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A getaway  may be just what you need to relieve stress.  We spend most of our time working, chasing dreams without taking a break.  Your body and mind deserve a break.  Depriving your body and mind a break may lead to undesired consequences.  Listen to your body, take a break.   A good environment, away from everything that builds up your stress, can enhance calmness, change the mindset, and make you feel good about yourself.  By the time you return to work you will feel energetic, ready to tackle any challenge.  Your performance will improve.

A budget and choosing a destination can be a big challenge.  The question is, can you afford a getaway?

WHAT IS THE AVERAGE DAILY RATE OF HOTEL ROOM IN THE LARGEST CITIES OF THE UNITED STATES?

I have done some research, using a powerful research tool, and  my results are based on a random sample of 30 hotels operating in the largest cities of the United States. I chose the six largest cities in the United States, namely New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.

NEW YORK

The current average daily rate of a hotel room in New York is $346.75.  On average, 3 star cost $90, 4 star $235, and if you looking for luxury, you can secure a room in the luxury bracket for $479 when you book directly with the hotel.  The choice includes the Soho hotel, Park Lane hotel, Intercontinental New York Time Square, Warwick hotel, Park Central, Millennium Hilton, The Redbury hotel, Standard hotel, Four Seasons hotel, and Watson hotel.  Amongst the major attractions is the World famous Times Square, the Broadway, Rockefeller Plaza, Central Park, and  the Madison Avenue Shopping Centre.

LOS ANGELES

The current average daily rate of a hotel room in Los Angeles is $364.  On average the 3 star cost $127, 4 star $279, and you can secure a room in the luxury bracket for $369 when you book directly with the hotel.  The choice includes Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel, Four Points hotel, Hyatt Regency hotel, Sheraton Gateway hotel, SuCasa at Venice Beach hotel, The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills hotel, Chamberlain West hotel, Hotel Royal Long Beach, Luxe Rodeo Drive hotel, Kimpton Everly hotel, and Beverley Wilshire hotel.  Los Angeles is rich in natural attraction, which include the Long beach, Dockweiler Beach State Park, Venice beach, the Marina Del Rey.  Other attractions include the Boardwalk, and the Westchester Golf Course.

CHICAGO

The current average daily rate of a hotel room in Chicago is $203.47.  On average the 3 star cost $108, 4 star $229, and if you looking for luxury you can secure a room in the luxury bracket for $395.  The choice include Dewitt hotel, The Palmer House Hilton, Sheraton Grand Chicago, Villa D’Citta, Hotel Versey, The Waldorf Astoria, Trump International hotel, The Peninsula Chicago, JW Marriott, Sofitel Chicago, The Ritz Carlton hotel, and the Four Seasons.  Attractions include the Millennium Park, Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier, Oak Street Beach, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

HOUSTON

The current average daily rate of hotel room in Houston is $281.  On average the 3 star cost $153, 4 star $243, and you can secure a room in the luxury bracket for $385.  The choice include the Double Tree hotel, Hilton Americas, Tribute Magnolia, The Whitehall hotel, Intercontinental Houston, Malibu Beach Inn, Four Seasons, The St Regis, JW Marriott hotel, Hotel Zaza, Hotel Sorella, Allesandra hotel.  Houston is famous for its underground tunnel system, and the George R Brown Convention Centre.

PHILADELPHIA

The current average daily rate of a hotel room in Philadelphia is $365.  On average the 3 star cost $168, 4 star $264, and you can secure a room in the luxury bracket for $368.  The choice include The Logan Philadelphia, Philadelphia 201 hotel, The Rittenhouse hotel, The Ritz Carlton Philadelphia, Kimpton Hotel Monaco, The Bellevue hotel, Hampton Inn, Independent hotel, Chestnut Hill hotel, Penn’s View hotel, and Sonesta Philadelphia.  This is where you find the Franklin Institute, several attractions including the Rocky Steps, Reading Terminal Market, Rodin Museum, and the Pennsylvania Convention Centre.

