While it’s always been possible to book hotels outside the United States at TheRealPlaces.com, we have to admit that it wasn’t easy. We didn’t offer the ability to browse hotels by city, you had to go to our advanced hotel “power search” and enter information about the city you were interested in. Not surprisingly, not many of our visitors chose to do that.
With some changes we’re unveiling today, things should be easier for anyone traveling outside US borders. Our home page now includes direct links for over 120 major world cities. If you want to start your search by browsing at the country level, our new World Hotel Directory includes over 170 different countries. Each of those countries has its own page, with links to pages for over 14,000 cities and towns that have hotels.
Our specialty is helping you find hotels near wherever you’re going – we’re expanding that internationally. Over the past couple of years TheRealPlaces has become a popular spot for finding hotels near cruise ports, so we’ve added most of the world’s busiest cruise departure points. We’ve added the Canadian teams to our MLB, NHL and NBA pages. (Hello, Toronto!) In the next few weeks we’ll be adding most of the world’s biggest airports so you’ll be able to find hotels near them, too. And we’ll be expanding the database of landmarks and attractions to add lots of the kinds of destinations that have made us a valuable resource for US travelers.
So, whether you’re headed north to Canada, south to Mexico, making an antipodal trek to Australia – or anywhere in between – we’ve got you covered when it comes to finding just the right hotel in just the right place.
TheRealMyrtleBeach.com, a comprehensive guide to the hotels of the greater Myrtle Beach area, has been given a major renovation. The site covers places to stay along an extensive stretch of the Atlantic coast of South Carolina and North Carolina, ranging from Pawleys Island and Georgetown, SC to Wilmington, NC.
The Real Myrtle Beach now features an upgraded map on each hotel’s page, making it easier than ever to see exactly where the hotel is located and determine proximity to the beach. Hotel pages also include links to information about nearby hotels and other landmarks – plus some of the current best Myrtle Beach hotel deals.
When he was a teenager, all Kevin Milton could think about was hopping on his motorcycle and traveling across the United States. His part-time jobs while in high school got him a serviceable bike and the summer after his senior year was spent on a cross-country trip that included a stop at the annual rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. Money was a big concern, so he took his chances with one-star accommodations near Sturgis.
Keeping a merely “serviceable” bike rolling gave him the kind of real-world experience that can get you jobs – which is exactly what he found at a popular bike shop back home. Kevin’s wanderlust wasn’t anywhere near fulfilled, so the job was just a way of paying for his frequent road trips. The following May he rolled off to Myrtle Beach Bike Week – and was able to move up to 2-star hotels in the Myrtle Beach area.
While in Myrtle Beach, Kevin met the beautiful Robin Finnegan, who just happened to live a few miles away from Kevin’s home in Virginia. Life moved quickly and within a couple of years they were married, had two kids and Kevin was managing that bike shop. Time for a “spring break” trip to Florida – this time taking advantage of 3-star places to stay near Orlando.
In the evenings, Kevin started working with his tech-friendly brother-in-law on a web site devoted to weekend bikers. It didn’t produce enough cash (yet) to live off of, but it did come in handy when Kevin and Robin celebrated their fifth anniversary with a weekend at a 4-star hotel in New York City.
Luck, timing and enthusiasm helped make that original web site into the most popular online biker destination in the world. Meanwhile, they expanded their “web empire” to include a variety of travel and sports-related web sites. Life was good – and only got better a few years later when a “major web company” bought it all for $250 million. An appropriately extravagant celebration followed at The Royal Hawaiian Waikiki, one of the 5-star hotels in Hawaii.
Whatever level of luxury your budget or desires require, TheRealPlaces.com makes it easy to find a place near a place with the kind of amenities you’re looking for. Wherever you see the yellow stars on our site, click them to find more hotels nearby with similar levels of service and luxury.
It’s that time of the year when all the major sports are on the radar of sports fans – baseball season is heading down the home stretch, football starts in a few weeks, even basketball and hockey are in the news as teams make changes in their personnel for the 2010-2011 season. Here at TheRealPlaces.com we’ve been reorganizing some of our pages of special interest to sports fans, including our pages containing information about hotels near MLB baseball stadiums, hotels near NFL stadiums and hotels near NHL arenas.
TheRealPlaces has lists of hotels near over 60,000 landmarks, but sometimes you just need a place to stay near Cousin Joe’s house – or anywhere else in the world that we don’t consider a “landmark”. That’s when our new “Near an Address or Zip Code” search can come in handy. Just visit our Hotel Power Search page and choose the “Near an Address or Zip Code” option for “Location Type”. Enter the address you’re visiting and we’ll give you everything you need to know about the best hotel deals nearby.
In addition to specifying the “nearby” address, you can also filter the results by hotel chain and a large checklist of hotel amenities. The hotels in the results will be displayed in order of their distance from your destination and will show you room rates including any special deals currently being offered for the dates you choose.
Miami Cruise Guide, with everything you need to know about cruises from Miami, is the newest addition to the Cruise Guide Network. It includes detailed information about all the ships that sail from Miami, a guide to finding the best deals on Miami cruises, information about the Miami cruise port terminals and a page of places to stay near the terminals.
To find information about any of Miami’s cruise ships you can start with our page that lists all ships currently scheduled to sail from Miami. Each ship’s page includes our exclusive review of what kinds of accommodations you’ll find on the ship, the various places to eat and drink on-board, and a look at the unique amenities available for cruisers.
Most of the 100,000+ hotels listed at TheRealPlaces.com are rated from 1 Star to 5 Stars depending upon the levels of quality, amenities and customer service. And there’s usually a correlation between price and “star rating”. Now you can easily find hotels that match your desired experience – and expenditure.
Our most recent changes and additions to TheRealPlaces.com have been all about finding places to stay “near” things – near other hotels, near major shopping malls, near baseball stadiums, etc. This week we’ve expanded that to include pages that group hotels by the street on which they’re located.