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Savored Journeys’ Affordable luxury hotels in West Hollywood, Pismo Beach and Dana Point

This post originally appeared on Savored Journeys and is reproduced here with the permission of the content owner.

If you’re seen popular towns like West Hollywood and Pismo Beach on television shows, you already know how swanky and luxurious these areas are. As a traveler, you have many options for affordable luxury hotels in the midst of some of the best shopping, dining, nightlife and beaches the west has to offer. You can’t go wrong with a stay at any of these affordable luxury hotels right in the heart of the action.

West Hollywood, California

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Hollywood, California (Photo: CC0 Public Domain/Pixabay)

Consider staying in West Hollywood for affordable luxury. It’s right in the heart of Los Angeles, with swanky bars, restaurants, and nightlife, right outside your door. This area is home to high-end shopping outlets and celebrity restaurants. You might even spot a celebrity, if you’re lucky. The Andaz West Hollywood Hotel is in the center of the action on Sunset Strip. It has a rooftop pool and is within walking distance of some of the hottest nightclubs on the strip.

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Nicki’s Random Musing’s Family Friendly Hotels in Jersey City, Wildwood, and More

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There’s no denying that New Jersey has a lot to offer travelers, aside from easy access to parts of New York, the state has beautiful beaches, scenic views, and plenty of attractions. Families traveling to the state have so many things to do, choosing the right hotel should be easy. These family friendly hotels in Jersey City, Wildwood, North Bergen, and Secaucus take the guesswork out of planning a family vacation.

PAY A VISIT TO ELLIS ISLAND IN JERSEY CITY

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For many immigrants entering the United States through Ellis Island, Jersey City was the first destination for some 12 million steamboat passengers. Spend the day at Liberty State Park with your family, where you can canoe on the Hudson River, hike the trails, or even spend the day crabbing. Catch a ferry to Ellis Island for an educational day tracking family roots or see the Statue of Liberty. Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson offers views of the NYC skyline and the Hudson River, special activities for children, and other luxurious amenities.

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Seattle Hotels for Travelers of All Types

For those of you looking to travel to the West Coast of the U.S.A., one must-visit destination is Seattle. Maybe you’re stopping by to see the Space Needle, the Museum of Flight, and other famous attractions. Or maybe you want a more thorough trip, exploring the dozens of museums, gardens, zoos, theatres, and other sites. Whatever your goals, your trip to Seattle can be made even better with the right hotel. This article explores five great hotels for different traveler types.

Luxury Travelers: The Hotel Monaco

At the Hotel Monaco Seattle, a Kimpton Hotel, you’re treated to all the amenities that you could imagine. From premium, hypoallergenic bedding to oversized bathrooms to minibars, the rooms here have all the comforts of home and more. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi, an on-site restaurant and bar, a “wine hour” every night, business facilities, a fitness center, and a spa. Quirky extras, like yoga gear and a companion goldfish, are also available.

Location-Focused Travelers: The Courtyard

If you want to be in the heart of the action, the Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Downtown Lake Union is the perfect pick. It’s barely off the waterfront and gives easy access to the countless downtown attractions, saving you time and hassle while simultaneously giving you stunning views of the cityscape. Of course, the hotel has its share of amenities too, including a pool, fitness center, and on-site restaurant.

Budget Travelers: Quality Inn & Suites

While Quality Inn & Suites Hotel Seattle Center is by no means a ramshackle operation, it still offers one of the best prices you’ll see for well-located hotels. It’s within walking distance from the Space Needle, Key Arena, and the Pacific Science Center. Further, the hotel itself offers a variety of comforts, from an on-site gym, pool, and hot tub to a fully equipped restaurant that offers a complimentary breakfast to guests at the hotel.

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Hotels in Five of Virginia’s Best Cities

Virginia is filled with history, beautiful landscapes, world-class attractions, and far more. Today, we’ll look at attractions and hotel options in Virginia Beach, Alexandria, Georgetown, Arlington, and Richmond.

Virginia Beach: The Sheraton Oceanfront

Come for the Virginia Aquarium (which houses hundreds of sea-life exhibits), Cape Henry Light House (a beautiful, historic lighthouse), the First Landing State Park (the location where the Virginia Company landed in the “new world”), or one of the dozens of other attractions.

While staying in the city, consider the Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel. This hotel offers gorgeous ocean views and convenient access to many of the major attractions. It also features key amenities like an on-site gym, free Wi-Fi, and premium bedding.

Alexandria: The Old Town Hilton

Major attractions include the Torpedo Factory Art Museum (a globally recognized art hub in a decommissioned munitions plant), Gadsby’s Tavern (a historic pub that offers traditional American fare), and the Mount Vernon Estate (George Washington’s place of residence).

A great hotel in the region is the Hilton Alexandria Old Town. It puts you in the heart of the historic district while offering a number of luxury amenities, such as an HD TV and in-room safe.

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The Best Hotels in Less-Known California Cities

Despite California’s variety, many visitors stick only to the most-known cities. Today, we’ll dive into some of the hidden gems and explore great hotel options for each.

Oroville: Gold Country Casino

Oroville is especially appealing for nature enthusiasts, with hiking trails available at Lake Oroville, Butte Creek, Table Mountain, and Feather Falls. Of course, the city has other types of attractions too, including a Chinese Temple and the National Yo-Yo Museum.

While here, you can stay at the Gold Country Casino & Hotel. Like most casino hotels, the Gold Country offers luxury extras for a fraction of the price, especially during weekdays and the off season. You’ll find an oversized room with a large bathroom, an in-room refrigerator, and a flat screen TV.

