10 of the best hotel reopening deals around the countryGet the Full StoryAs travel restrictions due to the novel coronavirus slowly lift, many hotels around the country are reopening with discounted deals and incentive packages to welcome travelers back.
Hotels are also promoting new COVID policies to ensure the health and safety of guests and staff, including frequent sanitation of high-touch areas, temperature checks, and social distancing measures.
These are some of the best travel deals across the US, from beach getaways to urban retreats at high-end hotels offering some of the lowest rates we've seen.
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Hotels are reopening their doors after months of lockdown surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and according to Booking.com, many travelers are looking to escape to domestic destinations.
To lure guests back, hotels are offering heavily discounted rates with limited-time reopening deals coupled with stringent new COVID policies to ensure guests of the steps being taken to protect their health and safety.
From a 500 food and beverage credit at Hotel Wailea in Maui to a complimentary room upgrade and round trip airfare on JetSuiteX at Wynn Las Vegas, or even a complimentary room night at Hotel Jerome in Aspen when you book 4 nights or more, many of these promotions offer the chance to stay at high-end hotels for a fraction of the price.
As a travel writer, I've stayed at my fair share of hotels around the world and the hotel deals listed below are all from properties I've personally stayed in and would highly recommend. They range from mid-tier to ultra luxury, are located in desirable areas, offer flexible cancellation policies, and are currently featuring high-value promotions and packages.
In some cases, you'll enjoy up to 46 off normal room rates, such as at hotels like Nobu Hotel Miami Beach, where prices that low are, frankly, unheard of.
All hotels included in our list have also introduced new measures to comply with COVID guidelines for reopening, such as limiting guest occupancy to allow for proper social distancing, requiring masks in common spaces, rigorous new cleaning practices, and limitations to amenities and dining.
If you're wondering if it's safe to travel and stay in hotels, it's important to understand the risks. Experts we spoke to, including an infectious disease doctor, underscored what you need to know about a property's common spaces and guest rooms, how to take extra precautions, and under what conditions you could risk exposure if you do choose to book.
However, without a vaccine, there is no firm guarantee on safety, and it's crucial to follow guidelines from organizations such as the CDC and WHO, and wear a mask, wash your hands, and maintain social distancing. Additionally, check current state travel restrictions before booking, and stay up to date on new policies from major hotels.
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These are the best hotel reopening deals around the US right now.Nobu Hotel Miami Beach - Miami, FL
Nobu Miami Beach
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This Japanese beach house retreat offers 206 guest rooms and suites, one of the largest Nobu restaurants in the world, a private swimming pool, and signature Nobu spa services which are currently closed due to COVID .
Guest rooms boast a sleek, minimalistic design that honor Japanese traditions and feature elevated amenities such as a Nespresso coffee machine, linens by Fili D'Oro, Italian marble floors, waterfall rain head showers, as well as a bar stocked with popular Japanese treats.
In-room dining is also available 24-hours, with a select menu provided by Nobu Miami and Malibu Farm.
Deal: Hotel vouchers for a 3-night stay start at 579 for two travelers in a Deluxe Room and go up to 949 for four nights. Expiration dates vary by package and all voucher purchases are refundable. Purchase the voucher here.
TripAdvisor ranking: 47 out of 224 hotels in Miami Beach
Booking.com rating: 7.6 out of 10
Pros: Guest rooms have a beautiful, modern aesthetic and the hotel has a pool that overlooks the ocean.
Cons: Dining options are limited but include the world-renowned Nobu and Malibu Farm, which is the farm-to-table eatery hailing from Los Angeles. The hotel is also located just outside of South Beach but within reasonable walking distance to nightlife and restaurants.
COVID status and policies: The hotel is currently open and accepting reservations. New safety measures include:
Hand sanitizing stations throughout the property.
Staff will undergo a daily temperature check and are required to wear PPE.
All common areas, guest rooms, and back of house areas are frequently disinfected with an emphasis on high-contact areas.
Furniture in common areas has been rearranged to meet social distancing guidelines.
Guests will undergo a non-invasive temperature reading via a thermal camera at check-in.
Buffets have been eliminated and in-room dining is now contactless.
