Perhaps file this under the category of “no $hit, Sherlock.”
For the past couple of summers I’ve written about what great deals Phoenix hotels can be in the summer. This is hardly surprising given the temperatures. And if you book a hotel that participates in the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts and Virtuoso programs, you can get even further benefits.
For example, last summer I stayed at the Arizona Biltmore for $99, and received free breakfast, a $100 food & beverage credit, and an upgrade to a huge suite. It’s tough to beat the value of that!
I now live in hotels full time, so deals like these are even more tempting to me. Not because I’m looking for a fun place to “vacation,” but rather if I can get a great deal “living” at a destination that’s interesting/different, I might as well. And I really do like traveling places off season to avoid the crowds and get better deals all around. For example, Sydney over New Years isn’t appealing to me in the slightest.
In the case of destinations with really hot climates, I ultimately don’t mind them too much. Just because I’m living in hotels doesn’t mean I’m on a permanent vacation. I still have a full day of “work” to put in, so ultimately if I have a comfortable hotel from which to work and can enjoy the local area for a couple of hours a day, I figure I’m good to go. And I don’t mind hot climates, since I simply try to go outside either early in the morning or late in the evening, to avoid the heat.
This brings me to the Middle East. Yes, it’s miserably hot in the summer, but the hotel deals are even hotter (that’s my attempt at a Home Shopping Network sales pitch).
Take the St. Regis Abu Dhabi, for example. American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts has a third night free offer through September 14, 2014.
The rate is $206 per night, so for three nights you’d be paying an average of under $140 per night.
Meanwhile for booking through Fine Hotels & Resorts you’d get the following benefits:
- Room upgrade upon arrival, when available
- Daily full breakfast for two
- Complimentary massage for up to two people, once during your stay
- Noon early check-in, upon availability
- 4:00 pm guaranteed late check-out
Meanwhile the Hyatt Capital Gate, which is easily one of the most architecturally unique hotels in the world, has rates of just under $100 per night for their “Summer 3 for 2” package.
And then of course there’s always the good old reliable Park Hyatt Chennai for under $100 per night, which I plan on eventually spending quite a bit of time at.
I’ll share some more great summer hotel deals (particularly ones with Fine Hotels & Resorts) over the coming weeks, though these are a few that I personally plan on taking advantage of this summer.