PHOENIX

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The current average daily rate of hotel room in Phoenix is $339.  On average, 3 star cost $212, 4 star $349, and you can still find a luxury room for $459. The choice include the Double Tree suites, Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa, Arizona Biltmore, Sheraton Crescent, Hampton Inn, Four Points, The Comby hotel, Kimpton Hotel Palomar, Arizona Grand Resort, and the Wigwam Resort.   Several attractions include the historic old town Scottsdale, the Phoenix Sky Harbor, the Phoenix Zoo, and the breath taking mountain landscape.

The sightseeing package costs $842.  It covers visits to major attractions across the largest cities, which include the Memorial and Museum in New York, Gray Line, the best of Manhattan, Madame Tussaud, One World Observatory, Top of the Rock Observation, Deck at Rockefeller Centre, Philadelphia’s sightseeing, Battleship – New Jersey, Museum and Memorial, Hop-on, Hop-off, and Bus Tour.

You have to visit the United States of America at least once.  But if it’s the trails and breath taking mountain scenery, beautiful skiing slopes, the nature at its best – visit South Africa.

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT SOUTH AFRICA?

South Africa is rich in minerals, just as it is rich in cultural diversity – it is a Rainbow Nation.  It is known worldwide for its history of peaceful conflict resolutions.  This a home of the World icons like our Former Late President Nelson Mandela, and Mr OR Tambo.  We embrace visitors in South Africa, making them feel at home away from home.  South Africans embraces humanity.  We have more to offer our visitors.

WHAT ARE THE FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA?

Several attractions include

  • the Table Mountain
  • The Constitution Hill
  • Garden Route
  • Wine Route
  • National Parks
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Tiffendel Ski Resort
  • World class golf courses
  • Indian and Atlantic oceans
  • The Cape Point, where Indian and Atlantic oceans collide.
  • The famous big hole in Kimberly.

WHAT ARE SOME OF ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS TAKING PLACE IN SOUTH AFRICA?

Events and activities include

  • The Drakensberg trails
  • Helicopter and bus tours
  • The New England Wartrail
  • Table Mountain National Park Hoerikwaago trail
  • The New England 4×4 challenge
  • Skiing in Tiffendel
  • Marathons
  • Cycling Championship.

TYPES OF ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE IN SOUTH AFRICA

  • The 3 to 5 star hotel accommodation, which include the famous Taj hotel, the Bay hotel, the Marriott and Hilton hotels.
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Camping sites

Rates vary from R500 to R8000 per night, depending on the type of accommodation you choose.

AVAILABLE TRANSPORT

  • Several airlines
  • Buses
  • Metered taxis
  • Uber
  • Taxify
  • Local taxis
  • Trains

MAKE YOUR BOOKING AND BLOW AWAY YOUR STRESS.

6 Comments

  1. Wel focused on south Africa, one of my favourite places to visit. I know that someday, i will be in the city. The way people talk about it makes me want to go. I feel like it will be the perfect getaway for me, you have also added here all the necessary information for anyone looking to travel down there. Nice article

    1. Book that ticket.   South Africa is indeed a beautiful country with a number of places to visit, best trails, beaches, good food, and friendly people.

      All the best.

  2. Hi Sandikazi,

    I really enjoyed your article on getaways as a way to relieve depression and I couldn’t agree more. Its great to have something to look forward too and a holiday is the perfect thing. I have just come back from New York and found the hotels to be very expensive so I booked an Airbnb. It was like a home away from home and much cheaper too. It would be worth considering for most of your destinations. Good luck in the future, Andrew

    1. Thank you Andrew for stopping by.  I highly appreciate your time and comments.

      All the best.

      Sandikazi

  3. Overcoming depression or every other type of problem-related to work can really be helped by a good getaway. For me, i have not tried going anywhere yet but i am going to make sure i try to do that very soon. You have shown some cities that i can go to to have fun on a budget. Thank you for this research.

    1. Book that ticket.

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