open only to those staying in the hotel.

    The Holiday Inn-Omaha Airport is located near downtown Omaha, and sits just a short drive from the Durham Western Heritage Museum and Omaha Children’s Museum. For parents, the hotel includes a fitness room and the Union Sports Bar and Grill, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Holiday Inn-Omaha Airport
    1420 Cuming St.

    Omaha, NE 68102
    (402) 341-0124

Comfort Inn at the Zoo

  • Located near the Henry Doorly Zoo, the Comfort Inn at the Zoo features a large, heated indoor pool for children to play in after a long day at the zoo. In addition, the hotel also boasts an arcade area. Rooms offer free high-speed Internet and suites come with free bags of popcorn. Comfort Inn at the Zoo is also located near the Durham Western Heritage Museum, Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium and Heartland of America Park. The hotel also offers a complimentary breakfast each morning.

    Comfort Inn at the Zoo
    2920 S. 13th Court
    Omaha, NE, 68108
    (402) 342-8000

How to Find the Best Extended Stay Hotels

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Frequent travelers often extol the virtues of extended stay hotel properties, particularly when staying in one location longer than a week. Whether the lodging is necessitated by business, pleasure or relocation, finding hotels that offer more space and amenities can dramatically affect the level of comfort experienced. There are various levels of extended stay properties, and understanding the differences will enable you to find the best fit for your needs.

Lodging Styles

  • Though many travelers assume that all extended stay properties are the same, they can in fact vary considerably. Online search engines will show results for all the major chains specializing in stays lasting more than a week, as will using popular online booking sites. Extended Stay America (extendedstayhotels.com) is one of the most well-known chains, with a presence in most major cities and prices in the mid-range category. Those with more expansive budgets can explore options for long term lodging at properties such as the Residence Inn or Townplace Suites, both Marriott properties (marriott.com). For the truly budget-conscious traveler, Studio 6 (staystudio6.com) and Budget Suites (budgetsuites.com) offer some of the lowest rates available.

Amenities

  • Decide whether your priority is cost savings or extra amenities available when staying in a property for an extended amount of time. One of the most important considerations when away from home can be the accessibility of food preparation areas. Many extended stay hotels have full kitchens equipped with refrigerators, ovens, microwaves and dishwashers, as well as utensils and basic cooking supplies. Some provide free breakfast, while others have the convenience of nearby restaurants. Think about whether you need a business center, free wireless Internet, living and work spaces, parking or a swimming pool. All of these things should factor into a decision about where to stay and what you are willing to pay for these assets. Check websites on which travelers post reviews to weigh factors such as cleanliness, convenience and the service provided by the staff.

Locations

  • The location of any extended stay hotel you choose can add considerably to the enjoyment of the time you spend in a city. Ask ahead of time whether they are located in areas with excessive freeway noise or construction projects. If traveling for business, find out how far they are from major commercial areas and what kind of traffic to expect during commute times. Particularly if traveling with young children, research crime rates in the neighborhood, and look for proximity to parks and grocery stores.

Rates

  • Rates can vary widely with extended stay hotels, but most offer discounted rates for stays lasting more than seven days. Monthly rates are also common for these types of properties. Always check for lower rates available when booking directly from property websites, then call and ask if there are any additional discounts that can be offered. Find out whether things you need are included, such as Internet, parking, maid service and laundry facilities. Ask if the state you will be traveling to waives sales taxes if you are staying longer than 30 days.

New Orleans Hotels with Cruise Parking Packages

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New Orleans serves as the starting point for cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean on Carnival Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean. The city is more than a port; its vibrant history and opportunities for Creole cooking, fiery jazz and French Quarter culture often seduce people into staying an extra night before or after their cruise. When you book a room in New Orleans, look for a hotel with parking packages. The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau maintains a list of cruise and parking deals.

Free Parking Packages

  • The Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome is in the French Quarter and offers free parking for up to eight days when you book a room. To take advantage of the Cruisin and Park package, you’ll need to present your cruise documents when you check in. In the same neighborhood, you’ll find the Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter, a mile from the Port of New Orleans. Their cruise package includes parking for up to seven days in an indoor garage. A bit outside of the city is the Ramada Metaire, with a cruise package that includes free parking for up to 14 days and a complimentary shuttle ride to the cruise terminal.

Discounted Parking Packages

  • Several New Orleans hotels offer discounted parking for cruise passengers. These hotels include the Hampton Inn, the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, the Maison Dupuy Hotel, the Downtown Marriott, the Westin New Orleans Canal Place and Springhill Suites New Orleans Downtown. Some hotels will offer a discounted parking price per day or will provide you with a flat rate to park for the duration of your cruise.

Gamble, Park and Cruise

  • Two vacations in one are possible when you spend a night in a hotel that’s close to Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans. The Ambassador Hotel offers a parking package when you present your cruise documents and it’s right next door to the casino. The Royal St. Charles Hotel is only two blocks from the casino, and there are parking and shuttle packages available to guests who are cruise passengers.

Location, Location, Location

  • The New Orleans Downtown Marriott Convention Center is close enough that you could walk to your cruise ship. You can get a deep parking discount while you’re a guest of the hotel and for five additional days while you’re on your cruise. The Hampton Inn & Suites Convention Center is also in the neighborhood of the port, and their cruise parking package includes free shuttle service to your ship.

How to Find Hotel Discount Codes

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With all the great deals, promotions and coupon codes on the Internet, you don’t have to pay full price for hotel accommodations for your next trip.

Instructions

  1. Visit the websites of the hotels you would like to stay at and sign up for their email alerts if your trip is fairly far off. Most major hotels and hotel chains send emails advertising promotional codes for deals on stays that might be weeks to months in the future.
  2. Find online “coupons” for all hotels in the area on popular travel sites such as Hotels.com. These sites not only will compare rates for all the hotels near your destination, but there also are site pages specifically dedicated to special deals/coupons.
  3. For those not picky about their destination, sites such as Travelzoo.com are helpful. These types of sites compile the best travel deals on the Internet, from hotels to flights to travel packages. You also can sign up for Travelzoo emails so you won’t miss any hotel coupons that come through the site.
  4. Check online coupon sites such as CouponCraze.com and RetailMeNot.com. Enter the name of the hotel(s) you would like to stay at in the search field. The search should return several coupon codes you can enter when reserving your room online. Most of these types of sites also will offer ratings and other information on each coupon code (often, these types of codes expire, so it might be too late to use them).
  5. Do an online search for hotels in your destination city to check for these types of sites. If your vacation destination is a large city, there might be sites aimed specifically at hotel coupon codes/discounts in that city. EarlyVegas.com is an example of this.

How to Build a Travel Search Engine

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Creating a travel search engine is accomplished by using a search engine company’s Custom Search Engine capabilities. Using a CSE enables you to select criteria and specific websites to be searched. The results can be displayed on a separate website, delivered as an RSS feed or a unique link to the search engine company’s website where your customized search is displayed. By creating a search engine with only travel-related websites, your search results will only be from those sites.

Google CSE

  1. Direct your browser to google.com/cse. Click the “Create a Custom Search Engine” button.
  2. Give your unique search engine a name, such as “Travel Search Engine.” Write a brief description of the search engine if desired, and select the language the search engine will use.
  3. Define the search by adding the websites you wish to search. If your travel search engine is going to be used primarily to find flight and hotel information, include sites such as Hotels.com, Orbitz.com and Expedia.com. If your search engine will be used to find adventure travel opportunities, include sites such as iexplore.com and adventure.travel. Add the desired website URL addresses to the “Sites to Search” box, pushing the “Enter” key after each address. Click the check box to agree to Google’s Terms of Service, and click “Next.”
  4. Choose how you want your search results to be displayed. Google gives you six customizable styles to choose from. After you have chosen your style, try your new search engine by using the Custom Search Bar at the bottom of the page. The results will be displayed on the same page. If you are satisfied with the results, click “Next.” If you want to make changes to the search engine, click on the “Back to step 1” link.
  5. Capture the code to use on your own website or blog by copying and pasting the code Google provides in the Custom Search element box. If you do not wish to post the search engine on your own website, you can use the search engine via Google by clicking on “My Search Engines” on the My Account page. This link can be copied and shared so others can use the search engine.

