Want all the benefits of a water park, but at your own hotel? This is certainly possible in Orlando. Many of the larger hotels have all of the features of a water park including the Lazy River. I love floating down a lazy river, and the longer the better. Here are the Orlando hotels with the longest lazy rivers:
If you’re like me, you understand how difficult it is to leave your favourite pet behind while you’re traveling the world. Leaving a pet behind creates a lot of worries. Can the caretaker be trusted? Will my pet be fed and walked properly? Will my dog be happy with the other dogs in the kennel? Hotels, traditionally, have not been the most hotel pet friendly places. But slowly over the last decade, many in the hotel industry have acknowledged the fact that pets are part of their guests lives, and being pet-friendly can prove to be a highly profitable decision.
Orlando is literally the ‘Theme Park Capital of the World’. The abundance of theme parks in the city attracts numerous families each year from around the world. But, what does everyone do when the parks are closed? Well, the ‘City Beautiful’ has a plethora of resorts that cater to children and they have everything to keep you and your kids fully entertained. If you are planning a family trip soon, consider these Orlando family resorts.
When the 9-to-5 grind goes from invigorating to wearying, and the buzz of a cellphone notification feels more like an electric shock than a cheerful buzz, where does one turn? Well, if one is on the central coast of California (or fancies themselves a West-coast traveler), there is an abundance of options. From yoga retreats to wellness centers, both Santa Barbara and Big Sur are landmark locations for getting away from the trials of our hectic modern world and turning the dial up on a little well-deserved “me time.” So, if you are interested in turning an “ugh” to an “ohm” or just having an excuse to turn your cellphone off for a few days, look no further than these choice destinations.
Marriott is one of my favorite hotel chains. I like the space available in the Residence Inn brand, and the business setup of the Courtyard brand. Sometimes I need a last minute hotel deal, this can come about because of a last minute business meeting, or sometimes a last minute switch in vacation plans with the family. In a situation like this, I’ve often wondered when I should book the hotel room. Should I book as soon as I know I need something (4 or 5 days in advance), should I wait until the day before, or should I wait to book on the actual day I need the hotel? I assume that every hotel brand must have their own strategy on how to set and adjust prices in the last week before a stay. Because I like Marriott hotels, I decided to do some research on last minute hotels deals at Marriott. For my mini study I decided to study some hotels in a very busy area, for this I selected the San Francisco Airport area, and a relatively quiet area, the Syracuse New York area.
Hotel Tonight is a well known last minute hotel deal app. It allows last minute travellers to get discounted rates on popular hotels. It started out as a booking app that literally allowed you to book a “hotel for tonight”. Recently it’s expanded to allow users to reserve hotels farther in advance, I am new to the app so I wanted to do a little research to see how Hotel Tonight stacked up against the big boys – Expedia, Hotwire and the actual hotel’s websites. Remember Hotel Tonight only offers a limited number of hotels in each city. It has no where near the variety that would be offered by a site like Expedia. But it does offer a number of well known names such as Hyatt, Westin, Hilton, Holiday Inn etc.
With their famous “Trivago guy” commercials, most people are familiar with Trivago, the website that can be used to search for cheap hotels from different sources. Trivago is owned by Expedia Group, which seems like a conflict of interest. Trivago is supposed to be a independent hotel comparison tool, but most of the hotel booking sites listed on Trivago are also owned by Expedia Group (for instance Hotels.com, Expedia, Venere etc). But let’s put that aside and see how Trivago performs in terms of find the best hotel prices.
When you do a search on Trivago, it compares hotel booking site prices with the prices offered on the hotel chain websites, like hilton.com. I’ve recently been using Trivago to compare hotel pricing of Trivago vs Hilton.com.