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Coachella is quickly approaching and time is running our to book a hotel for the event! The music and arts festival in the California desert has gained so much popularity in recent years that the demand for hotels is at an all time high. The festival, which takes place over two weekends in April (13-15 and 20-22) has an amazing lineup this year, featuring artists like Eminem, Haim, Alt-J, Beyoncé, Cardi B, St. Vincent and dozens of others. If you’re hoping to be part of the audience for this years event, book your hotel ASAP. We’ve rounded up the 9 hotels that (as of this writing) you can still book for Coachella 2018.

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Welk Resorts Palm Springs
This desert oasis is located in Cathedral City; Coachella rooms start at $499/night.

Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort
An adults only escape, Two Bunch Palms is in the heart of Desert Hot Spring, only a 30-minute drive from the festival.

Avalon Hotel and Bungalows Palm Springs
If Coachella is a once in a lifetime event for you, book a once in a lifetime hotel! The bungalows are pricey (starting at $1,079 nightly for the second weekend) but the luxe accommodations will be very much appreciated after a long and sweaty day at the fest.

Days Inn Palm Springs
Starting at just $360/night, this is one of the most affordable properties still available over the dates of the festival. Rooms will likely go quickly.

Miracle Springs Resort & Spa
This stunning property is just minutes from Joshua Tree and overlooks Coachella Valley. Rates start at $362/night but there are only a few rooms left, so hurry!

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The Mediterraneo Resort
Two pools, a sauna, and a hot tub will greet you after a long day at Coachella, for just $394/night at this desert retreat.

Desert Rain Spa Hotel
Guest rooms at this Desert Hot Springs Hotel are simply decorated in a mid-century modern aesthetic. The 50 rooms look out onto a natural courtyard with 8 pools and will cost you around $399/night during Coachella.

Royal Plaza Inn
One of the only properties that still has availability in Indio, (the closest town to Coachella), you’ll pay around $420/night here. There are only a few rooms left so if you plan to book, don’t hesitate!

Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel
A true Palm Springs sanctuary (and a brand new property to boot), pets stay here for free so if you’re pup is a music and arts fan, bring him along! Rates start at $662/night but you’ll get a free car rental when you book through CheapTickets.

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Budget used to mean—at best—boring in the hotel world. But today’s cheap hotels are anything but dull (or dark nor dingy). Check out these design-forward properties around the country that are becoming hot spots for travelers and locals alike.

RELATED: 10 hotels for when you’re young, broke and awesome

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The Pod Washington, DC: Washington, DC

Washington, DC can be very pricey when it comes to finding digs. That’s why the city’s two micro-hotels are welcome additions. Stay at The Pod Washington, DC, located in the heart of Chinatown in the lively Penn Quarter. Sure, the rooms are petite, but they are nice and cozy and optimized for functionality: Bringing along some peas in your pod? Grab connecting rooms with bunk beds. While the rooms are small, the public spaces are sweeping. There’s an art-filled lobby, an AM to PM diner, a rooftop bar with a spectacular view, and a speakeasy-style whiskey bar in the basement.

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Aloft Wichita Northeast: Wichita, Kansas

From the moment you walk into Aloft Wichita Northeast, your expectations of a mellow Midwest may be shattered. The Oz-like colors—bright purple, blue, orange and pink—that welcome you in the lobby may make you believe you’re not in Kansas anymore. Guestrooms are colorful, bright and breezy, with soaring nine-foot ceilings, platform beds and extra-large windows. The spacious and stylish bathrooms have inviting  walk-in showers. The hotel also has a vibrant social scene. No excuses not to partake, because the hotel provides guests with two free signature cocktails at the hip and trendy WXYZ bar each day of their stay.

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Moxy Seattle: Seattle, Washington

Moxy Seattle is perfect for the caffeinated-infused and the creative-enthused. Like its brethren,  Moxy Seattle combines fun-filled public spaces with tiny, but functional rooms. To maximize utility, rooms sport fold-away furniture, under-the-king-size-bed storage and pegs instead of closets. But why hang in your room when there’s so much going on in the lobby? Grab your laptop and head to this multi-use space, where you can  flip through stacks of vinyl or grab drinks at the bar. The hotel is located in the heart of burgeoning South Lake Union neighborhood, steps away from Lake Union and its array of water sports.

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Unscripted Hotel: Durham, North Carolina

The country’s first Unscripted Hotel is in Durham, North Carolina. Re-imagined from a mid-century landmark motor lodge, it’s quickly becoming a community hot spot for locals and travelers alike. Unscripted Durham rooms blend retro 1960s design with modern functionality and unexpected details, like colorful murals with eye-popping geometric patterns and shapes. There are five food and beverage venues, including one on the rooftop pool deck overlooking the city. Other options for socializing include The Studio, a playful take on the classic mid-century rec room; allday, part coffee bar, part casual meeting hub; and Pour Taproom, a pay-by-the-ounce bar where customers pour their own from 60 plus taps of craft beer, wine and ciders.

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Hotel Hive: Washington, DC

Hotel Hive predates the Pod. DC’s first micro-hotel sits in Foggy Bottom within an easy walk of the National Mall, Kennedy Center and Georgetown. The rooms are simple and stark, with white-washed walls and minimal furnishings.  If you are a light sleeper, stay on the higher floors—they are quieter. Although there are plenty of bars and restaurants in the area, you might be tempted by the fast-casual &Pizza located downstairs. Go on down…or order up pizza for your room.  Up on the rooftop, a bar serves seasonal cocktails for less than $10 a pop.

