Saturday, October 31, 2009

Chapel Hill, North Carolina - The Carolina Inn

"The Carolina Inn"
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
AN EXPEDIA BRG

The Carolina Inn, located in the heart of Downtown Chapel Hill, is a Four Diamond hotel on the National Register of Historic Places. This hotel is less than 30 minutes from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and is convenient to Research Triangle Park, many various high-profile corporations, Duke University, and North Carolina State University. Oh, and by the way, this hotel is said to be haunted!

The Story:
The ghost is believed to be that of Dr. William Jacocks, who lived at the Inn for nearly 20 years.

The Haunting:
Guests who stay in some of the second-floor rooms that were once the home of Dr. Jacocks often find themselves locked out. (the Inn was renovated in 1990 and Dr. Jacocks' living quarters became part of several rooms) This ghost likes to play tricks on guests, and enjoys making it difficult for them to gain entry into their rooms. Apparently one room's door had to be removed from its hinges because it wouldn't budge. Today, some electronic door locks will not work properly. Is it due to Dr. Jacocks and his playful ways? Could be! Paranormal researchers have collected video and audio of ghostly happenings in this hotel, including piano notes, softly spoken words, and an orb-like object floating in the air.

Guestrooms include: work stations, high-tech amenities including data ports, telephone and voice mail, USA Today daily delivery (Monday-Friday), pay-per-view movies, express check-in & check-out services, complimentary in-room coffee, complimentary wireless Internet access, cotton bathrobes, and nightly turn-down service

Services: valet parking (daily 6am-midnight) and self parking ($10/24hrs), complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access in public areas, hotel fax and copying services, room service (6:00am-10:00pm), a gift shop, dry cleaning services (Mon-Fri), express check-out, newly renovated on-site fitness center, and in-room spa services available.

Hotel Address: 211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Competitor Website: Travelocity.com

Sample Dates: 12/11, 12/15, 12/26 (various dates in December!)
Click here to check your dates on HotelsCombined

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Spacious Queen / Deluxe Queen / Deluxe 2 Qns

Rate variation: For sample date 12/26:
Travelocity.com - $136.95 / Expedia.com - $188.30
(Spacious Queen)
Travelocity.com - $147.95 / Expedia.com - $174.30
(Deluxe Queen)
Travelocity.com - $147.95 / Expedia.com - $188.30
(Deluxe 2 Queens)

Click here to visit this hotel's official website.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property.

Special Comments: Ask for a room on the second floor!

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Wichita Falls, Texas - Best Western Wichita Falls Inn


"Best Western Wichita Falls Inn"
WITCHita Falls, Texas
An Expedia BRG

Best Western Wichita Falls Inn offers 111 guestrooms in a 3-story property. Guestrooms feature cable television with premium TV channels, pay movies, coffee/tea makers, and clock radios. The business-friendly rooms are equipped with wireless Internet access, desks, and free local calls. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations and hair dryers.

A complimentary breakfast is served each morning. In addition to a seasonal outdoor pool, Best Western Wichita Falls Inn provides a hot tub and a fitness facility. This property offers a 24-hour front desk and on-site complimentary parking.

Hotel Address: 1032 Central Freeway, Wichita Falls, TX 76306

Competitor Website: Travelocity.com

Sample Dates:
11/9, 12/15 (and many others!)
Click here to check your dates on HotelsCombined

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Standard King (nsmk) / Standard 2 Queens (smk)

Rate variation: For sample dates above:
Travelocity.com - $53.61 / Expedia.com - $58
(rates are for both room types)

Visit the official website of the Best Western Wichita Falls Inn.

Read Tripadvisor reviews for this Texas hotel here.

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Expedia.com

Monday, October 26, 2009

Chicago, Illinois - City Suites Hotel Chicago


"City Suites Hotel"
Chicago, Illinois
An Expedia BRG

The City Suites Hotel is ideally located in the eclectic Belmont-Sheffield area of Chicago, walking distance to Lake Michigan, the lively entertainment district, and Wrigley Field Stadium - home of the Chicago Cubs. The hotel is also minutes away from Downtown's Magnificent Mile and meeting conventions at the McCormick Place.

