Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky at the Fortune Global Forum Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Design by Erik Mace for Yahoo Travel.) Renting out your home on Airbnb has become an increasingly popular way to make some extra money. Make your life easy by supplying guests with an automatic wine opener like this one by Waring Pro, so they can just pop, pour, and enjoy. 11.
Henry H. Harteveldt, a travel-industry analyst at Atmosphere Research Group, conducted a poll this year of 5,001 U.S. travelers regarding hotels’ mandatory daily “resort fees,” a common practice at many hotels with the bare minimum of a nice pool. Only three percent of those polled found the fees acceptable. Harteveldt added that 31 percent of guests in the past 12 months booked at other hotels to avoid paying the fees, and another 43 percent said they tried booking another hotel but couldn’t find one without the fee. “There is clearly a lot of anger out there, and hotels need to rethink their approach to imposing mandatory fees,” Harteveldt said. Resort fees can include the use of gyms, pools, or local phone calls.
Most major airlines fly there, including JetBlue, and the price of a ticket can be up to $200 cheaper than a flight to Miami. From JFK airport, for example, it’s only three and a half hours to San Juan, which is just slightly longer than a flight to Miami. 2. You can vacation like J.Lo at half the price.
Whether it’s getting scammed by a taxi driver or arriving at a vacation rental that doesn’t exist, here are some vacation disasters that tourists encountered this holiday season.
The way we see it, athletes require two things of their ideal ski destinations: Muscle-challenging ski runs and access to top-notch fitness facilities. Meg Austin, a ski expert who lives and works in Vail, Colorado, shares her favorite resorts for those who won’t take double-black diamonds without NFL-level hotel gyms. Vail, Colorado The skiing: “If you plan for bumps and lead your turns with your poles, they make a great core workout and a mental and physical challenge. It’s intimidating because everyone on the chairlift watches you—and because the lift sign says ‘experts only’—but that also means there’s never a line.” The hotel gym: The Lodge at Vail has an enviable location at the base of the two-year-old Gondola 1 (which has heated seats and wifi), a big fitness facility and a fabulous spa. Beaver Creek, Colorado The skiing: “Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey lift leads to three or four steep runs that are real workouts on powder days: When you can’t see the bumps, your legs become shock absorbers and you feel it in your thighs by day’s end.” The hotel gym: The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa is ten minutes north of Beaver Creek Mountain, so it’s less expensive than Beaver Creek hotels.
The following people selflessly put others in front of them, risked their lives, and showed grace under pressure in some of the most harrowing situations. Their actions were nothing short of heroic, and for that reason, we take a moment to salute them.
You’ll find an oasis for swimming, lounging, and tanning at many of the country’s top hotels. The best part is, you can still find a poolside escape even if you can’t get away. Check into the right hotel, and you’ll be able to take a dip and soak up some killer views in the middle of your own bustling city. Sometimes you don’t even have to be a hotel guest to get your toes wet. Here are our 10 favorite urban hotel pools for the summer.
George Clooney is finally settling down. Yesterday, we gave you the perfect wedding cake for your destination wedding and today, Yahoo Travel has pitched in to plan your perfect honeymoon. It ain’t easy for the paparazzi to track you down in a yurt in Mongolia’s Gobi desert.
The interwebs exploded yesterday when TMZ released a security tape from the Standard Hotel, Highline, in New York City that appears to show Solange Knowles viciously attacking her brother-in-law Jay Z in an elevator while her sister Beyonce stood by and watched. Jay Z, Beyonce, and Solange exit the Standard Hotel, post fight.
Before you start to complain, read on. We checked in with an expert to get the low down on the art of the complaint—and how to make it work for you.
By Laura Begley Bloom A common misperception of Italy is that it’s prohibitively expensive. Of course, there are extravagant palazzos where a glass of orange juice will cost you $20, but the reality is that Italy is home to many small and affordable hotels run by amiable innkeepers who will help unlock the secrets of whatever region you’re in. La Bandita, from a magazine editor-turned-innkeeper. Surrounded by a spectacular infinity pool and a fire pit, La Bandita has low-season rates starting at $269.
Nothing says vacation, relaxation, and “pour me another margarita” like a beach. Here’s a tip: go where the locals go and check out these spots: