- Reviews: 232
La Quinta: We stayed in La Quinta hotels for most nights
While doing the road trip for 3 weeks on the west coast, we staying in all kinds of places. We tried to keep our nights in hotels under $70 dollars for the 2 of us, but sometime we went over because we were either late at night, or because there simply wasn’t another vacant option.
Most of the time though, we averaged around the £50 - £60 dollar mark. We stayed in a La Quinta Inn and Suites one night, and from then on, we just had to keep looking for these hotels because they were roomy, the bed was great, and the staff were cool too. There were exceptions of course, but very few La Quinta hotels with bad staff, we felt.
If you join La Quinta online, you are rewarded with a free night for every 10 nights you stay, so for us, that was yet another bonus.
On our 6 week road trip around the Southern States, we found that the majority of La Quinta Inns were not great and even really poor in some places like Galveston. The La Quinta Inn and Suites were better, but none seem to be of the standard we had on the West Coast. Strange I know, but true.
If we were on the West Coast again, we would stay in La Quinta Inns and Inn and Suites, but if we were back in the Southern States, we would only stay in La Quinta Inn and Suites, and not just the standard La Quinta Inn’s.
We may even skip La Quinta in the South all together though, maybe.
- Reviews: 1
super 8: twlite zone
This was THE worse room I ever stayed in! No towels , no washclothes, the air conditioner leaked, the tv remote was broke, no coffee pot for the coffee maker, bad swithch in the bathroom.When I was checking in the lady next to me had been there two hours.Employees running around with no shoes on and getting lunch orders , while people stood waiting for rooms.The lady that was checking you in would leave the desk to clean rooms or go to the office, SO unproffesional!!Three couples left. It was like being in the Twilte Zone!There werea lot more to write about but it would take another page!
Its a shame that this is the only hotel to choose from to stay at, so you put up with all the flaws or sleep in your car. They need a real manager/owner to run the hotel in a profesional way!!
- Reviews: 1
Chateau: Lake Lousie
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- Reviews: 133
Youth Hostel Association
When travelling around North America i stayed mainly in hostels.As i travelled to more out of the way locations,i found these to be great value as some where private rooms with double beds, t.v etc.I would recommend this as an affordable option when travelling.Do not forget to become a member before you travel.
- Reviews: 1
Hotel / Motel Accomodations: Tifton Georgia Best Overnight stay
I stop over at this hotel called Microtel Inn & Suites, off Interstate 75, exit 62 . Theire rates are very reasonable (listed in 2 coupon books). Rooms are always clean, you get free brkfst, wifi, free computer access, gym and gorgeous lobby. Bedding is brand new. its midpoint if you driving from Midwest states or Florida. There is plenty of praking for bus , trucks and tour groups.
Microtel Inn & Suites, 196 S Virginia Ave, Tifton, GA 31794
(229) 387-0112 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pool and gym were wonderful. Computer access came handy
- Reviews: 172
Motel 6, Super 8 etc: Cheaper accommodation
If you're travelling with others the cheapest form of accommodation may not be a hostel. Try bargaining with the desk clerk at the motel you go to and tell them that you are backpacking / a student / travelling and ask if they have a cheaper room or if they could take anything off the cost of the room for you. You will be surprised how much cheaper you can get the room. (this will almost certainly not work if you have pre booked) HINT! The person with the most experience with bargaining should go in alone and look worried when they tell you how much the cheapest room is. It helps a lot if you have small notes.
- Reviews: 209
Surprises Await Some Who Book Package Deals: Buying an Air/Hotel Package Online
Package Deals To Europe
Are those too-good-to-be-true air/hotel packages to Europe, well, too good to be true? You know the ones -- cheap deals to European capitals that pop up on Internet discount sites like Travel Zoo (www.travelzoo.com) and Smarter Living (www.smarterliving.com), bundling air and hotel costs into one preposterously low total. When a $499 six-night summer trip to London recently appeared on Go-Today.com, it seemed too cheap not to go. The trip would have cost at least $1,150 if purchased a la carte: Airfare was running about $750, and a bare-bones hotel would have added at least another $400.