Amenities include: complimentary continental breakfast, 24-hour coffee and tea service, afternoon cookies, free wireless Internet access, luxury robes, and access to Bally's Total Fitness Club

Parking fee of $22 for 24 hrs (with in & out priveleges)

Hotel Address: 933 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657

Competitor Websites:
Booking.com (some dates)
Easyclicktravel.com (some dates)

Sample Dates: 12/15, 1/18, 2/9, 3/1, 3/24 (and more!)
Click here to check your dates on HotelsCombined

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Standard 1 Queen Bed

Rate variation: For most sample dates above:
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Expedia.com

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Primm, Nevada - Whiskey Pete's Hotel & Casino


"Whiskey Pete's Hotel & Casino"
Primm, Nevada
A Vegas.com BRG

Located off Interstate 15 at the California/Nevada state line, and about 35 miles south of the Las Vegas Strip, this full-service hotel and casino offers a variety of amenities and facilities as well as spacious accommodations. With monorail service to the hotel's 2 sister properties, as well as on-site slot machines, card games, and a video arcade, there is something for everyone. Guests at Whiskey Pete's can also take advantage of the outdoor swimming pool, complete with a waterslide, and the huge hot tub. Your guestroom features cable television with pay-per-view movies. Enjoy nightly live entertainment, or visit a variety of shopping at the huge outlet mall directly across from the hotel. Another must-see across the street from Whiskey Pete's (housed at the Primm Valley Resort/Casino) is the original Bonnie and Clyde death car - on display!

Hotel Address: 31900 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Primm, NV 89019

Competitor Website: Easyclicktravel.com

Sample Dates: 10/30, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14 (& probably more!)
Works as a BRG opportunity for various Friday & Saturday dates!

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: "Standard" Room

Rate variation:

For sample date Sat. 10/31:
Easyclicktravel.com - $38.03
Vegas.com - $98.67
Double the Rate Difference = $121.28
Your Final Rate (after refund) = $0
Credit card charged - $98.67 + taxes / refunded - full amount!

For sample date Sat. 11/7:
Easyclicktravel.com - $42.91
Vegas.com - $112.00
Double the Difference = $138.18
Your Final Rate (after refund) = $0
Credit card charged - $112 + taxes / refunded - full amount!

On these sample dates, Vegas.com pays for your room rate!

Tip: Booking Friday AND Saturday nights? Book them as separate reservations!

Important Note: On October 30 & 31, Vegas.com will display these 2 choices:
"Standard"
OR
"Standard" (includes 2 free show tickets)

You always want to book simply "Standard" (minus any perks!) With BRGs, the rate booked must be for the room only.

Visit Whiskey Pete's official website.

Read Whiskey Pete's Tripadvisor reviews.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Top Dirtiest Hotels In America


I thought I'd stayed at some real dives in my time, but after reading just some of these reviews, I don't think I had it so bad after all! Here are a handful of Tripadvisor's "Dirtiest Hotels of 2009". This list has been out for awhile and is merely a sampling (so as not to disgust you too much!) It's sure to make you feel better about some of your own hotel misadventures. Starting off the list is one of our former Wynham BRGs (look familiar?) I used to post this hotel back in the day thinking it was a great find, being a rare New York BRG. I always wondered why it didn't appear popular ... now I know why!


"The bugs had a better meal at this place than we did."


Read: Hotel Carter - New York City, New York

"The first room we were given literally smelled like raw sewage."


Read: New York Inn - New York City, New York

"Roaches everywhere! One so big he could have helped me bring my suitcase upstairs"


Read: Continental Bayside Hotel - Miami Beach, Florida

"Rooms were filthy, walls were smeared with unknown substance, furniture was broken and damaged, showerhead was rusty."


Read: Travelodge Bangor - Bangor, Maine

"If you are reading the previous reviews thinking "it can't be that bad" - it is."


Read: Eden Roc Motel - Wildwood, New Jersey

"The room we checked into smelled like CAT URINE and the air conditioner didn't work."