Yahoo! Alpha

  1. Direct your browser to au.alpha.yahoo.com. Alpha has default information sources, the websites it is searching, preloaded onto the form. These are customizable as well. If there are sources that you do not wish to use in the Info Sources box, simply uncheck them and they will not be displayed in your search results.
  2. Click and drag Alpha’s modules to rearrange the way your search results will be displayed. The modules are displayed in the right column of the page.
  3. Customize the websites Alpha will search by clicking on the “Add Custom Info Source” tab. Name the module and add the URL to the website you want added to the search criteria, then click “Next.” Alpha will display a sample search engine return and give you the choice of adding the source or changing it. When you are satisfied, click “Yes, add this new source.” Your source will be displayed in the right column of the Layout page. Each source must be individually entered.
  4. Capture the RSS feed code by clicking on the “Create site search” link in the right column of the Layout page. Choose the style of search box you want to see displayed, copy the code and paste it into your website or other page that accepts RSS feeds.

Bing

  1. Direct your browser to bing.com/siteowner. Click on the “Get started” button below the Advance Search Box paragraph.
  2. Add the websites you want your custom search to use. Type in a display name for the search engine and the first URL to be included. Click the “Add more sites” button to add multiple websites to the search criteria. When you have added all the websites, click “Next.”
  3. Customize the search box by choosing the language, color and size of the search box to be created. Preview your search box, then click “Next.”
  4. Copy the code generated by Bing into your website or blog.

How to Get Travel Agent Discounts

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Travel agents get some of the best travel discounts in the business. Thanks to the rise of the virtual travel agency, it’s easier than ever to qualify for these discounts for yourself and your family. You no longer need extensive education or experience, you can become a virtual travel agent almost instantly by becoming an affiliate of a host travel agency.

Instructions

  1. If you have little or no experience as a travel agent, partner with a host travel agency when starting your home-based business. Generally, only experienced agents with solid client lists and plenty of industry knowledge start home-based agencies without affiliating with a host agency. Forming a partnership with a large travel agency is the simplest and fastest way to start your virtual travel agency and get access to travel agent discounts.
  2. Pay the host agency a start up fee. Host agencies typically charge a start up fee (usually a few hundred dollars) and collect a cut of your commissions on any travel sales you make. Some host agencies focus on home-based travel agents who want to make a career in the industry. These agencies charge lower start up fees but may require more experience or set minimum sales goals. Other host agencies (known in the industry as “card mills”) specialize in serving those who are more interested in travel discounts than a full-time career as a travel agent. These agencies charge higher up-front costs
  3. Use the tools your host agency gives you to set up your travel agency. Host agencies provide training, access to booking systems and general support. Most host agencies will also set up a Web site for your home-based travel agency. These tools are useful even if you don’t plan to do much business as a travel agent.
  4. Obtain travel agent accreditation through your host agency. Industry groups, such as the International Airlines Travel Agent Network and the Cruise Lines Industry Association, offer accreditation to travel agents. Full-time travel agents use accreditation to make deals with suppliers and bolster their credibility with clients. Accreditation also gives agents access to travel discounts. Ordinarily, to qualify for these certifications, you need several years of experience as a travel agent. If you are affiliated with a host agency, however, you can obtain professional accreditation without experience.
  5. Sell travel! Some suppliers do not look kindly on “card mills” and part-time travel agents who are more interested in travel discounts than in selling travel. Be aware that your credentials may be questioned if you use professional accreditation to obtain travel discounts for which you may not technically qualify. To ensure that you are not denied travel discounts, devote some time to selling travel products such as cruises and tour packages.

How to Find a Hotel With a Jacuzzi

Enjoy a Jacuzzi tub soak during your next hotel stay.

Many hotels advertise rooms with Jacuzzi tubs. Be careful as the word Jacuzzi has come to mean generic hot tubs in the common lexicon. All hot tubs are not Jacuzzis. Jacuzzi is a dedicated brand and trade name for a specific type of jetted tub. If you are looking for a hotel with a Jacuzzi, first get a list of the hotels claiming rooms with Jacuzzis, and then phone them to verify the tubs are actually Jacuzzi tubs and not generic hot tubs.

Step 1:Log onto the Internet and direct your browser to travel-related sites that act as search engines within the travel and hospitality industry. Examples include Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity. Enter in your search details for hotels in the area you are traveling to.

Step 2:Enter in specific amenities you seek, in this case, Jacuzzi tubs. Write down the telephone numbers of the hotels that advertise rooms with Jacuzzi tubs.

Step 3:Phone the hotels advertising rooms with Jacuzzi tubs and ask the phone clerk if the tubs are Jacuzzi brand or generic hot tubs. If the desk clerk cannot answer this question, ask the clerk to have a manager phone you back with the Jacuzzi confirmation.

Step 4:Phone large hotel chains that offer luxury vacation style rooms and packages. Speak with the phone operator at the hotel company’s phone number and ask if they have hotels with Jacuzzi baths. Be sure to emphasize you are seeking Jacuzzi brand tubs and not generic hot tubs.

How to get last minute travel deals airline tickets and hotels CHEAP

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Sometimes you just have to get away for some last minute travel rest and relaxation. Its easy to find last minute travel deals on the internet but where are those travel sites with the BEST last minute travel deals and super cheap airfare deals? As a last minute type of girl advance travel plans are not an option in my life, so I have spent hours searching for the best travel website with the lowest airfare available on the internet. The web sites mentioned below are the best web sites that offer the lowest airfare travel deals and discount flights that I have found. Before you jump on that great last minute international travel deal, PLEASE make sure your passport to travel is up to date!!

Instructions

  1. If you need to be on the beach, the slopes or somewhere in between ASAP head straight for the internet and have a look at the best last minute travel and vacation website.

    This is where you will find the best travel deals for airline tickets and hotel packages to get away today, this weekend or later this month! us.lastminute.com

  2. If your idea of last minute is more like next month check out

    If you are looking for a last minute travel deal and you are not set on any particular destination go to http://www.shermanstravel.com/top25/
    “Shermans travel” offers very impressive cheap trip and vacation packages, including last minute cruise deals and useful travel information.

  3. Travel smart! If you are not sure if you should plan a trip in advance or wait until the last minute to purchase airline tickets and hotel rooms check out

    When you submit your search request, farecast.com will predict if the price of a flight will go up, down or stay the same. Buy now or buy later? Low fares made easy.

How to Get the Cheapest Myrtle Beach Vacation Packages

Myrtle Beach vacation packages are a great way to save money and still enjoy a wonderful vacation on the beach. The most important thing that people need to realize is that not every vacation package is the same. Some Myrtle Beach vacation packages may look like a great deal but when compared to others it can be double the amount of money.

Instructions

  1. Check out websites that offer discounted Myrtle Beach vacation packages such as Expedia.com and Orbitz.com. If you find a package that looks enticing, copy the information into a word processing document or print out the information. This may take some time but it is worth if you want to save money. Be sure that you save the website address where the package can be found in the beginning of the document.
  2. Start a file on your computer and Label it “Myrtle Beach Vacation Packages.” This file will contain all the different vacation packages that you find and save into documents. If you would rather print all the information out then you can simply use a paper folder and store all the information in the pockets. Some people find it is easier to compare vacation packages when they are printed out rather than simply on the computer.
  3. Look for Myrtle Beach vacation packages in the off season when prices on hotels get lower. The off season for Myrtle Beach ranges from the fall to the beginning of spring. You may also find that you can find cheaper rates in later spring, after spring break but before school has let out for the summer. Although the weather may be a bit colder you will find that rates are much cheaper and the beach is less crowded. This may not appeal to everyone, but it is a great way to save money.
  4. Consult a travel agent or discount travel agency like AAA to see if they have any cheap Myrtle Beach vacation packages. Sometime you may find that these places offer certain specials to certain areas that are cheaper than the vacation packages that you find online. Always ask about any fees or service charges that you may incur if you book with them.
  5. Be flexible in where you want to stay in Myrtle Beach. If you want to stay right on the beach you will most likely have to pay more for a hotel than if you stay somewhere that is not right on the beach or is on a quieter strip in the area. You can save hundreds of dollars on your vacation package by simply choosing a hotel or condo that is ½ mile from the beach rather than on the beach.
  6. Compare all your Myrtle Beach vacation packages that you have collected. Once you have done your research and decided on when and where you will stay, take all your information that you collected in your Myrtle Beach folder and compare the packages. Toss any of the options that don’t fit your criteria and then look at the price, what is included, and any special bonuses that you get in the package. Pick the Myrtle Beach vacation that is the cheapest and best deal for you.

How to Book an All-Inclusive Mardi Gras Vacation

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One of the latest Mardi Gras vacation trends is the all-inclusive trip. This type of trip typically includes your airfare, hotel and amenities for one price, because travel planners develop close relationships with New Orleans hotels. You need to look at the value of an all-inclusive vacation before you book your trip.

