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Looking for a sprinkle of movie magic with your stay? Then book a hotel in the United States in 2016 or 2017 that played a starring role in one of your favourite films.
The Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles was the setting for the romance of Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in ‘Pretty Woman’.
The Fontainebleau overlooking Miami Beach starred in Al Pacino gangster flick ‘Scarface’.
Horror fans will appreciate a stay at the Timberline Lodge in Oregon, which provided exteriors for Stanley Kubrick’s creepy classic ‘The Shining’.
These are just a few of the big-screen hotel stars at the centre of one of the world’s favourite movie industries.
Road tripping? If you’re looking for cheap hotels in USA destinations, take advantage of the traditional motels or ‘motor hotels’ that line the highways. These days most are clean, comfortable and much more affordable than hotels in the centre of cities and towns.
Staying in hostels is less common in the USA than Europe and a private room in a motel can be a similar price to a dorm bed in a downtown hostel.
If you are staying in one of the larger cities in the United States, it’s worth checking out hotels away from the main tourist sights if you’re looking for a cheaper deal. In New York, for example, the outer boroughs are a good bet and you can travel to the centre of Manhattan easily on the subway.
B&Bs in the USA offer well-priced rooms often in a family home – don’t be surprised if you’re sitting down to breakfast with Mom and Pop in the morning. They’re a great option if you want to meet locals and experience the ‘real’ America, away from the more impersonal resorts of America and international hotel chains. They can also be a bargain, offering considerably more homely and sometimes more luxurious accommodation than a cheap hotel in the USA for a similar price.
Families are welcome at a huge range of hotels across the United States.
Room sizes in the USA (apart from in space-limited cities such as New York), are vast compared to European standards and even roadside motels usually fit two queen-sized beds into what feel like suites. You can comfortably accommodate a family of four in these rooms.
Many hotels also offer connecting rooms and a heap of family facilities, especially in kid-friendly destinations such as Orlando.
Hearing the call of the wild? Camping is the best way to experience the awesome wilderness of America’s National Parks.
Campgrounds range from private sites that cater to recreational vehicles (RVs) to more basic public campsites with limited facilities.
If you want a real taste of the pioneer spirit, try wilderness or backcountry camping, but you’ll need to have a permit, plus the right gear and supplies.
If you want a taste of the trail but don’t want to whittle your own bed for the night, try one of America’s historic lodges.
Built in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, these often-spectacular hotels were built to give easy access to nature with all the comforts of home.
The Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone has a huge lobby, a gargantuan stone chimney and views of Old Faithful geyser, while the El Tovar Hotel, perched on the rim of the Grand Canyon, has hosted Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein and Paul McCartney.