Deals to The New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2016
Year after year, The New York Times raises the swoon-worthy bar with its list of the year’s 52 must-see destinations, and 2016 is no exception. Touching nearly every part of the globe, this year’s list covers everything from mainstream cities to less chartered territories and ancient temples to pristine beaches.
Wondering which city to check off first? We’ve compiled a list of deals at some of our personal favorites to help you narrow it down.
One of the more affordable Mediterranean destinations, Malta offers a warm climate year-round, English as a main language, and three sublime islands to explore, one of which could pass for the South of France.
The Solana Hotel offers rates for as low as $36 per night, but don’t let the low price fool you. It provides a desirable location in the historic village of Mellieha, which also boasts the best beach in all of Malta. If you prefer pool to ocean, you can take a dip on the rooftop sundeck while soaking in panoramic views of the coastline.
Even the ritzier Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay won’t cost a fortune with rates starting at $97 per night. The resort-like amenities make it hard to leave the property, but for those that wish to explore, the free shuttle service takes guests to the Maltase capital, Valletta, and the coastal town of Sliema.
It’s no secret that we can’t stop talking about visiting Canada this year. After all, the entire country is 30% off thanks to the CAD exchange rate. Montreal and Vancouver attract the majority of tourists, but Toronto is on the rise to becoming Canada’s “it” city. Revitalization projects have transformed industrial areas into stylish neighbors, and Toronto’s central waterfront underwent a complete overhaul in 2015.
Canada is already a deal for US tourists, but we have plenty of hotel offers to make for even more savings. Our personal favorite is the Radisson Admiral Harbourfront’s Top 20 deal that saves up to 45% on current rates. The nautical theme hotel takes inspiration from its views of Lake Ontario, but if you want a complete birds eye look, the CN Tower is a short walk away.
The merger of two ski resorts quite literally put Park City on the map this winter (the ski resort spans 7,300 acres, you can’t miss it) making it the largest ski resort in the nation.
If you plan to visit Park City, Utah, there’s no better time than during ski season to really understand why The New York Times singled it out. Caveat, rooms come at a premium; however, if you are looking to save, plan for a trip in March when the season is still underway and room rates take a dip. The Park City Marriott offers rooms for as low as $259 in March and a complimentary shuttle service to the nearby ski resorts and downtown.
In the words of Lonely Planet, which I am sure most visitors can attest, “it’s impossible to lay eyes on San Sebastian and not fall madly in love.” With a culinary scene that captures Michelin stars like they are Yelp reviews, San Sebastian ranks in the top places to eat in the world. Its vibrant cultural scene awarded San Sebastian the title of 2016 European Capital of Culture, making it a must-stop on your vacation calendar this year.
San Sebastian’s beaches are another standout feature of the city, so, come summertime, room rates spike to over $300 per night. Barcelo Costa Vasca, located in the historic old quarter, is a cheaper option throughout the year with peak rates going for a low $247 per night. The well-reviewed Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra is a favorite of ours, especially for its beachfront location on Playa de la Concha. During the off-season, you can snag a room for as low as $98 per night. More savings equals more splurging on tapas!
Dublin is one of the most visited European cities and the second cheapest to fly to, so there is no shortage of tourists year after year. What makes 2016 so special? Well, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising against British rule. Historic sites will be resorted and open to the public this spring, and the National Gallery of Ireland will “reveal the most extensive refurbishment in its 150-plus-year history.” (The New York Times).
For $999 per person, including airfare, you can spend six nights in Ireland this summer at the prestigious Adare Manor. This vacation package includes a car rental to use at your leisure. A day trip to Dublin is a scenic 2.5-hour drive away, but if you prefer to stay in the city center, we recommend The Greshman Hotel – located on historic O’Connell Street and just over the bridge from the National Gallery of Ireland.
The New York Times compares Providence to the likes of Portland, Oregon, and it’s no wonder with its culinary scene on the rise. Restaurant openings aim to nab a James Beard nomination like its counterparts. Take Oberlin, for example, and sister-eatery Birch. There will be plenty to sample on your food tour when you stay at one of these Providence hotels, but our personal pick is the Omni Providence Hotel, which sits right in downtown and offers a 30% Travelzoo-exclusive discount.
Sydney underwent an overhaul this year with two major urban renewal projects. The city spent $250 million dollars converting an industrial plot into a foreshore park lined with excavated sandstone blocks that connect the city directly to the water. Similar to New York City’s Highline, The Goods Line unveiled its transformation of an abandoned rail corridor into an elevated walkway this past August. Now, people can walk this line to connect to Sydney’s major attractions along Darling Harbor.
American Airlines launched daily flights from LA to Sydney in December, and when deciding where to stay, we recommend the top-rated Grace Hotel, located within walking distance to Sydney’s most famed attractions. But, if you prefer a packaged vacation deal, TripMasters.com offers a variety of itineraries.
Luxury hotel openings, cultural center ribbon cuttings and wildlife conservation projects have shed a new light on Abu Dhabi. Saadiyat, a natural island just off its coast, means “place of enlightenment”, and so, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will soon take residence in its Cultural District in the second half of 2016, followed by Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
When visiting Barcelona, you can’t help but leave with a newfound appreciation for architecture and a love for Antoni Gaudi, which is why this year is an important one for Barcelona. 2016 commemorates the 90th anniversary of the death of Gaudi and even more exhibitions of his work will open to the public, one being the Unesco World Heritage Site Casa Vicens. Just in time for the 100th anniversary, the completion of the Sagrada Cathedral is planned for 2026, so expect to once again find Barcelona on all of the major must-see lists in a decade.
Plan for this year or look ahead to 2026 with one of our recommended hotels.
With the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture later this year, D.C. makes the list at No. 26. The new addition to the National Mall will be the only national museum exclusively dedicated to illuminating the richness of African American history and culture. Collections include artifacts from Louis Armstrong, the Tuskegee Airmen and Harriet Tubman. Plan your visit now with these D.C. hotel deals.
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