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Twitter Trivia Contest Update: And the Winner is …

This past weekend we launched our very first Twitter Trivia Contest: NYC Hotel Edition. Thanks to all the twitter folks who participated and followed my tweets as I roamed the streets of the Big Apple.

Foursquare was great fun, allowing me to check-in to various locations in New York as it auto-detected my location on my cellular phone with their easy to use application. Simply an amazing feature! The  best part of all is that it automatically tweeted my location and check-ins on to twitter that provided clues to all the folks on twitter who were following this contest! Gotta love Social Media!

Now to the winner of this short but sweet Twitter Trivia Contest: Congratulations to @dollyflake for guessing the correct hotel name where this lobby picture was taken! You are the winner and will receive a $20 hotel gift card for your next booking on 1800hotels.com.

This picture was in fact taken at the ever popular 4-Star Marriott Marquis located in the heart of Times Square – a hotel I’d recommend to anyone wishing to stay in the hustle and bustle of this wonderful city.

In case you missed this contest – not to worry! Stay tuned for more fun trivia and promotional contests for your chance to win hotel gift cards and more!

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Win a $20 Gift Card with Twitter Trivia Contest: New York City Hotel Edition

We’re headed to Big Apple this weekend! Follow my tweet-steps on twitter as I roam the streets of New York and you could win a 1800HOTELS $20 gift card.

Starting this Friday, May 21, I will be tweeting clues, twit-pics and trivia hints for you to Guess the NYC Hotel Lobby or Bar.  Answer correctly and you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win a $20 hotel gift card toward your next booking at 1800HOTELS.com!

Here’s how it works

1. Follow @1800hotels on twitter.com

2. Stay tuned for tweets with pics and and clues from Friday to Sunday.

3. When you see a “Twitter Trivia ” tweet from @1800hotels, tweet us back with your answer!

4. The winner(s) will be randomly selected each day

5. We’ll announce all of the winner(s) on Twitter and our 1800HOTELS Facebook page on Monday, May 24.

So if you’re not following us on Twitter yet, connect with @1800hotels and get ready to win this weekend!

Sweet Deal: Radisson Hotel Boston from $129/night, Save Up to $200 This Summer

Radisson Hotel Boston from $129/nightStay at the top-selling Radisson Hotel Boston and enjoy the best that the Theater District and Back Bay areas have to offer. You’ll be mere blocks from Park Square, Boston Commons, Newbury Street shopping and dining, and minutes from downtown and the Charles River.

The Hotel: With an indoor heated pool and a sundeck, a fitness center and two on-site restaurants, the Radisson Hotel Boston is the perfect home base for your urban adventure.

Get This Deal: Right now, 1800HOTELS has an exclusive deal with rates as low as $129 per night on stays of two nights or more through July. Book today and save up to $200 off regular seasonal rates – including July 4th weekend.

Don’t miss this exclusive summer rate on one of Boston’s top hotels that boasts a #7 ranking on Tripadvisor!

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New Feature Hotel and Deal: Monaco Baltimore, a Kimpton Hotel

4-Star Monaco Baltimore, a Kimpton HotelThe 4-Star luxury boutique hotel line, also known as Kimpton Hotels has opened a new hotel in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. The 4-Star Monaco Baltimore a Kimpton Hotel features 202 beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites, as well as a three story lobby. Situated right in the center of downtown Baltimore, once the headquarters of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The hotel boasts a unique design with Tiffany stained glass, marble floors, spacious rooms and splendid original staircases – blending in with this vibrant, historic city.

Blow off some steam at the B&O Railroad Museum, the birthplace of American railroading or get up close and personal with marine life at the National Aquarium Baltimore! Baltimore is packed with fun-filled ways to discover the past – on land and water. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will host its annual Brew at the Zoo and Wine, Too! Food and beverage are coupled with fun and wildlife. Tickets ($45 for non-members, $30 for zoo members) are required for this event and include unlimited beer and wine tastings, a commemorative tasting glass and 3 live bands per day.

