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New York hotels & Attractions

December 9th, 2013

No matter what city they call home, one of our travelers’ FAVORITE destinations for work and for play, is New York City. While many of our travelers are already aware of the awesome hotels – at even “awesomer” prices – we offer in the Big Apple, not everyone is aware of all the different fun activities they can book for less at the same time they book their hotel. In this post, we will share five of our favorite New York hotels along with some of the fun activities you can do near each hotel.

First on our list is the Grand Hyatt. Just steps away from Grand Central Terminal, the Grand Hyatt New York boasts an ideal Manhattan location, and Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Central Park, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Broadway’s theaters, and great dining are right outside your door.

A New York hotel legend, the Grand Hyatt has been recently renovated to provide guests with modern, sophisticated spaces that work whether you’re in the city for business or fun. The Grand Hyatt’s Business Plan offers wireless Internet, breakfast and other perks, while the Explore Package opens the doors to the Museum of Natural History.

Another fun activity that you can enjoy during your stay at the Grand Hyatt is the NYC Walking Tour Audio Guide – a narrated double-decker bus ride that travels through famous (and infamous…) NYC locations.

The Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel by Hilton is another luxurious – and affordable! – option. The Doubletree by Hilton Metropolitan Hotel is perfectly located at Lexington Avenue (at 51st Street) in the heart of Midtown Manhattan’s fashionable East Side. This also newly renovated, iconic hotel is steps from Park Avenue, Bloomingdales, Madison Avenue shopping, the United Nations, Central Park, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Broadway’s theaters, The Museum of Modern Art, and other famous museums.  While visiting the Doubletree Metropolitan hotel you can enjoy one of off-Broadway’s recent big hit shows, Avenue Q. Avenue Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. We all love underdog stories, right? Guess what, we won’t tell you the rest. You’ll have to see the show. J

Astor on the Park is another great New York hotel. The Astor on the Park is even more affordable than the two former hotels, and perfect for the traveler on a limited budget. The hotel along 465 Central Park West is your personal gateway to Central Park. The recently refurbished seven-story hotel offers proximity to key attractions-including the Radio City Music Hall, the Museum of Modern Art, Rockefeller Center, and sweeping Central Park views. Since the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is a short walk away, it is a great opportunity to pay it a visit. MoMA’s unparalleled collection offers a comprehensive, panoramic overview of modern and contemporary art, from the innovative European painting and sculpture of the 1880s to current film, design, and performance art.

Another great hotel for travelers on a budget is the Pennsylvania. This Manhattan hotel is located across the street from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. The hotel offers a gym and a tour desk with ticket services. If you’re in Manhattan, see it from the air! Take The Ultimate Helicopter Tour. As you are seated in comfort, take an extended harbor excursion that includes a distant view of the magnificent Verrazano Bridge and Governors Island. Then, cruising up the Hudson River, behold the man-made miracle of the George Washington Bridge and nature’s miraculous New Jersey Palisades. Sign me up!

Our last hotel in our post is The Lexington. At The Lexington New York City, it’s never business as usual. Smart, social and sophisticated, the newly renovated Lexington New York City inspires with a setting straight from the Jazz Age. Inside New York City’s newest Autograph Collection hotel, guests will discover a vibrant boutique hotel experience with all the special privileges, deluxe amenities and personalized attention expected from a world-class hotel. Keeping along with the Jazz theme, we recommend the Soul Food and Jazz Tour. On this activity, you will be able to see the site of the original Cotton Club, where Duke Ellington and Lena Horne spent hours wowing crowds from around the world. Drive past the site of the Savoy Ballroom where Benny Goodman and Chick Webb fought it out during their “Battle of the Bands,” and where the Charleston, “Lindy Hop” and the “Big Apple” dances were firmly cemented into American culture.

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Happy Halloween!

October 16th, 2013
Halloween is just around the corner, so now’s the perfect time to decide which city throws the best party, so you can decide where you want to celebrate Halloween this year! If you’re reading this at your parents’ kitchen table, debating with your younger brother, which of your neighbors gives out the “good” candy, this article is not for you. But, if you’ve been working for months on a jaw-dropping, one-of-a-kind costume, and are looking for just the right Halloween party to show it off, keep on reading! We went to some of the best Halloween experts we could find to pull together the top Halloween cities and events for 2013. And as WE are the experts in bringing you great hotel deals, we just had to include our own list of the Best Hotels for Halloween in each city so you can save your money for the good candy!
George Pachecho’s “Boston’s Best 2013 Halloween Parties”

Where all the boo-tiful people stay in Boston:

Marriott Copley Place - Boston

Deborah Flomberg’s “Top 2013 Halloween Parties In Denver”

