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WINTER HOTEL DEALS


BY JOE BRANCATELLI

For most of the winter, hotels around the world cut their prices in an attempt to encourage travelers to check in during an historically slow season. With some notable exceptions--ski resorts, beach destinations with warm winter weather, and the Presidents Day/Valentine's Day weekend--lodging bargains abound everywhere in January, February and even March.

Here's a quick look at some specials offered by hotels around the world. But be warned: advertised promotional rates such as these are not always the lowest rate available. Be sure to ask a simple question -- "Are you sure this is the lowest price you have?" -- before booking any hotel reservation.

WEEKEND WONDERS: Big Chains Slash Prices in United States, Canada
The Westin [http://www.westin.com] "Days of Heaven" promotion is valid Thursday through Sunday nights through March 31. Sixty-five U.S. and Canadian properties have rate that range from $59 (in Edmonton and Detroit) to $219 (in New York). Call 877-782-0023 for reservations and restrictions. … The "Endless Weekend" plan from Sheraton [http://www.sheraton.com] is valid through April 2 at about 200 properties in the United States and Canada. Rates include breakfast and late checkout on Thursdays through Sundays. Sample prices: $55 at the Sheraton Houston Brookhollow; $99 at the Sheraton Atlanta Downtown and $199 at the Sheraton New York. Rates and restrictions: 800-325-3535. … The "Holiday Migration Rate" at 84 Homewood Suites [http://www.homewood-suites.com] hotels ranges from $69 to $89 on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays through January 30. The rate includes a one-bedroom suite, breakfast, and 10-minute AT&T prepaid phone card. Reservations and restrictions: 800-CALL-HOME. … More than 1,500 properties operated by Marriott [http://www.marriott.com] in the United States and Canada have "Great Holiday Rates" as low as $44 on weekend nights until at least January 16. The offers and restrictions vary by brand (seven chains are part of the promotion) and may include weekday night and extend until February 20. Call for more details and rates: 800-472-2427 or 800-228-9290.

CITYSIDE: Special Offers in Major Markets
London hotels in the Savoy Group [http://www.savoy-group.co.uk] -- The Berkeley, Claridge's, The Connaught and The Savoy -- reduce prices by about 35 percent from January 2 through May 8. Rates start at about $320; call 800-63-SAVOY for details. …About 70 hotels in Washington, D.C. [http://www.washington.org] and the surrounding suburbs offer "Winterfest" rates until February 29. Prices range from $39 $169 a night and reservations are booked directly through the individual hotel. In Amsterdam, a promotion called "Winter, the Amsterdam Way" includes two nights of accommodations, breakfast and the Amsterdam Culture & Leisure Pass, which offers free museum admission and dining discounts. Prices for the two-night deal range from $130 to $350. Call 888-GO HOLLAND for more details. … In San Francisco, 19 "boutique" hotels in the Kimpton [http://www.kimptongroup.com/] and Joie de Vivre [http://www.sftrips.com/] chains offer rates of $89 or $129 a night until February 29. Reservations can only be made by calling 800-677-1509. … Ten Manhattan East Suite [http://www.mesuite.com] hotels in New York are offering a "Couples Studio Suite Package" from January 6 to April 2. Prices start at $168 a night on weekends and include: studio suite accommodations; free breakfast or free parking; $25 discount on spa treatments; and 15 percent off Amtrak fares to New York. Call 800-ME-SUITE for more details. … Three dozen Seattle hotels participate in the Super Saver [http://www.seattlesupersaver.com/] program until March 31. Rates are reduced by as much as 50 percent and range from $59 to $155. Call 800-535-7071 for more details.

WORLD WATCH: Winter Savings Around the Globe
Fifty Sofitel [http://www.sofitel.com] in Europe offer "Winter Sale" rates until February 29. Hotels fall into five price categories, including $130 a night in Brussels and Lille; $150 in Lisbon and Lyon; $170 in Bologna and Amsterdam; $220 in Florence, Venice and Zurich; and $270 in Paris and Rome. Call 800-SOFITEL for more information. … In Japan, 57 Utell [http://www.hotelbook.com] hotels offer "Millennium Special" discounts up to 40 percent until February 29. Nightly rates start about $100, but the volatile relationship between the dollar and the yen means prices change daily. Call 800-207-6900 for details and exact rates. … More than 110 Le Méridien [http://www.lemeridien-hotels.com/] in Europe, Asia and Africa offer "Le Passport" rates until March 31. Prices vary by property; sample rates: $70 a night in Cairo; $82 in Hamburg; $90 in Bangkok and $155 in Paris. Call 800-543-4300 for details and restrictions. … Marco Polo [http://www.marcopolohotels.com/] hotels in Asia offer "Winter Saver Promotion" rates as low as $75 a night until March 31. Prices include late check-out and hotel dining discounts. Call 800-524-0500. … More than 50 Hilton and Conrad [http://www.hilton.com] in 37 European cities offer "World of Savings" rates until March 31. Sample rates: $150 in Budapest and $216 in Athens. Call 800-HILTONS for details and restrictions.

This column originally appeared at skymalltravel.com.

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