Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Recession-proof Girlfriend Getaways - DC Staycation

Who says you can’t take a vacation while you’re on a budget? Yes, there’s no denying that we are in a recession but there’s no need to become depressed - Why not grab a pal or two for a budget-friendly Staycation? Plan a girlfriend getaway in your own backyard and become a tourist of your city! The Metro-DC area has plenty to offer and now, more than ever hotels are offering themed suites and packages, created to make DC locals feel like a VIP.

Need a few local ideas within driving distance?

Idea #1 - Local luxury
Vacation is the perfect time to gather friends and experience a different hotel, spa or restaurant. Why not try out luxury that you’ve been curious about? The Mandarin Oriental DC offers a Staycation package, designed for travelers living in Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The Staycation room rate included deluxe accommodations and valet parking. Browse the Mandarin’s seasonal specials for other packages that include spa credits, breakfast and afternoon “Savories and Sweets” tea. While you are enjoying the deluxe room, don’t forget to book your spa treatment and make reservations at CityZen, the area’s five diamond restaurant for an unforgettable dining experience!

Idea #2 – Try out a Newbie
New hotels often roll out the red carpet (and introductory prices) for travelers willing to try them out early. How about plan a girlfriend getaway at the newest spot on the block? Starwood Hotels has just opened aloft Washington National Harbor with amazing rates starting at just $99/night! The hotel is located just off the Potomac River, on the National Harbor, 25 minutes from downtown DC and walking distance to shops, entertainment and dining for you and your gal pals can enjoy! Check out aloft’s go-go getaway package, which includes daily tastings for 2 of specialty infusions at the w xyz bar, $20 daily credit at the hotel’s hip eatery, re:fuel, and a signature aloft CD for you and your girlfriends to groove to.

Another newbie to hit the Metro DC scene, Lorien Hotel and Spa, can offer fun and tranquility to your girlfriend getaway. Lorien Hotel is located in Old Town Alexandria, surrounded by charm and conveniently located to DC landmarks. The hotel is ready for your girl getaway group – take a look at their Four Times the Fun package. The package includes (4) deluxe hotel rooms for 2 nights, (4) 50 minute spa treatments, breakfast and dinner for the group AND overnight valet parking. Sounds like a party to me!

Idea #3 – Get to the Heart of the Matter
Gather up a girlfriend or two and stay in the heart of the city. The newly renovated Hotel Monaco caters to savvy travelers, true to the trendy Kimpton brand’s reputation. Sophisticated, stylish and inviting, the hotel is centrally located in Washington, DC and walking distance to the National Mall, nightlife, shopping and restaurants. Also, the 4-star hotel is set in an all-marble building, once the US General Post Office Building, so it offers a unique backdrop to your getaway! The hotel offers a complimentary nightly reception and fun extras, like plush robes and a goldfish companion for your room J Hotel Monaco’s What Women Want package includes Monte Carlo accommodations, massage, hand care kit and a reusable, stylish shopping bag. Did I mention that the hotel is located in the heart of the new Gallery Place/Chinatown shops? Where do I sign up?!

Don’t let the recession rule your getaway plans. The Metro DC area can be the perfect backdrop for your much needed getaway – so call up a girlfriend and make it happen!

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