Arrange an All-Inclusive Vacation During Mardi Gras

  1. Find an all-inclusive package that provides hotel accommodations away from the heart of Mardi Gras. Travel planners push Bourbon Street hotels to drive up package prices for extended stays. You should look for trips that allow you to stay on nearby Rampart or Decatur streets.
  2. Search for cheap vacation packages to Mardi Gras that entail at least one layover. There are plenty of direct flights into New Orleans International Airport, but the heavy traffic into the city increases airfare substantially. Book a vacation where you can use the Dallas or Atlanta airport as a layover spot to save money for your Mardi Gras experience.
  3. Locate a Mardi Gras vacation that includes discounted or free transportation. Most vacation packages to New Orleans only include hotel and airfare costs, leaving transportation within the city to you. There are specialty companies that hire shuttle or taxi service to maximize your enjoyment.
  4. Review tours and shows available through a vacation package as you book your Mardi Gras trip. Some companies work with city tour guides, museums and other companies to provide you with insight into the history of New Orleans while you enjoy the festivities.
  5. Enjoy food and drinks as part of your all-inclusive Mardi Gras package. One of the benefits of these trips is that the package fee covers a certain amount of meals or drinks at your hotel. Determine the upward monetary limit for these benefits before you book your trip.
  6. Research available Mardi Gras vacations for family-friendly options. The celebration of Mardi Gras is largely family-friendly outside of Bourbon Street. You can find packages appropriate for children by looking for hotels outside the central area of the festivities There you can enjoy smaller parades, childrens’ shows and other entertainment.

How to Become a AAA Hotel Inspector

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From evaluating weird smells to eating restaurant items, the job of a AAA Hotel Inspector is certainly full of variety. Based on a jewel rating system, AAA Inspectors are responsible for evaluating based on a strict system, but also leaving room for flexible opinion. It is a much sought-after job, with a limited number of openings. While the position is a highly competitive one, a few tips can help give you an edge.

Instructions

  1. Check the employment posting on the AAA website. The AAA employment website is designed to automatically tailor itself to the region of the country you are from. Expand the search region to search for jobs across the country. The AAA job search website can be targeted to focus on travel jobs, which should illuminate potential Hotel Inspector positions.
  2. Tailor your resume to a travel job. Because AAA is a national organization with a variety of positions and needs, their job board does not fully encompass the organization’s need. As such AAA accepts resumes year-round. Experiences that could be particularly valuable are evaluative positions, hotel work and jobs that involved travel.
  3. Accept a related position. Since there are only 65 AAA hotel inspectors for the entire country, the odds of achieving the position without previous experience is unlikely. Search for alternate positions that involve travel to demonstrate your stamina for the road.
  4. Write hotel reviews. Proving that you have the analytical mind and observational ability to write and think about hotels can be just the edge you might need to move to the a hotel inspector position within the company. Even if isn’t related to your job duties there are a number of websites that encourage user reviews of hotels.

New Years Eve Packages for Hotels in Chicago

Chicago is a popular town on New Years Eve.

Chicago is everyone’s town on New Years Eve. There are NYE parties all over Chicago and hotel packages that will ensure your celebration does not require a bail bondsman. If you are a sophisticated single or couple, Chicago has your A ticket. Chicago hotels provide the venue and party specialists organize the events. Hotels provide discounts for guests attending parties at their venue.

The DrakeThe historic Drake Hotel and NYE party package is a sold-out event every year. The Drake is noted for its glamorous New Years Eve party and offers guests a discount for hotel room and the party. The Drake Hotel party package is designed for young professionals age 21 and older. The annual Drake party is an optional Black Tie event and includes champagne at midnight, four ballrooms, 45 bars and continuous live performances until 2:00 am. Inquiries on availability and prices for the NYE hotel event package should be addressed to the Drake Hotel. Tickets to the event generally sell out quickly.

The Drake Hotel 140 E. Walton Place Chicago, IL 60611 312-787-2200 thedrakehotel.com

The Drake Hotel party is designed for young professionals.

 

Hard Rock Hotel and Lavish MagazineThe Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago is the site for Hard Rock affiliate Lavish Magazine’s annual New Years Eve party. The party generally features a lavish party on the second floor of the hotel with an open bar serving champagne, wine tasting, international beers and exotic cocktails. DJs keep the tempo lively and entertaining. Local gourmet establishments provide hors d’oeuvres, edible centerpieces and a variety of delectable treats for the event. Tickets to the event are sold separately, but generally provide a discount for a room at the Hard Rock Hotel. The event is for guests age 21 and above.

Hard Rock Hotel 230 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60601 312-345-1000 hardrockhotelchicago.com

The Hard Rock Hotel is another place to celebrate New Years.

 

Wyndham Hotel and Trilogy ProductionsThe Wyndham Hotel is the site of an upscale New Years Eve party sponsored by Trilogy Productions. The event is billed as glam to the maximum degree featuring champagne, party favors, appetizers, confetti, an open bar and entertainment. Ticket holders to the event receive a hotel room discount. The gala event is formal and Black-Tie is optional. The specific details of the New Years Eve Soiree are generally available on or about Nov. 1 each year. Guests must be age 21 or above to attend. If you are planning to be in Chicago for New Years it is advisable to get on the mailing list by contacting nyeinfo@gmail.com.

Wyndham Chicago 633 N. St. Clair Chicago, IL 60611 312-573-0300 wyndham.com

How to Book Flights & Hotel Rooms in Several Different Cities

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The Internet makes booking hotel rooms in myriad cities a breeze. Just make sure you double check with each hotel about their policies prior to travel. And for booking flights, always think about a less expensive airline for part of the journey.

Plant yourself in front of the computer

  1. It begins with the Internet – at least in this day and age (sorry travel agents). Sites such as Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity offer simple options for booking flights to multiple cities. They also offer many options for hotel accommodations, as well as discounts on all of the above. You may want to just book your travel on these sites or just your hotel(s) — it’s up to you.
  2. Plan your flights. If you are flying to Europe, it is usually cheapest to fly to a city such as London and then take a cheap flight on Ryan Air or similar type low-cost air carrier for inter-continent flights. For example, a flight from London to Prague and back costs the US equivalent of $120 even in the late summer. Ryan Air is also currently offering a few free flights on certain legs — as of this writing. Check the site for details. You can also book your main carrier such as British Airways to fly all the legs in many cases, but you are likely to pay more.
  3. Book Your Hotels. Google search under “Bed and Breakfasts” or “cheap hotels” and you might find some better options than what an Orbitz has to offer (but not necessarily). It depends on what you are after. Hotels, also, are more negotiable with their rates than are airlines. You can haggle with hotel desk clerks if you know what you are doing — it’s always worth a try. This is obviously a much more ambitious plan in high season when the hoteliers aren’t fighting for business. And in popular cities, many times they don’t have to worry about booking up. But if you are flying to the outskirts of Ireland in the dead of winter, you probably have a good chance of finding something very affordable.
  4. Call the hotels regarding their policies. If you don’t have $250 to spare on each of your credit cards, you could be in for a nightmarish surprise when Hotel A places a hold on your charge card; then when you leave for destination B two days later, Hotel B also places a hold on your card, and so forth. It can add up. A simple call in advance to clarify exactly what they need in terms of a deposit is a good way to flesh out your budget. Whatever you do, plan on buying your little luxuries off site — those hotel mini bars are a very bad idea, except for the wealthy!
  5. Double check your flight information before you head to the airport. These are dicey times for the airlines. For anyone who was trapped when American had to cancel its flights this spring, it was a reminder that nothing can be taken for granted when it comes to air travel. Have a contingency plan. Airlines will, of course, try to accommodate you – but that doesn’t mean you have a day to spare sitting in an airport lobby waiting to get rebooked! If you can possibly take a bus or train in the event of a flight cancellation, it’s not a bad option — This is obviously not possible if you are crossing the Pacific for that first Hawaiian vacay, though. So hang loose. The airlines do want to accommodate you. American was very good about refunding its passengers’ money or rescheduling flights, as will other airlines should it ever happen to you.

AAA Discount Hotels in Savannah, Georgia

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Savannah is a southern town imbued with charm and history. The downtown historic district is home to some of the oldest mansions in Savannah, and Old Fort Jackson celebrates its history by offering cannon firing demonstrations in the summer. A variety of hotels offer accommodations to travelers, including upscale venues and family-friendly discount hotels. Members of AAA Club can enjoy a discount at some of Savannah’s hotels.