Have you been unfortunate enough to have stayed in a hotel like one of these? If so, hopefully it was not a property we've offered on our website! Feel free to let us know where your dirty hotel was, and perhaps we'll feature it here on the blog at a future date ...
(as a story, NOT as a BRG opportunity!)

$59 Rooms @ Brand New Las Vegas Resort +$30 Weekends


"The M Resort" - Las Vegas, Nevada

While browsing the deals over at Travelzoo.com, you'll always be presented with some outstanding offers - they never disappoint! Of course, this one had to catch my eye! ... A brand new resort in Las Vegas, Nevada - one which is currently selling rooms at about 50% off their regular rates!

Through the end of the year, you can stay at the exciting, new billion-dollar "M" Resort for the low rate of $59 per night (Sunday through Thursday) or just $89 per night on weekends. The weekend rate is particularly good, considering that rooms in Vegas are rarely under $100 Friday or Saturday nights, especially at a brand new hotel! This property is located 10 minutes south of "The Strip", but not to worry, you'll be provided with free transportation by the hotel to not only there, but to McCarren Internation Airport as well. Check with the hotel for scheduled times.

Rooms at the "M" feature a Bose sound system, 42-inch flat-screen TV, and floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views of The Strip. Resort amenities also include a world-class spa and salon, a huge outdoor pool and Entertainment Piazza featuring on-site concerts.

Outstanding reviews found on Tripadvisor!

Blackout Dates: Nov 6-7, Dec 1-3

For more information and to book: click here.
To book by phone: call toll-free 877-673-7678 (8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Simply mention code T10ZOO9 when calling.

Must Book By Oct. 30, 2009
Must Travel By Dec. 28, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

New York City, New York - Tribeca Grand Hotel


"Tribeca Grand Hotel"
New York City, New York
An Expedia BRG

New York City's Tribeca Grand Hotel is located within 5 blocks of SoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown, and Greenwich Village, Manhattan's most interesting neighborhoods.

This hotel's amenities include: 24-hour concierge and room service, One Touch guest service response, wireless high-speed Internet access, exercise facilities, laundry, and valet.

The guest rooms feature: in-room wireless high-speed Internet access, Egyptian cotton Frette bathrobes and Egyptian cotton towels, toiletries by Malin + Goetz, iPod and Bose SoundDock digital music system, cable TV, movies-on-demand, DVD player, and a complimentary pet goldfish upon request (the perfect souvenir!)

Hotel Address: 2 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, NY 10013

Competitor Website: Easyclicktravel.com

Sample Dates: 11/21, 12/15 (and many more!)

Check competing rates through Kayak:
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Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: "Deluxe" 1 King

Rate variation: For sample date 11/21:
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Expedia.com

Monday, October 19, 2009

Bryce Canyon City, Utah - Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

Bryce Canyon National Park

"Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel"
Bryce Canyon City, Utah
An Expedia BRG

This full-service Bryce Canyon City, Utah hotel is the closest lodging to the Bryce Canyon National Park, located just 1 mile away. While staying at the Bryce Canyon Best Western, guests can enjoy in-room coffeemakers, microwaves, refrigerators and flat-screen TVs. The hotel also features an on-site fitness center along with an outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi. Additional amenities at the Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel Best Western include free wireless internet access and on-site laundry facilities. Guests will also enjoy on-site dining at Ebenezer's Barn and Grill, offering a cowboy-themed atmosphere and hot, delicious meals.

Hotel Address: 30 North 100 East, Bryce Canyon City, UT 84764

Competitor Website: Travelocity.com

Sample Dates: 12/12, 1/20 (and many more!)
Access the Travelocity rate for your dates on HotelsCombined

The Expedia rate may be found through Kayak:
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Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Standard 2 Queens

Rate variation: For sample dates above:
Travelocity.com - $74.95 / Expedia.com - $85.07

Click here to visit the Best Western Grand Hotel's website.

Click here to read the Tripadvisor reviews for this hotel.

