|by Sean O'Neill||Vancouver, San Diego, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Seattle, Real Deals||3|
With the economy strengthening in some parts of the country, where are the best deals for hotels right now? We chatted with Clem Bason, President of the Hotwire Group, asking for the lowdown. He says Las Vegas, San Diego, Hawaii, Seattle, and Vancouver are showing the best offers.
Here's more info on these four best bargain destinations, along with average daily rates and price drops, based on deals booked through Hotwire.
We picked this town as one of our Top 10 Budget Travel Destinations for 2010, and it turns out we were on the money. Room rates have averaged only $68 a night this year, about the same as last year, a third cheaper than in 2008. Splurge on an upscale "five-star" hotel on the southern part of the Las Vegas Strip for $146 a night on Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Room rates are averaging $82 a night so far this year, 19 percent less than last year, and 44 percent less than in 2008. You can find upscale business hotels in the desirable Gaslamp Quarter for sale from $155 during the Memorial Day weekend.
We picked this state for Top Budget Travel Destination of 2009, and it keeps on delivering incredible value. Flights have gotten much cheaper, too. The average nightly rate in Hawaii is now $82 a night, down 7 percent from last year and 28 percent cheaper than in 2008.
Room rates have averaged $63 a night this year, down 8 percent from last year, and down 17 percent from a couple of years ago.
Olympic fever is over, and you can now enjoy the amazing new infrastructure of this Pacific Northwest Canadian city for only $104 a night on average, down 20 percent from 2008.
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