Finger poised to click, we wondered: What's the catch? Was it really possible to visit London for $499 without sacrificing convenience and personal safety, not to mention our dignity?
In mid-April, we clicked on Go-Today's "London Supersale," which included round-trip airfare to London Heathrow and six nights' hotel for $499 per person double, for travel in mid-July. The price was good for travel on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (a surcharge applied for other days). Luckily, we were traveling with a friend: As with most package deals, this trip was priced on a per-person-double basis, and a solo traveler would have had to pay a $300 supplement.
Trips must be booked entirely online. If you want to talk to an actual person, that's another $20. And once we paid for the package, there were no refunds or exchanges. The company recommends buying trip cancellation insurance with your package, because you can't add it after the fact, but we decided to live dangerously. Note: We felt comfortable using Go-Today, in business for 13 years. But if you're unsure about a travel provider, check with the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org) to ensure there's not a pattern of complaints against the company. Continued below ....
Watch out for extra charges -- some mandatory, some optional. Ours quickly added up:
$100 more to fly out of the Washington area.....
$115 in government taxes and airport fees.
$10 for mandatory FedEx delivery of e-tickets and hotel voucher.
$65 for a hotel upgrade, since Go-Today's budget choices seemed a bit too basic for anyone past the backpacker stage. It was still an incredible deal: We were paying $64 a night for a three-star room that was going for $172 a night on Hotels.com.
Final total: $789 per person.
You knew there was a catch.
It wasn't the ticket delivery, which can be dicey with some discounters who work on razor-thin margins. Our e-tickets and hotel voucher arrived in our mailbox within days of purchase.
It wasn't the airlines. We flew brand-name carriers: United and Lufthansa.
It wasn't the hotel. True, our hotel room was small with no air conditioning, but the neighborhood was safe and convenient, the room spotless and the staff friendly. We'd stay there again.
No, the catch was a return-trip routing that not only required a connection, but took us from London to Dulles via Frankfurt, requiring a 4 a.m. wakeup call and, with layover time, adding more than six hours (!) to our journey. We weren't told this before booking -- only after we paid in full and received e-mail confirmation. Go-Today manager Carmen Costello later explained that while the company works with vendors to get the best routing available, it depends on space available. The sale we clicked on, she said, resulted in more than 1,000 bookings in 24 hours, and United, the company's carrier on that trip, sold out of cheap seats. If Lufthansa hadn't agreed to provide a seat from Frankfurt at Go-Today's price, "we would have had to cancel you."
The deal was worth it, offering excellent value with no sacrifice in safety or comfort. In fact, unless staying in a specific hotel is important to you, we're hard-pressed to find a reason not to use these packages.
- Reviews: 279
Art Deco district of Miami: Miami Art Deco Hotels
There is an amazing choice of real classic style hotels in theis area. The pastel shades mixed with vibrant lighting, and they all seem to provide a very personal and stylish service, great places to stay in Miami.
Unique designs, stylish
- Reviews: 1
Hotel Britton (Best Western): Charming Secret in San Fran's SOMA
This small, charming, affordable little hotel is located VERY conveniently in the South of Market area of San Francisco. 1 block from the BART and within walking distance to SFMOMA (SF Museum of Mod. Art). While the room was small (which I like), it had a quaint European feel. Windows open for a great breeze and ceiling fans in the room. Pizza place next door serves a free glass of wine or beer in the afternoon to hotel guests. Desk staff friendly and helpful. They are owned by Best Western as are several hotels in that block so if Britton doesn't have a service (such as larger safes at the front desk), you can take advantage of the pricer hotels across the street. Only complaint: the bass sound from the Pizza Place in the afternoon. But, when asked, they turned it down; no prob.
