Friday, January 21, 2011

America’s Most Affordable Cities

Have you ever gotten an amazing deal on a hotel, only to find out that surrounding city was so expensive that you ended up spending more than you planned for your trip? If you have a chance before you meet with your travel agent, you can review America’s most affordable cities, which will give you a better idea of how you can save on your next vacation.

Houston, Texas
Houston got on the new Forbes affordability list because of its deals, low housing prices, employment opportunities, and cost-of-living factor. If you like to shop when you’re exploring a city, then Houston is a clever choice for the luxury hotel lover. Dining will be less expensive, and you can also stay longer in the city to explore.

Four Seasons Hotel Houston
Perfectly situated in the center of Houston’s financial district, the Four Seasons Hotel Houston provides more than just amenities for the business traveler. This hotel offers a range of amenities at no additional cost, plus FREE complimentary perks through your booking.

Hotel Granduca
Do you prefer a grand setting when you’re vacationing? This luxury hotel in Houston features 123 suites with old-world charm. Despite its quiet appeal, the hotel is still located close to shopping options as well as boutiques, restaurants, and spas.

Raleigh, North Carolina
East Coast vacationing doesn’t have to be expensive--not if you go to North Carolina! While there are small-town adventures to be had and outdoors experiences to schedule, prices are low enough that one can book multiple experiences through the hotel or via an independent tour provider. Either way, you can experience more for less in North Carolina, especially if you include Raleigh as part of your state tour.

While you’re traveling the Carolinas, consider visiting the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island in South Carolina. This oceanfront hotel is located only thirty minutes from Charleston, but it still feels appropriately secluded for a relaxing stay away from home. Golf, spa treatments, and weekend shopping are all close to this stunning resort location.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Midwest cleaned up on Forbes’ list of the most affordable cities in the States, and one of Forbes' top picks was Minneapolis. Minneapolis was called a city with a “desirable amenity base” by one expert, and its number of local educational institutions results in funky coffee shops, interesting retail destinations, and plenty of cultural highlights on the schedule.

Le Meridien Chambers, Minneapolis
Le Meridien’s guests stay on two floors of a landmark revival building, providing a new setting for the average guest. Partnering with the Walker Art Center, Le Meridien Chambers offers exclusive, complimentary access to the galleries and also features original contemporary artwork from celebrated artists. The Young British Artist Movement is featured heavily in the hotel’s displays.

Hotel Ivy, Minneapolis
The Hotel Ivy is a landmark in Minneapolis, with its captivating Ziggurat details and zigzagging skyway to connect the Convention Center, Nicollet Mall, Orchestra Hall, and the Guthrie Theatre. Besides the impeccable decor and elegant appointments, hotel suites features 10-foot floating ceilings and Italian linens. Taking a break, you can get a massage at the Ivy Spa Club and then dine at Porter & Frye.

The only question we have left is where to first? There are plenty of options for 2011 vacationing.

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