Staying at the 4-Star Monaco Baltimore a Kimpton Hotel puts you in the heart of downtown, four blocks from the Inner Harbor Waterfront area three blocks from the Baltimore Convention Center, near National Aquarium in Baltimore, Harborplace, Camden Yards and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. And if you like to travel with your furry loved ones, the Kimpton Hotels are famous for their pet friendliness, as they accept any number of pets without size or weight restrictions and for no extra charge.

Book Your Stay at the 4-Star Monaco Baltimore, a Kimpton Hotel Now! Rates as low as $149/night

[photo source: http://www.kimptonhotels.com/index.aspx%5D

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What’s Hot and Happening This Summer in New York City

Summer in the city: Window shopping down Fifth Avenue, sundresses and $5 sunglasses near Central Park, $2.25 ride on the train to cool things down and a $1 scoop of coconut ice from a cart pushed by a small elderly woman. What better place to be? There is not one day that passes where something is going on in New York City – whether it be the B-Boys by NYU or the following events, it’s all waiting for you.

The Belmont Stakes: June 5th
Held every June at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, the Belmont Stakes is the third and final leg of the Triple Crown, following five weeks after the Kentucky Derby, and three weeks after the Preakness Stakes. Because of its distance and status as the race that can make or break a Triple Crown champion, the Belmont Stakes has been the venue for some of the most famous moments in American racing. For more information visit Belmont Stakes.

Internet Week: June 7-14
Internet Week New York is a week-long festival of events saluting New York’s thriving Internet industry and the many talented companies, organizations, and innovators creating the future of online media. Internet Week will kick off at the Hudson Theater and 3-Star Millennium Broadway Hotel at 8 am. HP will help commence Internet Week by hosting a conversation with some of the Web’s most innovative minds. For more information on where the different events will be taking place, visit: http://partners.internetweekny.com/schedule/list

Puerto Rican Day Parade: June 13th
Red, white and blue attire flooding the streets as “Que Bonita Bandera” is blaring from every store/fritter stand and any audible player. This sets up the scene for none other than the Puerto Rican Day Parade. The first parade was held on Sunday, April 13, 1958, in Manhattan, replacing the former Hispanic Day Parade. In 1995, the parade became incorporated as the National Puerto Rican Day Parade and expanded beyond the parade itself. The parade now hosts over seven major events throughout the city. The parade begins at 11 am running until 6 pm, marching along Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 86th Street and includes delegates from various towns of Puerto Rico and U.S. states across the country. Those that have participated in the spectacular parade are Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Elvis Crespo, Marc Anthony and many other notable Puerto Ricans.

Lesbian and Gay Pride Week: June 19-27
Celebrate Gay Pride (June 19 to June 27, 2010) to honor what many consider to be one of the primary events in the history of lesbian and gay rights, the Stonewall Riots, which commenced June 28, 1969. In New York City, Pride celebrations center around five events: The Rally, PRIDEfest,The March, the Dance on the Pier, and Rapture on the River. The events all take place in the West Village, very close to the city’s other gay-popular neighborhoods like Chelsea and the East Village.

– The Pride Rally (6/19) takes place at Bryant Park

– RAPTURE: A Women’s Dance (6/26): occurs at Pier 54 featuring the music from top DJs, starts at 6 pm on and lasts until 11 pm.

– The March (6/27): Now in its 41st year, commences at noon on at 5th Avenue and 52nd Street and winds its way downtown to the intersection of Christopher and Greenwich streets. This is perhaps the must-see event of Gay Pride in New York City, drawing thousands of spectators.

– PRIDEfest (6/27): Held from 11 am until 7 pm along Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and W. 14th St.. The festive (and free) GLBT street fair features dozens of vendors, entertainers, and community organizations.

– The Dance on the Pier (6/27): Provides a grand finale for New York City Gay Pride. Thousands of GLBT revelers and friends congregate on Pier 54 (13th St. at the Hudson River) following the Pride March until a massive fireworks show at 10:30 pm. It’s one of the great gay Manhattan parties of the year.