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Tru by Hilton: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

In the words of Spandau Ballet, “this much is tru(e).”  Oklahoma City is home to the very first Tru by Hilton. Located right by the Oklahoma River, the hotel is a quick ferry ride away from Bricktown – OKC’s entertainment district. It’s also easy to get to the Boathouse District, where RIVERSPORT Rapids provides in-town opportunities for kayaking and whitewater rafting. When it’s time to go back to the hotel, hang out in Tru’s ginormous lobby, where you can mingle with locals or play table or board games. In the morning, take advantage of the ample free breakfast. Don’t miss the toppings bar with 30 sweet and savory items so you can make anything from a healthy helping to an indulgent morning masterpiece.

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In the ever-changing lodging world of Manhattan, new hotels are popping up with features such as ultra-small quarters, accessible luxury and everything in between. Several of these interesting new properties are concentrated in the NoMad area (North of Madison Square Park), a sure indication the neighborhood’s on the rise. When you plan your next visit to New York, be sure to check out one of these memorable new spots, including one that pays homage to the publishing industry and another that draws inspiration from a Dutch painter.

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New “Life” for a historic building

Life Hotel is set inside LIFE Magazine’s former Herald Square headquarters. The 98-room boutique hotel is old-school, just like the publishing world it references. The rooms are simply furnished, but wood floors, white walls and original moldings give the quarters character. The all-marble bathrooms bring a bit more glitz, as does the original artwork commissioned from New York-based virtuosos. Be sure to mosey on down to the intimate basement bar, which functioned as a speakeasy for journalists working during the Prohibition era.

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Where art is the centerpiece

Art is the motif at The Mondrian Park Avenue, a spanking-new design hotel in the middle of buzzing NoMad.  Guests are welcomed with a New York City-inspired statement piece by Ara Starck, which adorns the marble-splashed foyer. Guestrooms also feature modern artwork and other intriguing pops of color. While plush bedding and spacious bathrooms may invite you to just sink in and relax, you don’t want to miss hanging in Fifteen Stories, an all-day space for guests to mix and mingle.

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An inner city oasis

In the same neighborhood, James New York – NoMad is a luxury boutique hotel infused with local culture. Guestrooms feel like urban sanctuaries, thanks to expansive glass windows, contemporary art by local artists, and thoughtful details like yoga mats and in-room pantries filled with local snacks. Ask for a room at the back of the building. In addition to being quiet, your view will be of a peaceful courtyard. Very zen.

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A small space that packs big punch

Moving up Broadway, welcome to the premiere of Moxy Times Square. The rooms are tiny–only 150 to 350 square feet. To maximize utility, there’s fold-away furniture, under-the-bed storage and pegs instead of closets. But why hang in your room when there are vibrant public spaces to see and be seen? Bar Moxy is a versatile space, with a plug-and-play lounge offering flexible seating areas and power outlets galore for co-working. There’s even a DJ booth, to take the vibe from day to night. Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge is labeled an “urban amusement park.” One seating area is located on a rotating antique carousel, while Foreplay, a miniature putt-putt course, features holes with colossal-size animals in compromising poses. Now, that’s moxie.

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Where the hotel’s part of the nabe, and the nabe’s part of the hotel

Through the mixing of gritty New York industrial materials and finishes, and subtle nods to Asian heritage, The Hotel 50 Bowery reflects the story of Chinatown. The hotel embraces its culturally-rich neighborhood, to the point where the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) has a permanent exhibit on the second floor. Stepping off the elevators onto the guestroom floors, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a vibrant Chinese village at night. Dimly-lit hallways are punctuated by bold works of art created by a Beijing-based graffiti artist. Rooms have  distressed oak floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and a retro-modern aesthetic. Grab a Pan-Asian nibble at Rice & Gold, then keep the party going by sipping cocktails and listening to live music at the Green Lady, the hotel’s stylish parlor lounge.

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A peaceful garden retreat right in Hell’s Kitchen

The former Out NYC is transitioning into Cachet Boutique NYC in November. Located in Hell’s Kitchen on the west side of Midtown, the transformed hotel is marked by Asian-inspired artistic expression, high-tech ingenuity and eco-friendly practices. The place is designed as an urban oasis, from the intimate rooms to the three outdoor gardens. The Retreat is a sun-drenched space under a glass atrium, which opens out to an outdoor deck with a private waterfall.  Want peace and quiet in your room?  Amenities include on-demand personalized meditation sessions and in-room alternative wellness treatments.

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Luxury made accessible on the Lower East Side

New York is known as much as a style capital as it is an expensive hotel city. So  you might be surprised to find both high style and affordability at Ian Schrager’s PUBLIC hotel, which opened this past summer. Another thing you might be surprised to find right in the heart of New York City? The hotel’s serene hidden garden, featuring magnolia and Japanese maple trees, that also serves as a movie-screening and performance space. Schrager, the hotelier behind PUBLIC who’s also known as founder of Studio 54 and the Delano, has also included an on-site restaurant from Jean-Georges Vongerichten and a lively rooftop bar with great downtown views.


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Riding killer waves at Trestles Beach at dawn, ducking into Freemans Alley on the Lower East Side for an Insta-worthy selfie, and boozing and grooving with your squad to killer EDM jams at Basement nightclub in Mid-Beach Miami. Experiences like these ruin the ordinary while providing an unquenchable adrenaline rush to get out there and see and do more.

Of course, the price to change your life through travel can be a buzzkill. Here’s the good news: Hotels have figured out there’s an emerging community of stylish young nomads criss-crossing the country in search of adventure and demanding to stay at lodgings that are clean, buzzy, design friendly and affordable. These millennial-inspired properties often feature lively communal spaces, exquisite coffee selections and stylish guest rooms tricked out with record players and high thread count linens. If you’re young broke and awesome, here’s where to stay right now.