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The Next Big Adventure’s Exploring Lancaster, Roanoke, Bar Harbor, and Beyond

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The Northeast of the United States is a perfectly location to delve deep into the history that built this country, all while experiencing the conveniences of modern life. Step back into history and explore this country’s deep roots, all while enjoying comfortable accommodations and amenities.

Roanoke

Roanoke, VA. for instance, is now well-known as a major adventure area located scenically in the Blue Ridge Mountains. And yet many do not know that the city was a major hub for Great Wagon Road — one of the most heavily traveled roads of the eighteenth century. While there, consider the Hilton Garden Inn for your accommodations. After a day of touring the Virginia Museum of Transportation or taking the Blue Ridge Parkway scenic drive, relax in this hotel’s indoor pool and spa or dine in the top rated restaurant.

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Lancaster

If you are looking to visit a truly unique spot in United States history, check out Lancaster, Pa. Lancaster famously served as the capital of the country for only ONE day during the Revolutionary War and now boosts more public outdoor cameras per capita than any other city. Both facts are impressive in their own right! While keeping with the unique and unusual perspective, consider staying at the Cork Factory hotel, which was converted from a 19th-century factory and is located close to downtown.

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Atlantic City

Atlantic City, NJ. is a popular vacation destination, but did you know there is more to do than gamble? In the roaring 20s, the Steel Pier was a hotbed of entertainers from The Rat Pack to the Beatles. Although it was destroyed by fire in the 1970s, developers have revived the Pier to its former glory. If you are looking for a hotel that’s a bit more glamorous, perhaps The Revel is right for you, with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the windswept beaches. It’s also within walking distance of this famous pier.

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Hipmunk’s Guide to Landing the Lowest Summer Airfare

This post originally appeared on the Hipmunk Tailwind Blog, is written by Kelly Soderlund, and is reproduced here with the permission of the content owner.

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Gas prices are down, the temperature is heating up, and travelers are inevitably looking to take advantage of both this summer.

In fact, with all the sunny news about oil prices you may be itching to plan an escape of your own. But summer is three whole months long, airfare is usually priced at a premium, and there tends to be a lot of confusion for travelers around the optimal purchase date to obtain the best deal. Indeed, the most asked travel advice questionposed to Hipmunk Navigators concerns the best time to purchase a ticket.

As of March 31, 2016, overall domestic summer airfare (flights departing and returning during June, July, or August), is down from a median price of $330 to $286.

Similarly, flights from the US to major European countries – Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, Austria and Ireland – follow the same trend: travelers this summer are paying about 15 percent less than last year, from a median price of $1331 to $1129.

And those savings seem to translate into a higher proportion of people planning longer getaways: In 2015, 46 percent of summer vacations that involved flights lasted four days or fewer, while just 33 percent lasted between seven and 10 days.

In 2016, however, 40 percent are four days or fewer, while 38 percent are between seven and 10 days, indicating a shift towards longer vacations.

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To ensure that the hardest decision you’ll have to make this summer season is which umbrella drink you’ll order, Hipmunk analyzed its historical booking data to find the best time to buy summer flights on a monthly and holiday basis. Further, you can find an an interactive guide to summer airfare that show the best times to book flights book flights from the top US cities to trending destinations for summer 2016, as well as Memorial Day, Labor Day and July 4th here.

Let’s dive in.

When to Buy: Summer Holiday

An analysis of Hipmunk’s historical data found that flights booked at least five to seven weeks in advance of major summer holidays—Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day—generally lock in better airfares.

Memorial Day: 5 weeks prior
The kick-off summer holiday weekend is also the second most popular travel time of the season and flight prices rise rapidly. The optimal time to buy according to historical data is five weeks prior to the holiday. (31 percent less than the week-of high.)

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Fourth of July: 6 weeks prior
The most popular time to travel during the summer season is the week leading up to the July 4th holiday. To avoid steep price hikes, it’s best to book six weeks prior. (21 percent less than the week-of high.)

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Labor Day: 7 weeks prior
The unofficial end of the summer also has the longest lead time. A safe bet is to purchase tickets towards the end of July when prices are their lowest—about seven weeks before the holiday weekend. However, if your plans are up in the air, you might be able to secure that same price up to three weeks in advance. (60 percent less than the week-of high.)

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When to Buy: Vacation Month

If your dates are more flexible and you’re trying to decide when to buy tickets to score the lowest prices for a particular month, our data showed that there were two times when travelers could optimize their purchasing power: two months before the beginning of summer or five to seven weeks prior to their departure month, with a vacation in August needing the least amount of lead time and a vacation in July the most.

June: Now, or mid-May

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July: Now, or the first week of June

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August: Next week, or the last week of July

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Now that you know the best times to buy for your summer vacation, it’s time to start planning. Try Hello Hipmunk, your free personal travel agent, to get flight and hotel recommendations straight to your inbox.

METHODOLOGY
Hipmunk analyzed its historical roundtrip airfare data from the top 30 US airports to determine the best times to purchase airfare.

To compare summer 2016 airfares and vacation lengths to those in summer 2015: Hipmunk calculated the median weekly round-trip flight prices for all flights booked during the first week of Jan 2015 through the last week of March 2015 for flights that departed and returned between Memorial Day and Labor Day, as well as the number of days of trip length for those flights, from the top 30 US airports (flight prices were included the week in which the flight departed). Hipmunk performed calculations with the same criteria for 2016 flights, and compared the results.

To find the best times to buy for lowest airfares: Hipmunk calculated the median weekly round-trip flight price from the top 30 US airports, for flights booked from the first week of April 2015 to the last week of August 2015 .

Hipmunk considered a flight for a holiday weekend one that departs up to three days prior to a holiday and returns up to two days after.