Single or Solo? Hotels.com Shares Travel Tips for Independent Travelers

DALLAS, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — You don’t need a companion to take that long awaited vacation. On the contrary, according to Hotels.com more and more travelers are traveling alone and loving it!

“We’re definitely seeing a rise in the single girls/guys trips as well as trips by the independent traveler,” said Carl Minto-Sparks, senior vice president of marketing and retail operations for Hotels.com. “People don’t want to postpone travel until they find that special someone. They are ready to go it on their own or with friends, celebrate their independence and maybe meet somebody along the way!”

In fact, a recent Fodor’s survey reported that 40 percent of Americans have traveled on their own (for pleasure) for at least two days in the past three years. These travelers are college students and grandmothers, happily married people and single careerists. With more “newly single again” adults than ever before, their travels take them to far-flung countries or states just a few hours away.

Hotels.com makes it easy for single/solo travelers to find the hotel that best fits their needs with one of the industry’s most comprehensive side-by- side property comparison tools. This feature allows them to search by price, amenity and location to ensure that solo travelers select a hotel near their area of interest or city landmarks, as well as a room suited to their specific tastes and needs.

So, if you are among the singles/solo set and looking to get away, remember these tips from Hotels.com:

Tips on How to Travel Single/Solo
* If you are planning your first solo adventure, go out of town
somewhere close to home for a weekend and see how you like it.
* Talk to everyone you can — travelers and locals.
* Connect with others through day tours.
* Stay at hotels that attract solo travelers or provide guest happy
hours.
* Choose to stay in hotels close to dining, nightlife and area
attractions.
* For a group of singles traveling together — consider alternative
lodging, such as vacation rentals or all-inclusive resorts.

Below are a sample of hotels and rates from http://www.hotels.com/ in some of the top cities for singles*:

Atlanta:
Omni Hotel at CNN Center from $99
Wyndham Downtown from $80
Marriott Marquis Downtown from $99.

Boston:

The following hotels offer evening wine hour or hors d’oeuvres for individuals who want to mingle and socialize:

Hotel Marlowe from $179
The Onyx Hotel from $229
Boston Park Plaza (tower rooms only) from $119.

Additionally, the following hotels offer exclusive rooms for individual travelers who do not desire or need the larger rooms:

Omni Parker House Hotel – economy Petite Single room from $202
Hotel Nine Zero – Intimate room from $259
Royal Sonesta Hotel – individual traveler room from $119.

Las Vegas:
Wynn Las Vegas from $239 if booked by November 30th
Harrah’s: $25 dining credit and free admission to the Spa
Las Vegas Hilton: $25 gaming chip for travel in November and December;

Flamingo: two free breakfast or lunch buffets and complimentary access to the fitness facilities.

San Francisco:

Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel, from $93. Stay two nights and save 15%.

Radison Miyako from $95 if booked by November 30th.

Denver:
Hotel Monaco – a Kimpton Hotel – $10 off through 12/30/05
Loews Denver Hotel, 15% off on 14 day advance purchase
Omni Interlocken Resort receive your 4th night free.

Phoenix:

Arizona Biltmore – book now and receive a $50 Resort Credit when you book 2 or more nights. (Credit can be applied to Food & Beverages, Spa, and retail stores.)

New York City:
Milford Plaza, in the theatre district, $159 if booked by November 22nd.

Los Angeles:
Beverly Terrace Hotel from $100. Stay three or more nights and save 10%.

Millennium Biltmore Hotel from $115. Stay two nights and receive 10% off and three nights to receive 15% off.

* Rates are subject to change and availability

About Hotels.com

Hotels.com is a leading provider of lodging worldwide, offering reservation services through its own websites (including http://www.hotels.com/ and others), its interactive affiliate network (http://www.ian.com/ ), and its toll-free call centers (1-800-2-HOTELS). Hotels.com gives travelers one of the widest selections of lodging accommodations from traditional hotels to vacation rentals at more than 20,000 properties worldwide. Hotels.com is an operating company of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE) . CST: 2059975-40

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