Hotel of the Week: Summer on Sale

If a topsy turvy stock market… high gas pries.. and expensive airline tickets have you looking for a bargain vacation, you have to know where to look. The deals are there!

First,  use social media  – Twitter, Facebook – to be a regular follower of your favorite hotels or airlines. That way YOU don’ t have to work that hard, the deals come to you.

For instance – I subscribe to the Joie de Vivre hotel group, and they are having a 25th anniversary sale on their properties. Joie de Vivre is a boutique brand, more fun and funky than high-end luxury.

One of the hotels, the Saguaro in Palm Springs, is offering up to 30% off – But you have to book that by today!! There are other deals that don’t expire today, so visit the website. www.jdvhotels.com

I actually visited the hotel recently because I had read so many articles about it. Located right on the edge of town in Palm Springs, CA,  you can’t miss the colorful motel-turned hipster hang out.

Personality it is not lacking.

Hang out by the pool… or in the bar….Or wander into town. Palm Springs has changed a lot in the past 30 years…

I took my kids to lunch at a new restaurant there recently, LuLu California Bistro right on the strip. The vacation town isn’t as kid friendly as it used to be – more of an adult crowd with the families staying in Rancho Mirage or La Quinta – but LuLu was fun and had great people watching.

Other properties by Joie de Vivre include:  Hotel Vitale in San Francisco where I have stayed a few times… (near the Ferry Building!!) Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel.. and Hotel Angeleno in Los Angeles. SO go to the website to check out the special packages to celebrate 25 years of Joie de Vivre. (I like the sound of that..) www.jdvhotels.com

For other summer deals, popular wisdom is – go where it is off-season. Cheaper to Australia (winter there)… or the Caribbean, where it is hurricane season. Typically the storms come end of summer, but you never know. For that reason I’d recommend buying travel insurance.

Atlantis in the Bahamas is one example of Caribbean deals – and good for families – $199 a night right now for summer.. and if you can wait until the end of summer, it goes down to $99 mid August! (Bahamas is not in the Caribbean, but considered part of that community.) http://www.atlantis.com/promotions/travelzoo/FallSpecial.aspx?CID=emx_Travelzoo_060412

Mexico is another place on sale…Travelocity has some Playa del Carmen hotels on sale starting at $119 a night. Book me please.

Las Vegas is another place to look for hotel deals – The Wynn is offering rooms this summer from $139 a night Sunday -Thursday… and from $219 a night Friday and Saturday. www.wynnlasvegas.com/SummerOffer

Go get your summer set! Love this time of year.

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