Courtyard Savannah Midtown

  • Courtyard Savannah Midtown affords a AAA discount for rooms with either two queen beds or one king. As of 2010, the discounted AAA rate was as low as $93 per night. The hotel has 132 standard guest rooms available and 12 suites, all of them nonsmoking. Business facilities consist of two meeting rooms that span over 1,200 feet, as well as copy, fax and overnight delivery services. Other hotel features include an outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and fitness center with cardiovascular equipment and free weights.

    Courtyard Savannah Midtown

    6703 Abercorn St.

    Savannah, GA 31405

    912-354-7878

Hilton Savannah DeSoto

  • The Hilton Savannah DeSoto offers a AAA discount on rooms with two double beds or one king. As of 2010, discounted rates begin at $170. The hotel is located in Savannah’s historic district and has almost 250 guest rooms available, three of them one-bedroom suites. Amenities at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto include an outdoor heated swimming pool, fitness center and cocktail lounge. A concierge desk and luggage storage are among the other services offered. Wireless internet access is available throughout the hotel.

    Hilton Savannah DeSoto

    15 East Liberty St.

    Savannah, GA 31401

    912-232-9000

     

Best Western Savannah Gateway

  • The Best Western Savannah Gateway hotel affords AAA members a discount on rooms with either one king bed or two doubles. Discounted rates begin at $55 as of 2010. The hotel is near downtown Savannah and less than one mile from a major golf course. Available amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, meeting facilities and a 24-hour front desk. The hotels is two stories high and has 122 guest rooms. Children under the age of 17 stay for free with at least one paying adult.

    Best Western Savannah Gateway

    1 Gateway Blvd. East

    Savannah, GA 31419

    912-925-2420

Cheap Weekly Hotels in the DC Area

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When business takes you to a meeting in the vicinity of Washington, D.C. – or you’re relocating and need a place to stay while you search for a new home – you’re concerned about money and do not need to stay at fancy hotel. Instead you want to save money and will gladly prepare your own meals. This is when weekly or extended stay hotels come into play, and there are several in the Washington area.

Virginia Suites Arlington

  • Virgina Arlington Suites is four miles from downtown Washington, D.C. and has easy access to Georgetown just one mile away. Washington attractions are all within a ten-mile radius of the hotel. The hotel is smoke-free and offers fully equipped kitchens, an on-site fitness center, outdoor pool with sauna, grocery delivery service and room service. Amenities include complimentary high-speed Internet, large work desk, cable TV, and convertible sofa. Rates start at $129.00 per night as of March, 2010. Pets cost a one-time $150.00 fee.

    Virginia Arlington Suites
    1500Arlington Blvd Arlington, VA 22209
    866-371-1446

Extended Stay America, Herndon

  • Extended Stay America Hotel is located in Herndon, Virginia, just minutes from Dulles International Airport, and is 20 miles west of Washington, D.C. All rooms have full kitchens, dining and cooking utensils, a desk, free local phone calls, voice mail, iron, and on-site laundry. Wireless Internet is available for a one-time fee of $4.99. Rates start at $89.99 per day as of March, 2010. Pets are welcome for a charge of $25.00 per night with a maximum of $150.00.

    Extended Stay America, Washington D.C.- Herndon is located
    1021 Elden St.
    Herndon, VA 20171
    703- 481-5363

Homestead Washington D.C.

  • Homestead Washington D.C. is two miles from Dulles International airport and 25 miles from downtown Washington. Rooms have kitchens with a refrigerator, microwave and stove top. Dining and cooking utensils are provided. The room has a desk, cable TV and voice mail. Internet is $4.99 per week. At Homestead you also have a coin-operated laundry and fitness club access. Homestead is close to the offices of Northrup Grumman, Net2000, NEC and American Online. Rates start at $69.99 per day for a seven night stay. Pets cost a one-time fee of $150.00.

    Homestead Studio Suites
    Washington D.C. Dulles Airport-Sterling
    45350 Catalina Ct.
    Sterling, VA 20166
    703-904-7575
    homesteadhotels.com/minisite/?HotelID=28

Niagara Falls Hotels & Weekend Packages

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You can enjoy Niagara Falls, the most popular tourist destination in Ontario, Canada, all year round, from the base of the falls to the top of the Skylon Tower. Away from the river, Niagara Falls offers a variety of activities from golfing and hiking to casinos and fine dining. Many hotels at the falls offer weekend package deals for couples and families, giving travelers an unforgettable experience and value for their money.

Romantic Spa Weekend

  • Couples seeking a romantic getaway can enjoy the weekend spa package at Niagara’s Americana Resort. The package includes a two-night stay at the hotel, where guests can enjoy free passes to the hotel’s indoor water park and two complimentary one-hour treatments at its spa boutique. The package comes with a $25 dinner voucher and two $12.50 breakfast vouchers for Jack Tanner’s Grillhouse. Two-night package prices start at $399 per couple, as of 2010, and all rooms come with coffeemaker, microwave and Internet access.

    Americana Resort
    8444 Lundy’s Lane
    Niagara Falls, Ontario L2H 1H4
    Canada
    1-866-707-0040
    americananiagara.net

Great Gorge Adventure Weekend Package

  • The Best Western Cairn Croft is a four-star hotel conveniently located near major Niagara Falls attractions. Hotel amenities include a nightclub, restaurant, indoor pool and spa tub. Starting at $269 as of 2010, the Great Gorge Adventure package allows families to make full use of all hotel amenities. This includes a two-night stay with full breakfast both mornings and a $50 dinner voucher for the restaurant. The package also includes complimentary Great Gorge passes, which allow full tours of the falls on the famous Maid of the Mist and priority access to the Journey Behind the Falls, White Water Walk and Niagara Fury.

    The Best Western Cairn Croft
    6400 Lundy’s Lane
    Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 1T6
    Canada
    905-356-1161
    cairncroft.com

Family Fun Weekend Package

  • The Sheraton Fallsview Hotel has 407 guestrooms overlooking Niagara Falls. A popular destination with tourists, it has won the AAA four-diamond award for 17 consecutive years. Starting at $489 for a two-night stay, as of 2010, the Family Fun Weekend Package offers value for families. It includes full breakfast both mornings and a $40 voucher toward dinner at the hotel’s Milestones Grill and Bar. There are tickets to Greg Frewin’s award-winning magic show, four Skywheel tickets to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Canadian falls, and tickets for a heated gondola to see the American falls. The package also includes two casino and shuttle attraction passes along with two adult tickets to the Bodies exhibition.

    Sheraton Fallsview hotel
    6755 Fallsview Blvd.
    Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3W7
    Canada
    1-800-618-9059
    niagarafallshotelsheraton.com

How to Get a Hilton Promotional Code

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Hilton, like other major hotel conglomerates, issues promotional codes and coupons that apply at Hilton Hotels and its affiliates, which include Doubletree, Embassy Suites and Hampton Inns. Whichever of the Hilton hotels you choose for your stay, you may be able to find a number of potential coupons to reduce your costs.

Instructions

  1. Visit Hilton’s website to find out what promotions or discounts they are offering directly. Search their section under specials and packages to see if any of the packages like the fall getaway or free breakfasts fit your needs.
  2. Enroll in Hilton’s HHonors reward program because members receive certain offers that are not available to others. Sign up to receive emails that contain special offers. Check your rewards account or email regularly to keep aware of deals that will help you plan in advance.
  3. Book early. With all hotels there’s a discounted rate for advance bookings. Hilton offers a 30 percent discount off the best available rate when you make a reservation three months in advance with a 30 percent deposit. There are seasonal specials, romance packages and by location specials available as well. Visit the Hilton website regularly to see which seasonal options are on special.
  4. Check coupon “warehouse” websites like Couponheaven.com, Retailmenot.com and Dealtaker.com, which offer available promotions by merchant. Search for Hilton and look through the posted offers. Couponheaven.com states that online Hilton coupons are rare, but they update the offers as often as possible. Retailmenot.com offers user success rates for the coupons or codes they post, even distinguishing between “reliable” and “unreliable” codes. The unreliable codes may have location-specific limitations or be time limited.
  5. Read the fine print on any online coupon to determine what potential blackout dates or extra fees could be tied into the discounts. Time limits are the most common boundaries on a promotional code. Some discounts require a certain number of days advance booking.

How to Live in a Hotel

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When the job has you on the road six months of the year or you feel an urge to travel the world, hotel living is the ultimate outcome. Staying in a hotel for the long-term does not have to be an inconvenience. There are plenty of ways to get mail, cut costs, deal with your luggage and get amenities.

