Vacationist: Morocco, Hungary, and Italy
Here's a secret: Last month, a handful of travel experts converged in Marrakech. So take it from us, we're betting Morocco will be on the horizon for plenty of culture-loving globetrotters in 2011. How can you stay there for less? Vacationist delivers once again, this time with great deals at Le Pavillon du Golf, a secluded resort 15 minutes from the bustling bazaars of Marrakech. Or, if you prefer to trade flower gardens for Florence, try Hotel Posta, right in the city center, for less than $150 a night. These sales and more are at your fingertips now.
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Le Pavillon du Golf - up to 20% off
Although the chaotic, colorful marketplace atmosphere of Marrakesh is its main attraction, there is no need to actually stay amid the dusty commotion. The lush and spacious Le Pavillon du Golf basks in its off-the-beaten path location on the city's outskirts, 15 minutes from downtown and 20 minutes from the airport. But the manicured resort feel doesn't take away from its Moroccan flavor. Beamed ceilings, fabric curtains, and ornate furnishings and rugs decorate the 44 suitelike rooms, which include modern amenities like Internet, satellite TV, and 24-hour room service... (sale ends in 2 days)
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus
Not only is the boldly modern property in the heart of the city—close to a boutique-filled pedestrian zone and many top cultural sites—the grande dame of Budapest hotels is also an attraction in itself, with a shopping arcade, an impressive spa, and six restaurants and bars. With 335 rooms and 31 suites, the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus is the largest in Budapest, known for its excellent service, high-design public spaces, and cutting-edge list of restaurants, including a new Nobu restaurant (the first to open in Central Europe). (sale starts 12/2)
Reggio Emilia, Italy
You stay at this historic hotel not solely for its architectural splendor and rich past, but because it is built in the beating heart of charming Reggio Emilia. Walk out the front door and you're sandwiched between the city's largest and most ornate public squares, Piazza del Duomo and Piazza del Monte. The 38-room hotel will celebrate 500 years of business this year, an age that hints at the charming details awaiting inside: rooms and ceiling clad in 14th-century frescoes, beautiful patterned tile floors, and massive Liberty-style halls...(sale ends in 6 days)
Images top to bottom: courtesy of Preferred Boutique; courtesy of Hotel Posta.