Click below to book on Expedia.com
Expedia.com

Bryce Canyon City, Utah - Best Western Ruby's Inn


"Best Western Ruby's Inn"
Bryce Canyon City, Utah
An Expedia BRG

This hotel offers a variety of amenities. Best Western Ruby's Inn features 2 restaurants - the Canyon Diner & Piccadilly Pizza, and the Cowboy's Buffet and Steak Room. Guests will appreciate spacious guest rooms, an indoor swimming pool, outdoor pool, heated spa, and other amenities to make each guest comfortable. The hotel also offers travelers a general store, art gallery, laundry facility, post office, ATM, one-hour photo service, foreign currency exchange, and a gas station - all located on the hotel property. The hotel guests can also take advantage of the on-site Bryce Canyon Conference Center for special events and meetings.

Hotel Address: 1000 S. Hwy 63, Bryce Canyon City, UT 84764

Competitor Website: Travelocity.com

Sample Dates:
12/12, 1/20 (and many others!)
Access the Travelocity rate for your dates on HotelsCombined

Access the Expedia rate through our Kayak link:
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Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Standard Room With 2 King Beds

Rate variation: For sample dates above:
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Expedia.com

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Laughlin, Nevada - Aquarius Resort Hotel & Casino


"Aquarius Resort Hotel & Casino"
Laughlin, Nevada
An Expedia BRG

The Aquarius Casino Resort is located on the banks of the Colorado River, approximately 90 miles south of Las Vegas, and 2 miles from Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport. The Colorado Riverwalk is adjacent to the property and the Preferred Outlets Mall is directly across the street.

Hotel amenities include: fitness center and the rooftop pool area, featuring a pool bar and lounge chairs. The Aquarius Casino houses over 1,500 slot and video poker machines, a race & sports book, Keno lounge, live poker room, and nearly 60 table games. Live entertainment is available at Splash Cabaret.

Dining options include: Windows on the River Buffet, Outback Steakhouse, Panda Express, the 24-hour Cafe Aquarius, Burger King, Dreyers Ice Cream, the elegant Vineyard Ristorante, and more. There are also three bars, a Starbucks, a jeweler, and a gift shop on site. The hotel also offers valet service, laundry service, currency exchange, a business center, and free parking.

All rooms feature: cable TV, voicemail, and On-Demand movies. The hotel also offers WebTV and internet access in all rooms for an additional fee.

Hotel Address: 1900 S. Casino Drive, Laughlin, NV 89029

Competitor Website: i4laughlin.com

Sample Dates: 10/31, 12/15 (and plenty of others!)

Check Expedia's higher rates through Kayak
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compare to lower rates found on i4laughlin.com.

Occupancy:
2 Persons

Room Details: Luxury King / Luxury 2 Queens

Rate variation: For sample date 12/15:
i4laughlin.com - $32 / Expedia.com - $35


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Expedia.com

Friday, October 16, 2009

Pacifica, California - Pacifica Motor Inn


"Pacifica Motor Inn"
Pacifica, California
A Travelocity & Expedia BRG

The Pacifica Motor Inn is situated within walking distance of Rockaway Beach in the San Francisco Bay Area, approximately 15 miles south of Downtown San Francisco, and 10 miles from San Francisco International Airport.

Hotel amenities include: 24-hour front desk, free continental breakfast, fax services, free local telephone calls, free wireless Internet, and free parking. Guests also receive a 15% discount coupon for Denny's restaurant.

Guestrooms feature: cable TVs, VCRs, electronic key locks, telephones, and individual climate controls.

Hotel Address: 200 Rockaway Beach Avenue, Pacifica, CA 94044

Competitor Websites:
Expedia.com
and http://www.hotels.com (for the Travelocity BRG)

Travelocity.com (for the Expedia BRG)

Sample Dates: 10/31, 11/21, 12/5 (and a bunch more!)
Check your specific dates on HotelsCombined

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details:
Standard Queen (no view & oceanview)
Standard 2 Queens (no view & oceanview)

Rate variation: For all sample dates above:

A Travelocity BRG for these room types:

Expedia.com - $100.00 / Travelocity.com - $101.92
(no view queen)
Expedia.com - $126.67 / Travelocity.com - $127.40
(oceanview queen)

