Travel Hack: Take in Trendy Neighborhoods to Stretch Your Travel Budget

   Travel Hack: Take in Trendy Neighborhoods to Stretch Your Travel Budget

Hotels.com reveals the hippest areas to explore in 10 major cities to help
travelers save money while gaining cultural experiences

PR Newswire

DALLAS, May 16, 2013

DALLAS, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- When your leisure or business travels
take you to one of Americans' favorite major destinations, it's the perfect
opportunity to explore the city beyond tourist landmarks, packed restaurants
and long taxi lines. The experts at Hotels.com^® have uncovered a selection of
hip, culturally-diverse neighborhoods in some of the Top Domestic Destinations
as ranked by the most recent Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®) to help travelers not
only extend their travel budget, but also have a truly authentic experience in
some of America's top cities.

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"Consumers have now been trained that flying mid-week is better for their
wallet, but when visiting major cities, hotels in downtown areas typically
have higher rates and lower inventory due to business travel and conventions,"
says Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel expert for Hotels.com. "This is the perfect
time to explore other neighborhoods of cities like New York and Chicago and
save on the hotel stay and flight. Travelers can use that extra money to take
in a show, dine at a top-rated restaurant or have an adventure in the new area
of town they're exploring."

Check out this list of 10 of the most popular domestic travel destinations,
their average hotel prices according to the latest HPI, the trendiest
neighborhoods in each city and why a stay there will not only save you money
but also be a rewarding experience.

City & Average   Neighborhood & Sample        Why to visit
Hotel Price      Hotel Price
                 Allston-Brighton – Best      · Boston University and
                 Western University Hotel,    Boston College bookend this
                 from $149; Crowne Plaza      thriving neighborhood.
                 Boston, from $145
                                              · Electic restaurant and
Boston - $186                                nighlight scene caters to the
                                              student and recent grad
                 Keep in mind Fall is peak    population.
                 travel season due to the
                 proliferation of colleges in · This "college-burg" is a
                 the area.                    great place to go thrift
                                              shopping.
                                              · Home to a wealth of art
                                              galleries, beer gardens and
                                              music venues.

                                              · Well-served by Chicago's
Chicago - $162   Wicker Park – Wicker Park    mass transit system.
                 Inn, from $109
                                              · Historic roots include
                                              German and Polish beer barrons
                                              that left a legacy of ornate
                                              mansions and first-rate dive
                                              bars.
                                              · Houses some of the most
                                              famous modernist architecture in
                                              North America.

                                              · Numerous municipal
                                              staircases crisscross the
                 Silver Lake – Comfort Inn    neighborhood and provide
Los Angeles -    West Sunset Boulevard, from  pedestrian access up and down
$148             $100                         the area's signature hills.

                                              · Known for its indie rock
                                              scene.

                                              · Boasts some of the
                                              nation's most acclaimed food
                                              trucks and farmers markets.
                                              · Indulge your wanderlust
                                              for art and fashion in one
                                              neighborhood – Wynwood is
                                              divided into two sub-districts
                 Wynwood - DoubleTree by      known for these crafts.
                 Hilton Grand Hotel Biscayne
                 Bay, from $139; Marriott     · More than 70 galleries,
Miami - $174     Miami Biscayne Bay, from     museums and art collections in
                 $152                         the Arts District. Take part in
                                              a "ArtWalk" on the second
                                             Saturday of the month.

                                              · Formerly known as Little
                                              San Juan, you can find a lot of
                                              Puerto Rican influence in the
                                              food scene.
                                              · Offers a respite from the
                                              Bourbon Street scene but within
                                              walking distance of the French
                                              Quarter's attractions.
                 Warehouse District –
New Orleans -    Lafayette Hotel, from $99;   · Also known as the Arts
$161             Renaissance New Orleans Arts District for its abundance of
                 Hotel, from $139             galleries and world-class
                                              museums.

                                              · This newly remodeled area
                                              features some of the city's best
                                              restaurants.
                                              · Just one subway stop away
                                              fromManhattan.

                 Williamsburg, Brooklyn –     · Offers some of New York's
New York City -  Condor Hotel, from $179;     best music, food and nightlife
$264             Hotel Le Jolie, from $199,   options against the backdrop of
                                              the Manhattan skyline.

                                              · Numerous entertainment
                                              options found on Bedford Avenue.
                                              · High rate of pedestrian
                                              activity relative to other areas
                                              of the city, making it perfect
                                              to explore while on vacation –
                                              no parking meters to plug!
                 North Park – Layfayette
San Diego - $134 Hotel & Swim Club, from      · Culturally-diverse and
                 $127; Inn at the Park, from  full of trendy boutiques,
                 $129                         restaurants, galleries and bars.

                                              · Home to a farmers market
                                              every Thursday and a gallery
                                              walk the second Saturday of each
                                              month.
                                              · Classified by its
                                              abundance of Mexican cuisine and
                                              Latino influenced buildings with
                                              ornate murals.

                                              · Tends to have some of the
                                              city's sunnier and warmer
San Francisco -  Mission District – Inn San   weather due to it geography.
$185             Francisco - $175
                                              · Valencia Street is full
                                              of quirky shops, slow food
                                              restaurants, wine bars and
                                              coffee shops.

                                              · Unbeatable views of the
                                              city in Dolores Park.
                                              · Home to Volunteer Park,
                                              which has a 108-step brick water
                                              tower with one of the best views
                                              of the city and region, and
                                              theSeattle Asian Art Museum.
                 Capitol Hill - Homewood
                 Suites by Hilton Seattle     · A great cup of coffee is
                 Conv. Center/Pike Street,    a given in this neighborhood.
Seattle - $158   from $118; The Roosevelt, a
                 Coast Hotel, from $129       · Spontaneous street
                                              parties are known to break out
                                             here.

                                              · Steeped in history, the
                                              neighborhood is dotted with
                                              Victorian mansions alongside
                                              fringe theaters, shops and
                                              nightlife hotspots.
                                              · Recently revitalized area
                                              is an arts and entertainment
                                              mecca and is home to numerous
                                              theaters and performance
                 H Street - Hilton Garden Inn studios.
                 Washington DC/US Capitol,
Washington, D.C. from $134; Courtyard         · Easy transportation via
- $157           Washington, DC/U.S. Capitol, streetcars is expected to be
                 from $129                    complete by the end of the year.

                                              · Along with the arts came
                                              the restaurants foodies and
                                              families alike adore – there's
                                              even a kid-friendly wine bar.

More information on trendy neighborhoods is available at
http://www.hotel-price-index.com. All hotels featured above have Excellent or
Outstanding Hotels.com Guest Review ratings. Average prices listed are
accurate as of May 13, 2013.

Press contacts:

Ashley Aberbach – Finn Partners for Hotels.com
Phone: (212) 715-1524
Email: ashley.aberbach@finnpartners.com
Twitter: @finnpartners

Taylor L. Cole, APR
Hotels.com North America
Phone: (469) 335-8442
Email: taycole@hotels.com
Twitter: @TravelwithTLC

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