- Reviews: 4857
Charlotte, North Carolina: My former hometown
If you travel to the southeastern part of the United States and you decide to stop in Charlotte, I'd be happy to offer you whatever advice I can. I moved up to Philadelphia in the summer of 2004, but I still have a lot of friends down there and plan to visit often.
- Reviews: 111
FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE: IT HAS TO BE THE CHATEAU
THE CHATEAU"S STANDARDS MAY HAVE DROPPED SINCE IT WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE FAIRMONT HOTEL CHAIN, BUT IT IS STILL ONE OF THE BEST HOTELS IN CANADA, WITH A SITUATION THAT IS UNSURPASSED.
THE CHATEAU SITS RIGHT ON THE LAKE THAT GIVES IT IT"S NAME, AMONGST A FOREST OF PINES THAT HIDE MILES OF HIKING TRAILS, NORDIC SKI TRAILS AND BACKCOUNTRY FOR ALL SORTS OF ACTIVITIES. THE LAKE PROVIDES FOR ICE-SKATING, CURLING AND HORSE SLEIGH RIDES.
INSIDE THE HOTEL IS A WARM, FRIENDLY BUT LUXURIOUS WELCOME, WITH A GREAT CHOICE OF RESTAURANTS, BARS AND SHOPS TO SPEND YOUR TIME IN IF YOU EVER GET TIRED OF LOOKING AT THE MAGNIFICENT VIEWS.
THE HOTEL IS VIRTUALLY A MINI TOWN-ANYTHING YOU NEED CAN BE PROVIDED IN THE HOTEL OR ITS SURROUNDINGS. THERE ARE 488 ROOMS OF VARYING STANDARDS OF LUXURY AND SIZE FROM A STANDARD MOUNTAIN VIEW TWIN ROOM TO THE LAKESIDE CROWN SUITE WITH SPIRAL STAIRCASE AND TWO BATHROOMS (ONE WITH JACUZZI).ALL TYPES OF ROOM COME WITH EITHER MOUNTAIN VIEW OR LAKE VIEW AT A SUPPLEMENT-PAY THE SUPPLEMENT FOR THE LAKESIDE ROOM, ITS NOT EVERYDAY THAT YOU GET A CHANCE TO WAKEUP LOOKING AT ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS (AND BEAUTIFUL) SPOTS IN CANADA.
VISIT IN LATE JANUARY AND YOU WILL HAVE THE ADDED BONUS OF SEEING THE HOTEL GROUNDS STUDDED WITH MAGNIFICENT ICE-SCULPTURES(THE WORLD ICE-CARVING CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE HELD HERE EVERY JANUARY). THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN BEING THE ICE CASTLE BUILT ON THE LAKE THAT YOU CAN SKATE AROUND.
- Reviews: 16
Well, I usually crash on a...
Well, I usually crash on a friends floor! But is you can't do that, there are sooooo many hotels to choose from. As cheap as Hostels and as expensive as the Royal York, there are tons in between. I'm sure a guide book or web site of Toronto can help you out better than I
- Reviews: 6
Sorry to say there is not much...
Sorry to say there is not much in Nebraska that would be thought of as notable lodging. We are with a time share, and we have use of lodging around the world. The place I would recomend would be any place in Las Vegas.
In the West or south west you will spend about $65 to $125 per night. That would be for a real nice place.
Nearby to everything!!!!
- Reviews: 7
If you are going to New...
If you are going to New Hampshire, book early! In the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, there are precious few accomedations. Lots of B & B's and not all created equal. I ended up staying in the B & B from Hell one year because that's all that was available.
$55.00-$70.00 per night, American.
Beautiful views, great spots for walking.
- Reviews: 8
Most hotels are pricey in the...
Most hotels are pricey in the DC, Arlington and Silver Springs area so a sensible motel just outside the city is probably a good choice. But if you have the budget, stay at one the city's historical hotels like the Hay Adams just across the park from the White House.
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