Hotel News We Noted: January 4, 2013

Welcome back, readers! We hope you spent the last days of 2012 and the first few of 2013 in good health, great spirits and an even greater location. We rang out 2012 at one of our favorite local escapes, Four Seasons Baltimore, and spent lots of time this season reflecting on all that we experienced over the past year.

Although we’re just a few days into 2013, the hotel world is already gearing up for a brilliant year. We’re always looking for ways to spice up the column, so we’ll welcome suggestions, tips and ideas from readers at anytime – just email us.

And now, without further ado, here’s this year’s first edition of “Hotel News We Noted.”

Hotel Week 2013 Means Great Deals in NYC
Hotel Week NYC™ kicks off on January 4 and runs through January 20, 2013, bringing a much needed boost to New York City’s economy after Hurricane Sandy reared its head. This 17-day event celebrates some of the city’s most prestigious hotels at a fraction of the cost ($100, $200 and $250 per night). Now 24 properties are participating, including some of our favorites; Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, The James New York and Hotel Chandler are just some of our favorite hotels welcoming guests. View the full list of participating hotels here.

Even More Great NYC and DC Deals
Affinia is making winter travel affordable as well. Book between January 8 and 10 at any Affinia property in DC and New York and get 25% off the best available rate. That means that stays start at just $95 in DC and $129 in New York, a great deal at any time of year.
To book, visit, or call 866-246-2203 and mention promotional code JAN3DY.

Opening of Note: Fairmont The Palm
The first major opening of 2013 is in none other than the trendy location of Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest man-made island shaped in the form of a palm tree. The 381-room Fairmont The Palm is located next to Burj Khalifa, the tallest freestanding building and The Dubai Mall, the largest retail development. We can’t wait to visit!

Fashion and Fun for JW Marriott and Nordstrom
Did you know that December was the most common month for engagements of the entire year? Now newly engaged brides and grooms the country over are scouring the globe for their perfect wedding location. If you’re a JW Marriott fan, enter their new Pinterest contest and the winner will get a $4,000 credit to the Nordstrom wedding suite, plus a a five-night stay inclusive of breakfast and spa treatments at their choice of one of the ten JW Marriott Resorts in the U.S. and Mexico, valued at $3,000.

Sweet Suite: Live Like “Downton Abbey” in Canada
One of our favorite shows returns for its third season (which we may or may not have already streamed online) this Sunday, and we’re borderline obsessed with all things Downton. For that reason, “The Manor Package” at Canada’s Oak Bay sounds right up our alley – and possibly yours too. Located in scenic Victoria, this waterfront town in British Columbia is one of our all-time favorites. The 999 CAD package includes:

  • Round-trip transfers by the Oak Bay Beach Hotel chauffeured Rolls Royce – between the hotel and any Victoria terminal (airport or ferry)
  • Two nights in a signature ocean view king guest room – including nightly turndown service
  • A full English breakfast each morning
  • High Tea served in the Conservatory
  • Dinner for two in the gourmet Dining Room
  • Personalized Butler service during your stay
  • Full access to the seaside mineral pools, steam room and fitness center.

[Image Credit: Fairmont The Palm]