RELATED: 8 awesome hotels for travelers over 35

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Robey Hall: Chicago

Long before Brooklyn was a thing, there was Wicker Park, a scruffy cool Chicago ‘hood that in the ‘80s became synonymous with a new urban lifestyle. Its decades-long lodging drought changed when hostel-hotel hybrid Robey Hall scooted into town last year. Imagine a loft-like lobby where DJs spin vinyl and creative types jacked on espresso hover over laptops. Industrial chic rooms can be flexibly configured and go for as little as $130/nightly on weekends. Sister property the Robey is even cooler if you’ve got a few extra bucks to spend.

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Mama Shelter: Los Angeles

Skip check-in and instead make a beeline for the rooftop bar and lounge where everyone who is young and beautiful in LA is boozing, canoodling and watching the sun melt over the City of Angels. We love everything about this Hollywood gem, including cheerful SoCal-inspired rooms with comfy king beds, the insane décor at Mama Restaurant, a newfound neighborhood buzz and weekend rates as low as $169/nightly.

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The Downtown Clifton: Tucson, AZ

Drenched in desert heat, the Downtown Clifton is the affordable small hotel of our dreams. Think midcentury-inspired guestrooms draped in native-American furnishings, a communal outdoor patio for swapping stories with fellow journeymen and weekend rates as low as $99/nightly. The Clifton also serves as an ideal base for scratching every itch on your Southwest bucket list, including daytrips to Tombstone and Bisbee, and hiking nearby national parks.

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The Graduate Hotel: Madison, WI

Don’t tell Milwaukee, but lively Madison is hands down the coolest city in the Dairy State. Part of a collection of cheap chic, college town lodgings with locations in Minneapolis, Berkeley, and elsewhere, the irresistibly preppy Graduate Hotel Madison boasts a location just steps from campus, Lake Mendota and the state Capitol, and is awash in earth tones spruced up with bursts of preppy plaids. Ridiculously adorable guestrooms go for as low as $99/nightly.

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Society Hotel: Portland

Gather your crew on the hotel’s amazing rooftop and toast how awesome you are for finding this PDX gem. Straddling Chinatown and the Pearl District and thrumming with late-night scenesters, the Society Hotel really does have it all. Sure, bathrooms are shared, but that loss is your gain elsewhere. Rooms are as low as $119/nightly on weekends ($46 for a bunk room). Wanna join the lenghty line at overrated Voodoo Doughnut? It’s only a few blocks away.

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The Jane: New York City

Dang NYC, you ain’t cheap. But thank you Jane Hotel for bucking the Big Apple trend of exorbitant hotels by serving up teensy “cabin rooms” with shared bathrooms for as little as $125/nightly in the beating heart of the leafy West Village. We also love that your bellhops are dressed straight out of turn-of-the-century New York and that your rooftop bar is always abuzz. Lastly, thanks for being cheap enough so that we have cash left to spend on $17 cocktails.

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Moxy Nola: New Orleans

The Big Easy is deserving of a hotel that’s as quirky and charming as the rest of the city. Enter the Moxy Nola. Part of a new collection of budget-friendly lifestyle hotels (from Marriott no less) that also includes locations in Nashville, NYC, Seattle and Denver, the charming Moxy Nola oozes millennial delights like super fast Wi-Fi, breezy cool guestrooms, and thrumming energy throughout the lobby. It’s located a literal stone’s throw from the Quarter and we’ve spotted weekend rates as low as $179/nightly.


Linq Hotel: Las Vegas

Don’t ask why there’s a millennial-obsessed hipster hotel smack in the middle of the Strip. Instead, book a Linq Deluxe Room with two double beds (we love the crisp, white linens) for as little as $99/nightly on weekends and set your sights on Sin City tomfoolery like Happy Hour on the High Roller, beer pong at Tilted Kilt, poolside selfies and all of Vegas outside your front door.


Freehand: Miami Beach

This buzzy hostel-hybrid (with additional locations in Chicago and LA) practically re-invented the way free-spirited travelers party in Miami Beach so if you haven’t yet heard of the Freehand, get out of the cave you’re living in and get here stat. Cocktail bar Broken Shaker is reason enough to visit, but there’s also Afro-Caribbean eats at 27 Restaurant, a swinging pool scene and SoBe-chic guestrooms for as little as $140/nightly for a private quad ($27/nightly dorms).

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Austin Motel: Austin

Buh-boom, buh-boom. Hear that sound? It’s the beating heart of Austin and when you stay at centrally located Austin Motel that sound becomes a deafening roar. Located on Congress Ave, right in the middle of everything we love about that street (Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Jo’s Coffee, the Continental Club) this classic motel with the Insta-famous neon sign boasts quirky and eclectic rooms, a spiffy remodel and swinging pools scene. We’ve seen rooms for as little as $130/nightly.



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Some hotels have guests that just don’t want to check out. What’s a staff to do? When it involves the supernatural, employees are making sure ghostly guests stay comfortable within their surroundings. The needs of current visitors aren’t ignored either; they’re actually encouraged to “engage” with said long-time patrons. Here are 10 allegedly haunted hotels making sure guests both living and not have an enjoyable stay.

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Union Station Hotel: Nashville, TN
This Nashville property resides in what was once this Southern city’s buzzing railway station and may have a resident ghost named Abigail. Legend has it she threw herself from the window of Room 711, onto the train tracks below, after being left at the altar on what was to be her wedding night. Room 711 is now known as the Abigail Room. Her story also lives on at Carter’s, the hotel’s bar/restaurant, with a signature cocktail created in her honor. The Abigail is made with Picker’s Vodka, St. Germain, grapefruit juice, lemon and bubbles.

