Deal Alert: Hotels in 2 of Our Favorite U.S. Cities Are Offering Unbeatable Prices

City vacations have their own place in the world of a traveler. A city is a melting pot of cultures, with architecture from different periods, artists leaving their mark in multiple ways, and a mix of ultra-chic restaurants and hole-in-the-wall joints. When you think of an urban break, you think of museums and parks and traveling in public transport like a local and dining at establishments that are part of their routine. But it’s also about discovering new neighborhoods with different personalities and finding what brings its people together, from sports to festivals. 

After the turning point of 2020, it’s time to rekindle your love for cities, and we have unmissable deals for Chicago and Asheville for stays through this fall. 

Chicago

The third-largest city in the US has something for everyone. There’s unbelievable food. Its majestic architecture and sky-high buildings are spectacular, especially when you find out how the Great Chicago Fire destroyed much of the city in 1871. The art scene is inspiring and the Windy City is buzzing with creative energy at museums, galleries, and on the streets. 

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If you want to explore this toddling town (in Sinatra’s words), then check in at the riverfront Swissotel Chicago. It is offering up to 50% on stay in a Classic City View King or Double Room. The prices have been slashed and you can get a room for $109-$139 per night till September 7 and $169 per night from September 8 (blackout dates apply). And here’s the best part: you can book this deal now and cancel anytime 48 hours prior to your trip and you’ll get a full refund.

It’s a beautiful location alongside the Chicago River with panoramic views of the river and Lake Michigan—with the Magnificent Mile at an arm’s distance, it’s a great outpost to explore the city. The hotel’s all-glass triangular design, contemporary interiors, and spacious rooms make it an ideal choice for city lovers. What’s more? There’s a penthouse fitness center with views of the city and the hotel is pet-friendly!

Asheville

This is what we mean by a city’s personality: Asheville is a striking contrast to Chicago, even though they’re both exciting cities. It’s much more laidback, but it also has a thriving art scene and so much to do. It’s popular with travelers because it has a great vibe: the Appalachian mountains are the perfect backdrop to this city where people gather together every Friday for a drum circle. If you’re not the one to go hiking, then you can find your way to its museums, art-deco buildings, and galleries (RAD is a good starting place). The city is known for its microbreweries and Appalachian cuisine. When here, the Blue Ridge Parkway drive is a must-do.

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Travelzoo has a last-minute summer special deal for the centrally-located AC Hotel by Marriott Asheville Downtown. You can save 45% on stay in a King Room. It will cost $149 per night (Sundays-Thursdays) and $329 per night (weekends) in August and September. If you want to see the fall foliage, then the prices in October and November start at $219 per night. At the hotel, take the lift to the rooftop bar for handcrafted cocktails and sweeping mountain views. If you want to explore the city’s nightlife, the location is excellent, with cool bars and restaurants at walking distance. You can also go hiking in the area and the Biltmore Estate is just 10 minutes drive from the hotel.

It’s a good time to visit the city in autumn when the leaves change color. But you can also book this deal now and travel later—it’s fully refundable if you don’t go.

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