Check Out Long-Term Stay Rates

  • Many hotels offer extended stay rates for regular and long-term guests, especially in college towns or cities with lots of international travelers. Ask the hotel manager about these rates, and let the hotel know that you plan on staying for a long time. Ask if there is a time limit on how long you can stay at the hotel. Some hotels even set up monthly rates just like apartments but without the lease. If you are a regular guest, see if you can negotiate the price a bit, or ask for certain amenities.

Look for Amenities

  • Odds are you will want to use internet and the phone wherever you stay, and hotels offer both of these services with the room. Unlimited local calls are included, but guests are charged for long-distance phone calls. Cable television, free continental breakfast, use of the fitness center, free parking, and maid service are added amenities that make living in a hotel more comfortable. Ask how often you can expect maid service as a long-term guest. Some places may reduce the cleaning service to just once a week, unless requested, for long-term guests. Certain hotel chains also offer reward points for stays that can be used for discounts on future stays, which is helpful for travelers.

Travel Light

  • One big problem of living in hotels is the lack of space to store your things and the fact that it is a non-permanent residence. For many, hotel living is no problem and they are comfortable living out of a couple of suitcases. If you do want to keep some of your household things, furniture, and excess clothing, consider renting a storage space. A small space can be inexpensive and allows you to keep a lot of your things while you travel. Before you move into the hotel, make a list of items you need to take along. Try to list only items that are essential with multiple uses.

Dealing with Mail

  • Another issue to consider is how to receive mail and other correspondence. Some hotels will accept and hold mail for their long-term residents. Ask about their mail policy before having mail sent to you at the hotel. Another option is to have mail sent to a relative’s home with their permission. You could also use this relative’s home as a place to stay and a permanent address between hotel stays. You can also pay for a post office box to receive your mail. If you receive high volumes of mail, consider Business Mail Pickup where the USPS holds mail until you arrange to pick it up.

How Do I Get Cheap Flight & Hotel Packages to Las Vegas?

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We all know when we go to Las Vegas we can either leave with nothing or leave with a lot! Getting to Las Vegas shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. There are a lot of websites available that offer great deals on flight and airfare. You can also find great deals on tickets to shows and events that are happening in the city. Below is a website that offers one stop shopping for your airfare, hotel and entertainment.

Instructions

  1. Go to www.lasvegas.com.
  2. Click the tab “Flights and Hotels”.
  3. Enter the city you are leaving from, the departure date and the time and number of rooms needed.
  4. Click “Search”.
  5. Scroll through the list of available hotels. When you find the deal you like click “Select and Continue”.
  6. Scroll through the list of available hotels. When you find the deal you like click “Select and Continue to Check Out”.
  7. Pay for your hotel and flight.

How to Find a List of Hotels

The Internet is useful resource when you are looking to book a hotel but the range of websites listing hotels can be overwhelming. Finding reliable sites that are informative and secure will make your search for a hotel easier. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, identifying lists of hotels that meet your requirements is an important part of your travel preparation.

Instructions

  1. Enter websites such as Expedia, Hotels or Bookings to find the largest selection of hotel listings. Once on these sites you can enter parameters based on things such as location, price range and type of hotel. With Expedia, you can also look for combined hotel and flight deals.
  2. Use niche sites to identify more specific hotel listings that meet your needs. Look for boutique hotels on sites like Mr & Mrs Smith or use chains such as Motel6 to search for motel accommodations.
  3. Look at the hotel pages for destinations on traveler advice websites like Frommers. Here you will find detailed reviews of hotels from travel writers. Reviews come with ratings based on quality, service and value alongside information and tips about nearby attractions and amenities, such as shops and restaurants.
  4. Try websites such as Last Minute or Late Rooms if you need to find a list of available hotel rooms at short notice. These sites offer rooms at discounted rates as hotels try to fill unsold rooms rather than leave them empty.
  5. Check out the websites of tourist boards for your destination. They will often have a list of local hotels and may provide more detailed information than on sites that provide listings for several places. If you arrive at a destination without a hotel booking and do not have Internet access, local newspapers and tour guide publications will have lists of hotels.

How to Save Money on a Wedding Night Hotel Room

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Your wedding day will be arguably the busiest day of your life. What better way to cap off such an eventful day than eloping with your new spouse to plush hotel room. You can save money on the wedding night hotel room by using some basic skills to acquire a cheaper rate.

Instructions

  1. Prioritize your wedding expenses. You and your spouse-to-be should have a wedding budget in the works. Decide if you want to stay in a hotel, what kind of hotel you want to stay in, and what kind of hotel you can afford.
  2. Log on to the Internet. Any search engine will allow you to browse for hotels located near the site of your wedding.
  3. Check travel Web sites. Even if you’re not traveling for your wedding, a number of travel Web sites will search for the lowest hotel prices in an area by entering a zip code. Other travel Web sites will require you to enter the names of hotels you’d like to stay at and locate the cheapest rooms offered at these hotels.
  4. Book your hotel room where you’ve reserved blocks of rooms for your wedding guests. If you block rooms at a hotel, the management will typically offer the bride and groom a room for a discount, or even for free, depending on how many rooms you’ve reserved.
  5. Have your reception at a hotel. Here again, the bride and groom are often offered a discounted or free hotel room by the management if the reception is being held at a hotel.
  6. Ask the hotel receptionist about standing discounts. If you were a member of the military, a teacher, a business or a club member, they may have several discounts available.
  7. Skip the hotel room altogether. Sometimes the best place to escape from everyone is to simply go home.

Hotels Where Kids Stay Free

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Planning a family vacation does not have to leave your wallet empty. Several hotel chains offer deals and discounts for families. Hotels offer promotions for children to stay free. Other hotel promotions may include free meals or activities for children. Gather the family together and find a hotel with a great deal. Create memories that will last a lifetime without breaking your budget.

Extended Stay

  • Extended Stay hotels, such as Extended Stay America, offer family friends services, where kids stay free. Children under the age of 17 stay free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Families will enjoy the in-room kitchens and on-site laundry facilities. Amenities also include wireless Internet access, unlimited local phone use, cable television and a fitness center. Children will also enjoy the hotel pool. Hot tubs are available at some Extended Stay locations for adults to use. Extended Stay hotel also allow families to bring pets for a small nightly fee of $25. Homestead Studios Suites and Crossland Economy Studios are also part of the Extended Stay hotels.

    Extended Stay America Efficiency Studios

    100 Dunbar St.

    Spartanburg, SC 29306

    864-573-1600

    extendedstayamerica.com

Waldorf Astoria

  • The Waldorf Astoria hotels offer not only a hotel room, but also a luxury experience. Children under 18 can stay for free when they stay in the same room as a paying adult. Waldorf Astoria hotels are scattered throughout the United States and internationally. The free child accommodations are offered at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Naples Grande Beach Resort, Waldorf Astoria Park City Utah and Grand Wailea Maui, to name a few. Relax at the luxury indoor spa or play a round of golf in the warmer locations.

    Waldorf Astoria Corporate Office

    Hilton Hotels Corp.

    World Headquarters

    7930 Jones Branch Drive

    McLean, VA 22102

    800-925-3673

Castle Resorts

  • Castle Resorts and Hotels offers free accommodations for children at its Hawaii locations. All children under age 17 stay free in the same room as an adult. Some participating Castle Resorts include the Hilo Hawaiian hotel, Kona Bali Kai, Kona Reef and Waimea Country Lodge. Castle Resorts and Hotels also offers a promotion for kids to eat free at any Denny’s Restaurant in Hawaii. Kids 12 and under can enjoy a free breakfast, lunch or dinner at Denny’s when accompanied by an adult purchasing a meal.

    Castle Resorts and Hotels

    3 Waterfront Plaza

    500 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 555

    Honolulu, HI 96813

    800-367-5004

How to Find Cheap Las Vegas Vacation Packages

With its numerous casino resorts, nightclubs and restaurants, Las Vegas can fairly be called America’s adult playground. As one of the top tourist destinations in the United States, the city offers a variety of accommodations. If you are planning a trip to Vegas, you can find affordable packages that include amenities such as dining, airfare and casino credits along with your lodging.

Casino Newsletters

  • Visit the website of some of the resorts at which you are considering a stay and sign up to receive newsletters or emails. These notices frequently include special resort packages. For example, at the time of publication, The Venetian (thevenetian.com) offered deals for its suites that include a free admission to LAVO Nightclub and $20 off a $50 food bill at Zine Noodles Dim Sum. Golden Nugget (goldennugget.com/lasvegas) provided guests a coupon book with more than $250 in dining, entertainment and retail discounts with a stay. These packages generally only offer amenities at the resort, so you will have to find airfare on your own.