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La Posada de Santa Fe, a Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa: Santa Fe, NM
Meet Julia Staab, the resident ghost who lived at this former private home in the 1800s. During her lifetime, Julia loved to entertain but was heartbroken over not being able to have children and thus retreated to her bedroom until her death at age 52. However, she always is nice to guests; they’ve seen her at the top of a grand staircase within the inn’s main complex. The staff is good to her, too. Two restaurants are named after her, plus her own cocktail—the Juliarita Margarita—made with apricots derived from a tree she had planted. Plus, the hotel’s art curator includes Julia in weekly art talks and points out real-life pictures of her and those who once lived here.

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The Logan Inn: New Hope, PA
This Colonial era inn seems to keep a staff member on for the long haul, even if she’s not physically around anymore. They’ve also left Room 6 as is. Why? Apparently, this room once belonged to Emily, who is rumored to have been the mother of a previous inn owner during the 1970s. She lived and died in this space. Multiple guests are said to have witnessed mysterious occurrences ranging from seeing a moving, white misty shape, to the feeling of being pressed on the chest in the middle of the night. Guests can see what Emily looked like in real life; her photograph is shown in the lobby (and some swear they see her in Room Six).

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Hotel Alex Johnson: Rapid City, SD
This 80-plus year-old property has become so well known for reported hauntings that the cast of the SyFy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters” filmed a segment here. There may be two figures lurking around. One of them is a man named Alex Johnson, the hotel’s namesake founder who died in 1938, who may be keeping tabs on his property. Then there’s “The Lady in White,” purportedly the ghost of a young bride who flung herself out of the window of Room 812 in the 1970s. Guests claim this woman wanders the halls of the eighth floor, searching for the truth about what happened to her.

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Omni Mount Washington Resort: Bretton Woods, NH
This resort’s staff knows how to treat a lady like a princess, especially for one long-time inhabitant. Every first Friday of the month, the hotel hosts an exclusive, reservations-only dinner in honor of Caroline Stickney, wife of the hotel’s founder, Joseph Stickney, in the resort’s main dining room. In life, Caroline loved to entertain and would hold similarly lavish dinner parties. Guests also might find her in “The Princess Room,” which holds a four-post bed she once slept in.

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Stanley Hotel: Estes Park, CO
Truly a “shining” example of a haunted hotel, this grand Colonial Revival served as the inspiration for Stephen King’s “The Shining” during his stay in Suite 217. Apparently, this particular suite is one of the most spiritually active spots on the property. Even “Ghost Hunters” came here, and the hotel management is making this frightening a memorable stay. The curious can go on an evening tour that leads them to some darkened spaces. Participants are not only told about the phenomena that is connected to the hotel, but also what to do if they might encounter the subnormal. 

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Fairmount Hotel Vancouver: Vancouver, BC
This Canadian Fairmont location is the site of numerous sightings of a “Lady in Red” who is believed to be Jennie Pearl Cox. This elegant apparition was once a regular attendee at the hotel’s high society gatherings. Sadly, in the summer of 1944, Jennie was killed in a tragic car accident near the hotel and has since been rumored to make an occasional appearance at the Fairmont. The hotel staff raises a glass to her memory each October in the form of a specialty cocktail of the same name served at the hotel’s Notch8. The recipe for this spirit (get it?) contains a mix of Hendricks Gin, St. Germaine, cranberry juice and lemon juice topped with sparkling wine.


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Bourbon Orleans Hotel: New Orleans, LA
The story behind this hotel near NOLA’s Jackson Square is as rich as its haunted past. Opened in 1817 as a grand ballroom, this property was turned into a convent, school and orphanage until becoming a hotel in the 1960s. Supposedly, some former nuns and children still linger here. Guests in Room 644 have complained of hearing tortured cries and seeing a glimpse of a nun watching over them. As for the children, they’re said to playfully tug at workers within the lobby and kitchen areas. There’s also been sightings of a little girl chasing a ball down the hall. Delve deeper into this place’s haunted history on a guided tour every Thursday at 7pm.

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Hermosa Inn: Paradise Valley, AZ
Once the private escape of cowboy artist Lon Megargee, this boutique inn not only has Megargee’s artwork hanging around, but also maybe the ghost of Lon himself. Apparently Megargee is still so fond of his old haunt that there are accounts from guests and staff about encountering him. He likes keeping doors shut, knocking décor off tables and even patting people on the head as they admire his work. Maybe you’ll catch him on a self-guided tour of the inn. Order the Last Drop, a whiskey/sweet vermouth cocktail titled after his painting, “Last Drop from His Stetson.” Megargee may also have a lady friend, “The Pink Lady,” who wanders around the bridge by the pool in her gown late at night.

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The St. Anthony: San Antonio, TX
For guests who prefer to experience “spirits” in a glass, this downtown hotel stirs up some boo-ish beverages. It actually contains a chic cocktail lounge called Haunt, which playfully gets its moniker from the fabled ghosts of St. Anthony’s past who live on through Haunt’s menu. Cocktails at Haunt are inspired by guests and patrons who may continue to grace the hotel with their presence. Order the Naylor, created in honor of one of the Texas cattlemen who built the luxe hotel in 1909 with every modern convenience of the time. The concoction consists of cognac, apple whiskey, a dash of apple bitters and sweet vermouth with a splash of honey. Then there’s the Lavender Lady, whose floral presence is usually felt within the hotel library just above Haunt. Her drink is just as flavorful with lavender-infused gin, syrup, and bitters plus lemon juice and Crème De Violette, and then a touch of Prosecco.





