Wednesday March 5, 2014
The winter of 2014, in case you weren't paying attention (or live in Hawaii or Puerto Rico), has been all about the Polar Vortex. Everywhere from the usual wintry suspects like Chicago and New York to Atlanta and even the Gulf Coast, prolonged below-freezing temperatures and an abundance of sleet, frozen rain and the white stuff have set the nation a-flurry with all manner of cold weather preparation, panic and plain old fatigue.
The weather is playing havoc in all sorts of ways. Hotel rates aren't immune, either: rates in sunny climes have risen, while hard-hit cold areas are seeing rates drop with the thermometers. What's a deal-hunter to do? Read on for tips on getting great hotel rates in this season's weather.
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A few years ago, the Mandarin Oriental Miami won big points with me through their incredible attention to detail. Little things like a turndown service that tilted the TV toward the bed and turned on soft, relaxing music; supplied me with a complimentary bottle of Voss; and opened the hotel services menu to the Room Service page. As someone who frequently beds down alone, I was also impressed to note they paid attention to which side of the bed I preferred (a detail too many turndown service attendants simply miss).
Terry Ward agrees with me. She's found a luxury hotel in Stockholm that catered to so many details, she felt compelled to sing their praises. From warmed towels to well-selected magazines to an extra USB cord and well-placed outlets, this hotel won her over on all the right details. In a luxury hotel, it's the little things that most impress.
Do you have a tale of a hotel hitting all the right notes (or missing the mark)? I'd love to hear from you in the comments.
Image courtesy Terry Ward
Thursday February 27, 2014
These days, the savviest travelers know that the best way to land great hotel deals often happens in a flash. On a flash vacation sale site, that is. And when you're looking to score a room at below rack rate at some of the world's finest properties, there's one website that you should especially have on your radar: Jetsetter. Here's what you need to know to land a deal with Jetsetter on one of the world's great luxury hotels.
Image of the One&Only Ocean Club copyright Charlyn Keating Chisholm, licensed to About.com
Wednesday February 26, 2014
There is not much about the moniker "airport hotels" that's inspiring. For me, it always brought to mind bleak corporate guest rooms, views of parking lots, and tasteless all-day menus. Two hotels changed my mind, and in a big way.
The citizenM Schiphol Airport wowed me on an overnight stay with fresh sushi in the lobby, tiny ultra-high-tech guest rooms, and a great rate. I got a good night's sleep and took a quick walk to my terminal the next morning for an early international departure.
The Sofitel London Heathrow was such a great place to dine, drink, spa and bed down, I'd choose it for a London stay even if I didn't need to be close to the airport. Traditional English tea at Tea 5 was a treat, guest rooms come with Sofitel MyBeds and Hermes amenities, and there's an express train to central London. (The spa has day packages if you're just passing though Healthrow.)
Read on for more airport hotels that take the stress out of travel.
Image of the lobby of citizenM Schiphol Airport copyright Charlyn Keating Chisholm, licensed to About.com