While an Expedia BRG for these room types:

Travelocity.com - $140.14 / Expedia.com - $146.67
(no view 2 queens)
Travelocity.com - $152.80 / Expedia.com - $166.67
(oceanview 2 queens)



or click this link to book with Expedia.com
Expedia.com

Thursday, October 15, 2009

25 Cent Rooms in the U.S. Virgin Islands!

Here's a very tempting deal that you don't see everyday! It's being promoted by the travel website, Bookit.com. They're offering hotel rates of only 25¢ per room, per night for the first three nights when you book an air + hotel package of three nights or more! This promotion is being done in honor of a newly minted U.S. Virgin Islands quarter.

The hotels involved in the promotion include:

St.Thomas
Marriott Frenchman's Reef
Wyndham Sugar Bay
Bolongo Bay
Windward Passage Hotel
Point Pleasant
Sapphire Beach
Secret Harbour Beach Resort

St.Croix
The Palms at Pelican Cove
Hibiscus
Club St. Croix
Hotel Caravelle

You must book your vacation package while inventory lasts and before 12 midnight (Eastern time) on November 2, 2009. This offer is subject to sell out quickly! Travel must be completed by December 15, 2009.

I'd be sure to thoroughly investigate this one to determine it's worth. Here is the link to this promotion. Let us know if you think it's the real deal!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

"Give a Day, Get a (Free) Disney Day!"


Are you considering travel to a Disney Theme Park in 2010?
Following right on the heels of our "Give a Day, Get a Free Night" Sage Hospitality promotion in which you volunteer a day of your time to a charity, comes another similar deal - "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day." In this case, the reward, rather than being a free night hotel stay, is a free admittance to a theme park.

Disney is working with HandsOn Network to bring you amazing volunteer opportunities to which you can lend your much-needed services. As a way of thanking you for your good work, you'll receive a free ticket good for a one day admission to Walt Disney World (in Orlando, Florida) or Disneyland Theme Park (in Anaheim, California) - it's your choice.

Click here for all the details regarding this promotion.

Many of you will be heading out to Florida or California next summer (to use your BRGs, of course!), so why not volunteer for a day? - and give yourself a reward for a job well-done!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Receive 500 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles


Thinking about getting some insurance? Liberty Mutual has partnered with American Airlines to offer savings to AAdvantage members. Just for checking them out, you will pick up an easy 500 American Airlines AAdvantage miles. All you'll need to do to is simply complete an auto or home insurance quote. Here is the link.

Hat tip to the folks over at Flyertalk's MilesBuzz forum.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Las Vegas, Nevada - Americas Best Value Inn & Suites


"Americas Best Value Inn & Suites"
Las Vegas, Nevada
A Vegas.com BRG

Location means everything in Vegas. The Americas Best Value Inn and Suites has just that! Centrally located across from the MGM Grand, this hotel is within walking distance to The Las Vegas Strip, the Monorail Station, and McCarren International Airport. You're just minutes away from the Las Vegas Convention Center as well.

The Americas Best Value Inn and Suites has 8 two-story buildings with 262 rooms and suites. Features include a 24-hour lobby, voicemail, and electronic door locks. Also offered is free high-speed Internet, free local calls, cable TV with HBO and ESPN, pay movies, and free parking. A pool and whirlpool spa round out the amenities.

Next door, Coco's (a 24-hour restaurant) offers dining options from a light snack to a complete dinner.

Hotel Address: 167 East Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Competitor Website: Easyclicktravel.com

Sample Dates: 11/7, 12/15 (and many others!)

Check out Easyclicktravel's rate through Kayak:
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Compare it to the rate found on Vegas.com

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: "Standard" Room

Rate variation ....
For sample date Tuesday 12/15:

Easyclicktravel.com $25.75 / Vegas.com $37.99
Double the Rate Difference = $24.48
Your Final Rate (after refund) = $13.51

For sample date Saturday 11/7:

Easyclicktravel.com $42.54 / Vegas.com $69.99
Double the Rate Difference = $54.90
Your Final Rate (after refund) = $15.09