May 2009

HotelTravel.com’s Sizzling Summer Deals Sweep Across Asia

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PHUKET, 26 May, 2009 - HotelTravel.com has slashed prices at selected hotels and resorts across Asia for the summer season, offering consumers the largest choice and best rates since the 1997 currency crisis.

While the summer months are traditionally considered the low season around many destinations in Asia, the savvier and experienced travellers often consider this the only time of year to visit. From small mid-market beach bungalows to lavish beachfront resorts, or intercity budget inns to five-star business hotels, HotelTravel.com has a large selection to choose from and priced to suit all pockets.

HotelTravel.com Chief Information Officer, Olivier Dombey, said consumers were still keen to make online hotel reservations if they know they're getting a bargain.

"When hotel rates are low people still travel, and that has a positive effect on the travel industry and local economies as a whole.

"Incredible offers available on HotelTravel.com include the five-star beachfront resort for only US$70 per night, a boutique hotel in Hong Kong for US$142 or a five-star waterside hotel in Singapore for US$129 a night. Bargain hunters can snap up a room in Kuala Lumpur from US$31 or one in Bangkok from only US$13 a night.*

 "We haven't seen hotel deals like these since the 1997 Asian currency crisis.  This really is a unique window for affordable travel to some of the most desirable destinations in Asia," Mr Dombey added.

In Singapore, budget hotels on HotelTravel.com start from US$36. Those looking for added comforts can check out the three-star Royal Hotel for US$93, located in Scott's Road and only a short walk away from the Orchard Road shopping Mecca.

The five-star Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel near vibrant Clarke Quay starts from the amazingly low rate US $129. At the top end of the market, the magnificent five-star Mandarin Oriental HotelSingapore, overlooking the ocean and the marina, starts from only US$171.

For many, Hong Kong remains Asia's most thrilling city, with its enticing combination of British colonialism and Chinese culture and tradition. Hotels are not cheap, but HotelTravel.com offers some great choices including the boutique-style Central Park Hotel from US$142.

Many visitors prefer to stay in Kowloon; it is tough to beat the US$125 room rate at the lovely four-star Renaissance Kowloon Hotel. For shopping, try the four-star Holiday Inn Golden Mile Hotel in famous Nathan Road, where HotelTravel.com's special negotiated rates start from US$136.

Kuala Lumpur continues to grow in stature and size but remains one of the most affordable cities in Southeast Asia. You can stay at the three-star Brisdale Hotel from a staggeringly low US$31. Fashionistas like the four-star Cititel Mid Valley (from US$59), near both the Mid Valley Megamall and the premier Gardens Mall.  For five-star luxury, the superb Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur starts for only US$119 per night and features great transport links to airports, offices and shopping.

Bangkok retains its glitter even after recent political shenanigans, and still offers the world's best hotel bargains. Rates at the renowned Dusit Thani Hotel in the popular Silom Road area start from only US$101, while the five-star Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and Towers on the Chao Praya River is priced at US$106.

For less than half that, you can opt for the four-star Chaophya Park Hotel (from US$39), or take the economy hotel option at the three-star Welcome Sawasdee Inn from US$13 - inclusive of  breakfast for two!

Those keen to island hop should check out Rebak Island Resort in Malaysia, the only resort on a privately-owned 390-acre island offering villas from only US$92. For added luxury, consider the five-star Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa on Langkawi Island (from US$168).

The island of Penang continues to fascinate visitors, and rates at the three-star Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel start from only US$45. The very popular four-star Holiday Inn Resort Penang, located in the heart of Batu Ferringhi, is an excellent value from only US$79.

Not surprisingly there are once again incredible offers for the summer season in Phuket. The three-star Karon Princess Hotel starts from an amazing US$28, while the luxurious Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa is only US$70.

*All rates are as of 22 May, 2009, priced in US dollars and subject to change -----ends-----

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