No one likes a horror-filled hotel, even on Halloween. We prefer awesome in our hotels,
thank you:

Comfort Inn Denver Downtown

Jeffrey B. Roth’s “Top 2013 Halloween Parties In Philadelphia”

Looking for the hot guys and cool ghouls in Philly? You’ve found them:

Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia

Sara Lugardo’s “Best 2013 Halloween Parties In Chicago”

It’s a proven fact that witches and warlocks pick the best hotels. In Chicago, they stay at:

Inn Of Chicago

Londonist’s “Halloween Events in London 2013″

Now London is a city that loves a good beheading:

Hyde Park Hotel

Kate Wertheimer’s “Best Halloween parties in Los Angeles 2013″

Warm weather? Hot ghosts? Only in Los Angeles:

Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown

Rachel Cooper’s “Best Halloween Events 2013 in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia”

We may not know the difference between a goblin and a hobgoblin, but we know that whenin D.C., they both prefer to stay here:

Capitol Skyline

Happy Halloweening!

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Patriotic Destinations: Top Places for 4th of July Fireworks Displays

June 20th, 2013

Boom! Bang! Summertime excitement. Do these phrases encapsulate the feeling you experience as you turn your head to the sky and watch fireworks explode?

As the 4th of July holiday nears and you begin to think of cookouts and gatherings, your thoughts may wander to determining the most important detail of the day: where will we see the best fireworks?

With so many places to choose from, we’ve outlined a few top destinations for some of the best 4th of July fireworks displays in the nation: Washington, D.C., New York City, New Orleans, and Boston.

Fireworks Over the Capital: Washington, D.C.

You can’t get much more patriotic than spending the 4th of July in Washington, D.C.

Start your day with a visit to the city’s National Independence Day Parade, featuring bands of all kinds, including traditional marching bands, fife & drum bands, and bagpipes.

Follow-up parade watching with “A Capitol Fourth,” a celebratory concert on the U.S. Capitol West Lawn featuring the National Symphony Orchestra.

Plan a picnic on the National Mall, visit the historical monuments, and finish the day watching the fireworks.

Bright Lights in New York City, NY

When you think of big American cities, New York’s New York City most likely comes to mind almost immediately. Spend the day exploring the city, and then find perfect spot to watch the celebration.

Released from the Hudson River, this year’s Macy’s fireworks spectacular will include 40,000 fireworks, live performances from artists Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, and Nick Cannon, and a 25-minute soundtrack of music from a variety of genres compiled by Usher to play in the background as the fireworks explode.

New Orleans, LA

Are you familiar with barge battles? No, we’re not referring to any form of warfare, but a battle of light and color as two barges in New Orleans celebrate the Fourth in style.

Watch the two barges battle for your attention, after a fun-filled day along Mississippi River. Traditional performances by the U.S. Navy Band and other musical performances are common at this annual event.

Consider a trip by riverboat to get even closer to the action!

Boston, MA

An annual event, Boston Harborfest is a week-long Independence Day celebration. The festivities kick off on Tuesday, July 2 this year.

July 3rd will bring Boston’s 19th Annual Children’s Day, complete with attractions perfect for the whole family, such as face painting, a bubble machine, paper lantern crafting, and more!

Stick around for fireworks and main day festivities, then join in post-Fourth celebrations with a party on the plaza, and Chowderfest, a day to join in celebrating local restaurant businesses’ clam chowder. There’s sure to be nothing else like it!

Where will you spend the 4th of July? Let us know your plans within the comments below.

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Here are some hotels to stay in while you travel:

Astor On The Park, New York,

Washington Marriott , Washington DC

Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, Boston

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Soar over Orlando on MAUIVA

August 26th, 2010

MAUIVA flight over Disney World

Last week I had the chance to soar over Orlando as part of the MAUIVA sightseeing flight. “Sightseeing from the clouds” is a great marketing line, but my favorite part is how personal the experience is. In a way you get to see what it’s like to be a pilot. You are at an airport with no security at all – head to the hanger and then step onto a plane with the pilot. Put the headset one, hear the air traffic controllers and other pilots calling each other in the lingo I don’t understand.

When you are up in the air over the parks and celebrity houses you get the pilots full attention (except for his focus on actually flying the plane). You can ask him what is that? What are they building there? And he points out Harry Potter or the tree of life.

I actually flew the plane which was pretty crazy – I think I stared so hard at the controls to ensure “the line was between this number and that number” that I didn’t even look out the windshield the entire time I was flying the plane.

The landing is my favorite – soooo smooth. And the runway is so close you feel like you can reach out and touch it as you are landing. I can definitely recommend that you check out MAUIVA for your next trip to Orlando.