Keyword Search

  • Visit your favorite search engine and type such phrases as “Las Vegas discount codes” or “Vegas coupon codes,” which will take you to various websites that collect deals currently running at the various Sin City properties. You can often find significant discounts on hotel rooms or Las Vegas packages at these domains. For example, the website SmarterVegas (smartervegas.com) is offering a code at Aria (arialasvegas.com) that provided $100 in resort credits, which you use for most amenities at the property, along with a two-night stay.

Airline Vacation Services

  • Several major air carriers offer vacation services, and if you book a flight through the airline, you receive a discount on a hotel or other Vegas amenities. For example, at the time of publication Southwest Vacations (southwestvacations.com) is offering $75 off a three-night stay at The Venetian, as well as two free show tickets. American Airlines Vacations (aavacations.com) is featuring a flight and two-night stay at the Excalibur starting at $159 per person. Delta Vacations (deltavacations.com) is offering a free night’s stay with the purchase of three.

Travel Considerations in Las Vegas

  • Don’t forget travel. Most packages include flight, rooms and sometimes resort amenities, but they usually don’t include transportation. You will need a transportation plan even if you just plan to cruise the Strip, as the famed street is about four miles from end to end. At the time of publication, you can often find car rentals can for under $30 a day in the city, and you can pick up your ride at McCarran Airport. City buses with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (rtcsnv.com/index.cfm) regularly run up and down the Strip and to Downtown, and fares are only a few dollars per ride.

All Inclusive Hotel Packages in New Orleans

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Whether you want to enjoy a beignet in the French Quarter or live jazz music any night of the week, New Orleans continues to thrive as a cultural hotspot. Visitors to Orleans have access to riverboat cruises, ghost tours, historic homes, art galleries, theater and fine dining. With so much to do, the inclusive hotel packages offered by many hotels in New Orleans provide a convenient option for travelers looking for romance or family fun.

Maison Dupuy Hotel

  • Located in the historic French Quarter, the Maison Dupuy Hotel offers a broad selection of package options designed to make a romantic getaway or a family vacation easy to plan. The Romantic Rendez-Vieux includes accommodations, valet parking, champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries, breakfast, cocktails and $300 in coupons for New Orleans area attractions and restaurants.

    The French Quarter Fling includes accommodations, parking, a 3-course dinner, breakfast, martinis and $300 in coupons.

    The Family and Nature package includes accommodations, parking, breakfast, $300 in coupons, and tickets to the Audubon Zoo, Aquarium of the Americas, IMAX theater or Insectarium.

    Another option, the Summer Spree Family Vacation, includes accommodations, discounted parking, breakfast every day and $300 in coupons.

    All guests have free wireless Internet and access to the courtyard, pool and jacuzzi.

    Maison Dupuy Hotel
    1001 Rue Toulouse
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    504-586-8000

Inn on Bourbon

  • The Inn on Bourbon, located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, provides several package options for guests. The Opera House Romance option includes a balcony room, breakfast vouchers, a carriage ride and roses. The Bourbon Street Café, where guests can use their breakfast vouchers, serves a full breakfast buffet daily.

    The Audubon Experience package is ideal for sight-seers, since it includes tickets to guests’ choice of New Orleans attractions–the Audubon Zoo or the Aquarium of the Americas—in addition to accommodations.

    All guests have access to the Inn on Bourbon’s courtyard pool, business center and fitness center, as well as wireless Internet and in-room New Orleans coffee.

    Inn on Bourbon
    541 Bourbon St.
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    800-535-7891

Roosevelt New Orleans

  • Packages offered by The Roosevelt New Orleans change seasonally, but guests can find out the most up-to-date offers on the hotel’s “News and Specials” page.

    For example, the Winter Escape Package includes a special room rate, complimentary breakfast and a $200 hotel credit.

    Room amenities include wireless Internet access, 24-hour room service and overnight shoeshine, while the hotel also hosts a heated outdoor pool, pool terrace, bar, restaurant, sweet shop and gift shop.

    Roosevelt New Orleans
    504-648-1200
    123 Baronne St.
    New Orleans, LA 70112

Omni Royal Orleans

  • Omni hotels offer several different standard package options, including 25% off the price of weekend rates and an offer for a third night free with the purchase of two nights’ stay.

    Guests can also choose from the Retail Therapy package, which provides champagne, a souvenir shopping back and lipstick, and the Double Bubble Romance package, which includes a commemorative ice bucket, champagne and breakfast.

    The Omni Royal Orleans also provides touches of luxury for all guests to enjoy, from the award-winning Rib Room restaurant to the roof-top pool with views of the French Quarter, and conveniences like high-speed Internet.

    Omni Royal Orleans
    621 Saint Louis St.
    New Orleans, LA 70140
    504-529-5333

How to Get a Cheap Hotel Room

Hotel rooms are an essential part of the travel experience. However, the cost of hotels can be very expensive. Computers allow consumers to search numerous Internet websites to find great deals on hotel rooms. But it takes time, patience, creativity and careful planning to save money. If followed closely, the following techniques can be used to help you secure a high-quality hotel room at a greatly reduced cost.

Instructions

  1. Book hotels through Hotwire.com. Hotwire is discount website that offers low-cost, high-quality hotel rooms. Hotels generally have many available rooms and they use websites like Hotwire to fill them. The website requires customers to purchase the hotel room before the hotel name is revealed, but there is a way around this.
    Do a preliminary search on Hotwire for your travel dates and see what the options are returned. Write down the hotel location, amenities, TripAdvisor.com star rating and rate. Before purchasing the hotel room, visit BetterBidding.com; the website provides an extensive list of hotels used by Hotwire. Compare your Hotwire search results with the information on BetterBidding.com to get an idea of which hotels are being offered.
    After comparing the Hotwire search results with the hotel information provided by users on BetterBidding.com, you are ready to purchase your hotel room. Use the Hotwire link from BetterBidding.com and search the hotels again. Select the Hotwire hotel with the price range, star rating and amenities that correspond with your research. After purchasing the room, the hotel name will be revealed and you should have a hotel that reflects your research (see Resources).
  2. Search boutique hotels or bed and breakfast. Boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts offer nice accommodations without the flair and additional fees of more expensive hotel properties. These are generally owned by independent operators and have a distinct character and charm that is not found at the big chain hotels. Though they may lack certain amenities, they tend to provide adequate service, clean rooms and an attentive staff all at greatly reduced prices.
  3. Travel on off-peak days. Hotels are generally booked solid on the weekends when most people are traveling. However, midweek travel offers deeply discounted hotel rates. Hotel rooms are much cheaper Monday through Thursday when hotels are at their lowest occupancy rates. Take advantage of the increased inventory by looking for weeknight specials to cut the cost of your lodging.

Las Vegas Hotels With a Government Discount

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Las Vegas is a popular tourist destination. More than 36 million tourists visit the city every year, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. With almost 150,000 hotel rooms to choose from, there’s no shortage of lodging options. Government employees should keep in mind that they may be eligible for government rates or discounts at specific hotels. Several offer discounted nightly rates through the FedRooms Federal Premier Lodging program.

Best Western Mardi Gras Inn and Casino

  • The Best Western Mardi Gras Inn and Casino is located a block from the Las Vegas Strip and within walking distance of the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Las Vegas Monorail. As of August 2010, the hotel offers a government discount rate of $40 per night. The 314 guest rooms feature wet bars, refrigerators, coffee services, televisions, in-room on-demand movies, free local calls and free wireless Internet access. Choose from a king bed, a queen bed or two queens. The Mardi Gras Inn offers an outdoor pool, whirpool and sundeck, and a business center with copying, fax and printing services. Take the free shuttle to the Strip or play at the hotel’s on-site 24-hour casino, featuring 50 slot and video poker machines. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night snacks are available at the Mardi Gras Inn’s on-site restaurant.

    Best Western Mardi Gras Inn

    3500 Paradise Rd.

    Las Vegas NV 89109

    702-731-2020

Ambassador Strip Inn Travelodge

  • The Ambassador Strip Inn Travelodge is located one block from the Las Vegas Strip and less than three miles from McCarran International Airport. The hotel offers a government rate of $55 per night, as of August 2010. The hotel’s 107 rooms feature television with premium cable channels, microwaves, refrigerators, coffeemakers and free local calls. Hotel amenities include a heated outdoor pool, complimentary breakfast, a free airport shuttle and free wireless Internet access in guest rooms and common areas.

