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Vacationist Hotel Deals: T+L 500 Hotels for Less!

201106-b-esperanzajpgThere’s nothing better than a guaranteed stellar hotel stay, which is why, every year, we spotlight the top 500 hotels as voted by our savvy readers—so that you can rest assured that your next trip will be top-notch. And this week, you can stay at three of these winning hotels for less, thanks to deals on Vacationist.

In search of a mountain retreat in Vail? Try Sonnenalp Resort, a Bavarian style lodge with a unique sensibility. Looking for a sexy beach getaway? There’s Esperanza, an Auberge Resort, in Los Cabos, with views that overlook a private cove. Or toast your deal-finding luck in Dublin, where you’ll stay at the historic Shelbourne for 30 percent less.

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201106-b-sonnenalpjpgSonnenalp Resort of Vail - up to 35% off
Vail, Colorado

When you meant to book St. Anton's Hotel Post in Austria but couldn't find the time to head across the pond, the Sonnenalp in Vail is a close second. With its hatched wood beams, cutout shutters, and wooden flower boxes at almost every windowsill, this 127-room lodge is a model in Bavarian style that actually feels authentic. Most of the rooms and suites have fireplaces and heated floors in the marble bathrooms, and many have views of the mountain and Gore Creek. The Euro-style spa—with a kiva fireplace lounge at its center—attracts the occasional Euro-style spa-goer, to whom towels are a mere accessory rather than a necessity. But then, that—and the lederhosen-wearing staff—is what lends the place its Old World feel. (Sale ends in 6 days.)

Esperanza Resort - up to 25% off (see above)
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Set at the very tip of the Baja Peninsula, just a few miles northeast from Cabo San Lucas, Esperanza Resort overlooks both the Sea of Cortés and Punta Ballena ("Whale Point," past which gray whales migrate in winter). The 57 casita rooms and suites—and 60 privately owned villas—are spacious and airy at 925 square feet, decorated in muted seashell colors and natural fibers (rattan chairs, carved-wood tables and headboards, locally woven rugs). Each has a single wall that slides open dramatically to a private veranda with an infinity-edge hot tub and sweeping ocean views. (Sale ends in 5 days.)

201106-b-shelbournejpgThe Shelbourne Dublin - up to 30% off
Dublin, Ireland

The Shelbourne, Dublin's most famous historic hotel, is where Ireland's founding fathers first drafted the country's constitution, in 1922. These days, the 1827 Georgian building—located across the street from the verdant gardens and meandering walking paths of St. Stephen's Green—still has the refined elegance befitting such a grande dame, even after it underwent a $100 million renovation in 2007. The 265 rooms range from cozy (194-square-foot standard queens) to cavernous (a 1,500-square-foot suite), and all are decked out in plush period style, with brocade and silk fabrics, dark-wood antique furnishings, and spacious marble baths. Among the swanky common areas: a formal tearoom; two wood-paneled bars (both popular with Irish Parliament members); and the gold-upholstered Saddle Room restaurant and oyster bar. (Sale ends in 4 days.)

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From top: photos courtesy of Esperanza Resort; Sonnenalp Resort of Vail; The Shelbourne Dublin.

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