Four Great December Travel Deals

Whether you want a quick getaway from holiday stress, or want to take a trip afterward, here are exclusive vacation specials.

The Grand Residences Riviera Maya is offering 35 percent off its daily room rates through December. Photo courtesy of Grand Residences.


Where: Kimpton Glover Park Hotel, 2505 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-337-9700.

What’s special: You can opt for a staycation—or put up out-of-town company here. With free access to the on-site, 2,000-square-foot Urban Athletic Club, including classes, you can keep up your fitness routine. High on a hill, city view rooms have sweeping vistas of Washington, including over the National Mall and Potomac River. There is complimentary morning coffee and tea service and a wine hour nightly (with live music on Wednesdays). Located just north of Georgetown, the hotel is near the Washington National Cathedral, Rock Creek Park trails, M Street shopping, and locally owned restaurants and shops.

The deal: Receive a $30 credit toward in-room spa services if you mention Washingtonian when booking or at check-in. Room rates start at $129 a night.

When: Book by December 30, 2016; valid for stays through January 31, 2017.

A Shoe-Inn

Where: Craddock Terry Hotel, 1312 Commerce St., Lynchburg, Va.; 434-455-1500.

What’s special: If you love shoes, or just appreciate unique accommodations, Craddock Terry Hotel is a good choice. Once the fifth largest shoe manufacturer in the world, this one-time factory is now a hotel. It pays homage to the building’s history by incorporating the original brick walls and beams; there are also old photos and other displays in the lobby. There’s even a real-life dog named Buster Brown at this pet-friendly property. Complimentary services include: Internet access, parking, overnight shoe shine (naturally), and a European-style continental breakfast for two delivered daily in an old-fashioned wooden shoeshine box. The hotel is  in downtown Lynchburg, where guests can walk or bike along the riverfront, or check out the antique shops and boutiques. For the holidays there’s a Christmas tree in every guest room, decorated with hand-crafted shoe ornaments. There’s also a 40-foot tree on the property’s plaza, and holiday-themed cocktails such as the Mistletoe Mojito at the hotel bar. If you’re visiting on December 4, you can enjoy the Lynchburg Christmas Parade.

The deal: Washingtonian readers who book a room at the best available rate—prices start at $152—receive a custom-designed Craddock Terry Hotel pewter ornament and a bottle of Shoe Crazy Wine, a $45 value. To book, you can call the hotel and request the Washingtonian special, or click here.

When: Valid for stays through December 30, 2016.

Caribbean Paradise

Where: Grand Residences Riviera Cancun, Mexico; 855-381-4340.

What’s special: Set on the scenic Riviera Maya and near bustling Cancun, the 103-room, all-suite Grand Residences received the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in both 2015 and 2016. Besides the beach, the resort offers guests four pools, the use of bicycles and sailboats, tennis courts, a 24-fitness center, a spa, yoga classes by the sea, in-suite Nespresso machines, and complimentary WiFi.

The deal: The Premium Bed & Breakfast package includes 35 percent off daily room rates, daily gourmet breakfast for two, airport pick-up and drop-off, a free bottle of tequila upon arrival, and daily fresh fruit. The discounted rate starts at $258 a night. Washingtonian readers also receive a complimentary 30-minute spa treatment for two, a $65 value per person. Mention the Washingtonian deal at check-in.

When: Valid for stays through December 31, 2016.

Post-Holiday Getaway

Where: JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, Mexico; 888-813-2776.

What’s special: This beachfront hotel features 448 rooms, a Mayan-inspired spa with a heated indoor spa pool, a fitness center, a dive pool with an artificial reef, an adult free-form pool, and a family free-form pool. The pools are surrounded with lush landscaping, palm trees, thatched umbrellas, and plenty of lounge chairs. There is a choice of six restaurants plus assorted bars. Guests have access to jet-skiing, a sauna, tennis, and the Marriott Kid’s Club.

The deal: “And the Beach Goes On” offers guests a savings of up to 20 percent off the hotel’s “Stay for Breakfast” rate on ocean view accommodations, plus free daily breakfast for two (a $54 a day value), and a $75 spa credit per stay. Washingtonian readers also receive two free cocktails, a $20 value. The discounted room rate starts at $379 a night. To book call 888-813-2776 or click here and enter promo code P91 when making a reservation.  Mention Washingtonian at check-in to get this deal.

When: Book through December 31, 2016, for stays from January 8 through April 30, 2017.