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You don’t have to be young to love both saving a few bucks and mingling with other travelers. Enter a new set of hostels that appeal to those on the upside of 35. These modern hostels no longer exclusively target students and backpackers, nor do they only feature spartan accommodations (i.e. creaky bunk beds, thin mattresses and thinner walls). We’re now in the age of the boutique hostel, offering affordable accommodations—shared rooms, bathrooms and common areas—but also upgraded amenities: buzzing cafes, award-winning cocktail bars, trendy decor and even rooftop swimming pools in some instances.

Additionally, hot new hotels are also debuting hostel-like options that include both bunk-style and private rooms, either en suite or with a shared bath. With the attention to quality and greater chance for privacy, hostels aren’t just for kids anymore. We rounded up some of the best hostels and hostel-ish hotels for the 35+ set.

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Society Hotel: Portland, OR

Move over, Ace Hotel. Tucked away in Old Town/Chinatown
in a former boarding house for sailors, the Society Hotel mixes hotel accommodations with old-world lodging. While this upscale hostel offers a communal room with triple-tall bunks made of reclaimed wood ($35/nightly), our 35-year-old-selves can opt
for a private room, featuring a full or queen bed, sink and vanity and shared bathroom ($79/nightly). Ten-foot windows, comfy beds and free Wi-Fi up the ante, as does the lobby cafe and convenient location. But what really floats our boat (sailor joke!) is
the rooftop deck, affording sweeping views of downtown Portland, the Lan Su Chinese Garden, Willamette River and snow-capped Cascades.

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The Hollander: Chicago, IL

Located in a converted warehouse on the edge of
Wicker Park and Bucktown, the Hollander markets itself as “high-design hotel meets sharing economy.” This is about as far away from the seedy hostel stereotype (made famous in B-list American
horror films) as you can get. Sleek but sparse shared rooms with en suite bathrooms and free Wi-Fi offer multiple bedding configurations (bunk beds and twin beds) and start at $45 per night. Meanwhile, if you choose a private loft room (starting at $165/night), you’ll enjoy extra perks like a TV and minibar, a seating area and access to the rooftop pool at the Robey, the Hollander’s sister property. There’s no shortage of things to do nearby, from exploring great bars and restaurants to wandering down the 606, an elevated greenway built on a former railroad.

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NYAH: Key West, FL

Bike rentals, complimentary breakfast, happy hour, three pools, two
jacuzzis, free Wi-Fi and more make NYAH  in Key West anything but a hostile hostel experience. At the heart of it all is the “Build Your Own Room” concept, offering an array of customizable bedding options for groups of two to six. (Each bed comes with a memory
foam mattress and personal charging station and can be rented for as low as $45 a person, depending on group size.) This arrangement takes away the awkwardness of deciding who’s going to sleep on the roll-away bed or—gasp!—the floor. An adults-only lodging (you
must be 21 to check in and 18+ to stay), NYAH is truly Not Your Average Hotel.

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The Paul, New York, NY

It can be difficult to find affordable accommodations in Manhattan, but this Art Deco hotel includes cozy but comfortable bunk-style rooms (starting at $134) with en suite bath, flat-screen TVs, a mini fridge and large windows providing views of the Empire State Building. Added amenities include free WiFi, rainfall shower heads, a rooftop terrace and garden, and complimentary use of a nearby fitness facility. Bonus: The hotel is within close proximity to both Times Square and Union Square.

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The Wayfarer: Santa Barbara, CA

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Highway 101, Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone (a neighborhood that sounds like a ’90s Nickelodeon show) is home to vibrant galleries, cafes and boutiques. Here, you’ll find the community-focused, centrally located Wayfarer, featuring both dorm rooms (starting at $79/night) and private
guest rooms (averaging $231), as well as a shared kitchen and dining area for guests to use at their leisure. Other amenities at this chilled-out, grown-up hostel/hotel include a heated pool, bike rentals, continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

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Freehand: Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles

The Freehand brand is a leader in the hybrid hostel-hotel
industry. Not only does it offer super stylish yet not-super-expensive accommodations—shared bunk rooms (starting at $55) and private rooms with a bohemian modern sensibility—but it also features reputable bars and restaurants where locals actually come and hang out. The Broken Shaker at the Freehand Miami, serving up handcrafted cocktails in an idyllic outdoor garden, was nominated for a James Beard Award. The common room at the Freehand Chicago looks like your grandma’s mid-century-modern living room—if your grandma had really good taste. Meanwhile, the Freehand L.A. is the newest of the bunch and offers an affordable night’s sleep in downtown Los Angeles, plus upgraded amenities, including room service, valet and nicer bedding.




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Laura Pearson

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From its warm weather and beautiful people-watching, to its party-all-night mantra, beautiful ocean views and A-list parties, there are a million reasons to visit Miami. But for most, the main draw is the beach. And while most travelers want to stay right on it, $300+ room rates make it easier said than done. If you’re one of those suffering from sticker shock, calm yourself: There are some great deals to be had but you’ll need to book your room, like now. Summer is low season in Miami and you’ll find that prices at many properties are slashed by as much as 50%. Be sure to check out these top oceanfront haunts below and book soon to keep your wallet happy, while keeping your toes in the sand.

