Cash-strapped gourmands around the country have New York City to thank for introducing the “restaurant week” concept back in 1992. What started as a lunch-only promotion during the Democratic National Convention, has spawned a huge 50-city (and counting) phenomenon of prix fixe lunches and dinners at some of the country’s best restaurants.
Now travelers on a budget also have NYC to thank for starting another trend: Hotel Week, which is actually more than two weeks long. Running from January 4th through January 20th, 2013, hotel week, now in its second year, features 24 hotels offering rates up to 50 percent off the usual cost. The hotels are placed into tiers of $100, $200, and $250 per night, all of which is a major steal for a city like NYC, where rooms can run $500 a night. Think of it as an affordable way to recuperate from the holidays.
And what do these hotels get out of it? They fill rooms during a historically low-occupancy period. Although in New York, that’s all relative, as anytime is a good time to visit the Big Apple. (This is especially true right now as the region tries to draw in tourists to offset costly Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.) And with the money you save, you might actually be able to afford those Broadway tickets, or a fancy meal outside of restaurant week.
Does your city do hotel week? Let us know!
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