December 29, 2008 08:00 ET Announces Top Destinations for Hotel Deals in 2009

Hotel Deals Website Predicts Destinations That Will Offer the Best Discounts and Special Offers

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - December 29, 2008) -, the authority on hotel deals, issued its predictions for the top leisure destinations where great hotel deals and discounts will be found in 2009. "We're pleased to present this inaugural list of great places to find hotel deals," commented Sam Shank,'s CEO. "If the recession has a silver lining, it's that savvy travelers will find incredible discounts at fantastic hotels and resorts next year. In fact, we boldly predict that 2009 will be remembered by travelers as 'The Year of the Travel Deal'."'s team of deal experts has assembled a list of five top deal destinations for 2009.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Why it's a 2009 Top Deals Destination: Las Vegas faces an overabundance of new hotel inventory hitting a slowing market in 2009. With great Las Vegas hotel deals at new luxury hotels like The Encore and hot spots like the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, luxury and hipness are more in reach than ever before.

Great Deal Now: Determined to make a splash while not compromising listed room rates, The Encore is offering additional extras like a $50 dining credit for stays of two nights or longer from $159/night (a 41% savings over regular prices). Also, mid-week Hard Rock deals can get as low as $59/night.

Our 2009 Prediction: Mid-week rates below $10/night at three-star strip hotels. The old Vegas deals are back!


Why it's a 2009 Top Deals Destination: Hit by rising air travel costs and the dissolution of Aloha Airlines, Hawaii is experiencing some of the lowest occupancy rates in years. If you can afford to get there (time to cash in those airline miles), you'll find great Hawaii hotel deals.

Great Deal Now: The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on the Big Island is including your choice of a rental car or breakfast in its Paradise Plus package, from $229/night (a 15% savings).

Our 2009 Prediction: Major four star resorts will will offer packages with effective nightly rates less than $79/night.

New York City

Why it's a 2009 Top Deals Destination: Hotel rooms in the Big Apple are suddenly becoming affordable. With the financial crisis impacting business travel, occupancy at high end hotels is also down, which means great New York City hotel deals for people that want to visit all the attractions without the crowds.

Great Deal Now: A deal at the Washington Jefferson Hotel includes a room upgrade, and other extras like chocolate and wine, from $140/night (a 25% savings).

Our 2009 Prediction: Four Star hotel rooms for under $125/night.

Washington DC

Why it's a 2009 Top Deals Destination: Yes, crowds will descend here for the Presidential Inauguration. But once they've left, DC's hotels will have a lot of extra rooms available, especially on weekends when the Capitol Hill politicos have left.

Great Deals Now: The Hilton Washington DC is offering free parking and breakfast for two from $164/night (a 22% savings).

Our 2009 Prediction: Three-star hotel rooms within blocks of the Mall for under $50/night on weekends.

Miami, Florida

Why it's a 2009 Top Deals Destination: The massive overbuilding in the Miami housing market has caused a particularly weak local economy. Add a big drop in international tourists and this means travelers can find great deals to experience the most culturally diverse and hip city in the USA.

Great Deals Now: The Doral Golf Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort has the Escape Your Way - Miami Florida package which offers a full breakfast for two and spa time or a round of golf, from $119/night (a 76% savings).

Our 2009 Prediction: Packages at five star South Beach resorts for under $119/night.

The savings off of regular prices listed above are calculated using's unique Deal Analyzer feature, which compares all the components of an offer to regular prices. The unbiased and transparent calculations provided by the Deal Analyzer show a deal's percentage savings versus regular prices. Travelers are encouraged to check with first to ensure that a hotel deal is, in fact, a deal.

About is the authority on hotel deals. scours the web to provide travelers with the world's largest database of hotel deals, special offers and packages, currently numbering more than 13,000, culled from over 2,500 unique sources. The Company's team of unbiased deal experts uses's innovative Deal Analyzer functionality to compare a deal's price to regular prices, so travelers can determine if they're getting a good deal or not. Unlike other leading travel deals sites, does not require hotels to pay a fee to have their deals be included on the website, so travelers can always find the most comprehensive and highest quality selection of hotel deals and discounts. is funded by the Company's three founders, industry veterans from SideStep, Expedia and began operations in May 2008 and is based in San Mateo, California. For more information, visit

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