Hotel and Resort News: Winter in New York; Holiday Packages

Photo The Brooklyn Bridge. Credit NYC & Company/Julienne Schaer


NYC & Company,1 New York City s official destination marketing organization, recently introduced a $7 million winter campaign, Unlock NYC, to help increase visitors to the city from January to March. During these typically slow months for tourism, the average room rate of around $235 a night is 22 percent lower than the rest of the year, according to Chris Heywood, a spokesman for the group, so it s an affordable time to see the city.

The campaign highlights tips for inexpensive activities throughout the five boroughs on; the suggestions include taking a free nighttime sightseeing cruise on the Staten Island Ferry (it runs 24 hours); visiting the well-regarded Thai restaurant Zabb Elee in Woodside, Queens, and grabbing a table in the downstairs sake bar to enjoy drinks and small plates like chili garlic pasta with shrimp tempura; and touring coal-oven pizzerias in Brooklyn.

Besides these ideas, travelers can take advantage of winter dining and theater promotions such as NYC Restaurant Week from Jan.

18 to Feb.

5, where three-course prix fixe lunches are $25 and three-course prix fixe dinners are $38, and Broadway Week from Jan.

19 to Feb.

5, where a number of shows offer two-for-one theater tickets.


It s not too late to book a hotel stay during the peak Discount Holidays © holiday season. Below are packages from properties around the world that are valid through December.

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico3 has a discounted package for arrivals on Dec.

18, 19 or 20. Guests get accommodations for six nights, daily breakfast and a $200 Discount Holidays © holiday dinner credit per stay. From $5,000 (the regular rate is $8,500).

Travel must be booked by the end of November, and stays are through Dec.


The Hotel Hassler Roma4, situated by the Spanish Steps in Rome, has the Enchanting Christmas5 Dream package. Included are a three-night stay, daily buffet breakfast, afternoon tea at the property s Salone Eva and a six-course Christmas Eve dinner at its Michelin-starred restaurant Im go. Prices from $2,000; valid for arrivals from Dec.

22 to 25.

Mandarin Oriental, Paris6 is offering Festive Season in partnership with the city s prestigious department store, Printemps Haussmann. Guests get a $110 daily dining or spa credit and services from the store including both local delivery and international shipping of items they buy with the option to have them gift wrapped. From $1,018 a night.

The Milestone7 in London has Magical London with daily English breakfast, a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate upon arrival, Champagne afternoon tea, a late checkout and a 50 (about $73) gift certificate for the department store Harrods; guests staying on Christmas Eve will receive stockings filled with gifts. From 446 ($652) a night.

Aqua Hotels & Resorts,8 a chain throughout Hawaii, is offering the 3-Night Stand for couples at 12 locations including Waikiki and Honolulu. It includes a Kama Sutra Getaway Love Kit, a box of chocolate macadamia nuts and a bottle of Champagne. Prices from $162 a night, three-night minimum.

Marquis Los Cabos9, a luxury all-inclusive adults-only resort in San Jos del Cabo, Mexico, has a Golfer Holidays package for stays from Dec.

22 to Jan.

2. It includes three nights in an oceanview junior suite, a round of golf at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Club Campestre San Jos course, a personalized golf towel, a package of golf balls, a golf hat, a massage at its spa and either Christmas Eve or New Year s Eve dinner. Prices from $1,156 a person.

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa10 in Riverside in Southern California is offering Miracle on Main Street with two nights accommodations, a bottle of wine, dinner for two at its steakhouse and valet parking. From $799.



  1. ^ NYC & Company, (
  2. ^ (
  3. ^ The St.

    Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico (

  4. ^ Hotel Hassler Roma (
  5. ^ More articles about Christmas. (
  6. ^ Mandarin Oriental, Paris (
  7. ^ The Milestone (
  8. ^ Aqua Hotels & Resorts, (
  9. ^ Marquis Los Cabos (
  10. ^ The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa (

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