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Articles for March, 2011

Sweet on SoCal: 3 great cheap hotels in Los Angeles

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

By Maria Mora

Cheap hotels in Los Angeles are surprisingly ritzy for the price. When booking your Los Angeles vacation, do some investigating ahead of time to find cheap Los Angeles hotels with great reviews and convenient locations. No matter what part of the city you want to stay in and explore, you can find Los Angeles hotel deals perfectly suited for your spring break vacation or summer vacation. Here are some of our favorite go-to hotels in Los Angeles.

What's more L.A. than cruising with the top down? Lounging by a rooftop pool. (Pictured: AVIA Long Beach)

Long Beach
AVIA Long Beach has rooms at under $150 a night. With the new Rooftop bar opening mid-March 2011, this affordable hotel is becoming a must-visit hot spot for poolside drinks and entertainment. In the morning, rejuvenate with fresh seasonal juices at the Barista Bar. This cheap Los Angeles hotel is a great option for couples and singles.

Universal City
Traveling with the family to see some of the iconic sights in Los Angeles? Try Sheraton Universal Hotel. With rooms just more than $150 a night, it’s an affordable option for families — and you’ll know exactly what to expect from the clean and comfortable Sheraton brand. This property was recently upgraded with a $30 million renovation. (more…)

Cheap Caribbean vacations: Why I love Barbados

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

The cliffside Crane Resort tempts with historic hotel rooms, private residences and plenty of pools.

By Vince Font

There’s something that’s always drawn me to Barbados. Maybe it’s the fact that you really can’t get any further east without actually exiting the Caribbean and finding yourself already halfway across the Atlantic to Africa. Or maybe it’s the local culture, and the fact that everyone there speaks English so I don’t have to feel as if I’m coming off like another annoying tourist (which I am, let’s face it). But looking over the bevy of cheap Caribbean vacations that I found online recently, I realized that I might just be in love with Barbados because it’s so darn cheap to vacation there. If you think that’s silly and that maybe I need to perform a reevaluation of my priorities, check out the two  cheap Caribbean vacations I found below and then tell me I’m crazy. (more…)

Save in style at 3 cheap San Francisco hotels this spring

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

A 2009 renovation brought a chic look to Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel, a go-to for cheap rates.

By Susan Johnston

Springtime is one of the best seasons to visit San Francisco, as the weather is usually mild and cloudless, without the rain that typically dampens other parts of the country. And with San Francisco hotel deals galore, now is the perfect time to plan a Northern California vacation. Relax and unwind in West Coast style at one of these three cheap San Francisco hotels. (more…)

Savings trick No. 1: Eat-in kitchens at cheap Orlando hotels

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Save your vacation dollars at a cheap Orlando hotel equipped with a kitchenette.

By Valerie Moloney

I like dining out as much as everyone else, but when it comes to feeding my family while on vacation, the expenses are as hard to swallow as the $5 bottled water in any given theme park. During our last family vacation, we found a cheap Orlando hotel equipped with a kitchenette to be a lifesaver. Thank goodness for the four-burner stoves; why pay Denny’s $40 for breakfast when you can cook your own eggs and toast in the privacy of your own room? And the best part: Not having to make yourself up just to look halfway decent in front of the rest of the guests in line for the free Rice Krispies.

When you’re craving your own little dining den, consider this pair of Orlando hotels for your next getaway: (more…)

A pair of cheap Chicago hotels for St. Patty’s Day weekend

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

By Vince Font

Chicago painted the river green on March 12, but locals will still be painting the town red beyond Patty's Day. Credit: Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar.

This might sound strange, but every time I think about St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago I can’t help remembering the scene from “The Fugitive” where Harrison Ford uses the parading throngs to make good on his getaway from Tommy Lee Jones. While the actual parade and river dyeing happened over the weekend, the party will most definitely carry on past the actual holiday, making for a great last-minute trip if you can manage it.

Maybe it was seeing the waters of the Chicago River dyed green on such a big screen that started my fascination, or the fact that the people in the parade all seemed to be having such a good time that I’d rather have had the camera follow them for the next hour and a half. Either way, real life has a way of proving that sometimes it’s entirely impossible to climb into your favorite movie scenes — and that doing so in this case doesn’t have to be all that expensive, especially if you know how to round up some of the best cheap Chicago hotels.

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Celebrate St. Patty’s Day at these cheap Boston hotels

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

By Susan Johnston

After your St. Patrick's Day pub crawl, retreat to cheap Boston hotels such as The Langham.

St. Patrick’s Day approaches, and short of flying across the pond to Ireland, there are few places that get more into the spirit than Boston. That’s no surprise when you consider that the Boston Irish Tourism Association reports almost a quarter of Massachusetts residents claims Irish ancestry.

South Boston will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 20. In addition to the main event, dozens of pubs, bars and restaurants host Irish-inspired events around this time.

Looking for cheap vacation packages this spring? Here are three cheap Boston hotels to consider. (more…)

Live spontaneously with cheap California vacations

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

By Vince Font

There’s something truly sublime about last minute vacations that gets lost whenever you plan in advance. Some of the most memorable experiences are those that are had at the spur of the moment. Think you can’t afford to take an impulsive vacation to the west coast? Think again. You can find cheap last-minute flights and book cheap California hotels at a moment’s notice if you know where to look. Rest assured that if the urge to get the heck out of dodge for a weekend and do something exciting should strike, you’ve got plenty of options. (more…)

Beachfront bargains: The best cheap Florida hotels

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

By Maria Mora

Orlando hotels will always be staples in spring break vacation and summer vacation planning, but a cheap Florida vacation doesn’t need to center on Walt Disney World. Plenty of other cities with cheap Florida hotels tease with their access to the beach, nightlife and fine dining. The following four cities broaden the Floridian experience beyond Mickey Mouse:

Cheap Miami hotels: Budget glam near SoBe nightlife

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

By Maria Mora

Miami’s nightclub scene and upscale shopping districts are no doubt legendary, but even in these bottle service and label-conscious parts, it’s still surprisingly easy to find cheap Miami hotels. Unlike many cheap Florida hotels, Miami hotels stand out from chains and typical rest area hotels near attractions. Thanks to cheap Miami flights, there’s no excuse not to book a Florida vacation at one of these favorites: (more…)

3 cheap Cancun hotels for weekend getaways

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Gran Melia Resort's lagoon-style pool overlooks the many shades of the Caribbean Sea.

By Maria Mora

In the vacation world, Cancun hotels hold evergreen status for their ability to deliver a little piece of paradise that won’t break the bank. From all-inclusive vacations to boutique charmers, Mexico resorts pack so many activities — spa treatments, water sports and the like — into a getaway that you’ll probably leave with more than just a tan. Behold three discount hotels that marry great prices with multiple amenities: (more…)