By Aimee Heckel
Where you rest your head can make or break a vacation. Whether you’re visiting the lush hills of Ireland or the spirited streets of New Orleans, there’s something seriously satisfying about having a solid home base to return to. And no amount of Guinness can make up for a restless night on a rocky bed, a dirty hotel room or a terrible location.
But not everyone has money for a five-star stay.
Money and quality do not have to be mutually exclusive, if you know your way around the system. And for the first time ever, ShopAtHome.com is offering an exclusive coupon code from Priceline.com: 5 percent off Express Deals (Priceline’s last-minute hotel line that does not go through the bidding process). ShopAtHome is one of the few places you can find this rare code, which is good through the entire month of March — making it a must-have code to plan your spring break.
Express Deals are already an incredible cost-saver, offering stays up to 45 percent off for a limited time, no bidding required. Here’s how it works: Priceline shows you the neighborhood, amenities and price of different hotels. You book your favorite. And then Priceline sends you the exact name of the hotel.
For example, Priceline recently offered a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip “vicinity south” for only $64 per night; rated seven out of 10 stars; with an indoor or outdoor pool, free parking, a restaurant, business center, casino and fitness center.
Headed to Disneyland with your family for spring break? Priceline’s Express Deals recently offered a hotel near Disneyland in Anaheim south in Orange County, Calif., for $123 per night. Featuring: Free Internet, indoor or outdoor pool, restaurant, business center and fitness center.
Looking for more hotel ideas?
The Travel Channel has a list of the top 10 spring break hotels for families. On the list: The Dreams Punta Cana Resort and Spa in the Dominican Republic. This giant hotel offers a wide range of activities, including special teen and kid clubs, special food for kids, one of Punta Cana’s biggest pools, a mechanical bull, a rock climbing wall, golf, full-service spa, six restaurants and a great beach. The list goes on. And yes, we totally said mechanical bull.
For the older “kids,” Oyster.com has a list of the best party hotels in Jamaica. Topping the roundup: The Negril Tree House Resort in Negril. This hotel is in the heart of the action on Seven Mile Beach and near popular bars.
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