Vacationist Hotel Deals: Urban Escapes in New York, Rome, and Venice
Whether you prefer the fast-paced streets of Manhattan, the ancient ruins of Rome, or the romantic gondolas of Venice, we’ve got your next vacation covered—all for more than 30 percent off standard rates. And don’t forget that all Vacationist reviews include tips, a room to book, and destination information from T+L insiders, so you can explore the world’s most exciting cities like a true insider.
PLUS This month we’re also offering special two-day sales at over 100 Preferred Hotels thanks to the Check-in For Japan program, and all proceeds will be donated Japan relief. So no matter what you’re looking for, we have an experience for you.
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Hôtel Plaza Athénée – up to 36% off
New York, New York
One of the few independent hotels left in Manhattan, this 142-room bijou is cherished by Europeans (and savvy celebrities) for its intimacy and attentive staff. Set on a quiet, tree-lined street off Madison Avenue, the hotel entry has a hushed, secret-garden ambience; travelers check in while seated at an antique French desk, then pass huge granite urns of cascading flowers on their way to the elevators. Guest rooms are decorated with fanciful elegance—marble bathrooms, fine Italian linens, gold Paul Garnier wall clocks—while architectural drawings add a touch of civility to public spaces. In the afternoons, join well-heeled locals for cocktails or afternoon tea in the dusky, leather-floored Bar Seine. (Sale ends in 4 days.)
Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa – up to 58% off
It may be a 20-minute walk to the Spanish Steps, but the Parco dei Principi setting, tucked away beside Rome's biggest park, Villa Borghese, means fewer tourists and less traffic for arriving visitors. Here, baroque interiors feature gilded stucco, inlaid woodwork, and antique furnishings. But why stay inside when the views are stellar? Each of the hotel's 179 rooms and suites look onto the park, where in the summer months, rhododendron flowers bloom and smartly dressed locals out for their evening passeggiata meander among the sculptures, fountains, and temples. The most recent news? In October 2010, a 21,000-square-foot spa opened for weary travelers tired after a day of sightseeing; unexpected amenities include an indoor lap pool complete with the illuminated ceiling of Rome's night sky. For guests, the wellness focus is just another trump card that sets this lovely property apart. (Sale ends in 6 days.)
Bauers L'Hotel – up to 42% off
For travelers in search of classic Venetian elegance in San Marco, the city's epicenter of dining and shopping, Bauers L'Hotel has been the top choice since 1890. This historic 109-room hotel received several renovations over the decades, including the restoration of the Gothic-Byzantine exteriors on the property's canal side and the hotel's Art Deco interiors. For lunch or dinner, reserve a table at De Pesis Restaurant for chef Ciresa's fusion menu (be sure to order the amberjack tartare with seared eggplant) served with views of the recently restored 17th-century Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute basilica. This elegant escape is also just a two-minute walk to luxury shopping boutiques, top restaurants, and the great open expanse of historic St. Mark's Square. (Sale ends in 6 days.)
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