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SPG Hot Escapes features Europe this week

It seems like it has been awhile since SPG Hot Escapes approached 200 hotels. This week’s list has 88 hotels in Europe. That might be a record. Christmas is big in Europe. Christmas shuts most cities down. Which is why Christmas can be a great time for hotel deals in Europe.

Starwood Hot Escapes are prepaid and nonrefundable rates. You can book offers on this week’s SPG Hot Escapes until 11:59pm Saturday Dec 20 local hotel time. For us in the USA, this means the hotels drop off throughout the day beginning early morning Saturday for Asia-Pacific hotels and Saturday afternoon for Europe.

In the Warm California Sun

In California next week, some of the lowest hotel rates of the year can be found in many cities.

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is $94 all next week. After a month of rain, next week is forecast to be in the mid-70s for southern California and San Diego. That equates to warm paradise temperature for those of you from most other places in the northern part of the northern hemisphere and anywhere else where you are not seeing 20-something degrees in Celsius next week.

San Diego Pelican
California brown pelican lifts-off at Coronado Island beach with Point Loma, entrance to San Diego harbor in background.

Five good rates for USA hotels

Sheraton Chicago Towers $94 December 21 –24 and $100 Jan 2-3.

W San Francisco $151 Dec 19, 23-24, 30; Jan 1-4.

Element Houston Vintage Park $71 to $83 Dec 19 to Jan 3 with New Year’s Eve $95. Element rooms have a kitchen for real home living if you like to hang out in a different space and still make your own food. Breakfast is complimentary. Element Denver Park Meadows is $60 per night, if you just want a quick break from shopping.

Sheraton Boston $110 Dec 19-30

Westin Georgetown Washington D.C.

Friday and Saturday weekend discount rates

  • Dec 19-20 $109
  • Dec 26-27 $106
  • Jan 2-3 $95

Holidays and low January rates in Europe

You might already be booked up with other plans this year to take advantage of low hotel rates. The tip on Europe is one to keep in mind. My wife and I traveled to Europe several times at Christmas as tourists and stuff is closed for two days in many places on December 25 and 26. Some businesses shut down for a week.

Our lifestyle revolving around a school teaching schedule means the December-January break is the longest vacation opportunity outside summer months. Christmas holiday travel is essentially the only opportunity for my wife to travel for more than one week outside of mid-June to mid-August.

Here are some Starwood Europe deals,

Sheraton Prague Charles Square Hotel, Czech Republic $83-$92 Jan 11-28, 2015. Prague is a romantic city to hang out and bundle up in winter while feeling like you are living in an architecturally Disneyesque European dreamscape.

Westin Palace Milan, Italy $163-$177 Dec 21-28

Hotel des Indes, Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands $111 Sat Jan 3 and $120 Sun Jan 4. These are really low rates for this lovely hotel.

Westin Dragonara Resort Malta $114 Jan 4-19, 2015.

Westin Warsaw Poland $52 to $56 Dec 21-28; $56 to $64 for 15 dates in January. Sheraton Warsaw $57 to $67 Dec 19 to 30; $57 to $75 for 13 dates in January. Warsaw is a place where fast-tracking stays can be done inexpensively bouncing between Starwood Hotels for elite status stays to finish 2014 or jumpstart 2015 with January stays.