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Help on the Great Honeymooning

MetroidZoidMetroidZoid Registered User regular
edited July 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
Huh. "Honeymooning" is a funny word.

Anyways, as some of you might know from my last thread about planning the wedding, (and rather than dig that one up from the grave), I've been given the task of finding a suitable place for a honeymoon, both in terms of location and cost. Location, in that we would really like to be able to come back and visit, whether that's in 5 years or 50. Cost is, well, we're trying to keep it at around or under $2000, which I think is reasonable, this including flight and hotel and transportation for the week-long stay.

So far I've really been focusing on San Diego. Oh, and for the reference, we live in southern Oregon. San Diego gives us a nice warm sub-tropical climate, and plenty of options for attractions, and hell a beach with water warmer than ours. All good. Plus I've been to the area a few times as a kid, so I feel more comfortable booking places around there than say Hawaii, which I've never been too.

There was also one other stipulation attached to this: whatever place I find, has to have a whirlpool tub in the room. Apparently this is a must for my fiancee, and I shall do whatever it takes (I have a feeling that this is for her having to move into my place that has only a horrible tiny shower) to find one.

Okay, right now this is my best bet: Pacific Inn & Suites (or, apparently, Marina Inn & Suites ... one was changed into the other, and I'm still not sure on the correct order). Reasonably priced, plus apparently every book-it-online site says that you can upgrade from the regular King bed suite to one with a whirlpool tub. SUCCESS! Now, can anyone in the area vouch for this? Or alert me to some grizzly murder thing that happened at said hotel that would be quaint information to know indeed?

Or just in general, is there a better way to go about booking these things rather than Orbitz / Expedia / Travelocity? So far, Expedia's giving me the better deal (about $1,660) for the week, followed by Orbitz at about $1,700 somthing, and apparently Travelocity doesn't know this hotel exists. Or maybe it does, I didn't check yet under the different name.

Also, do people even use travel agents anymore? And would either be a better guarantee of getting the upgraded room? Both booking sites mention the whirlpool tubs, via the motel's provided information, but neither has the "Upgrade here" option. Would I book it first and then call the hotel?

And since it probably matters, we're looking at doing this next year in June. The 27th to July 1st, specifically. Which unfortunately makes it impossible to book this far in advance online, so I'm giving myself quotes on the sites by inputting a weeklong stay on the same days (Sunday night thru ... Thursday? Yeah), anticipating a possible change next year but hopefully not alot.

Please help. Hell, if anyone has a sweet as place in San Diego with hot tub and wouldn't mind clearing out for a week, I would pay!

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  • musanmanmusanman Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I went to an all inclusive resort in cancun with my wife for about $2500 (flight included) for 7 days. It was awesome. We booked it through a travel agent.

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  • KetarKetar Come on upstairs we're having a partyRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Also, do people even use travel agents anymore? And would either be a better guarantee of getting the upgraded room? Both booking sites mention the whirlpool tubs, via the motel's provided information, but neither has the "Upgrade here" option. Would I book it first and then call the hotel?

    I worked for a wholesale luxury tour operator for years, and still do a bit of travel planning for a few groups each year. I can't think of any good reason to use a travel agent for domestic travel. For something like what you have in mind with San Diego just do your online research through sites like TripAdvisor, and book the room either directly through the hotel's website or any online booking agency you might find with a lower rate.

    You might also want to just pick a city like San Diego and some dates on a site like TripAdvisor and then just scroll through their listings by rank looking for highly rated hotels that meet your budget. The Marina Inn and Suites has pretty awful reviews on there, as does the Pacific Inn Hotel and Suites. Not sure which one is the one you were actually looking at, but they have a number of much better rated hotels/motels that appear to still be within the price range of those options.

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  • MetroidZoidMetroidZoid Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    ^ See, now I'm apprehensive about reviews. When me and my now-fiancee went to places like Ashland, which is only like 45 minutes away but we'd stay there for a weekend when it was Christmas time, we found budget hotels that had average to poor reviews, but weren't horrible. They were just basic. But yeah, I also want this trip to be really special. Really wishing I had a contact in San Diego right now.

    I'll be using that TripAdvisor in addition to comparison shopping of Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, and there was that one other one ... anything else anyone can recommend that I may be missing? Anything obvious?

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  • Omega2112Omega2112 GW2 AKA: Robocow, Veristia Reaven Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Priceline?

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  • BuddiesBuddies Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Honeymoons don't always have to be warm weather get aways.


    Go into the mountains. Pitch a tent. Keep eachother warm.

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  • MetroidZoidMetroidZoid Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    We live in Oregon and go camping quite frequently. However, it's rare that we actually make it to a warm, sunny beach. Let alone with major attractions nearby.

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  • The LandoStanderThe LandoStander Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    DisneyLand. For serious.

    I think $2000 is about what the package my wife and I got cost, though this was going on four years ago. But it included tickets to all the parks, two meals (no limit on how much you spend per meal) a day and a decent Disney hotel, it wasn't actually in the park but the shuttles were frequent and free of course.

    I'd check out the website and see if they still have that sort of thing going. You could also wander around Florida if you really wanted but to be honest I think that Disneyland made for an awesome honeymoon. Never a worry about transport, food, facilities, shopping or things to do. They even have a thing called "Pleasure Island" which is less adult than it sounds but more adult than what you expect from the rest of Disneyland.

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  • DeathPrawnDeathPrawn Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Depending on your price range, you might want to specifically look at Del Mar and La Jolla. They're the two big upscale beach towns in the SD area, and they both have lots of beachside (or practically so) hotels with charm by the boatload (La Valencia in La Jolla and L'Auberge in Del Mar being the two most well-known). La Jolla is significantly closer to downtown SD than Del Mar is. The Hotel Del Coronado is also very swank, too. I don't know exactly what the weekend situation is, but if you're willing to look at a beach house instead of a hotel room, there are always lots of summer rentals on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach / Mission Beach, which is a cool and funky area.

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