Cheaper Choices for Vacation Hotels
more comfy hotels near
big cities can save lots of money
which can be better spent
on meals and attractions ...
planning means lots of decisions and every one you make affects
the cost and the fun you'll have on your trip.
of the toughest destination decisions is which hotel to choose. For most travelers
the first place to look for a hotel is right in the heart of high priced tourist
areas. While location is important, experts advise that if you widen your choices
you'll a more affordable trip. Don't be surprised if you find that smart choices
can mean a more pleasant vacation.
you're vacation destination is in or near a popular location like Boston,
Francisco, you can save by savvy hotel booking. You don't have to give up
a four star rating to cut costs. By not staying in the same hotel every night
you can sample top quality hospitality and stay within your budget.
Nadeau, the president of BidonTravel.com, suggests flexible locations as a powerful
way to save on hotel rooms. Even if you're just spending a couple of nights, you
can sometimes save as much as 50% to 70% by choosing the right hotel locations.
say you're planning a week long trip to the San Francisco Bay Area. You
would like to spend the week:
would be simple for you to book seven nights in a San Francisco hotel. After all,
you would be within an easy day's drive of everything you want to see. However,
seven nights in a San Francisco hotel would be expensive and even more so as you
probably want an especially nice place for this trip. And, on top of that, you
would have to pay about $30 - $45 a day for parking in a safe area.
why not spend the first three nights closer to the Wine Country and the national
book a very nice resort-style hotel in or near Santa Rosa for
a fraction of the cost of a similar hotel in San Francisco.
would end up really close to many of the finest Napa Valley wineries, the Calistoga
hot springs spas, and even the exceptional restaurant of the Culinary
Institute of America. Moreover, you'd be just a few minutes from beautiful
Point Reyes National Seashore.
after your last night in Santa Rosa, you could enjoy a
scenic drive along the Marin County coastline toward San Francisco, with stops
in charming Sausalito and the redwoods of Muir Woods National Monument before
heading over the Golden Gate Bridge.
night, you could even end up dining at one of the many fabulous San Francisco
restaurants using money you'd saved on hotels! You'd be staying in San Francisco
two nights. After your
last night in San Francisco, you wouldn't need to head out right away. You could
still spend most of the day exploring the city.
timing your drive before or after any rush hour traffic, you could take scenic
southbound Interstate 280, which runs in a greenbelt along a ridge, giving you
views of San Francisco Bay. Near San Jose, you'd switch to State Highway 85 and
then U.S. 101, and continue toward Carmel and Monterey.
Money on Small Hotels & Inns
In the Carmel and Monterey area, you
would have a choice. You could either use some of your hotel savings to stay in
a fantastically romantic place, such as the Tickle Pink Inn along the shore, or
continue to save by booking a quality place inland. If you choose the more affordable
option, the ultimate hotel money saver in the Carmel and Monterey area is the
nearby town of Salinas.
The Grapes of
Wrath no longer haunt John Steinbeck's Salinas. It's become a pleasant working-class
town with a center city that people enjoy in the evening. Salinas puts you a mere
25 minutes from Carmel, but in a different price range altogether.
what have you done here? You've had three nights in Santa Rosa, two in San Francisco,
and two in the Monterey area. Not
only have you saved a lot on hotelseven if you splurged in Carmelyou've
also saved a lot of time commuting from a San Francisco hotel. This is time you've
been able to use visiting fun and memorable places, rather than on the road.
saving money helps you have a better vacation, you have travel savings at its
Don Nadeau, an extensive world traveler is president
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