Hotels Roll Out Deals To Get Their Fill

August 09, 2009|By Tom Parsons | Tom Parsons,McClatchy-Tribune

Travelers looking for lodging can find bargains this year. Occupancy has been down at many destinations, and the deals keep coming to fill those empty rooms.

Orlando-area hotels have felt the slump, and rates have dropped compared to years past. When we recently priced rooms for mid-August travel, we found rates at three-star properties for as low as $65 per night and at four-star properties for as low as $74 per night.

Sample Orlando promotions include two free consecutive nights when you pay for three nights at the Nickelodeon Family Suites. The offer is valid for travel Aug. 30 through Dec. 17, with a minimum stay of five nights. For reservations, call 877-642-5111 and ask for code 2FREE, or visit nickhotel.com/nickjr. The Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa in the Walt Disney World Resort is offering a fourth consecutive night free and discounts on dining and spa treatments. Children 10 and younger eat breakfast free. The offer is valid for travel through Dec. 20. If you book by Aug. 31, you'll also get a free future night's stay. Details: 866-397-6516; buenavistapalace.com.

The deals are rolling in Las Vegas, with specials at many properties. The Venetian is offering the Blue Man Group Suite Show package with rates starting at $229 per night and including a luxury suite; Blue Man Group admission for two in the Blue Zone, a value of $286 for both tickets; admission for two, line pass and free drink at Lavo; and a $25 slot credit. Minimum stay is two nights. The room alone usually costs $199 per night. Details: 866-403-8046 (cite code PVBLMG); venetian.com.

The MGM Grand has rates as low as $70 per night, plus special offers such as the Maximum Escape package with a $35 activity credit per stay, two line passes to Studio 54 or Tabu, and 25 percent off spa services. The hotel also is offering a third consecutive night free for stays from Nov. 1 through Dec. 24. Details: 800-280-8271; mgmgrand.com.

American Express cardholders can get their third consecutive night free in San Francisco. The offer is valid at participating hotels for travel through Sept. 30. Cardholder offers are also available for savings at restaurants, retailers, attractions and entertainment. To reserve rooms, call 800-216-1630 or visit onlyinsanfrancisco.com/escape.

Aqua Hotels and Resorts is offering rooms for $99 or less per night in Hawaii's Waikiki for stays through Sept. 7. The hotel group also has rates starting at $199 per night at the Hotel Wailea Resort or the Aqua Hotel Molokai. Rates include breakfast and Wi-Fi access. Details: 866-971-2782; aquaresorts.com.

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