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Besty, Miami, South Beach, Florida

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The Betsy South Beach
This boutique Florida-Georgian hotel, which sits right on Ocean Drive, stands out from its Art Deco neighbors in a big way. The Betsy has a rooftop spa, a separate rooftop pool with 360-degree views of Miami Beach, and award-winning Chef Laurent Tourondel’s newest restaurant, LT Steak & Seafood. While $200+ per night is standard at this primo hotel, this summer you’re sure to find the best deals of the year.

Hilton Bentley, South Beach, Miami

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Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach
This oceanfront gem sits in Miami Beach’s dazzling South of Fifth neighborhood. While most weekend rates at this AAA Four-Diamond hotel run at $300+ per night, it will never be more affordable than June through September.

Shelborne South Beach, South Beach, Miami

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Shelborne South Beach
Stretched between Collins Avenue and the beach, this Art Deco spot invites you to lounge by its sparkling pool, get pampered at the luxe GUYandGIRL Spa, or dine at The Sarsaparilla Club, an American dim-sum concept by Top Chef alumni Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth. Intrigued? Weekday rates this summer can drop as low as $179.

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RIU Plaza Miami Beach, South Beach, Florida

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Hotel RIU Plaza Miami Beach
With 250 rooms, Atlantic Ocean views and the RIU standard of luxury, this beachfront locale is the perfect respite for any type of traveler—business, family, group or otherwise. But book your Hotel RIU stay soon: We’ve recently spotted summer rates well below $200 per night.

National, South Beach, Miami, Florida

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The National South Beach
On the prestigious list of “Historic Hotels of America,” this Art Deco stunner has artful rooms, its own private beach, a poolside cocktail lounge and the longest infinity pool (at 203 feet!) on Miami Beach. Book a room at The National during the summer months and you can often find rates hovering around the $200 mark.

Miami Beach Resort, Florida, South Beach

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Miami Beach Resort & Spa
Towering over mid-beach Miami, and surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, this Collins Avenue haunt is hard to miss. And even better than the views (which includes both the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean), are this hotel’s amazing summer rates. Rooms start at $119 per night. If that’s not vacation, we don’t know what is!

Freehand Miami

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Freehand Miami
If you don’t mind the lively poolside bar scene, this Mid-Beach option just a block from the beach offers style, value and one of the best cocktail bars in Miami, the Broken Shaker. Check out the Freehand‘s summer rates, which are often below $150. For even more savings, opt for one the Freehand’s shared rooms for as little as $27.









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Jennifer is a Miami-based writer and editor who loves good food, a better martini and traveling every chance she gets. She writes about luxury travel, dining and lifestyle for Travel Weekly, Private Air Luxury Homes, Preferred Travel, Modern Luxury Weddings, INDULGE Miami, Thrillist, NUVO Magazine and more. When she’s not on a plane, she’s likely plotting her next adventure—follow @JenniferAgress on Instagram to see where she lands.
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Hotel Deals for New York
The Peninsula New York
Jan 24 - Jan 24, 2018
per night from
$ 919.42
$ 363.8

As summer temperatures soar, hotel prices in New York drop. We’ve found lodgings across the city offering rates for less than $200 nightly. That’s often 50 percent off what these properties typically command, leaving visitors well positioned to enjoy the playground that is New York in summer (think rooftop bars, Coney Island beaches and the Governor’s Ball).

We found the best prices for multi-night stays for the diverse favorites highlighted below. Hint: Sunday nights typically yield the lowest nightly price, so think about including it when checking dates.

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6 Columbus, NYC, hotels

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6 Columbus – a SIXTY Hotel

With summer rates as low as $189 nightly, this hip boutique hotel boasts prime location, location, location. It sits near Central Park, where Midtown meets the Upper West Side, with the Columbus Circle subway stop directly across the street. The hotel exudes a Euro jet-set vibe, with compact rooms featuring mod-inspired décor. When you get hungry, order room service from one of NYC’s top sushi restaurants, Blue Ribbon Sushi, which is located off the hotel lobby, or pop down the street to the swanky see-and-be-seen rooftop bar, Sky Terrace, for views of the Hudson River all the way to the Statue of Liberty.

Hotel 50 Bowery, NYC, hotels, Chinatown

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Hotel 50 Bowery NYC

Kick it at this brand-new boutique hotel in Manhattan’s Chinatown neighborhood (it opened in May 2017), where we found most summer weekends going for $179 nightly. Located on New York’s oldest street, it’s an address steeped in history. The hotel honors that by pairing modern décor by local artists with a special nod to the past, which includes lobby artifacts on loan from the Museum of Chinese in America residing alongside relics from former occupants of the address: gaming dens, vaudeville halls and a German beer hall. Be sure to enjoy your complimentary breakfast on the roof deck, which boasts mind-blowing views.

Pod 51, hotels, NYC

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POD 51

Enjoy rates as low as $135 nightly at this innovative hotel that packs big design punch into a small amount of space. You’ll get a compact room that is private, efficient and fun. (Some have shared bathrooms, so be mindful of that when booking.) If you’re just looking for a place to shower, sleep and stash your stuff, then this is a worthy option to consider. You’ll be a short walk to Rockefeller Center and the shopping along 5th Avenue.

ALSO: If you’re in a budget state of mind, sign up for CheapCash and earn travel rewards today!

NU Hotel Brooklyn, hotels, Brooklyn

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NU Hotel Brooklyn

Cool kid alert! With summer rates as low as $195 nightly, this is a trendy launching pad to the best of Brooklyn, especially since guests can rent the hotel’s custom-designed bikes for free. (Hey, beats the $12 per day cost of a public Citi Bike.) Situated downtown, a short walk from the Barclays Center, the hotel evokes the urban progressiveness of the neighborhood with minimalist design, pops of street art, plush leather chairs and hardwood floors. Some rooms even feature hemp hammocks. Tip: If B&Bs are more your style, there are a number of $100 nightly options, all bookable on CheapTickets.