Hotel Wailea - Maui, HI
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This intimate 15-acre, adults-only beach getaway in Maui, Hotel Wailea is an all-suite Relais & Chateaux hotel situated on a cliff, surrounded by lush greens and foliage.
Although the hotel is not located directly on the beach, free shuttle service is provided for hotel guests so they may enjoy a designated beach area with exclusive valet service including complimentary lounge chairs, beach towels, umbrellas, and water. Spacious 720-square-foot guest rooms come equipped with a kitchenette, deep soaking tub, and Molton Brown amenities.
Deal: The 72-suite hotel is currently offering a deal for 15 off hotel reservations that are booked 60 days in advance with rates as low as 535 night a three-night minimum is required . Food lovers will be interested in The Flavors of Maui package which provides guests with a food and beverage credit up to 500 for a five-night stay depending on the type of room booked . Get a full refund up to 7 days before your arrival date. Book these deals here.
TripAdvisor ranking: 1 out of 9 hotels in Wailea
Booking.com rating: 9.4 out of 10
Pros: Hotel Wailea is the only luxury resort in Hawaii that is exclusive to adults, which makes it an attractive destination for singles and couples. The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea offers ocean views and exquisite organic food sourced from local farms. It was one of my favorite meals in Maui.
Cons: While you can technically walk to the beach, it's a long walk, so you'll end up taking the shuttle service every time. There is a rental fee for the electric bikes on property 49 for half day and 59 for full day .
COVID status and policies: The hotel is currently open and accepting reservations. The hotel has put in place new Health & Comfort guidelines which entail:
All employees are temperature screened when they arrive to work and must wear gloves and a mask.
Luggage will be delivered outside of the suite, upon guest request.
Restaurant tables are placed at least six feet apart, and reservations will be limited to no more than six guests.
Hand sanitizer is available to guests and furniture in common areas including pool and lobby will be sanitized in addition to POS terminals and check presenters.
A C filters are checked and replaced regularly.
Pendry San Diego - San Diego, CA
Pendry San Diego
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In the heart of the vibrant Gaslamp District, Pendry San Diego is a food-forward hotel with a Gatsby-esque vibe.
The 317 guest rooms are adorned with chic furniture in earth-toned colors that embody California's laidback style. The impressive food and beverage program includes sushi hotspot Lionfish, a casual beer hall with vintage bar games, and Vittoria Coffee espresso bar for your morning caffeine kick that draws both locals and travelers alike.
Deal: The Spirit of Now package offers guests flexible booking and a resort credit of up to 300 night based on room type and a complimentary room upgrade, subject to availability. Book this deal here.
TripAdvisor ranking: 5 out of 292 hotels in San Diego
Booking.com rating: 9.3 out of 10
Pros: The rooftop pool is a hotel highlight the fish tacos are a must and you can't beat the location in the Gaslamp District. The new lounge, Oxford Social Club, and the hotel bar, Fifth & Rose, make Pendry San Diego a popular nightlife spot.
Cons: Noise from the nightclub and surrounding area can be an issue for some guests. There is a 36 night amenity fee plus tax in addition to a hefty valet parking fee, which is 51 plus tax.
COVID status and policies: The hotel is open and currently accepting reservations. The Pendry San Diego launched a new Health & Safety protocol program and have made modifications throughout the hotel to ensure compliance with the highest standards. Some of those modifications include:
All dining rooms will be operating at a reduced capacity with tables set up to adhere to social distancing standards, along with disposable and digital menus available to be viewed on diners' mobile devices.
There will be more frequent sanitation and deep cleaning in high-touch areas.
Each guest room will include an individual hand sanitizer and a packet of disinfectant wipes, and housekeeping associates are required to wear gloves and masks before entering all guest rooms, with services allowed to be declined by guests if preferred.
The hotel will also be offering our guests complimentary guest access to ONE MEDICAL and their award-winning combination of cutting edge technology and healthcare providers, allowing them seamless access to virtual care even when away from home.
At arrival and check-out, registration cards, credit card devices, room keys, and pens will also be sanitized with a UV wand prior to being provided to guests.
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