Live for Today: Free Concerts at Rockefeller Center!
On Friday mornings (and a few other mornings) from mid-May through August, the Today Show hosts live performances on its Rockefeller Center stage. Access to the concerts is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis outside of the Today show’s Window on the World Studio at 49th Street and Rockefeller Center. Performances run from 7 – 10 a.m., so if you want to ensure a good spot, plan to arrive about 1-2 hours early, depending on the popularity of the act and the weather. This years line up includes: Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, OneRepublic, Rascal Flatts and so many more!

NYC Restaurant Week: Summer 2010
New York City is blessed with thousands of fantastic restaurants. During Summer Restaurant Week (which stretches over two weeks) some of the very best offer three-course prix-fixe lunches and dinners at a fraction of the normal cost. And when we say top restaurants, we really mean it. From the city’s finest French gourmet in Soho to great American slap-up meals in hip downtown eateries, innovative modernized Japanese cooking or a quiet lunch with dazzling river views, the possibilities are endless. Check out http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek for list of restaurants that will satisfy your taste buds and craving for a taste of the city life. Reservations can be booked a month in advance.

Book Your NYC Hotel with 1800HOTELS and Enjoy Exclusive Savings!

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Modern Family Says Aloha! at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Last night, ABC’s Modern Family, which is by far one of the most hysterical sitcoms out there right now,  featured 30 minutes of laugh-out-loud comedy on the beautiful island of Maui!

While on a family trip in honor of Jay’s (a.k.a. Al Bundy) Birthday, all of the family members soak up sun and fun at the gorgeous 5-Star Four Seasons Resort Maui At Wailea.

Not only did this episode have me crying tears of joy but it also did a good job at tempting me to purchase my plane ticket to paradise and join the cast of Modern Family.  (And that temptation is still lingering, but reality keeps checking in.)

One thing’s for sure, the cast picked one of the finest hotel resorts on this island to shoot the scenes and if you’ve watched the episode (catch it on ABC) that featured plenty of shots depicting all of the hotel resort’s luxury and splendor, you will have to agree.

With its spectacular oceanfront location, an award-winning beach, superb service, dining and recreational activities, this is the ultimate resort to stay at while vacationing in Maui, Modern Family style!

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Happy 25th Anniversary Marriott Marquis

This summer, three Marriott Marquis will be celebrating their 25th anniversary. If you are planning a trip to San Francisco, New York and/or Atlanta, get into the celebratory mood and stay at one of these popular Marriott Marquis that are not only famous for their luxury and comfort, but they are also conveniently located in the center of all the cities’ action!

Marriott Marquis San FranciscoTravelers heading to San Francisco, discover the beautiful San Francisco Marriott Marquis rising 39 stories high into the city skyline. Enjoy magnificent views of downtown San Francisco from a number of the 1,500 luxurious guest rooms. The 4-Star Marriott Marquis San Francisco is situated just off Market Street, a stone’s throw away from the Moscone Center. Top attractions including the historical Cable Cars, world-class shopping on Union Square and renowned museums and Westfield’s San Francisco Center featuring Bloomingdale’s, are all just steps away.

Marriott Marquis AtlantaIf you headed to Atlanta, Georgia, the 4-Star Marriott Marquis here will not disappoint: this contemporary hotel is steps from the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, a few blocks from CNN Center, Georgia World Congress Center, Philips Arena, and Georgia Dome. The breathtaking atrium is marked by a 50-foot color changing sail of Pulse, a classically cool cocktail lounge and the new iconic symbol of this downtown Atlanta, Georgia hotel.

Marriott Marquis New York CityAnd finally for all you NYC lovers, the 3.5-Star Marriott Marquis here puts you smack dab in the heart of NYC, Times Square. Convenience and leisure are offered here, as New York City’s major attractions are all withing walking distance. The Marriott Marquis is also home to The View Restaurant, the only revolving rooftop restaurant in NYC.

So, take your pick, pack your bags and join the celebration at one of these hot Marriott Marquis locations!

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