Paper Factory Hotel, NYC

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Paper Factory Hotel

This quirky hotel in Queens was, yes, once a paper factory. Before then, it was a radio factory. Elements of its industrial legacy are woven into the ambience of the place, where a polished mosaic of wood, concrete, high ceilings and huge windows makes you feel more like you’re on a movie set. We found rates as low as $149 nightly in summer, making it a great (and unique!) value compared to some of the cookie-cutter properties in Manhattan. Not to mention, the subway is at this hotel’s doorstep, and you’re just three stops from Midtown.

Sheraton Tribeca New York Hotel, hotels, NYC

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Sheraton Tribeca New York Hotel

Staying at a Sheraton is like ordering a frappuccino at Starbucks: You know what you’re going to get and you can appreciate the consistency. But it might come as a surprise that this upscale chain hotel with a groovy Tribeca location has secretly released rates as low as $185 nightly in summer. You’ll be in comfortable walking distance to the One World Observatory, SoHo, Greenwich Village and other notable downtown spots.



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There may be cheaper cities in Europe, but dollar for dollar it’s tough to top Budapest. This Central European gem is jam packed with great sights, vibrant nightlife, and amazing food—all at budget-friendly prices. Here are our top 7 reasons Budapest is the best value in Europe.
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Lots of free things to do
Like the old saying goes, some of the best things in life are free and that’s true in Budapest. Many of the top sights around the city don’t cost a single cent. Without opening your wallet you can visit Heroes Square, climb castle hill, walk the Chain Bridge, and even join a free walking tour.

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It will smash expectations
Budapest is bigger and more impressive than most first time visitors expect and it’s full of amazing architecture and history. With a history dating back more than a thousand years, there’s plenty of great sites to explore. The city is so large it’s actually two cities in one. On one side of the Danube River is a medieval city of Buda, and on the other is the more modern city of Pest. Together they form the modern day capital and make for an amazing European destination. Be prepare to be blown away by Budapest.

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The public transportation is excellent
A solid network of above and below ground trains and buses connect the city making an easy and affordable way to get around. A three-day metro pass will set you back less than $10. Those in a hurry can download the Uber app; you’ll be amazed how cheap you can catch a ride in Budapest.

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The culture is easy to experience
Most visitors find Budapestians very friendly and eager to have a conversation. Even though the country was under communist rule until 1989, English is surprisingly widely spoken, making communication easy. Between the many museums and fascinating historical sites, it’s easy to get a sense of the culture in Budapest. Don’t miss the Great Market Hall where you can get the true sense of the city.

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The hotels are budget friendly
Compared to other European cities, Budapest has no shortage of affordable places to lay your head. Save even more money if you stay just outside the main district (District 5). Good transport options make staying just outside the action an easy way to save some cash so you can have even more fun.

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Food is cheap and tasty
Delicious traditional Hungarian fare will fill you up without emptying your wallet. Hungarians love hearty meals consisting of plates piled high with meats and sausage. A hefty portion will only set you back a few dollars.

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Booze and nightlife are dirt cheap
Budapest knows how to party, however, a big night out won’t break the bank. Swing by some of Budapest’s famous ruin bars, or taprooms that have sprung up out of defunct warehouses. Budapst is famous for these quirky bars that have kept the decaying industrial vibe and brightened things up with completely random decoration. Be sure to grab a pint of local beer or a shot of Hungary’s favorite Pálinka liquor for one of the tastiest things to do in Budapest.


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Hotel Deals for Las Vegas
Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino
Jan 24 - Jan 24, 2018
per night from
$ 155.2
$ 61.4

The Las Vegas Strip is known for its larger-than-life buffets, blinding neon lights, topless pool parties and high rollers. But for those who love the thrill of gaming, but want a more affordable and less intimidating Las Vegas vacation, so-called “locals” casinos (those frequented by Nevada residents and visitors living within a few hour’s drive) are a great bet (no pun intended!). Known for lower table minimums and better slot machine odds—while also boasting live music, expansive pools, great restaurants and plenty of amenities—these 11 “locals” casinos are a great alternative to the Strip’s sensory overload.

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Palace Station
With rooms as low as $25 a night, low-key Palace Station, originally built in 1976, is conveniently located just west of the Strip and offers free shuttle service for those who want to enjoy Strip action. This flagship property for the Station Casinos is known for freshly shucked oysters and killer seafood pan roasts at the Oyster Bar. Be prepared to wait in line for hours to pull up a stool at the 18-seat bar. This 1,001-room resort has a total of six restaurants and features a casino with a lively 307-seat bingo hall, a non-smoking poker lounge, keno lounge and an Asian table games area where guests can place bets on pai gow tiles, which is played using dominoes.

M Resort
M Resort Spa Casino is located on famous Las Vegas Boulevard—but is 13 miles away from the crowded Strip. The 390-room resort exudes modern luxury, including dark wood fixtures with red and gold accents and decorative lighting. The property offers seven on-site dining options and full casino with slots, video poker, table games, and a race and sports book. Take a break from gaming at the 23,000-square-foot spa featuring treatments such as the Tranquility Body Cocoon that utilizes vanilla and orange aromas or enjoy the 5,460-square-foot infinity edge pool with in-water lounge chairs and cabanas located in the center of the pool. M offers California and Nevada residents a locals discount and does not charge a resort fee.