    Ambassador Strip Inn Travelodge

    5075 Koval Ln.

    Las Vegas, Nevada 89119

    702-736-3600

Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino

  • The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, located on the Las Vegas Strip, offers a government discount rate of $109 per night, as of August 2010. The Golden Nugget offers 2,300 rooms and suites. Room features vary, but can include pillow-top mattresses, flat-screen televisions, pay-per-view movies, Internet access and wet bars. Dine at the hotel’s seven restaurants, including a Vegas-style buffet, a seafood restaurant set around an aquarium, a Teppanyaki steakhouse and a sushi bar. Hotel amenities include in-room spa services, a casino, 24-hour concierge service and several swimming pools, including one with a built-in shark tank.

    Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino

    129 Fremont St.

    Las Vegas, NV 89101

    702-385-7111

     

Monthly Motels in Ohio

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Many travelers and small business professionals undertake long-term projects that require staying for a month or more at a temporary locale. For the traveler or business person in need of affordable monthly accommodations in Ohio, there are many choices. Ohio has five major metropolitan areas that are common destinations for monthly motel dwellers. From north to south, they are Toledo, Cleveland, Youngstown, Columbus/Dayton and Cincinnati.

Toledo

  • Candlewood Suites are located in Perrysburg, a south suburb of Toledo. They offer studio and 1-bedroom live-in suites, with a full kitchen. Toledo also offers Studio PLUS Deluxe Studios in Maumee, a suburb southwest of Toledo. For a roomier Toledo option, the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham are located in Holland, a west suburb. The Hawthorn was renovated in 2008 and features larger, two-bedroom apartment suites, as well as smaller studios. All three establishments have high-speed Internet and fitness centers. The Studio PLUS and Hawthorn both have swimming pools.

Cleveland

  • The Holiday Inn Express is a monthly rate hotel in the heart of Cleveland’s downtown business district. It is conveniently located to the city center, but does not have in-room kitchens, only coffee and tea makers; as well, the hotel serves free continental breakfast each morning. The Holiday Inn features a fully stocked and staffed business center, including free high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the grounds. The Hampton Inn is also in downtown Cleveland. Its lower prices are reflected in smaller rooms. The hotel compensates with a business center, dry cleaning service and a refrigerator and/or microwave upon request. The Homestead Studio Suites in North Olmstead is a monthly lodging closer to the airport with full kitchens, including refrigerator. They also have cheaper rooms and work desks with high-speed Internet (for a nominal fee per stay), and pets are allowed.

Youngstown

  • The Quality Inn is near the Interstate with quick access to the regional airport, Powers Auditorium and Youngstown State University. The Country Inn offers roomy suites with separate family rooms, an outdoor hotel courtyard and a swimming pool. The Best Western Penn-Ohio Inn is in the east suburb of Hubbard. It has more specialized business amenities, like a safe deposit box. All three establishments have fully stocked business centers, as well as fitness centers, private work desks with high speed internet, and free breakfasts.

Columbus/Dayton

  • The Extended Stay America Columbus North supplies monthly living amenities like equipped kitchens, guest laundry, private work desk with data port. The Days Inn Columbus East is closer to the airport and has an outdoor pool. All Days Inn rooms have coffee makers, microwaves and mini refrigerators. The Suburban Extended Stay in Dayton is close to the Wright-Patterson Air Force base and Fifth Third Field. The Suburban offers weekly housekeeping, fully equipped kitchens and office services like high speed internet, copying and faxing.

Cincinnati

  • The Spring Hill Suites is a monthly stay Mariott subsidiary. It is 16 miles from downtown Cincinnati and one mile from four different golf courses. It lacks in-room kitchen amenities, but supplies daily complimentary hot buffet breakfasts, as well as lighter continental breakfasts and. It is more expensive than some suburban options. The LiveInn Suites and Drury Inn Suites are in nearby Sharonsville to the north. Both LiveInn and Drury have dedicated business centers and meeting rooms. The LiveInn has larger accommodations, with a separate family room. Drury Inn provides free breakfast and supper daily. All three places feature a fitness center and swimming pool.

New York Yankee Hotel Packages

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Several New York City hotels offer vacation packages that include your hotel stay and tickets to Yankee games. Some of these packages also include transportation to and from the new Yankee Stadium, and many also offer breakfast or other special add-ons as well. The Yankees tickets available with these package range from Field Level to Grandstand Level seats.

Loews Regency Yankees Packages

  • The Loews Regency Hotel on Park Avenue offers two packages that include Yankee tickets as part of their “Pinstripes on Park” program. The “Home Base” Yankees package includes two main level tickets in the “light green” section, accommodations for two and a $10 Metro card so you can take the subway to Yankee Stadium. The Loews “Suite Steal” Yankees package includes two field level tickets in the “red” section, a one-bedroom suite for two, a full breakfast, and transportation to and from Yankee Stadium by luxury sedan. Both packages include beer and pretzels upon check-in.

    Loews Regency Hotel

    540 Park Avenue

    New York City, NY 10065

    212-759-4100

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Iroquois New York Yankees Packages

  • The Iroquois New York hotel offers two packages including Yankees tickets. The standard package includes two terrace seats at Yankee Stadium, accommodations for two in a standard room and breakfast for two. The deluxe package includes everything the standard package includes, plus a $50 gift card. However, with the deluxe package, the Yankee Stadium seats are on the main level.

    The Iroquois New York

    49 West 44th Street

    New York City, NY 10036

    212-840-3080

    iroquoisny.com/packages

Paramount Hotel

  • The Paramount Hotel offers a New York Sports Event Package that includes two nights accommodations and two tickets to the sporting event of your choice. The Paramount concierge can arrange for Yankees tickets, as well as tickets for other New York teams.

    Paramount Hotel

    235 W. 46th St.

    New York, NY 10036

    212-764-5500

    nycparamount.com/sportspackage.html

How to Find Hotels With Smoking Rooms

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Since the government has limited smoking in public places, it has become more difficult to find hotels with smoking rooms. Exacerbating the problem is that individual states, cities and hotel chains all have different policies regarding the presence of smoking rooms in hotels. But, it is still possible to find a smoking room in a hotel. It takes a bit of investigation on your part, but by knowing where to look and inquire, you can snag a smoking hotel room nearly anywhere in the United States.

Step 1:Know the law in the state you are visiting. The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation published a document in October 2009 that lists state and city laws restricting smoking rooms in hotels and motels in the United States. Some states, such as Wisconsin for instance, do not allow smoking in any hotel room in the state. So it is important to check on the regulations of your vacation city and state before searching any further.

Step 2:Search online. Sites such as Smokingwelcome.com list hotels and motels throughout the United States that allow smoking. While several of these sites feature incomplete lists (some allow users to add any hotel that they find), there are frequently several listings for major cities. Or, try hotel booking websites such as Hotels.com. Your hotel search will reveal whether available rooms are smoking or nonsmoking.

Step 3:Call. If Step 2 provided your hotel of choice, call the hotel itself to be sure that its policy has remained unchanged. If looking online wasn’t very fruitful, call a few hotels in your vacation area. A good elimination technique is to start with large hotel chains. The Marriot, for example, does not allow smoking in any of its U.S. hotels so they can be ruled out. However, chains such as Doubletree feature smoking rooms in most of their hotels so you could tailor your search to this or similar chains.

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Step 4:Make a reservation. Once you have found a suitable hotel, confirm that you are renting a smoking room when you make your reservation. Then, call back a day or so later just to be sure that the reservation you have made specifies a smoking room. Also, arrive in time to check in. Some hotels will not guarantee your agreed upon room if you arrive late.

How to Search for Hotels Near an Address

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Finding a hotel near a particular address is relatively easy. Depending on how close to the address you want the hotel to be, there are many tools on the Internet that can help you.

Instructions

  1. Go onto Google and type in GoogleMaps or MapQuest.
  2. Type your selected address into the map website of your choice. Don’t forget the street number, street, city, state, and ZIP code.
  3. Click “Submit,” “Get Map,” or any other button indicating that your address’s map will show up.
  4. Click on the button which indicates nearby businesses. If you are using MapQuest, this will be the “Find a Business” search box at the top of the page. If you are using GoogleMaps, this will be the “Search Nearby” button on the left pop-up next to the map.
  5. Type in “hotels” in the given search box on the given business search section of the map website.
  6. Explore the place marks indicated on your map. These indicate the hotels near your address, and they even offer links to hotel reviews and the hotel’s website.

