Sometimes all you want to do is hop in the car or take a short flight to your next destination. Which is why this week, Vacationist brings you deals at domestic hotels within driving distance of major U.S. cities, from a newly-renovated Los Angeles mainstay to a mega-resort outside of Houston and a ski lodge in Vail, less than two hours from Denver. Hit the road now.
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Hotel Shangri-La - up to 40% off (shown above)
Santa Monica, California
The Shangri-La—open since 1939—is a mid-century modern paradise. Design aficionados will appreciate the Art Deco façade, with curved edges and racing stripes, which was meticulously preserved during owner Tehmina Adaya's comprehensive 2009 renovation. Each of the 71 rooms and suites maintains the original style, while modern (and luxe) amenities include 50-inch flat-screen TVs, soft Frette robes, and eco-friendly bath products. But much of the hotel's history has to do with Hollywood lore: the property was commandeered as army barracks during WWII and as a community shelter in the 1960s. If the walls could talk, they'd tell tales of wild 1980s parties with guests from JFK Jr. to the Dalai Lama and, more recently, Madonna and Tom Cruise. (Sale ends in 6 days.)
La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa - up to 27% off
At this supersize resort just north of Houston, all 445 accommodation options, ranging from luxury suites to two-bedroom villas, have private balconies with lake or golf course views. Interiors are modern and refreshing, with plush king-size beds, his-and-her sinks, deep soaking tubs, and 42-inch plasma TVs. The resort takes advantage of its lakefront location with a 300-slip marina, jet-ski rentals, and fishing excursions (where anglers are likely to catch flathead catfish and largemouth bass). Children and teens love the miniature golf course and water park, as well as the Edge, a room with a Wii, video games, overstuffed furniture, and remote-control racing cars. (Sale ends in 4 days.)
The Sebastian Vail - up to 37% off
Sebastian hotel encompasses 100 rooms, seven suites, and, should you prefer more permanent lodgings, a 36-unit private residence club. Not unexpectedly, the digs are decked out with exposed wood beams, natural-stone countertops and flooring, gas fireplaces, and the now-de rigueur iPod and iPad docking stations. But The Sebastian's trump card is its proximity to the slopes. After powering through the powder, guests can retreat to the property to sip smoky scotch at Frost bar; snack on gourmet cheeses and breads from the Market deli; or dine on seasonally influenced, farm-to-table food at Block 16. In addition, the concierge service and staff (including an on-the-mountain valet) can't be beat. (Sale ends in 6 days.)