January Travel Deals

With the holidays over, it’s a good time to luxuriate on a beach, see some city sights, or relax at an elegant old resort. These travel deals are just for Washingtonian.com readers.

By: Alice Shapin

New York on Sale
Where: New York Palace, 455 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y.; 800-804-7035.
What’s special: Just steps from St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center, this luxury hotel offers exceptional city views. A 19th-century drawing room, the Madison Room & Bar, features marble columns, vaulted ceilings, and classic artwork; designed by Stanford White, it also has its original painted wall panels from 1891. For those who’d rather not walk to dinner, shopping, or a show, there’s complimentary car service (up to 20 blocks) and a free theater shuttle. The hotel also has a fitness center and spa.
The deal: Washingtonian.com readers get 20 percent off the best available rate plus two free glasses of wine in the Madison Room & Bar when booking the Washingtonian Winter Promotion. Rates typically start at $199 a night per room. You can reserve a room online or by calling 800-804-7035; use the code PRWASH.
When: Valid through February 28, 2012.


Close to Home
Where: Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King St., Alexandria; 703-894-3434.
What’s special: This boutique hotel in the heart of Old Town, part of the Kimpton group, combines Old World charm with modern style. The rooms are done up in soothing blues and grays, and the Lorien offers a calming spa. Guests are treated to a complimentary daily newspaper as well as free morning coffee and tea. The hotel is an easy walk to restaurants, boutiques, and historic homes and churches, and it’s pet-friendly.
The deal: The Tap the Local Brewery package includes accommodations, transportation to and from the Port City Brewing Company (a $22 value), a brewery tour (a $14 value), and two beers (a $10 value). Washingtonian.com readers also get 20 percent off spa treatments with the package.* Rates start at $169 a night.
When: Valid Friday through Sunday, through April 2013.


In the Land of Chocolate
Where: The Hotel Hershey, 100 Hotel Rd., Hershey, Pa.; 800-437-7439.
What’s special: The elegant Hotel Hershey, built in 1933 in the chocolate-mad town, combines modern amenities with historic charm: Guest rooms feature original artwork, historic photos, and Hershey Kisses at turndown. In addition to recently refurbished suites, the hotel now has four- and six-bedroom Woodside Cottages with fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, and antique wood floors. Activities include an indoor pool, a fitness center, year-round ice skating, hiking trails, and a spa with such treatments as a Whipped Cocoa Bath and Chocolate Fondue Wrap. Close by is Hershey’s Chocolate World, where you can see the transformation from bean to milk chocolate. Or enjoy a Hershey Bears hockey game.
The deal: Washingtonian.com readers receive a free $50 resort credit. Rates start at $249 a night per room. Mention the code Washingtonian to redeem this offer.
When: Available January 1 through February 28, 2013. Blackout dates during Presidents Day weekend, February 15 through 18.


A Grand Estate
Where: Keswick Hall, 701 Club Dr., Keswick, Va.; 888-778-2565.
What’s special: Stay at Keswick and you’ll feel as if you’re visiting a rich friend’s country home. Rooms feature luxurious bedding, exquisite furnishings, and grand views. You can sit by the fire in one of the many common areas, enjoy a treatment at the spa, eat on-site at the elegant Fossett’s restaurant, or enjoy casual dining at the Palmer Room. At the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Keswick is near Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, the University of Virginia, and the town of Charlottesville.
The deal: The Keswick Winter Getaway Package includes a free room upgrade, a $50 value. Rates start at $275 per room a night.
When: Valid through March 28, 2013.


Beach It
Where: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, 9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W., Miramar Beach, Fla.; 800-622-1038.
What’s special: This resort on the northwest Florida Gulf Coast features seven miles of sugar-white-sand beach, four championship golf courses, 15 tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, water sports, a fitness center, a spa, lively bars, and both casual and fine dining. There are direct flights from BWI and Reagan National airports.
The deal: The Washingtonian Winter Package includes three nights for the price of two, a 20-percent spa discount on 50- and 80-minute massages (normally $100 and $145), free use of the fitness center (normally $15 a day) and tennis courts (usually $17 an hour), free bike rentals (normally $20 for four hours), and free use of kayaks and canoes (usually $25 an hour). Use the promo code FREE3 when booking. Rates start at $149.
When: Valid through February 28, 2013.


Tropical Paradise
Where: Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic; 866-469-1148.
What’s special: This 7,000-acre resort offers lots of options for play and relaxation—four Pete Dye-designed golf courses, including the famed Teeth of the Dog, beach, tennis, a spa, horseback riding, a 245-acre shooting center, a marina, biking, sailing, snorkeling, cave exploration, off-road ATV riding, and deep-sea and river fishing.
The deal: Book four nights and get the fifth free with the Washingtonian 5th Night Free special. Rates start at $300 a night for the Elite Patio guest rooms.
When: Valid through January 2013.

*This post has been updated from a previous version.