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If someone told you to jump, would you?

April 26th, 2010

How many times have you been asked that question over your life? Well now you can answer yes as the Stratosphere Skyjump attraction is open for business. The attraction has been awarded the record for world’s longest commercial decelerator jump for its 829 foot fall. The only other SkyJump in the world is on Auckland New Zealand’s Sky Tower, where the fall is ‘only’ 627 feet.

Video of some of the first jumps:

Plus this one from CBS really captures the feel (via Facebook).

Thinking of making the jump yourself? Reward yourself with a stay at one of Last Minute Travel’s Las Vegas hotels. Special deals right now include 4-Star rates for under $40 and 3-Star resort for 30% off.

Previously: Skyjump to open in Las Vegas.

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Indoor Ski Resort in Dubai

June 18th, 2009

The Indoor Ski Resort is located in the Dubai Emirates Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in the world. Ski Dubai was built in December of 2005 and it is the world’s third largest indoor ski slope. How large? It measures 400 meters and uses 6000 tons of snow. The temperature of -1 degrees C during the day and -6 degrees during the night when the snow is produced is monitored by a very efficient insulation system. See the video below for a tour of inside the resort.

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Great Scuba Diving Spot

May 28th, 2009

The Blue Hole is a great scuba diving spot in Belize. This geographical phenomena is located approximately 60 miles off the coast of Belize City. The Blue Hole was formed during past ice ages and is now part of the Lighthouse Reef System. There are quite a few other blue holes in the world as well. Here are some pictures of the marine life that thrives in The Blue Hole in Belize:

Here is some footage of Reef Sharks:

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Gatorland Orlando Florida

September 8th, 2008

Gatorland Orlando Florida

In 1949 Gatorland was a roadside attraction, today it is internationally known as the Alligator Capital of the World. Gatorland is a 110 theme park and nature conservatory where you can:

  • Get up close and personal with alligators
  • Observe a 10 acre breeding marsh and Bird Rookery
  • See some of the largest and most dangerous Jungle Crocs in the world
  • Take a swamp walk
  • Visit the Flamingo Lagoon
  • Visit Allie’s Barnyard, the petting zoo
  • See colorful Lorikeets in the Very Merry Aviary
  • Learn about the Snakes of Florida
  • Play in the Gator Gully Splash Park
  • Watch some great shows including alligator wrestling. See below for a clip.
  • The park is open daily from 9:00am to 6:00pm and located at 14501 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando FL 32837.

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    Copenhagen - The Little Mermaid

    July 14th, 2008

    “The Little Mermaid” from the fairytale with the same name, by HC Andersen, is probably the best known tourist attraction in Copenhagen.

    Here are a few things that I bet you didn’t know:

    1961 - September 1
    Bra & panties were painted on her, and her hair was ‘dyed’ red

    1963 - April 28
    She was covered in red paint

    1964 - April 24
    She was decapitated

    1976 - July 15
    She was covered in paint

    1984 - July 22
    Her right arm was cut off

    1990 - August 5
    Another attempt to decapitate her was made

    1998 - January 6
    She was decapitated

    2003 - September 11
    She was removed from her stone and pushed into the water

    … but she’s a tough lady - she has survived!

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    Canal Ring in Amsterdam

    June 16th, 2008

    Canal Ring in Amsterdam

    In the 17th century, the Canal Ring became a very wealthy place. Famous merchants, extremely wealthy bankers and other very wealthy business owners built their magnificent homes here. The most prestigious residents built their homes on the Golden Bend or the Gouden Bocht. This area is located where all three canals intersect with Nieuwe Spiegelstraat. The Canal Ring is located Soutwest of the city center of Amsterdam. Also know as Grachtengordel, there are three main canals that make up this ring of canals:

    The Princes\' Canal (Prinsengracht) Amsterdam

    The Princes’ Canal (Prinsengracht)

    The Emporer\'s Canal (Keizersgracht)

    The Emporer’s Canal (Keizersgracht)

    The Gentlemen\'s Canal (Herengracht) Amsterdam

    The Gentlemen’s Canal (Herengracht)

    The Canal Ring offers shopping, dining, museums and many other attractions.


    Tips for visiting Canal Ring in Amsterdam

    • Bring an umbrella and a wind proof jacket as the weather in Amsterdam is known for changing often and very quickly.
    • Wear a good pair of walking shoes that will withstand the cobblestone streets.
    • There are a lot of people on bicycles, watch out for them when crossing the street.
    • Use a good map. Below is an interactive map of the Canal Ring by Google Maps:

    View Larger Map


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