Travel Hack: Take in Trendy Neighborhoods to Stretch Your Travel Budget Hotels.com reveals the hippest areas to explore in 10 major cities to help travelers save money while gaining cultural experiences

DALLAS, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- When your leisure or business travels take you to one of Americans' favorite major destinations, it's the perfect opportunity to explore the city beyond tourist landmarks, packed restaurants and long taxi lines. The experts at Hotels.com® have uncovered a selection of hip, culturally-diverse neighborhoods in some of the Top Domestic Destinations as ranked by the most recent Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®) to help travelers not only extend their travel budget, but also have a truly authentic experience in some of America's top cities.

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"Consumers have now been trained that flying mid-week is better for their wallet, but when visiting major cities, hotels in downtown areas typically have higher rates and lower inventory due to business travel and conventions," says Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel expert for Hotels.com. "This is the perfect time to explore other neighborhoods of cities like New York and Chicago and save on the hotel stay and flight. Travelers can use that extra money to take in a show, dine at a top-rated restaurant or have an adventure in the new area of town they're exploring."

Check out this list of 10 of the most popular domestic travel destinations, their average hotel prices according to the latest HPI, the trendiest neighborhoods in each city and why a stay there will not only save you money but also be a rewarding experience.

City & Average
Hotel Price

Neighborhood & Sample
Hotel Price

Why to visit

Boston - $186

Allston-Brighton – Best Western University Hotel, from $149; Crowne Plaza Boston, from $145

 

Keep in mind Fall is peak travel season due to the proliferation of colleges in the area.

·      Boston University and Boston College bookend this thriving neighborhood.

·      Electic restaurant and nighlight scene caters to the student and recent grad population.

·      This "college-burg" is a great place to go thrift shopping.

Chicago - $162

Wicker Park – Wicker Park Inn, from $109

·      Home to a wealth of art galleries, beer gardens and music venues.

·      Well-served by Chicago's mass transit system.

·      Historic roots include German and Polish beer barrons that left a legacy of ornate mansions and first-rate dive bars.

Los Angeles - $148

Silver Lake – Comfort Inn West Sunset Boulevard, from $100

·      Houses some of the most famous modernist architecture in North America.

·      Numerous municipal staircases crisscross the neighborhood and provide pedestrian access up and down the area's signature hills.

·      Known for its indie rock scene.

·      Boasts some of the nation's most acclaimed food trucks and farmers markets.

Miami - $174

Wynwood - DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay, from $139; Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay, from $152

 

·      Indulge your wanderlust for art and fashion in one neighborhood – Wynwood is divided into two sub-districts known for these crafts.

·      More than 70 galleries, museums and art collections in the Arts District. Take part in a "ArtWalk" on the second Saturday of the month.

·      Formerly known as Little San Juan, you can find a lot of Puerto Rican influence in the food scene.

New Orleans - $161

Warehouse District – Lafayette Hotel, from $99; Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel, from $139

·      Offers a respite from the Bourbon Street scene but within walking distance of the French Quarter's attractions.

·      Also known as the Arts District for its abundance of galleries and world-class museums.

·      This newly remodeled area features some of the city's best restaurants.

New York City - $264

Williamsburg, Brooklyn – Condor Hotel, from $179; Hotel Le Jolie, from $199,

·      Just one subway stop away from Manhattan.

·      Offers some of New York's best music, food and nightlife options against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.

·      Numerous entertainment options found on Bedford Avenue.

San Diego - $134

North Park – Layfayette Hotel & Swim Club, from $127; Inn at the Park, from $129

·      High rate of pedestrian activity relative to other areas of the city, making it perfect to explore while on vacation – no parking meters to plug!

·      Culturally-diverse and full of trendy boutiques, restaurants, galleries and bars.

·      Home to a farmers market every Thursday and a gallery walk the second Saturday of each month.

San Francisco - $185

Mission District – Inn San Francisco - $175

·      Classified by its abundance of Mexican cuisine and Latino influenced buildings with ornate murals.

·      Tends to have some of the city's sunnier and warmer weather due to it geography.

·      Valencia Street is full of quirky shops, slow food restaurants, wine bars and coffee shops.

·      Unbeatable views of the city in Dolores Park.

Seattle - $158

Capitol Hill - Homewood Suites by Hilton Seattle Conv. Center/Pike Street, from $118; The Roosevelt, a Coast Hotel, from $129

 

·      Home to Volunteer Park, which has a 108-step brick water tower with one of the best views of the city and region, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

·      A great cup of coffee is a given in this neighborhood.

·      Spontaneous street parties are known to break out here.

·      Steeped in history, the neighborhood is dotted with Victorian mansions alongside fringe theaters, shops and nightlife hotspots.

Washington, D.C. - $157

H Street - Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/US Capitol, from $134; Courtyard Washington, DC/U.S. Capitol, from $129

·      Recently revitalized area is an arts and entertainment mecca and is home to numerous theaters and performance studios.

·      Easy transportation via streetcars is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

·      Along with the arts came the restaurants foodies and families alike adore – there's even a kid-friendly wine bar.

More information on trendy neighborhoods is available at http://www.hotel-price-index.com. All hotels featured above have Excellent or Outstanding Hotels.com Guest Review ratings. Average prices listed are accurate as of May 13, 2013.

Press contacts:

Ashley Aberbach – Finn Partners for Hotels.com
Phone: (212) 715-1524
Email: ashley.aberbach@finnpartners.com   
Twitter: @finnpartners

Taylor L. Cole, APR
Hotels.com North America
Phone: (469) 335-8442
Email: taycole@hotels.com
Twitter: @TravelwithTLC

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