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The D Las Vegas
Located in downtown Las Vegas on the Fremont Street Experience, the D Las Vegas is a hot spot for those seeking a dynamic escape sans the Strip crowd. The two-level casino is popular for its dancing dealers and boasts vintage coin-operated machines and a Sigma Derby simulated horse-racing game. The hotel has 624 rooms and 14 suites, a pool and Jacuzzi and the longest bar in Nevada. This is an off-strip party place, so request earplugs and a top-floor room if you want to sleep.

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California Hotel & Casino
Pull up a seat at a game table and mingle with the locals at the California Hotel & Casino where guests are greeted with Hawaiian hospitality. The island lifestyle can be seen throughout the resort including tropical floral arrangements and a Lucky Buddha statue and also at Polynesian-themes restaurants like Aloha Specialties restaurant, the Holo Holo Happy Bar and Hawaii-based Lappert’s Ice Cream. The resort also partners with Vacations Hawaii to offer Hawaii residents special discounted non-stop flights to Las Vegas, with reduced rates at California Hotel & Casino and other Boyd Gaming properties. When guests are done betting, they can enjoy R & R at the rooftop pool. The hotel does not charge resort fees.

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Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino
A low-key, budget-friendly resort located three blocks east of the hustle and bustle of the Strip, the Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino offers free shuttle service to and from the Strip and the airport. However, you might not want to ever leave since the resort has a casino with more than 800 slot machines, video poker machines, table games, and a bingo room. There is also a tranquil swimming pool, fine, casual and fast dining options and a buffet with a wide assortment of international cuisine options, as well as a fitness center to work off the food you ate at the buffet.

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El Cortez Hotel & Casino
The longest continuously operating hotel and casino in Vegas, the family-run El Cortez Hotel & Casino, which opened in 1941, recently celebrated its 75th anniversary and was named to the National Register of Historic Places. This is the place for a true old-school Vegas experience. There are 364 rooms ranging from the basic Vintage rooms, to the retro, colorful Cabana suites, and the more luxurious Designer suites, each with a unique theme. Located in the hip Fremont East Entertainment District, this resort is a great place to while away the hours gambling on your favorite game. It offers tables with $1 minimum bets (so that hundred-dollar bill will last you a while), boasts the best blackjack odds in Vegas, and has game-side dining service, which means you don’t have to leave the table to get something to eat.

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The Orleans Hotel & Casino
With Mardi Gras-themed décor and Louisiana cooking, the Orleans Hotel and Casino strives to bring a little N’awlins culture to Vegas. Although it’s located only a short drive from the Strip, some incentives for staying put are better slot machine odds, a 70-lane bowling alley, live entertainment in the 9,000-seat Orleans Arena, 140-seat Bourbon Street Cabaret, an 18-screen movie theater, 12 restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool. What more could you ask for?

Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino
Located just off Fremont Street, a vibrant pedestrian mall known for its overhead light show, the ultra-hip Downtown Grand brings a new swagger to downtown’s resurgence. The hotel’s industrial vibe includes a light color palette, bold red accents, and lots of shiny chandeliers. One of the most popular features of the 629-room resort is the rooftop Citrus Grand Pool Deck featuring an infinity pool and a mid-century vibe. Guest can also enjoy semi-private cabanas, dining at the rooftop restaurant and bar, cozying up to a fire pit, chilling in the grass seating area, or playing outdoors games such as foosball. Local residents can use the pool and facilities for free. The 25,000-square-foot casino includes slot machines, table games and sports book.

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Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
Looking to skip the Strip all together? The four-diamond Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa is a 20-minute drive west and trades flashing neon lights in favor of a red rock landscape. Located near the shopping and dining mecca of downtown Summerlin, this chic desert oasis offers much more than just a place to gamble and sleep. The 800-room property set on three acres features an amazing circular “pool backyard” with a main swimming pool with fountains encircled by eight wading pools, private pool areas, a beach, swim-up gaming, an island, a café, cabanas and room for concerts and private events. There’s also a 16-screen Regal Cinemas and IMAX complex, a 60-lane bowling alley, an arcade, outdoor recreation such as hiking, kayaking, rock climbing and biking, as well as a spa, an indoor recreation area for kids and nearly 20 dining options.

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Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa
Also quite a ways off-Strip, the upscale Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa is situated on 40 acres and includes a hotel and casino that are connected, but each have their own independent space. The hotel, which has 202 rooms and suites, features upgraded amenities such as a well-equipped fitness center, e-concierge, and fully stocked gift shop, as well as a full-service spa, expansive pool area with cabanas, and plenty of dining options. This family-friendly resort includes a 16-screen multiplex including an IMAX theater, an arcade and a food court. Adults will enjoy live entertainment in the 650-seat Access Showroom, the nearby 18-hole course, the unique and thrilling all-paper, all-day bingo hall, and guest-friendly dealers willing to help novice gamblers learn the rules of table games.

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino
Established in 1946, the Golden Nugget is a Vegas icon set in the center of the Fremont Street buzz. With 2,425 rooms, 171 luxury suites and 9 penthouses, this oldie but goodie offers everything from smaller, original rooms to larger, plush suites. One of the biggest attractions is The Tank, a 200,000-gallon, shark-filled aquarium located in the center of the pool and featuring a three-story clear tube water slide that goes right through it and can be seen from bot the reception area and also table side while dining at the Chart House restaurant that wraps around it. The resort also features 10 restaurants, eight bars, a spa, an arcade and live entertainment. And what would the Golden Nugget be without some gold? Check out the kitschy ATM that dispenses 24-carat gold bars or the largest gold nugget in existence weighing in at 61 pounds and known as the Hand of Faith.




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Sharael Kolberg

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