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Top Destinations to Celebrate Graduation: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Cancun and Miami

After the long 4-year haul of cramming, achingly typing away paper after paper, staying up with endless amount of coffee and energy drinks it’s now time to kick back and relax – or start the celebration!

Las Vegas, NV
Everyone (especially the newly legal drinkers) dreams of descending over the Las Vegas strip and having the time of their lives in the infamous Sin City. What better time to do it than ending the 4-year journey of college?

If you choose to take the adventure of Vegas, stay the beautiful 4-Star Paris Hotel. This hotel is a visually stunning re-creation of Paris in the middle of Las Vegas. It is located in the central strip and features a 50-story Eiffel tower as its centerpiece.

Looking for an amazing view of the Las Vegas skyline? The 3-Star Stratosphere Hotel Casino and Tower is the place for you. Located at the Northern end of the Strip, this gorgeous hotel towers to a height of some 1,148 feet above the neon light-filled desert scape. When making your final descent into Las Vegas, this hotel remains the most striking feature along the Las Vegas strip.

Cancun, Mexico
Long strip of clubs that will satisfy your party fever, a breathtaking beach with turquoise waters to wind down on with a bucket of beers or simply a frozen Margarita – you have arrived in Cancun. In Cancun, the 4-Star
Xbalamque Hotel offers beauty and convenience. Located in downtown Cancun just a few minutes away from shopping centers, craft shops, restaurants, clubs and, of course, the beautiful beach of Cancun, this hotel is right around the action and merely 20 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from the hotel zone.

Also, the 3-Star Star Hotel Plaza Caribe lies at the center of Cancun and offers an optimal positioning to discover the archaeological excavations of the Yucatan Peninsula and other worthwhile excursions.

Miami, FL
For many graduates, South Beach is where it’s at this summer.  Club hopping and the infamous, Wet Willie’s – which one choose from many different alcoholic frozen treats and sip outside bathing in the Miami sun. If Miami is the spot for you, stay at the beautiful
5-Star Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel.

The hotel rises above 1,000 feet of Atlantic Ocean beach, just 2 miles from shopping on Lincoln Road and 3 miles from Miami’s South Beach. Fontainebleau is a spectacular blend of Miami’s glamorous golden era and stylish modern luxury –  with 22 oceanfront acres, 11 restaurants and nightclubs including three signature name chef restaurants, 40,000-square-foot spa, and a sophisticated poolscape with private cabanas.

Also, the 3-Star Deauville Beach Resort one of Florida’s hottest spots among travelers around the world, this hotel is located directly by the beach, only some 15 minutes by car from South Beach.

Los Angeles, CA
Last but not least, we head to the west coast to catch some rays and waves. Los Angeles has much to offer from the boardwalk of Venice Beach to parties in Hollywood and tons of places to shop. The
3-Star Wilshire Grand Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles surrounded by shopping plazas, museums, theatres and fine restaurants, which would be the ideal place to stay to enjoy all of Los Angeles. This hotel is about a 25-minute drive from the beautiful Venice Beach boardwalk

If you’re willing to splurge in celebration of your graduation, check out the 4-Star Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The hotel is located across the street from Manns Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Wax Museum in the heart of Hollywood. Atop of the hotel is the Tropicana Bar, which features a garden setting, and the nightlife scene revolves around the comfortable second-story bar. Latin bands and other musicians play nightly.

So, gather all your Graduation earnings, choose your favorite destination and celebrate the success of graduating!

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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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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.

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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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