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Great weekend rates at business hotels

If you’ve never considered staying at a business-brand hotel, think again. Because corporate travelers make up the majority of their clientele, these properties often reduce rates on weekends to attract leisure travelers. Along with the well-established chains in America, most European cities have equivalents with similar offerings. At press time, weekend prices at London’s Swissôtel the Howard were 20 percent off the standard rate, at $225, while rooms at the Hilton London Kensington Olympia dipped about 50 percent to $84 per night. This month, weekend prices at Norway and Denmark’s Scandic Hotels (46-8/5175-1720; scandichotels.com) start at $102 per night, double, a discount of 20 to 25 percent. Newer properties are also a good bet since they tend to have low opening rates: this February, the renovated Gran Meliá Colón, in Seville, Spain, was advertising rooms for $171 per night on Travelzoo (travelzoo.com)—almost 50 percent off standard rates.

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