How to Get Discounts for Hyatt Hotels

Hyatt offers eight types of hotels, including Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency and Hyatt Summerfield Suites, all of which offer different amenities and the same Hyatt service for different budgets. When booking your next Hyatt stay, you don’t have to pay full price as you can save a few dollars with a variety of discounts.

nstructions

  1. Enroll in the Hyatt Gold Passport program. The Gold Passport program is free and provides members with exclusive benefits, such as free room upgrades, discounted prices and even free stays. Each time you stay at a Hyatt property you accumulate points on your passport program that enable you to earn free nights at any Hyatt hotel once you’ve accumulated enough points.
  2. Book your room through a travel website that offers discounted rates to users. Hotels.com, Travelocity and Expedia are a few of the travel websites available for travelers to book Hyatt hotel rooms.
  3. Check the “Special Offers” link on the Hyatt website at Hyatt.com when booking your room. Sometimes room rates are discounted if you book a package. Packages often include free breakfast, free valet parking and complimentary coffee each morning.

How to Rent Monthly Efficiencies or Motels in Tennessee

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If you are a traveling businessperson or someone who constantly moves around from state to state, finding comfortable accommodations can sometimes seem tedious. Although there are hundreds of hotels placed throughout the state of Tennessee, not all of them cater to long-term visitors. Use the Internet to find a hotel that can provide long-term hospitality. Take advantage of hospitality establishments that cater to clients who require extended stay — many hotels and motels in Tennessee offer discounted monthly rates.

Instructions

  1. Go to the website of a hotel located within the state of Tennessee, such as Suburban Extended Stay Hotels, Studio 6 Hotels or Extended Stay America Hotels.
  2. Click on “Tennessee” in the “State” or “Location” section to reveal all available locations of the hotel chain within Tennessee.
  3. Click on “Rates” or “Check Rates/Availability” to reveal the pricing rates of the hotel. Review the information provided and check to see if the hotel offers monthly rates, which are sometimes referred to as “extended-stay” rates. Some websites require you to enter check-in and check-out dates, as well as the number of adults in need of hospitality before revealing their rates. If the website you use asks for this information, enter the required information and then check the available rates. Your room(s) will not be booked at this time — the information is used solely for pricing purposes.
  4. Compare rates at multiple hotels and choose the hotel that offers you the best price and best accommodations. Review check-in and check-out times, bed size, number of beds, hotel amenities (such as pool, spa and weight room) and room amenities, such as the television, refrigerator, microwave and Internet access.
  5. Book your hotel by entering the desired check-in and check-out dates, the number of rooms you require and the number of adults staying in the room(s).
  6. Enter your credit card number, along with any other required personal information, such as name, address and phone number.
  7. Review the information before reserving your room(s) and make sure that your credit card number, check-in and check-out dates, number of adults staying at the hotel and room rates are correct. If you made a mistake, go back to the page before and correct your information.
  8. Book the room(s) by clicking on the appropriate button, sometimes labeled “Reserve Room” or “Confirm Reservation.”

How to Search for Hotels Along a Route

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After you plan you driving trip, you may need to make a stop along the way to rest and break up the long drive. You could look up individual hotels in cities along your route, or you could use a resource that uses your departure city and state and the destination city and state to help you find all hotels and motels along a specific route. Along with a list of hotels, you also will have directions for the trip and a detailed map so you can plant the trip in miles or hours for each stop.

Instructions

  1. Long on to a web site such as InterContinental Hotels Group or All Hotel Motel to map and plan your route with hotels along the way. Each of these sites list all hotels and are not affiliated with one particular hotel franchises.
  2. Enter your departure city and state. You do not need to give addresses. Select the distance that you are willing to travel off your route to get to the hotel.
  3. Select any hotel amenities and hotel names that you that you require if using InterContinental Hotels Group. If you are using All Hotel Motel, select the dates you are traveling and will need a hotel room, or you can leave it open.
  4. Click “Search Hotel” or “Find Hotel” and a list of hotels with a map and driving directions will be displayed.
  5. Follow the route as detailed in the driving direction section to see how many hours or miles that you want to drive and look at the list to find a nearby hotel.
  6. Check the hotel amenities of the hotel you select by visiting its particular web site. You will also see nearby restaurants and attractions.

How to Get a Cheap Hotel Room

Hotel rooms are an essential part of the travel experience. However, the cost of hotels can be very expensive. Computers allow consumers to search numerous Internet websites to find great deals on hotel rooms. But it takes time, patience, creativity and careful planning to save money. If followed closely, the following techniques can be used to help you secure a high-quality hotel room at a greatly reduced cost.

Instructions

  1. Book hotels through Hotwire.com. Hotwire is discount website that offers low-cost, high-quality hotel rooms. Hotels generally have many available rooms and they use websites like Hotwire to fill them. The website requires customers to purchase the hotel room before the hotel name is revealed, but there is a way around this.
    Do a preliminary search on Hotwire for your travel dates and see what the options are returned. Write down the hotel location, amenities, TripAdvisor.com star rating and rate. Before purchasing the hotel room, visit BetterBidding.com; the website provides an extensive list of hotels used by Hotwire. Compare your Hotwire search results with the information on BetterBidding.com to get an idea of which hotels are being offered.
    After comparing the Hotwire search results with the hotel information provided by users on BetterBidding.com, you are ready to purchase your hotel room. Use the Hotwire link from BetterBidding.com and search the hotels again. Select the Hotwire hotel with the price range, star rating and amenities that correspond with your research. After purchasing the room, the hotel name will be revealed and you should have a hotel that reflects your research (see Resources).
  2. Search boutique hotels or bed and breakfast. Boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts offer nice accommodations without the flair and additional fees of more expensive hotel properties. These are generally owned by independent operators and have a distinct character and charm that is not found at the big chain hotels. Though they may lack certain amenities, they tend to provide adequate service, clean rooms and an attentive staff all at greatly reduced prices.
  3. Travel on off-peak days. Hotels are generally booked solid on the weekends when most people are traveling. However, midweek travel offers deeply discounted hotel rates. Hotel rooms are much cheaper Monday through Thursday when hotels are at their lowest occupancy rates. Take advantage of the increased inventory by looking for weeknight specials to cut the cost of your lodging.

Dirt Cheap Weekly Motels in Las Vegas

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Although Las Vegas is well known for the lavish hotels, casinos, and resorts that line the famous Las Vegas Strip, the city has a variety of accommodations to fit any budget. Mixed within the neighborhoods of the expensive hotels, visitors can find inexpensive hotels with daily, weekly, and monthly rates. These less pricey options do not include the same amenities you would find at a larger hotel. However, these affordable hotels can be a clean and convenient alternative. All rates listed are as of October, 2010.

Manor Suites IncManor Suites offers a one bedroom weekly rate of $229. These fully furnished rooms come equipped with a full kitchen. Maid service is available for an additional rate. The hotel is located on the Las Vegas Strip and is easy to identify with its castle exterior. The property offers guests balconies, patios, swimming pool and Jacuzzi.

Extended Stay America – Las Vegas – Valley ViewExtended Stay hotels are designed for the long-term visitor. With a focus on business travelers, this hotel offers additional work space in each room along with a data port. Cooking utensils, flatware, and dishes come in every kitchen for no additional cost. The property includes coin laundry, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center. Pets are welcome for an additional cost. Weekly rates start at $280.

Extended Stay America – Las Vegas – Valley View 4270 South Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89103 702-221-7600 extendedstayamerica.com

Blair House SuitesThe Blair House Suites is centrally located and within walking distance to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Suites come with either one or two bedrooms and full kitchens. The property offers free wireless access to the Internet, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and satellite TV. Weekly rates start at $175.

Sportsman’s Royal ManorThe Sportsman’s Royal Manor has a castle-like exterior and lobby to match. Each room has a full kitchen. Room sizes range from efficient studios to large two bedroom apartments. The property offers two swimming pools, Jacuzzis, on-site dining and on-site gaming. Weekly rates start at $158.

Holiday Royale Apartment SuitesThe Holiday Royale Apartment Suites is just one block away from the Las Vegas Strip in close proximity to the MGM Grand and The Hard Rock resort. The property offers a range of room sizes from studios to bi-level townhouses. Guests have access to business services such as faxing, copying and wireless Internet service. This property caters to guests who are moving in or out of the city by offering storage units and a parntership with Penske truck rentals. Weekly rates start at $175.